December 12th, 2008 at 6:07 am
The Flaming Lips try to woo a girl (in their weird, cosmic way) through song in this clip of “Do You Realize,” recorded at the 2008 Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival. The 2009 version of the festival is coming to Northwest Arkansas.
Here is what we’ve discovered:
Brett Mosiman, director of Wakarusa, had been looking for a new home for several years. After searching locations in Kansas, Ohio, Colorado and elsewhere, he picked Mulberry Mountain, north of Ozark on Arkansas 23, in large part because of its natural beauty.
It all came about pretty suddenly, said Dewey Patton, who oversees the Mulberry site and is the director of the annual Mulberry Mountain Music and Camping Festival (formerly the Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival).
It was just a few weeks ago that Mosiman and company checked out the local site. The move to Arkansas was announced Wednesday (Dec. 10).
Here is the best news of all: Both men are committed to having the music festivals exist peacefully together and help each other grow. Wakarusa is scheduled for June 4-7; Mulberry follows a little more than two months later from Aug. 13-15.
Tickets are already on sale for Wakarusa and are $79 though Dec. 31. That ticket price does not cover camping fees, and camping passes will not be available until the lineup for the event is released sometime in January, although a few bloggers are already speculating on some of the bands.
This is a clearly a major coup for Northwest Arkansas, and we here at the blog welcome Wakarusa to the area.
And, of course, as more information arrives about performers, tickets or artist announcements, we’ll keep you posted.