It sure didn’t take the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival much time after officially announcing its move from Lawrence, Kansas to Ozark, Arkansas for the folks behind the four-day event to unpack their bags and unveil the first part of this year’s lineup.

The Yonder Mountain String Band and STS9 will head the 2009 edition of Wakarusa, scheduled to go down between June 4 and 7, with what are being billed as “two big sets,” while familiar Wakarusa favorites Buckethead and Galactic will hold the late night. Other notable acts currently confirmed to perform include legendary reggae duo Sly & Robbie, Railroad Earth, Steve Kimrock and his new band, Crazy Engine, and Widespread Panic’s Jimmy Herring and his band. All in all, the current lineup looks something like this:

Yonder Mountain String Band (2 big sets!), STS9 (2 big sets!), Galactic (late night set), Buckethead (late night set), Sly & Robbie, Railroad Earth (2 sets), Cross Canadian Ragweed, Digable Planets, Porter Batiste & Stoltz (2 sets), Steve Kimock & Crazy Engine, Perpetual Groove (2 sets), Split Lip Rayfield (2 sets), Lucero, The Egg, 20/20 Soundsystem, Jimmy Herring Band, Cornmeal (2 sets), EOTO, Boombox, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Secret Chiefs 3, Joe Purdy, Dirtfoot (2 sets), Pretty Lights, Big Smith (2 sets), Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Ott, Heavyweight Dub Champion, DJ Rekha, Underground Orchestra, Moonalice, My Dear Disco, Blue Mountain, Truckstop Honeymoon, Elephant Revival, Burnin’ Smyrnans, Euforquestra, Hana Pestle


Additional acts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks with Zappa Plays Zappa and Terry Vernixx expected to be among those. Of course, you can get all the latest latest news and rumors on our official Wakarusa Outlook page.

Four-day, camping, and VIP passes are available beginning today via Front Gate Solutions.