Singer/guitarist Brent Berry cut his teeth in the Lawrence music scene circa 2000 with backing from members of local horn band The Secondhands. His debut album "Inland" offered up a seamless platter of roots reggae, rocksteady, and folk music. As entertainers for some of Lawrence's chillest parties, Berry and his "Roots Crew" became one of the top local draws before he split for Taos, New Mexico. A girlfriend in college, however, inspired Berry to return to our fair town for a spell. He quickly assembled a group of local pickers to accompany more late nights of drinkin' and dancin'. Nowadays, Brent and the band lay down top-shelf Afro-Coastal-Americana-Grass.The Macpodz are a "Disco Bebop" quintet from Ann Arbor, Mich., that blends the smooth soul sounds of Jamiroquai with the realm of fusion heard on Miles Davis's "Bitches Brew."This Wakarusa Pre-Party is FREE until the place gets packed, at which point only Wakarusa ticket holders will be admitted.