The legend of Backwoods music festival is a story of complete transformation. Beginning as a boutique event out of Oklahoma in 2008, the show has expanded in ways that go beyond attendance. Beginning humbly as a haven for jam bands and experimental tunes, inventive crossover bookings have become a cultural watermark of Backwoods. Artists ranging in musical style share a stage free of corporate sponsorship or taste curators. As such, headlining acts have ranged in style from Break Science to NERO; lineups and stage design are still handled at a grassroots level. Experiencing growth and multiple venue changes over the years has not deviated Backwoods from its core principles. Now, having settled at the historic Mulberry Mountain (former home of cult classic Wakarusa), Backwoods seems to have come full circle in providing a truly transformational music and arts experience.
The magic of Mulberry Mountain is oft spoken on but never fully captured in words. Located in the heart of Ozark National Forest, Mulberry boasts natural, picturesque views; the entire scene appears taken out of a Bob Ross oil painting. The switch to Mulberry was something of a no-brainer. Executive producer Will Royall considered the former Wakarusa location following Waka’s final edition in 2015. A legendary event in its own right, Wakarusa’s most notable feature was indeed the natural bearings of Ozark National Forest. Located atop a crystal formation, the venue has been said to bring out the best energy from performers and attendees alike. Natural amenities such as the Mulberry River are also made accessible to attendees. Mulberry’s physical characteristics truly elevate Backwoods beyond your traditional camping festival experience.
Scenic View of Mulberry Mountain
Like Red Rocks or The Gorge, attendance at Backwoods could be justified solely on the merit and unique aesthetics of the venue. However, that completely ignores the musical substance and diversity Backwoods is providing with their 2019 offering. Headliners Rezz, Umphrey’s McGee, and Zeds Dead are joined by an undercard populated by artists featuring unorthodox production styles. With the likes of G Jones, Minnesota, Bleep Bloop, and Space Jesus, Backwoods has come correct in the experimental bass category. Joining these masters of studio production are live sets from Yonder Mountain String Band and The Infamous Stringdusters, amongst others. Backwoods has provided a truly eclectic mix of performers once again with this year’s billing.
A Comprehensive List of Workshops at Backwoods 2019
Rounding out Backwood’s fully immersive experience is a stellar workshop list headed by longtime attendees. Yoga, flow art classes, and even CBD informationals make Backwoods an event that begs participation from all of its attendees. The individual contributions of attendees are just as much a part of the experience at as the performances.
Tickets to participate in Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain are still available, with a slew of camping and RV experience options. Secure yours for this years Backwood’s experience on May 31st through June 2nd!