Wakarusa 2011 pre|Saturday
Saturday is yet another strong day at Wakarusa 2011. The best thing about Waka is the amount of variety. You get to decide between reggae, electronica, bluegrass, rock, funk – almost any genre you want is here. Put that on top of a beautiful mountain with beautiful people – it’s pretty fantastic. Read on for a detailed Saturday line-up.
Both bands are of equal caliber. Vibenhai is a five-year old band from Nebraska who rocks reggae. Reelfoot is a jam band from Missouri who combines a lot of genres. Take your pick.
This is Somasphere’s only set, so catch them or Rebelution if you missed them the night before.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation brings some funky soul back into the festival. Celebrate some New Orleans love with this electrified jazz band. Galactic is still a fav if you didn’t catch them Friday – and Mountain Standard Time is the sleeper of this slot. They’re full of psychadelic bluegrass that will mess with your mind. One minute your hearing traditional bluegrass and the next there’s an electronic explosion that takes you places. String-cheese-like.
I’m not sure if you’ve seen Across the Universe, but it doesn’t matter. Everyone needs to experience Dana Fuchs, whether she’s belting Etta James’ classics or original music. She’s a sexy as hell reincarnation of the 60′s power ballad woman.
It’s a little early for the high-octane Ozomatli to be rousing the crowds, but I doubt that will deter them. They are a sure thing if you haven’t seen them. I’m going to try and check out Chamberlin though – they visit us from Vancouver and bring a wealth of beards and beats.
MarchFourth is an eyeful – everytime. They feel like a roving gypsy marching band who lives and breathes entertainment and will likely grace us with an impromptu street party. Always a good decision.
Mumford is an obvious choice for a pre-Harper good time. However, if you feel like crazy dancing instead of crazy swooning, Grupo Fantasma is here for you. They fuse modern and traditional influences to create a highly energetic funkified Afro/Latin genre. But Mumford & Sons are visiting us from across the pond.. it might be polite to fill our ears with their own fusions of bluegrass, country and folk. Decisions, decisions.
7:00 – 8:15 NADIS WARRIORS | Electronica
7:45 – 8:45 FRONTIER RUCKUS | Folk Rock
8:00 – 9:30 MOUTH | Funk / Jam
8:00 – 10:00 BEN HARPER & THE RELENTLESS7 | Soul / Rock
8:30 – 10:00 THE BUDOS BAND | Psychedelic Rock / Brass Band
Ben Harper has been around awhile, but continues to surprise as he evolves. It feels like he is a much older, wiser man than just 41. Can’t miss the passion that is fully thrown into every performance. Get ready for the lap steel.
Hot Buttered Rum is the perfect mellow-out for the start of Saturday night. They’ve been described as a rock band with acoustic instruments, and are definitely worth walking out to the Backwoods Stage to party.
10:30 – 12:15 THIEVERY CORPORATION
10:30 – 11:45 PAPA GROWS FUNK
10:45 – 11:45 HOLDING SPACE
10:30 – 12:00 THE FLOOZIES
12:15 – 1:00 QUIXOTIC
12:30 – 2:00 PERPETUAL GROOVE
12:30 – 2:00 MOUNTAIN SPROUT
12:30 – 2:00 STS9
1:00 – 2:30 STANTON WARRIORS
2:00 – 3:15 JANOVER W/ KARSH KALE
2:30 – 4:00 AN-TEN-NAE
2:30 – 4:00 WOOKIEFOOT
2:30 – 4:00 BIG GIGANTIC
3:15 – 4:30 SYD GRIS
4:30 – 6:00 ROY DAVIS JR.
6:00 – 7:15 VIBESQUAD