Returning to the scenic Ozark Mountains for its fourth year, Wakarusa immerses festivalgoers in a weekend of natural beauty, free-spirited art, and more than 100 musicians playing on five stages. Prolific rockers Primus headline on Saturday, pouring out the thick bass lines and cutting guitar riffs that line tracks such as Jerry Was a Race Car Driver. After rocking through the '80s and '90s, and becoming a household name by performing the theme song for South Park, the influential band returns, touring on the heals of its latest effort, Green Naugahyde. Though recently without his distinctive bushy beard, reggae and hip-hop icon Matisyahu headlines on Sunday, thrilling fans with his characteristically probing lyrics. Also performing throughout the weekend, soulful pop-crafters Fitz and The Tantrums continue a meteoric rise that saw them named hardest-working band of the 2011 summer festival season by Vogue and the most attractive group of talented people anywhere by their mothers. RJD2 keeps the air filled with beats throughout Saturday night, and San Diego outfit Slightly Stoopid continues two-and-a-half decades of sprightly, reggae-infused rock Saturday and Sunday. Check out the schedule for up-to-date times.
Combining professional players and proficient chefs, Murry's Dinner Playhouse has been a premier venue to witness edible dramatics for more than 40 years. Theater-going tongues can resolve hungry soliloquies in style with the buffet, which pairs proteins including chicken and freshly carved roast beef with an assortment of vegetable and dessert options. The dinner buffet also includes one nonalcoholic beverage. While dining, feast your eyes on Room Service, a classic American farce that brings the madcap energy of Golden Age Broadway to the halls and corridors of the White Way Hotel. During the show, audiences can root for the scheming protagonist while marveling at the immobile accuracy of the set's trained furniture impersonators.
Setting the stage for hilarity on shows such as Comedy Central's Insomniac, and Fox's Show Me the Funny, the Loony Bin Comedy Club presents a mirth-filled environment where patrons can enjoy good service and creative drink concoctions amid impressive feats of farce. Serving as a stepping stone to up-and-coming comedy kings, the club's fluorescent backdrop features a new comedian every week, and has welcomed guffaw greats such as Jeff Foxworthy, Tommy Chong, Dave Attell, and a marmoset dressed as Woody Allen. Upcoming performers include Larry Reeb (April 27–30), known for his politically incorrect alter ego "Uncle Lar," and Arkansas native Tim Gaither (May 4–7), who draws upon his dysfunctional upbringing to create his chortle-inducing characters on command.