WAKARUSA — The Wakarusa Bluegrass Festival is marking its 10th year with three days of live music, jam sessions, a banjo workshop and more.
Friday, June 13
3:30-5:30 p.m. Banjo workshop
6-10 p.m. Open bluegrass jam
Saturday, June 14
10:30 a.m. Welcome remarks, prayer, national anthem
11 a.m. Calabogie Road
Noon, Rusty Nail Crossing
1 p.m. Calabogie Road
2 p.m. Special Consensus
3 p.m. Honor founders and veterans
3:30 p.m. Rusty Nail Crossing
4:30 p.m. Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers
5:30 p.m. Audie Blaylock and Redline
6:30 p.m. Special Consensus
7:30 p.m. Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers
8:30 p.m. Audie Blaylock and Redline
Sunday, June 15
10 a.m.- Noon, Bluegrass gospel service with music by Heartstrings Bluegrass and message by pastor Dwaine Swartzentruber
Noon- 4 p.m. Pot luck lunch and jamming
The concert lineup boasts a list of five festival favorites including headliner Larry Sparks, who is celebrating 50 years playing bluegrass. Sparks performed at the first Wakarusa Bluegrass Festival in 2005, the same year he won his second award for best male vocalist from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
“He has played all over the world,” festival treasurer Ellie Tom said. “It’s like he’s coming home again.”
But before the artists hit the stage, the festival will have a free two-hour banjo workshop at 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 13, where people can bring along their instruments and learn a few tips from musician Rick Rassi. After Friday’s workshop will be an open mic bluegrass jam session at 6 p.m.
The festival will close out the 10-year celebration at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 15, with a bluegrass gospel service and a free potluck lunch at noon followed by a jam session.
Free primitive camping and parking will be available at the festival’s three-acre site at 66425 S.R. 19 South. Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
No tickets are required Friday or Sunday. Admission is $15 Saturday at the gate. Children younger than 12 and active and retired veterans with a military ID get in free.