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FREE SHOW: Prism / Big Smith / Oakhurst

Wakarusa Pre Party

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Combining heavy elements of dance and electronic music with organic rock and funk undertones, Ft. Collins' Prism looks to center their vast musical styles onto a singular path of flowing consciousness through their improvised explorations of musical time and space.Get over the Deliverance bib overalls and the Ozark ax-killer faces. The five guys in Springfield, Missouri, outfit Big Smith have long cultivated the Ozark hillbilly look, and further it with a tear-ass musical style that puts them in the company of groups like the Gourds and Avett Brothers. They usually look like they've just arrived from a turkey shoot or pig roast, but Big Smith can play high-energy, bluegrass-influenced roots music with anybody on the farm.Oakhurst is a Denver-based act with deep Appalachian roots and original songs that fuse traditional bluegrass with a citybilly attitude. The band's sound is more rustic and rocking (and less jazzy and jammy) than the typical hybrid bluegrass found in the Rocky Mountain Region. The group also performed at last summer's Wakarusa Festival and books upwards of 200 shows a year.This Wakarusa Pre-Party is FREE until the place gets packed, at which point only Wakarusa ticket holders will be admitted.9:00 Oakhurst10:30 Big Smith12:00 Prism

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