Wakarusa 2011 pre|Friday

10:25 am by

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Damn. Friday at Wakarusa 2011 is going to be a long day. Breaks may not happen – there’s just so much good music every hour. This is a day to go into with a bit of a plan, or you may regret missing some real good shows. Start early, go hard. Read on for a detailed schedule.



11:00 – 11:45  COLESLAW | Blues / Funk
11:00 – 11:40  DUMPTRUCK BUTTERLIPS | Soulgrass

It’ll be worth your time to wake up (or continue Thursday’s party) and head over to the Outpost tent for a sexy good time with Dumptruck Butterlips. Self-proclaimed soulgrass, this group is a gypsy-mash complete with accordion and washboard that you’ll want to check out.


12:00 – 12:45  INFANTREE | Folk Rock / Soul
12:00 – 1:00 MOUNTAIN SPROUT | Bluegrass
12:15 – 1:00  WHERE’S LAWRENCE? | Funk / Reggae
12:00 – 1:00   LIGHTAJO | Jam / Funk / Rock

I’m excited about catching Infantree. They have a lot of philosophical ideas that help formulate the direction of the unique sounds to which I’ve recently become addicted. This early hour on Friday is a toss-up, but I’m definitely heading for Infantree. Mountain Sprout, however, fits in perfect on Mulberry mountain. They are classic bluegrass that was made for these parts and will fit your dancing hillbilly needs. Or if you feel like an early afternoon walk and prefer more of a jam/funk to start Friday, head over to the Outpost tent and hear Lightajo. They blend up a lot of genres and hopefully you’ll hear a Rage cover.

1:15 – 2:15  THE HEAVY | Soul / Rock
1:30 – 2:30 CORNMEAL | Americana / Folk / Bluegrass
1:30 – 2:30  CARRIE RODRIGUEZ | Alternative Soul
1:30 – 2:30   ILLPHONICS | Hip Hop Fusion

The Heavy are from a small town in the UK that feel like they were born in the heart of New Orleans. Recently garnering attention for being featured in Oscar-winning The Fighter, these boys are heavy soul with beats that will reverberate in your head for hours. They’re playing later in the evening as well, but at the same time as some other great bands. If the early afternoon has you wanting softer sounds, you can head over to Carrie Rodriguez. She’s a singer songwriter that will soothe your hangover.


2:45 – 4:00  TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE | Soul / Jam
3:00 – 4:00 SPLIT LIP RAYFIELD | Bluegrass
3:00 – 4:00  JAY NASH | Indie Country
3:00 – 4:00  THE CONGRESS | Americana Rock
3:00 – 4:15  WOLF-E-WOLF | Electronica

You can’t go wrong with Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue or Split Lip Rayfield. Their performances are always solid and keep you dancing. Jay Nash is the singer songwriter type who has skill and lays on the charm. But I’d recommend checking out The Congress. They’re a Denver-based band with a lot of originality and sexy blues mixed with Americana rock.


4:30 – 5:45 JJ GREY & MOFRO | Blues / Funk
4:30 – 5:30 LANGHORNE SLIM | Alternative Folk Rock
4:30 – 5:30  HOOTS & HELLMOUTH | Indie Roots
4:30 – 5:30 HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND | Bayou Americana
4:15 – 5:30  SPANKALICIOUS | Electronica

For me, this one isn’t a choice. Langhorne Slim doesn’t come down south often enough for me and he puts on fantastic live shows. JJ Grey and Mofro are great if you need some blues rock, but if you’ve seen them once you’ve generally seen it all. And hopefully you can catch Hoots & Hellmouth on Thursday at 7:45pm.

5:30 – 6:45  MISS J | Electronica
6:00 – 7:00 SPOONFED TRIBE | Rock
6:00 – 7:15  DELHI 2 DUBLIN | Indian / Celtic
6:00 – 7:30 LUCERO | Rock
6:15 – 7:45  SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS | Funk / Blues
6:45 – 8:00  INFLECT | Electronica

Spoonfed Tribe and Lucero are the first real hard rock of the festival, so if you’ve been waiting check them out. I can’t place it, but I’ve always thought of Spoonfed as pirate rockers. If pirates were musicians, they’d be Spoonfed Tribe. In any case, both are worth seeing. Sharon Jones will definitely fill your funkalicious needs, especially if you have a love of fringe. Definitely want to catch Delhi 2 Dublin though. They’re a crazy mash up of Indian and Celtic music, with some reggae vibes thrown in. The different styles fit together quite well, and this band has a ton of energy. These hours will include a lot of stage hopping for me.


7:30 – 8:30  THE HEAVY | Soul / Rock
7:45 – 8:45 JOSH PHILLIPS FOLK FESTIVAL | Indie Folk
8:00 – 9:30  RYAN BINGHAM & THE DEAD HORSES | Country [the real kind]
8:00 – 9:30  RADIOHIRO W/ MC ZULU | DJ
8:30 – 10:00 STS9 | Electronic Rock

I know that most will be heading for STS9 at 8:30, but there are some good bands to catch before the night begins. If you missed The Heavy in the afternoon, now’s a good time. For me, Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses symbolize how modern country music should have evolved. Brilliant lyrics with country beats that involve skill and aren’t cookie cutter. Not a band to miss.

9:00 – 10:30  REBELUTION | Reggae
9:15 – 10:30 SCYTHIAN | Celtic Gypsy
9:30 – 11:00  ANA SIA | Electronica

Any of these three will be a great warm-up to MMJ. Take your pick of the style and enjoy. I’m not the hugest fan of jersey uniformed Rebelution, but the sounds are solid reggae and if you like audio synthesized voices, they’re for you.

10:00 – 12:00  GALACTIC | Funk
10:30 – 12:15 MY MORNING JACKET | Rock
11:00 – 12:30  POOR MAN’S WHISKEY | High Octane Hootenanny (self-described)
11:00 – 12:15  EKOOSTIK HOOKAH | Psychedelic Rock / Jam

If chance happens that you aren’t a MMJ fan, Galactic will fill this slot nicely. These New Orleans natives just came out with a new record and are only getting more funkified. Ekoostik Hookah is another great option. They blend a lot of genres together and have a become a solid jam band.


12:15 – 1:00  QUIXOTIC
12:45 – 2:15 THE NEW DEAL
1:00 – 2:30  HOT BUTTERED RUM
1:00 – 2:30 BASSNECTAR
2:00 – 3:15 MO7S
2:45 – 4:15  SKRILLEX
3:15 – 4:30  DJ SOLO