The Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival (June 8-11, 2006) is a four-day foot-stomping party in the heart of the Midwest. Born in 2004, Wakarusa burst onto the scene with a diverse and eclectic lineup featuring over 70 artists. The 2004 bill perked the interest of both devout and casual music fans alike. Fans that made the trip to Wakarusa left with unforgettable stories of the music and the beautiful surroundings of Clinton Lake and the Lawrence area. In 2005, Wakarusa returned and quickly established itself as a premiere, grassroots event in the nationwide outdoor music scene. Attracting folks from all 50 U.S. states and five countries, the 2005 event featured over 80 artist, five stages and over four days of non-stop music and entertainment.

Here is the initial line-up:

Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Greyboy Allstars, Yonder Mountain String Band, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Keller Williams, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gomez, The Mutaytor, Buckethead, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Railroad Earth, Bernie Worrell and the WOO Warriors, Perpetual Groove, Tim Reynolds, New Monsoon, Brothers Past, Assembly of Dust, The Cat Empire, Split Lip Rayfield, Pnuma, Lucero, MOFRO, Shooter Jennings, Camper Van Beethoven, Lotus, Andrew Bird, Shanti Groove, Yard Dog Road Show, Rose Hill Drive, Honeytribe featuring Devon Allman, Tea Leaf Green.

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bigtommystyle Fri 1/13/2006 01:45PM
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Weak compared to last year. Still the best festival. I hope they dont change it all that much, because it really worked.

kimmiet319 starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/13/2006 02:17PM
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cheesestix Fri 1/13/2006 02:35PM
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ohh buckethead and worrell i want a late night jam oooohh

jemima starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/13/2006 03:08PM
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thats a sweet lineup.. im psyched.. gonna be a good time.

DoorsX316 starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/13/2006 08:11PM
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Wakarusa is the best!

mellfio Fri 1/13/2006 08:35PM
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I love this festival so much. Extremely user friendly. But where's Green Lemon and ALO? Hopefully to be added soon....

medeskifreek starstarstar Fri 1/13/2006 08:48PM
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Sounds good so far. I think Ill be reeeally stoked when STS9 shows up on the lineup...

Lewis starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/13/2006 10:51PM
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Bad Ass!
I'm sure it will be fucking great, again.

gretaflowerchild starstarstarstar Fri 1/13/2006 11:18PM
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any possible umph addtion?

IAmTheStallion Sat 1/14/2006 12:01AM
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sounds good, anyone know how long the sets tend to be?

manlejo Sat 1/14/2006 01:53AM
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umm... yes. for those who were there last year (or the year before!), and for anyone else still, this shalt be a good time. the flecktones? keller? yondeR? buckethead?! gomez!!?! i think i need a moment...

phishead818 starstarstar Sat 1/14/2006 09:06AM
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Yeah they will need to add a few more before I go, but definately my favorite from last year. +umphreys please, karl d, cheese? some more of the goodies from last year

tomjsci starstarstarstar Sat 1/14/2006 09:08AM
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Gomez? Wonderful. Somebody tell the 10K organizers to get Gomez on their bill, as well! Mpls loves Gomez.

rollamcnut starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/14/2006 11:02AM
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Green Lemon has got to be there. They absolutely tore it down last year with two seperate shows. ALO and Robert Bradley were perfect too. See you there!

shpilkie starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/14/2006 11:06AM
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bigtommy....this is only maybe 30(?) of the 80+ bands they will have...don't you worry

Chaloupka starstarstarstar Sat 1/14/2006 02:31PM
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Wakarusa needs to add The Balance - They'll rock the shit out of anyone who catches their set.


chriso_227 starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/14/2006 03:28PM
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Good start to the line-up

TBandit Sat 1/14/2006 07:34PM
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That's a pretty sweet lineup. im definatly there

could use some ALO though

joshp1731 Sun 1/15/2006 12:20AM
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good initial line-up but def. weak compared to last yr. this festival needs a big headliner like cheese, umph, bisco, crowes, mule, etc....they should just book all of them to be safe

deadheadskier starstarstarstar Sun 1/15/2006 09:16AM
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Nice to see Assembly of Dust branching out. HOTTEST act on the circuit today

vwphan starstarstarstar Sun 1/15/2006 09:01PM
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It can only get better from here. Yonder and Tea Leaf are my faves right now. Anything else is just icing on the cake!! Best Fest IMO!

theivywall starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/16/2006 01:29AM
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if claypool ends up in the wakarusa neighborhood, a c2b3 set would be the heat. this lineup is already lookin' groovy. gomez, tim reynolds, and andrew bird are three artists who channel a lot of truth and good vibes but are not typically considered "jam bands". i for one, am pleased with the diversity of the lineup. ddbb will blast the stagnant collective ego of the masses with their humble nawluns brass. it'll be good.

Ston Mon 1/16/2006 07:15AM
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Word up Tom J!!! Gomez! I can't wait til the next line up gets announced. How bout Matisyahu???

udsh Mon 1/16/2006 07:19AM
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to anybody that went, how hot was it last year??

TLGchris Mon 1/16/2006 12:47PM
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Kansas sun in the middle of June, killer. It was really hot but definately worth goin. See ya there

willygonewild starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/16/2006 03:34PM
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Gomez!! Just got off Jamcruise4 and they made some fans here in the US. Wonderful to hang out with them and some of the gang going to Wakaurusa. Need to go back to my space in Kansas would be Wakavirgin. Great Lineup!

Luthur starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/17/2006 07:45AM
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Waka Waka. They are capping attendence at 15K this year. Last year they added a lot of bands including a few of the big headliners after the initial lineup announcement. It's all marketing. They know who is going to play for the most part. Keep the additinons coming every 3-4 weeks and it's an excuse for more press releases.

I'd buy your tickets now. Well worth the early bird special.

huckfather Tue 1/17/2006 08:20AM
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line-up looks good so far. Would love it if the John Butler Trio could make it again this year. Needs a bigger headliner like Trey, Panic, Ratdog, or Cheese. But you can't go wrong with tea leaf, yonder, keller, and new moonson. I talked to Brendon from UM and it sounds like they might play.

Jenny Jen starstarstarstar Tue 1/17/2006 10:22AM
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Jenny Jen

i agree...maybe a couple more "headliners" would be nice...not taking away from RRB though...still a ways a way though and great lineup so far...cross canadian ragweed huh..

NickBoeka starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/17/2006 01:17PM
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Hopefully HMHR wins the Fort Collins Battlerusa for a shot to play at Wakarusa. They blew it up at 10KLF last summer, and can expect the same here.

jimjavitis starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/18/2006 10:23AM
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The best festival I have been to. They keep porta potties clean everyday, recycling group is good, great line up. Bring on some Panic though.

shannonshinn starstarstar Wed 1/18/2006 10:24AM
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I actually think it's a relief that this festival hasn't accrued anymore "headliners" as of yet. The draw becomes too big sometimes and unpleasant.. Let them have Bonnaroo (and a few others not to mention). Although, the ones that are on there are rising fast enough.

Chaloupka starstarstarstar Wed 1/18/2006 11:15AM
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I actually agree w/ shannonshinn - I like it that there aren't any huge bands here. That way the place isn't so much of a clusterfuck. 20,000 is a good # of people - Wakarusa should try to keep it like that.

Oh yeah, and The Balance is going to win the Battlerusa in Omaha, so everyone should be ready to check them out at Wakarusa. The Balance is posed to explode onto the scene.


funkmassa Wed 1/18/2006 02:47PM
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OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH. Bernie(the living god)Worrell, Greyboy Allstars, and Dirty Dozen. Sounds like we's gettin' funktified. They need to get The Brothers Groove (from Detroit) to play, that would top off the swank factor. Peace Love and Funk yall.

lillogie starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/19/2006 07:04AM
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didn't catch tlg last year, its awesome that they are hittin up waka again. Umph and john butler need to sign on.
Robert randolph, keller, michael franti, yonder, the initial line up is strong. It'll be another sick 4 days in lawrence.

gsu8406 starstarstar Fri 1/20/2006 01:01AM
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Tim Reynolds and Robert Randolph would mix very well. Hoping to see them together in KS. Both of these guys with Cheese would be great. It is a little early to post a lineup, though.

bigdamnfan Fri 1/20/2006 07:45AM
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The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band has been added.

zerox120 starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/20/2006 11:17AM
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throw on latenight um and biscuits we'll be set

Thought Criminal Sat 1/21/2006 12:09AM
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Thought Criminal

Buckethead and the Woo Warriors, I must now celabrate

meatstick66 Sat 1/21/2006 10:38AM
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This lineup is terrible. I was at last years and last years was so much better. i am going to have to pass this one this summer. i am sure that the whole festival experiance will be awesome. but they need to add a couple more big bands.

tourmaniac starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/21/2006 05:25PM
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The person below me has no idea what they are talking about, this is the best lineup yet...and there's still five more months of artist additions to go! In fact they just added The Duo, ALO, Cracker, Donna the Buffalo, Jake Shimabukuro (the crazy guy on the uke) and some others as well. This is definitely going to be the festival of the summer.

kozis starstarstarstarstar Sun 1/22/2006 12:01AM
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Death Cube K starstarstar Sun 1/22/2006 07:45PM
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Death Cube K

this festival is definately derp a derp

festivalqueen Mon 1/23/2006 06:58AM
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awesome awesome lineup! didn't go last year unfortunately but I think this years lineup might be even better than last year....can't wait for the CrUeL SuN of the WaKaRuSa! yeahhh! :-) plzzz annnounceee more!

funktizzle Tue 1/24/2006 11:09AM
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clearly anyone who considers this lineup weak has no concept of music outside of "jam" music. i hope they do not add any of these "headliners" because they already have one in Bernie Worrell. That guy has more musical talent in his pinky then most headliners could bring to the table. Great lineup i actualy think its worth going to the middle of no where for once on this one.

moe2 Wed 1/25/2006 02:41PM
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nice set of bands, it be sweet if umphreys made an appearance, and like maybe a late night new deal show.

slynn Fri 1/27/2006 11:15AM
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Most of these festivals have the same lineup. This one is decent Ill give it that. Bonnaroo year in and year out has the most diverse lineup. All the jambands you could want, maybe a classic rock act or too and upcoming Indie bands. I know Bonnaroo has its problems like the sun, heat and lots of people but it will beat wakarusa again. Loading festivals with the same unoriginal jambands is a horrible idea in my eyes.

Randle Sun 1/29/2006 09:45PM
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Lineup looks great. A shame that midwest weekend warriors Jassy Grazz couldn't get on the bill. www.jassygrazz.com

rockout42 starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/1/2006 06:25PM
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Looks like the guy two posts below me is eating his words. "All the jambands you could want.." Sure buddy, whatever you say. Wakarusa is staying true to it's roots and not trying to chase the flavor of the month. There is absolutely no WAY that the Roo is going to beat Waka this year. Have you ever even been to Wakarusa? Because if you have then you've seen what a music festival SHOULD be. Places like Waka, HSMF, Telluride, Summer Camp, Allgood and 10KLK is what it's all about. Bonnaroo will see the light this year when their ticket sales drop through the floor.


BeccA1686 starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/2/2006 05:33PM
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This is going to be amazing...its made my day or actually my year!!!

pnumawhat Fri 2/10/2006 11:58AM
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pnuma. the heatiest hot heat that is overly warm. pnuma say yeah!

gumboots starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/23/2006 05:56AM
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I can't believe that noone wants to go to this festival with me. This is the kind of festival bonnaroo gets a hard on over. Kinfolk 'n' A!

Matis starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/19/2006 09:20AM
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Wakarusa is gonna be ridiculously good, once again, and again. After this one wraps up, do yourself a favor and head west for the High Sierra Music Festival. If you're like me, you can't help but chuckle reading these posts - Don't worry, all these suckas trying to hate on what we all know is some of the highest quality sounds won't be there anyway! That's the beauty of this festival... the haters' stay away. Grab some clean underwear and head over to Quincy - stop by the Vegas theme camp while you're there and throw some dice. Tell em Matis sent you - NY what! i live for this shit.