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Wakarusa Music Festival’s promoter says if its deal with the state isn’t improved he’ll move the event out of Kansas. Should Lawrence try to keep the festival?

Response Percent Votes
48% 866
47% 849
Don’t know.
3% 57
Total 1772


LooPerkinsucks 9 years ago

Bitch all you want, but their dope is just as green as the next guys, and I ain't exactly seeing a stampede of out of town cash coming from these dirty hippies.I'm always getting approached for change.

haggisgirl 9 years ago

The question isn't phrased very well. What exactly do the promoters want Lawrence to do if its the State that they apparently have issues with? Also, I've hear first hand from a local vendor that they still haven't been paid their bill. It would appear that what the "Lawrence economy is missing out" on is Wakarusa Fest paying its bills. That's what city leaders should be concerned with.

tolawdjk 9 years ago

Bitch all you want, but their money is just as green as the next guys, and I ain't exactly seeing a stampede of out of town cash coming from anywhere else.

LooPerkinsucks 9 years ago

This is a must watch! They definitely hit the nail on the head with this.

tolawdjk 9 years ago

@LooPerkinsucks:Your converstational skills are about what I would expect from someone like you.

Randall Barnes 9 years ago

keep it where it is west of kasold turn up the volume

frankwiles 9 years ago

b3, I hope you don't count yourself among the "decent people". Because honestly, a "decent" person wouldn't say such things. :)

gccs14r 9 years ago

Maybe we can keep the festival and change promoters.

lance1jhawk 9 years ago

Brett can round up all the smelly hippies and take them with him!

ronwell_dobbs 9 years ago

I have a suggestion. Let's trade the Country Stampede with Tuttle Creek. Then we'll see how much we really want the economic benefits of a festival. Personally the idea of swarms of drunk C&W cowboys drunk as monkeys and grabbing young womens' hind ends will make the smelly hippies seem like a welcome memory.

Dawn Shew 9 years ago

This isn't about inequality or even about hippies. This is about a promoter who never turns in his license paperwork on time, asks county and city officials to bend the rules or look the other way, and expects some kind of special treatment on an event that he makes a profit on. He doesn't pay his bills to the county and city on time, and that has resulted in justified discrimination. I don't see what's so wrong with gov't entities discriminating against someone who doesn't pay their bills. Why go above and beyond to help someone who acts like a douche?

tolawdjk 9 years ago

"Bitch all you want, but their dope is just as green as the next guys, and I ain't exactly seeing a stampede of out of town cash coming from these dirty hippies.I'm always getting approached for change.""Dirty hippies" with dope is the domain of KHP, KBI, DoCo Sherrif, or LPD. Is the dope okay if they aren't dirty hippies? Are the dirty hippies okay if they don't have dope?It's real easy. Question: "Do you have any change?" Answer: "No."I'm confused by your inability to handle even the most basic conversational skills.

whatatown 9 years ago

It is so wonderful having a festival in our backyard. Wakarusa brings tons of really great bands, and I for one appreciate being able to go and see so many of my favorites for one low price, in one place. It's not just "smelly hippies" that go and enjoy the music, food and atmosphere. (one of the pizza stands has absolutely the best pizza I have ever had, hands down). People, such as lance1jhawk are just spoil sports that can't seem to have any fun and are intolerant a-holes. It's not due to attitudes and people like him that gives Lawrence it's good name. It is due to events like Wakarusa and the outdoor concerts, thriving downtown life and individuals that don't quite seem to match up with the Kansas mentality that provide the community with it's truly unique style.

Chris Ogle 9 years ago

Lets have them join each other and play cowboys and hippies.

akuna 9 years ago

Let the Wakarusa Festival stay and help it thrive!!!Lawrence is supposedly the best city in the state for the arts. With the negative attitudes like what I am reading here on the LJWorld; artists, musicians, theatre goers, etc will not want to live in or visit our city. Maybe the promoters should move it to Wichita. At least they're being progressive and not negative and regressive.

milehighhawk 9 years ago

I was born and raised in Lawrence, have lived here for more than a quarter century, have attended every Wakarusa Fest, and completely agree with Brett Mossiman.Security at Waka is absurd. I am a professional journalist who gets paid to cover the music at Waka, and yet I find myself and nearly everyone else there treated like second-rate citizens - basically guilty until proven innocent.Given the utter lack of problems that come with Waka, and the fact that all problems seem to stem from an overzealous security detail...I can't blame him one bit for not wanting to destroy his "street cred" and moving Waka someplace to where people are more appreciative.As a former Lawrence resident and a music fan, I've got to admit that I'm more than embarassed that my hometown - which prides itself on being "not like" the rest of the state - is so absolutely misguided on the subject.

LooPerkinsucks 9 years ago

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PapaB 9 years ago

I didn't go, but it happens away from town and brings some money in, so I don't have a problem with keeping it going.

NDNJAYHAWKER 9 years ago

this is revenue for lawrence! I think it is awesome that they have it here because you hear people talking about lawrence, ks from all over. we are just not known for our sports but we are also know for what beautiful state we have and one lady said "Kansas isn't flat". maybe next year it won't rain so much, then the people that are complaining will shut there traps. they have the same blood as us and they have the same kind of money as us. give em a break, just because they live a different life doesn't mean they don't have feelings. go easy and support the festival!

KEITHMILES05 9 years ago

Don't let the door hit your fanny on the way out!

nlf78 9 years ago

I don't mind the Wakarusa festival, I've been to it and also to the Stampede. But I tend to think that if the organizers can't file their paperwork on time or pay their bills on time, why should we work any harder for them? Do what you are supposed to do in a timely fashion, pay vendors and fees on time and I'm sure the "government" will be happy to help.

clyde_never_barks 9 years ago

I'm not sure what the promoters want from the state, but I think the state has come leaps and bounds from where they used to be regarding these types of festivals. Country Stampede is now in its second decade...obviously they've made it work with the state. Other state parks have festivals and events (albeit not on the same scale as WakarusaFest and Stampede), and their "friends groups" seem to be able to work things out. Given some of the other comments above as they relate to vendors not being paid, etc., would be my guess that the concert promoters just want to line their pockets - just reading between the lines here.Regarding money spent by out of towners - This captive audience camps mainly on site. They exit the turnpike near Lecompton and while they may pick up nominal supplies in town (nominal), a majority of their dollars are traded on the site with the approved vendors - and those, how do we say...that are not so "approved."I hope it goes somewhere else. It is more of a headache and a liability than a revenue producer for our town.

humblecommentator 9 years ago

i would love to see an old fashioned outdoors folk music festival come back

humblecommentator 9 years ago

It's in the nature of this type of festival to be disorganized, slow, controversial and threatening discrimination; it's why we love lawrence.

notajayhawk 9 years ago

milehighhawk (Anonymous) says: "Given the utter lack of problems that come with Waka, and the fact that all problems seem to stem from an overzealous security detail:"So tell us, professional journalist, which problems are the 'overzealous security detail' causing if there's an 'utter lack of problems?'

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