Wakarusa 2004 by Rob Foster
The second annual Wakarusa Music Festival, presented by Fat Tire Amber Ale, will be held June 17 - 19 near Lawrence, Kansas. The event will combine three days of live entertainment with camping and other outdoor activities. Wakarusa exploded on the national festival scene in its inaugural year, with attendees from 44 states. Wakarusa promises to be one of Kansas' biggest tourism attractions in 2005, Wakarusa is a celebration of music and Mother Nature with friends new and old.

Wakarusa will provide attendees a full weekend of activities. Three stages will feature more than 50 acts from a variety of musical genres playing nearly around the clock. Acts scheduled to appear at Wakarusa 2005 include Gov't Mule, Umphrey's McGee, Ozomatli, Jazz Mandolin Project, North Mississippi Allstars, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Little Feat, Big Head Todd and The Monsters, Son Volt, Particle, Neko Case, The Samples, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Junior Brown and more than 30 additional acts.

For those choosing to take a break from the music, various lifestyle activities will again be available including mountain biking, disc golf, wind surfing, canoe rentals, swimming, 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, packaged beverages and general merchandise. "We will have everything you need," said Brett Mosiman of the Wakarusa Festival. "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 the total outdoor experience focusing on good friends, good vibes and great music."

Wakarusa 2005 will focus on quality, variety and value. "We are offering people the complete package," said Mosiman. "Wakarusa will be an unbelievable weekend of music and camping that will also be an incredible value. A Wakarusa ticket represents about $1.00 per concert set. Try getting that from the big corporate rock promoters. It's time to bring the music back to the people, and we're doing it in concert with Mother Nature."

New this year will be a secluded family campground. Also, children under 12 will be admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Wakarusa will also feature special children's concerts, activities and programs this year. "Families of all ages and sizes will be able to enjoy the camping, music and nature," Mosiman said.

Tickets for the second annual Wakarusa Festival go on sale February 11 at www.Wakarusa.com. A limited number of $79.00 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, including additional artists, go to www.wakarusa.com.

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[Published on: 2/1/05]

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