by Robert Bell
11 a.m. Mulberry Mountain. $150-$660.
It's a bummer, but there just aren't too many times or places where one can unfurl one's freak flag, hoist it waaaay up high — super, duper, ultra, mega high — and just proceed to let it fly, free from concerns about any squares, prudes, nags, scolds, authoritarian-types or what-have-you coming along to try to toss a bucket of cold harshness on your good times. But brothers and sisters, there is one such place and time, and that place is Mulberry Mountain, and that time is called Wakarusa.
This marks the festival's 10th year, and the fifth year that it has been hosted in Arkansas, having been relocated from its original home in Kansas on account of harassment from the authorities. But the site near Ozark is private property, which means more privacy and less intrusion from you-know-whos.
That said, they'll be hanging around the vicinity for sure. So take some smart precautions: Drive cautiously (but not, you know, like suspiciously so), make sure you've got all your insurance info and registration, make sure you don't have a tail light out or anything else that might make you an easy mark. And have fun. It's a beautiful location, and if you're into the jam-band, electronic or bluegrass scenes, there will be a ridiculous amount of music for you to enjoy. This year's headliners are Snoop Lion, Widespread Panic, Dispatch, The Black Crowes, Gogol Bordello, Son Volt, Umphrey's McGee and STS9, among many, many other acts. Here's the full schedule.