Saturday, June 18, 2005
It's easy to feel a little lost in the ocean of people, bands and hysteria that populates Wakarusa. In case you're worried about swimming with the musical minnows, here are a few of the big fish to stick by:
2005 Wakarusa Music Festival Acts
Rose Hill Drive: Rose Hill Drive is a loud, shredding, raw meat-eating, no-nonsense rock band. With powerfully urgent guitar riffs, tight basslines and perpetual percussive exactitude, the three-piece Boulder, Colo., band will artfully satisfy yearnings for noise.
¢ 3:45 p.m. today, Sun Down stage
Split Lip Rayfield: Hillbilly hardcore, post-punk progressive bluegrass, Appalachian Black Sabbath - whatever you call what Split Lip plays, the fact is this Kansas foursome tackles traditional bluegrass instruments (excepting a one-string upright bass fashioned from a gas tank) with enough fury to whip the whole crowd into a sweaty frenzy.
¢ 6:45 p.m., today, Sun Down stage; 12 a.m., Monday morning, Revival tent
Neko Case: Femme fatale Neko Case may very well be our generation's Loretta Lynn - a crossover country singer with a voice like a lovelorn bluebird in the Appalachian dew. A cornerstone artist of the Bloodshot Records "insurgent country" roster, Case commands the audience with her bold, sultry vocals and confident stage presence.
¢ 8:30 p.m., today, Sun Down stage
Wilco: Let's face it: Wilco is the "big name" at Wakarusa this year. The announcement that Jeff Tweedy and his rotating band of prodigious ringers would be headlining this year's festival was a definitive affirmation of its good taste. For those in the know, Wilco is the twigs and berries of the modern rock machine; the bees knees of the elite realm of bands who juggle innovation with entertain-tion. Each album is a masterwork; each live show is a watershed experience.
¢ 10:15 p.m., today, Sun Down stage
- Saturday, June 18, 2005, noon to 3 a.m.
- Clinton State Park, Clinton Lake, Lawrence
- All ages / $79 - $119
Galactic: Galactic is one of the most educated booty shakers on the scene today. The New Orleans-based "future funk" collective pays due respect to its elders (Dr. John, The Meters) while taking occasional sojourns into the worlds of electronica, pop and hip-hop. The band's latest headtrip is performing as an instrumental outfit, where the free-flowing funk jams have an all-access ticket to ride.
¢ 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning, Revival tent; 10 p.m., Sunday, Sun Down stage
Xavier Rudd: In his 2002 album, Xavier Rudd unleashed thumping acoustic rhythms occasionally speckled with popping bongos or chaotic, haunting moans of a didgeridoo. When just singing and playing acoustic guitar, however, Rudd bears a definite similarity to Dave Matthews Band. Fusing blues influences with attention-deficit pleasing percussive complexities, he is as talented and creative as unpredictable.
¢ 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Sun Down stage
Also highly recommended:
John Butler Trio - 5:15 p.m. today, Sun Down stage
Gov't Mule - 9 p.m. Saturday, Sun Up stage
More about the Wakarusa Festival
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- Coroner: Festival camper died of overdose (09-09-05)
- Wakarusa officials reflect on event (06-24-05)
- Missing camper mystery solved (06-22-05)
- 6News video: Missing festival-goer has been found (06-21-05)
- Missing festival-goer has been found (06-21-05)
- As Wakarusa festival-goers roll out of town, recyclers step in (06-21-05)
- 6News video: Death at Wakarusa causes concern (06-20-05)
- Festival deemed a hot success (06-20-05)
- 6News video: Authorities investigating death at festival (06-19-05)
- Fans favor 'intimacy' of Wakarusa festival (06-19-05)
- Thousands find bliss at Wakarusa music fest (06-18-05)
- Critics pick top weekend shows at Wakarusa festival (06-18-05)
- 6News video: Safety the main concern at Wakarusa Festival (06-17-05)
- Event not much of a boon for Lawrence merchants (06-17-05)
- 15,000 expected as fest gets off to colorful start (06-17-05)
- Critics pick can't-miss Wakarusa acts (06-17-05)
- Survival guide details the do's and don'ts of fest (06-17-05)
- 6News video: Wakarusa Festival getting bigger, funkier (06-16-05)
- Wakarusa Festival rolls out welcome mat (06-16-05)
- 6News video: Wakarusa Music Festival organizers roll out welcome mat (06-15-05)
- 6News video: Second-annual Wakarusa Festival organizers hit the road (04-25-05)
- Wakarusa festival to return in mid-June to Clinton Lake (04-23-05)
- More stories on the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival »»
- 2005 Multimedia:
- World Online: Panorama -- Main Stage at Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival
- Audio Slideshow: What are your thoughts on the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival?
- Photos: Seen & heard at the Wakarusa Festival
- Photo Gallery: Party pics: Wakarusa Fest
- Photo Gallery: Day Four -- Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival
- Photo Gallery: Day Three -- Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival
- Photo Gallery: Day Two -- Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival
- Photo Gallery: Day One -- Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival
- Photo Gallery: 2005 Wakarusa Music Festival Acts
- Photo Gallery: Waka Wagon
- 2005 Wakarusa Festival Map -- PDF | JPG
- Artists Schedules- 2005