CukoRakko Music & Arts Festival Announces Final SpringFest Lineup March 13, 2016 19:35
Photos by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen
CukoRakko Music & Arts Festival is pleased to announce it's official lineup for SpringFest, which is scheduled for Friday, May 13th - Sunday, May 15th at Horse Pens 40 in Steele, AL. SpringFest will feature as diverse and exciting of a lineup as we have seen from CukoRakko thus far, including the likes of Zach Deputy, McLovins, Col. Bruce Hampton & The Madrid Express (w/ Carter Herring), Funk You, Mother Funk, Rollin' In The Hay, Soul Mechanic, Permagroove, URI, Blackberry Possum, Mr. B & The Tribal Hoose, Tragic City, Jess Goggans Band, Omari Jazz, Raquel Lilly, & Rattlesnake Rattlers.
We recently caught up with CukoRakko's co-founders, Greg Entrekin and Jamie Glass, to learn more about the vision of CukoRakko, the background and history of Horse Pens 40, and what we can expect from the upcoming SpringFest.
Let's talk about the beginning phases of CukoRakko. How did this idea come about, and when did it begin to come to life?
Greg: The idea of CukoRakko came about over a round of disc golf on a Sunday in July of 2013. We each had been serious road warriors throughout the years in pursuit of the best music and venues. We discussed how the dynamic of travel had changed with age, especially after having children. We wanted to continue to be able to enjoy the arts in a way that had been accustomed, except a lot closer to home and with more of the people that we love. The festival came to life the following Monday.
Jamie: As Greg said, this all started over a game of disc golf. We were reminiscing about The Horde Festival, Panic shows, and the music scene in Birmingham. We both had been seeing live music since our teenage years. We talked about how your circle of friends in the music scene gets smaller as you get older and people start having children. We both agreed that what Birmingham needed...what WE needed was a friends and family festival where we could bring our families and where kids of all ages are welcome. And as Greg said, the idea started becoming a reality the next day.
There is a clear focus on CukoRakko being a family-friendly event, bringing together like minded people of all ages. How important is this element of the overall vision of this festival?
Greg: We declared the theme of the festival to always be “friends and family.” It gives us the opportunity to show the value of the small festival in terms of individual engagement, family participation, and overall quality of experience. Children are able to play with one another in a pristine environment and the adults are able to show the children the right way to interact with one another. Profound! Never underestimate the positive camping experience for a child!
Jamie: Bringing together family and friends is the most important element of CukoRakko!
Horse Pens 40 is often referred to as "Alabama's best secret". It's a truly unique location, full of an endless amount of history. How did this relationship with Horse Pens come about? What makes this such an ideal location for CukoRakko?
Jamie: Greg attended Red Clay Revival at Horse Pens 40 in 2012 where he met the Schultz family.He couldn't forget the incredible energy of that place and introduced me to the family soon after. During my first visit to Horse Pens, I learned that the Creek and Cherokee Indians signed a peace treaty on the grounds of the property. It's also the venue of Emmy Lou Harris' first paid performance.