Split Lip Rayfield @ Wakarusa 2009

The first of many posts about the amaaaazing Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival. This great bluegrass band out of Lawrence, Kansas, has been around for a while. But they are new to me wo I got supper excited. I was literally hanging on the fence in the front row.

We were in Wakarusa for the Shabbat Tent project – which I will shortly pst about also. Shabbat Tent was amazing too. What a weekend of music people sights and sounds good vibes and good stories.

Matisyahu hosting Shabbat Tent in Wakarusa


Join MATISYAHU, Birthright NEXT, and Rabbi Yonah, for a rocking Shabbat organized by Adam & Michelle Weinberg and Team Shabbat Tent at Wakarusa Music Festival, June 4-7, 2009.

That’s right, yours truly will be on-hand for facilitation of Shabbat stuff, like dinner and services, and who knows what else.

MATISYAHU performs on Friday late-afternoon at the festival, and will be joining festival-goers for Shabbat from Sundown on Friday night June 5 until nightfall on Saturday, June 6

Organized by the the now famous, often immitated but never duplicated Shabbat Tent Team, and sponsored by the brave souls who run Birthright Israel NEXT, Matisyahu and friends will be setting up prayer services, meals, and parties throughout the weekend.

No knowledge of Shabbat is required, and all activities are open to everyone who wants to attend.

Campers are also free to stop by the Shabbat Tent at anytime throughout the festival simply to hang out, fire up a conversation, or mingle with new friends and old. More details on the Shabbat festivities will be forthcoming soon and available here and at Matisyahu’s official website.


The Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival is a 4-day foot-stomping party in the heart of the Midwest. Born in 2004, Wakarusa burst onto the scene with a diverse and eclectic lineup featuring over 70 artists. Wakarusa has established itself as a premiere, grassroots event in the nationwide outdoor music scene. Attracting folks from all 50 U.S. States and several countries, in the past, Wakarusa has featured 100 artists, 7 stages and over 4 days of non-stop music and entertainment. Learn more at: