Wakarusa Music Festival Part I: The Early Arrival Revival

Greetings from Lawrence, Kansas! For a festival that hasn't even officially started yet, Thursday evening was jam packed. STS9 had to cancel their appearance at the last minute due to unfortunate circumstances and so Umphrey's McGee was granted an extra set. They played for four hours with a short set break and it was your "typical" triUMPHant and frenetic "improg" show and a great way to kick off the festival in high gear. Brendan Bayliss let everyone know that "Wakarusa" means "ass deep" - the original meaning of the word likely to describe the river but we'll no doubt use many times over the weekend. Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (of The Disco Biscuits at Wakarusa with Conspirator who will perform tomorrow late night) sat in for a sweet electro-metal jam that was chock full-o-flava. Already the Wakarusa vibe is starting to set in...

Jake Cinninger & Ryan Stasik

Brendan Bayliss

Kris Myers

Marc Brownstein (Conspirator) with Umphrey's

Speakeasy at the Chipotle Own Grown Stage

Soulshine Liquid Art Light Show

Papa Mali

The Cajun blues rock of Papa Mali sent us off into the Kansas night. We've got TONS more music to see this weekend. We're also looking forward to seeing the beautiful Clinton State Park during the daylight hours. Stay tuned and we'll keep you posted on what's happening here at Wakarusa. It's all happening!

Words by: SuperDee
Images by: John Smrtic
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[Published on: 6/17/05]

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