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The City Wire Editor’s note: This is the second of four stories in the “Seven to See” (72C) series highlighting the musical acts appearing at the 2012 Wakarusa Music Festival (May 31-June 3). Go here for a complete overview of this year’s festival. Click here for the first story in the series.

The ninth annual Wakarusa Music Festival boasts about 150 confirmed acts appearing on five stages over four days at Mulberry Mountain, north of Ozark. That’s a lot of bands and a lot of music, and deciding who to hear can be challenging.

This “Seven to See” (72C) series offers daily recommendations for music. Sometimes they include the major, can’t-miss acts. But they also offers suggestions for intriguing acts that promise to put on a great live show.

Programming note: In assembling these daily lists, attention was paid to performance times, though a quick-turnaround might be required to travel between stages.

The 72C on Friday (June 1) :

Monophonics (Kum & Go Outpost – 1 to 2 p.m.)
Start the day at the Kum & Go Outpost with Monophonics, a fabulous soul and funk group from San Francisco. They recently added keyboardist Kelly Finnigan, who also pumps out some powerful soul vocals. Earlier this year, they signed on with a booking agency; this month, they released a new album, In Your Brain, which pays tribute to “psychedelic” originators such as Sly Stone and George Clinton. This show should keep the crowd grooving. Click here to see the full list from our partners at