This weekend thousands gathered in Ozark, Arkansas in anticipation for the summer kick off Wakarusa music festival. With a line up that included a wide variety of artists from progressive bluegrass experts, Railroad Earth to electronic music artist Pretty Lights, the weekend was sure not to disappoint. As this year was my second go-round at Waka, one of my favorite aspects of this festival is the incredible late night set dedication it has. Every night there is music until the sun comes up, guaranteed to satisfy anybody and everybody on the after party train.
It took a lot to leave Ghostland's show, but a short walk away on the Outpost Stage west coast producer Tigran Mimosa was throwing down some bass heavy jams. Within five minutes of walking up to this tent, I ran into a super pumped fan screaming “I just wanna FUCK this SOUND!” Yes! Now I'm thinking shit is about to get dirty on the dance floor. It goes without question that Mimosa takes the cake on having the sexiest set at Wakarusa. He also demonstrated why so many different people with various music tastes can get down to his music. His versatility as an artist shined through with melodic dance tunes dosed with 808 drum beats, hip-hop influence, and just the perfect hint (without the overkill!) of wompy dubstep. This steamy combination had the earth bouncing and everyone grinding up on it. The set complimented his latest album Sanctuary very nicely, and also featured remixes of Khia’s “My Neck, My Back” and the Waka favorite, “Hard in Da Paint” by none other than Waka Flocka Flame. Another crowd favorite and highlight was a Mimosa original, “Drippin” off of the album Silver Lining.