Flying Monkeys in Kansas -- the Sequel
(Charles le Chauve), King Charles II of France,
and Holy Roman Emperor (875 - 877).
Jack didn't believe me when I posted to a reform List that the symbol of June's Wakarusa Music Festival in Kansas was the Wicked Witch of the West's Flying Monkeys. He checked it out and plotzed.
Hey Jack! Don't buy THEIR crummy Flying Monkey souvenir poster! Buy VLEEPTRON's crummy Flying Monkey poster!
Meanwhile the story in the Lawrence Journal-World about the super-hi-tek secret surveillance at Wakarusa indicated that the super-hi-tek surveillance narcs had told the concert promoter all about it in advance.
At least a month before the festival began, [Clinton State Park manager Jerry] Schecher said, promoter Brett Mosiman was notified of the plan for security cameras. Mosiman did not return phone calls Thursday seeking comment.
The cameras’ presence was not publicized in the Lawrence area before or after the festival.
from the official website of the
Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival:
Statement Regarding Enforcement Issues
As many of you know, there were law enforcement and accompanying security issues at this year's event. Some of these issues continue to make headlines, and regrettably, create controversy. As organizers of the festival, it is very disappointing that these issues have taken away from what otherwise has been a highly praised and truly special event. We cannot tell you how truly sorry we are that these issues occurred at Wakarusa this year and we sincerely apologize to everyone for any violations of your rights and privacy. To give you some background, we were informed that there would be an increased law enforcement presence at this year's event. Initially, we were supportive of this when it was presented as an effort to increase the safety of everyone in attendance. It quickly became apparent that law enforcement's primary mission wasn't the safety of the festival goers. We must make it perfectly clear that we did not know of any of the specific measures, tactics or instruments the various law enforcement agencies used at the event. More importantly, Wakarusa does not believe such tactics and equipment were necessary and does not support their use. If there are not significant assurances that similar procedures won’t materialize in the future, we will not host another Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival. There is simply no justification for these types of tactics to be used on an otherwise courteous and peaceful crowd. These actions are not what Wakarusa is about. Wakarusa has always took pride in being a fan friendly event -- we like to say, "a festival for music fans by music fans -- and we mean it to our core. Wakarusa is a special event hosted in a very special setting and we do appreciate the vision of those local officials who allow Wakarusa to exist and to flourish. The festival has also benefited dozens of charities and not for profit groups. In the future, we hope to expand our mission of supporting great endeavors such as environmental causes, sustainable living models, and music education. In essence, this is an event that deserves everyone’s respect and support. We are searching for moral, political and legal support to help us resolve the issues we all faced this year. As before, we will continue to listen to your concerns and work with the authorities to make Wakarusa an event we all can be proud of. Our annual mission is to make Wakarusa one of the best, safest and most enjoyable events in the country. We sincerely appreciate your loyal support during the past three years and we hope we can maintain your trust and respect as we work through our growing pains. Thank you for your support, Brett Mosiman
Online Chat - Friday, 9/22
Brett Mosiman will participate in an online chat this Friday, September 22nd at 2:30 p.m. Central courtesy of the Lawrence Journal World (www.ljworld.com). Brett will respond to questions regarding past and future events. Specific information on the online chat will be posted to www.ljworld.com tomorrow (September 20th).
Fat Tire Cruiser Auction
Here’s your chance to own a Fat Tire Cruiser courtesy of New Belgium Brewing Company and Wakarusa. All the proceeds from this auction will be donated to Leave No Trace. The auction is currently open for bidding on eBay, so don’t delay - Log on and place your bid today! Link to Auction:
If you witnessed or experienced an action during this year's festival that you feel was inappropriate, please allow Wakarusa to investigate the matter by completing an Incident Report form. The form can be found by clicking on the "Incident Report" link at the top of the homepage or by pasting the following link into your web browser http://www.wakarusa.com/2006/incident_report.asp Thank you and we're very sorry for any inconveniences you may have experienced during the festival.
Merch and Live Sets
Merch and live sets from Wakarusa 2006 are now available in our online store. Click on the "Merch" link in the main navigation or paste the following link into your web browser: http://shop.wakarusa.com/ Thank You.
Thank you for helping us set an attendance record and for making Wakarusa 2006 the best yet! We are in the process of reviewing security and enforcement procedures used by various agencies. Please send any feedback directly to Wakarusa staff via the firstname.lastname@example.org account. Thanks, again, for supporting Wakarusa. We hope to see you again next year.
Parade and Costume Contest Cancelled
Please note that the parade and the costume contest have been cancelled. We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. Wakarusa
$119 Tickets Available at Local Box Offices
Limited quantites of $119 tickets are still available at local box office locations. Visit "Box Office Locations" under the "Tickets" link for a list of locations near you. $119 tickets will only be available until May 31st.
PODCAST: Relix's Cold Turkey Live from Wakarusa
For years, respected rock scribes Benjy Eisen and Mike Greenhaus have embedded themselves in the festival trenches to report from the scene. In 2005, they ventured past the written word and into the world of podcasting -- you can hear them ham it up each week with everyone from the Disco Biscuits to My Morning Jacket on Relix Magazine’s Cold Turkey. As the official podcast of Wakarusa, Cold Turkey will present exclusive backstage interviews, live performances, updates, and commentary from the festival grounds. Wakarusa coverage will air daily throughout the festival. Several special "Wakarusa preview" episodes, featuring music from previous years, will run in the weeks leading up to this year's main event. Cold Turkey downloads are FREE MP3s which you can listen to on your computer, MP3 player, or burn to CD. Download or stream current episodes at www.relix.com/radio.
Price Increase - May 17th
Less than 2 weeks to save on Waka tickets. Prices increase on May 17th. Buy now and save over $20.
Artist Additions, Stage Schedule & Single Day Tix
Reverend Horton Heat, Zilla featuring Michael Travis of String Cheese Incident, Hurra Torpedo, Jesus Christ Superstar and Rocky Votolato added to the line up. The 2006 stage schedule is now available at Jambase.com. Single day tickets go on sale Friday, April 28th at 10 AM CST.