In 2003, the inaugural Wakarusa Festival was met with open arms-and skepticism. But with each passing year and tens of thousands of people through the gate, Lawrence's most ambitious event establishes the kind of staying power that it promised in the first place. Headliners like Widespread Panic and Ben Harper were once but wee daydreams, but this year they'll be backed by a jam-heavy lineup that also sports top draws like Yonder Mountain String Band, Medeski, Martin & Wood and Michael Franti and Spearhead. Toss in more than 100 more rock, jam, bluegrass, funk, alt-country zydeco, jazz, blues and experimental bands and you'll begin to understand why showering and sleeping are way overrated.
Lawrence anarchists vs. FEMA anarchy in the rubble strewn streets of Greensburg
So far as oxymorons go, "anarchist organization" is right up there with "military intelligence" or "jumbo shrimp." Kansas Mutual Aid (KMA), however, isn't exactly a Molotov-hurling band of latter day Guy (and Gal) Fawkes bent on destroying society.
Lawrence's Minus Story plays with anagrams and cooks up a Truss-tworthy new record
Fans of Minus Story are generally hardcore fans, and for good reason. The band's records are absorbing listens, crafted with the meticulous spirit of a fiction writer or glass blower.
Archetype brings in the band, plans new album
Staples of Lawrence's hip-hop scene since 1999, vocalist Isaac "iD" Diehl and vocalist/DJ Jeremy "Nezbeat" Nesbitt of Archetype take pride in the musical progression both experienced from their first album, Freehand Formula through 2005's well-received Bleed for Them.
A profile of Matt Baum-former wrestler and bar owner turned coffee shop proprietor and forest fire fighter
Matt Baum looks like a firefighter: thick arms, thick nose, thick hands. Looks more like a firefighter than an espresso shop owner.
Outdoor film noir festival casts shadows onto downtown lot-and positive light on downtown
Hey, did you ever think that bare wall on the parking garage at Ninth and New Hampshire would be the perfect place to screen movies? Yeah, you and about every other visionary who's used that lot as a public urinal after last call.
Genetically modified crops raise concerns for Kansas farmers, consumers
An announcement came last month: Kansas is going to help solve the world's diarrhea problems by hosting a crop of pharmaceutical rice near Junction City. Two-hundred-fifty acres this year, and up to 3,200 acres later on. The rice contains a protein that could be used in drugs to treat diarrhea and dehydration in developing countries.