The first annual Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival will be held June 18-20 at Clinton Lake State Park in Lawrence, Kansas. Set on more than four hundred acres of wooded land adjacent to the lake, the event will combine three days of national entertainment with camping and other outdoor activities. Organizers have selected the Lawrence area based on its central location and readily available amenities.

Wakarusa 2004 will provide attendees a full weekend of activities. Three stages, running almost continually, will feature more than 50 acts from a variety of musical genres. Artists scheduled to appear at Wakarusa 2004 include O.A.R., Galactic, Particle, Leftover Salmon, North Mississippi Allstars, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Indigenous, The Donnas, BR-549, Los Lonely Boys, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, Jazz Mandolin Project, The Samples, Sound Tribe Sector 9, and 2004 Grammy nominee Robert Randolph & the Family Band. Recent additions to the 2004 line up include Keller Williams, Benevento Ruso Duo, Bob Schneider, The Jennifer Hartswick Band, Mountain of Venus, Woven and Theresa Anderson.

For those choosing to take a break from the music, various lifestyle concessions will be available including mountain biking, Frisbee golf, wind surfing, Jet Ski rentals, nature hikes, and more. More than 20 food and beverage vendors will offer a complete variety of eats and treats and the Wakarusa General Store will be open 24 hours, offering sundries, snacks, and packaged beverages. "We will have everything you need," says John Brooks of Wakarusa Festival, Inc. "Once you hit the Wakarusa site, you won't have to leave the grounds the entire weekend. Wakarusa is not just a concert. It's a lifestyle and total outdoor experience focusing on good friends, good vibes, and great memories."

Wakarusa 2004 will focus on quality, variety, and value. "We are offering people a whole new entertainment experience," says Brooks. "It will be an incredible weekend of music and camping that will blow away traditional single day shows for value and content. For too long, music lovers have been subjected to corporately produced concerts with exorbitant ticket prices, concessions gone haywire and ridiculous parking fees and service charges. It's time to bring the music back to the people and we're doing it."

Tickets for the inaugural Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival go on sale March 12. A limited number of $65 early-bird tickets will be available to patrons who purchase early. This special rate will only be available for a limited time and in limited quantities. All tickets include three days of music, camping, and free parking. Camping upgrades and special VIP tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis.

For complete information go to WakarusaFestival.com.

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[Published on: 3/11/04]

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