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Weekend To-Do: Wakarusa




Noon, Mulberry Mountain, Ozark. $59-$159.

Somewhere in the neighborhood of 15,000 people are expected to climb Mulberry Mountain this weekend for the biggest music and camping festival Arkansas has seen in recent memory. The hordes descend for names familiar (Black Crowes, Gov't Mule) and not so much (MOFRO, STS9, Railroad Earth) at least to those not indoctrinated into the jam band scene. That modern incarnation of hippiedom, just as hemp and sandal-obsessed as its forebears, but with way better weed, comes together to see those and more than 70 more acts on four stages through Sunday. Other acts bound to draw include Les Claypool, the former front man of Primus and bass virtuoso; dub pioneers Sly and Robbie; Hasidic Jewish reggae performer Matisyahu and Southern rock favorites Lucero. Little Rock's own Damn Bullets, who won a battle of the bands for a slot in the festival, represent early Friday afternoon. If the music grows tiring, there are trails and mini-lakes to explore.

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