We Survived Wakarusa 2015

Well we made it. It's never been so hard to wake up on a Monday morning. The team and I had a great experience this weekend at Wakarusa. If this is your first time reading this, checkout the Friday Highlights and what it felt like for the first time entering Wakarusa. By the second day we had our schedule down and our game plan together. Before I go any further I'd like to again thank the amazing team that put this together, Leigh McGruder, Tyler Mazaheri, and Shane Gray – you guys are my heroes. Incredible Job! Also, Huge thanks to Bridget Hargrave of Planet Sun Tanning Salon for making this all possible! Here are some highlights from Saturday at Wakarusa.

YOUNG THE GIANT

o basically my life was made after seeing Young The Giant. I love these guys. I've followed them since the beginning and seeing them live for the first time was such a nostalgic experience.

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THE ROOTS

Yes. The Roots. Need I say more? Classic and Iconic these guys rocked the stage. What I would do to be able to play like Questlove.

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BEN HARPER

So funny story, Ben Harper was one of the only performers to get an encore that I know about.

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MAJOR LAZER

Ok, I'm going to admit – By the time MAJOR LAZER came on all I wanted to do was dance. And I did. I have witnesses and I'm sure they were embarrassed to be standing next to me.

Photo by © Tyler Mazaheri for Mason Kesner Blog Photo by © Tyler Mazaheri for Mason Kesner Blog Photo by © Shane Gray for Mason Kesner Blog Photo by © Shane Gray for Mason Kesner Blog Photo by © Shane Gray for Mason Kesner Blog Photo by © Shane Gray for Mason Kesner Blog Photo by © Shane Gray for Mason Kesner Blog Photo by © Shane Gray for Mason Kesner Blog Photo by © Shane Gray for Mason Kesner Blog Photo by © Shane Gray for Mason Kesner Blog


Headed To The Mountain

We are headed to the Mountain! It's time for Wakarusa and we can't wait to take you with us! Before we head out I want you to meet the team who is going to be covering the festival this weekend with me. Be sure and follow them to see things from their perspective! It's going to be a crazy weekend! We'll be snaping/tweeting/instagraming live interviews with bands like The Roots, Young The Giant, Chance the Rapper, STS9, and more.

This is the first WAKA experience for all of us. We've heard good, bad, and everything in between. So here we go! Tweet us tips if you have any suggestions!

LEIGH MCGRUDER

Meet Leigh McGruder she is nineteen years old and is going to college at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She is studying journalism with a focus in advertisement/public relations. Leigh has been photographing for four years now and runs her own business in Northwest Arkansas. She enjoys portrait and freelance photography. Leigh loves to travel and will go back to Africa for the third time this summer. She enjoys sushi, free people clothing, and jamming to music in the car with her friends.
Follow Leigh:
INSTAGRAM - instagram.com/leighmcgru
TWITTER - twitter.com/leighmc13
BLOG - whimsandlightleaks.com 

TYLER MAZAHERI

Tyler is a sixteen year old photographer based in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He is currently attending Southside High School as an incoming junior. He hopes to move to California following his high school career to pursue a career in fashion and editorial, being the division of photography he enjoys most. Tyler has experimented with photography for 3 years now after producing graphic art for another 2 years prior. He loves spending hours finding new music, developing his tumblr, and long drives with his closest friends with the windows down.
Follow Tyler:
INSTAGRAM - instagram.com/tylermazaheri
TWITTER - twitter.com/tylermazaheri
TUMBLRsurrealing.tumblr.com

SHANE GRAY

Shane is a photographer/graphic designer from Fort Smith, AR. He is finishing up his degree at Arkansas Tech, and will graduate in May of 2016. He loves vinyl, movies, and making music with friends. He's also one of my best friends!
Follow Shane:
INSTAGRAM - instagram.com/shanegrayyy
TWITTER - twitter.com/shanegrayyy
SNAPCHAT - shanegrayyy

Oh Hey – It's me :)

I'll be posting everything via my SNAPCHAT you can follow it at masonkesner.

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