When Matty Nash was a child, nothing could satisfy his racing attention span quite like the circus.
"They're in the air ... there's clowns in this car here, there's tigers over there," Nash recalls.
"You're trying to take it in all at once, and it's designed so you can't take it in all at once."
Lately, Nash doesn't have to go to circuses; he's the ringleader of his own. With his arsenal of strangely talented performers - as in fire dancers, aerial performers and huge, costumed anime-style characters - Nash formed The Mutaytor. Part musical act, part performance art, The Mutaytor is a barrage of sights and sounds.
"It's kind of like your birthday, Halloween, New Year's and Mardis Gras all at the same time," Nash explains.
On stage, The Mutaytor looks something like this: There are 60 drums pummeling the air, burlesque dancers in various stages of undress slinking across the stage, and acrobats flying through the air. Most of them are on fire.
The live performances are backed by a team of music and video that works together to form one strange experience. The Mutaytor, Nash admits, is "a taste that is not often found on a music festival palate."
Its sound is as schizophrenic as its acts. The sonic attack of the drumline is laced with anything from techno to eerie orchestral sounds to live funk, rock and jazz. Each music segment is tailored to match the action on the stage.
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Nash, who commands over 30 performers, says Mutaytor's cast shrinks and grows to fit various stages and audiences. The group's performance at Wakarusa, Nash promises, "is going to be big." Just as big as, say, its performance at that "other" music festival, Coachella.
The 30-plus twisted acts will ensure that no one leaves bored.
"If you don't like the music, how about the people flying through the air on fire? If you don't like the people flying through the air on fire, how about the interactive experience when our dancers are bringing you onstage to do some silly participation?" Nash says.
Nash adds, "It's short attention-span theater."
Wakarusa Festival 2006
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- 6News video: Wakarusa Festival arrests scheduled to appear Friday (06-12-06)
- 6News video: Wakarusa festival winds down (06-11-06)
- 6News video: Heat beats down on Wakarusa (06-09-06)
- 6News video: Businesses benefiting from festival (06-09-06)
- 6News video: Law enforcement keeping eye on illegal substances (06-09-06)
- 6News video: Wakarusa swings into gear (06-08-06)
- 6News video: Traffic snarls grip festival (06-08-06)
- 6News video: Sweep yields drug arrests (06-08-06)
- 6News video: Apartment complex blocked by traffic (06-08-06)
- 6News video: Checklanes check out festival-goers (06-07-06)
- 6News video: Staff, volunteers, vendors prepare for flood of visitors (06-07-06)
- Wakarusa inspections infuriate the ACLU (06-13-06)
- Police activity, arrests increase at Wakarusa (06-13-06)
- Police presence dampened fest, campers say (06-12-06)
- Wakarusa hits high note (06-11-06)
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- Logistical problems strike sour note for some (06-10-06)
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- Sitar player carves out own La La land in music industry (06-10-06)
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- Medical tent may curb trips to LMH (06-09-06)
- Youngsters walk through traffic to tae kwon do (06-09-06)
- Women of Wakarusa (06-09-06)
- The Mutaytor brings circus atmosphere to outdoor fest (06-09-06)
- Traffic problems arise at Wakarusa fest (06-08-06)
- Highway patrol drug check greets fans on way to fest (06-08-06)
- State rains on Wakarusa parade (06-08-06)
- Scattered by Hurricane Katrina, band remains intact (06-08-06)
- Walkin' Wakarusa (06-08-06)
- Police checkpoint near Wakarusa causing a stir (06-07-06)
- Partiers take note: Police presence at Wakarusa Fest to double this year (05-04-06)
- Wakarusa Festival 2006 - Day 4
- Wakarusa Festival 2006 - Day 3
- Wakarusa Festival 2006 - Day 2
- Wakarusa Festival 2006 - Day 1
- Wakarausa Festival 2006 - Pre-Fest