Wakarusa Needs DJs. Chicago Has a Few to Spare.
BY: Tyler Clark | Mar 14, 2014
Local turntablists compete for a summer festival slot at Wakarusa during the fifth-annual Waka DJ Classic. Wakarusa has a problem: they’ve got hordes of summer fest-goers jonesing to dance, and no intrepid DJs to drop the needle. But like any seasoned organizer, the Arkansas-based summer music festival isn’t above a little crowd-sourcing. During the lead-up to their June 5 opening, reps from the festival are searching clubs around the country for turntable talents. Their quest brings them to the Double Door on Tuesday, March 27, for the first night of the fifth annual Waka DJ Classic. Five regional mixmasters—including Chicago’s own M.O.B., DJ Alex G, and Tigris—will compete for the audience’s adulation with 20-minute sets, but love’s not the only prize. The night’s top vote-getter earns a spot on the festival’s Interstellar Meltdown lineup, joining already-announced acts Bassnectar, STS9, and Infected Mushroom. While you polish your shutter shades, check out M.O.B.’s latest remix: The Waka DJ Classic packs the dance floor at the Double Door on Tuesday, March 27, at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. Photo provided by M.O.B.