The Great Unknown, a three-day music, culture and camping celebration, will be held September 27th - 29th at Hog Ridge Hollow in Durham, Arkansas. This beautiful Ozark mountain venue is 20 minutes Southeast of Fayetteville, Arkansas (on Hwy. 16E through Elkins).
Performing artists include the super-group Garaj Mahal, featuring Alan Hertz (KVHW, Big Elvis) on drums, guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque (Fareed Haque Group, Sting, Blue Note Records), bassist extraordinaire Kai Eckhardt (John McLaughlin Trio, Chick Corea), and Chicago’s Eric Levy (Galaxy, Fareed Haque Group) on keys. With its soaring freeform improvisation of jazz and funk fusion, Garaj Mahal has become one of the nations most sought-after acts, and its members have met with worldwide respect. Drums and Tuba, the New York City-based instrumental trio, brings a mix of futuristic jazz and New Orleans funk. Cookout, a Hattisburg, Mississippi-based powerhouse quintet, is like high-energy funk during a galactic explosion. With members hailing from past groups Dukes of Jazzard and Afroman, Cookout is becoming the South’s newest funk favorites. That 1 guy is an NYC-based solo act, using an instrument unique to the inventor/musician. Creating his own style of funky drum & bass grooves, Mike Silverman is unique to the music world. "Like a one-man band plucked from the pages of Dr. Suess, That 1 Guy delivers earthshaking future funk from ‘the magic pipe’.” (Bass Player Magazine)
Regional acts include Eckobase, a Fayetteville-based quartet combining super funk grooves, deep dub electronica and acid jazz excursions to form their own mix of ethnodelic dance music. Speakeasy is a Springfield, Missouri quartet that throws down a relentless assault of groove oriented funk ‘n’ roll. Additional performers included Little Rock’s Soulball and Fayetteville favorites Flipoff Pirates, Underground Muse Project and B-Side Folk Union.
There will be a separate late-night venue with featured DJs, presented by Esoteric Gen, on Friday and Saturday night starting at 2am. All camping is onsite and free to festival attendants. There will be multiple food vendors providing a tasty selection of foods, and additional merchandise vendors with a variety of goods. Local and regional artist will be on hand displaying a wide range of talent. Non-profit information booths will be on hand to incorporate positive propaganda. All tapers are welcome.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $15 day passes will be available at the gate. Advance ticket locations include Dark Star Visuals and Sound Warehouse in Fayetteville; Roscoe’s Music in Eureka Springs; Pizza D’Action in Little Rock; Menagerie in Tahlequah, Oklahoma; and Stick it in your Ear and Kaleidoscope in Springfield, Missouri. This is a rain or shine event. For more information please visit The Great Unknown website.