Day three of Wakarusa featured afternoon performances from groups like G. Love & Special Sauce, Fitz & The Tantrums, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and The Lumineers. The Main Stage was drenched in the vibes of a summer backyard cookout as G. Love’s tin-can vocals, squealing harmonica and blues-meets-hip-hop sounds drifted over the crowd. Fitz & the Tantrums were full of a pure soul energy despite the heat as they performed material from their debut as well as a cover of The Raconteurs’ “Steady as She Goes.” Portland’s MarchFourth Marching Band brought down the house at the Revival Tent with their big band sound and stilt-walker acrobatics, while The Lumineers soothed listeners with their indie-folk tunes in the forests of the Backwoods Stage.
Umphrey’s McGee kicked off the string of night shows by jamming out on the Main Stage, followed by The Sheepdogs, whose perfect understanding of Southern rock (despite hailing from Canada) transported listeners back to the ’70s with their blues-tinged riffs, powerful harmonies and beards. Primus headlined the night with an expectedly wacky show full of pig masks and giant astronauts, performing to one of the largest crowds of the festival. The late-night performance from Big Gigantic was truly a sight to see as the drums/sax duo rocked out over electronic samples amidst an insane light show. Unfortunately, the set was cut short, and the festival closed down a little early due to threats of severe weather.