WHO'S PLAYING
MAY FESTIVAL

Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles  
Brooklyn 

Cory’s musical journey began in Brooklyn, NY at the age of two.  The Hammond B3 organ is the instrument of choice for the three-time Grammy Award winning keyboardist.  Cory and the Funk Apostles have been featured on Jimmy Fallon, BBC, NY Times, NPR and more.  Cory has performed with the wildly talented musical juggernaut that is Snarky Puppy. The Apostles (Adam Agati – guitar, Taron Lockett – drums, Nick Semrad – keys, Sharay Reed – bass) are all musical monsters in their own right. Cory’s wizardry and charismatic soul have garnered millions of views online, and each and each and every show adds to their rabid fanbase.  Truly on a mission, Cory & the Apostles heal, elevate and soothe with their potent musical message.  We are thrilled to have them grace the stage here, and can’t wait for the Funk to hit the Fan !
       

Con Brio  
Bay Area  
   
“They came, they saw, they kicked our ass” – Consequence of sound.  “The band, particularly frontman Ziek McCarter, have got spirit in droves. McCarters voice recalls Prince, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars & James Brown, and he moves like an electric eel, getting down to do the splits with crowd pleasing regularity” – The Sydney Herald.  The lit up the stage here at the Spring 2015 festival, and have since toured the globe playing major festivals on multiple continents: Fuji Rock, Montreal Jazz Fest, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza  and more.  Their meteoric rise has been breathtaking, but Con Brio is more than up to the challenge. Says Zeik “ We don't want to walk, we don’t want to drive…..we want to fly, to levitate”.  It’s a huge honor to have them rock the main stage here on Saturday night !
       

Dirtwire  
Bay Area  
   
Dirtwire sits on the back porch of Americana’s future, conjuring up a whirlwind of sound using traditional instrumentation, world percussion, and electronic rhythms. Comprised of David Satori (Beats Antique), Evan Fraser (House of Hamsa, Hamsa Lila, Stellamara) and Mark Reveley (Jed and Lucia), each performance brings both band and audience to a sonic crossroads of beats, bass, soundscapes, blues, bluegrass, country, African, Asian, Middle Eastern, South and Central American traditions. The result is a rebirth of Americana and a post-millennial psychedelic journey to downhome goodness. Dirtwire will dance you up and take you on a magic carpet ride around the globe.
    
       

Yossi Fine - Music from the Blue Desert  
Israel  
   
Somewhere deep in the Blue Desert, lives the Swallahi tribe. This nomadic tribe lives and migrates from the Sahara desert to the Arabian desert, all the way to India through Ethiopia. The repetitive hypnotic melodies, burning rhythms and endless virtuosity takes the crowd into the deep dunes and oasis of the Blue Desert.  Yossi is a master bass producer, Grammy nominated, and has produced 20 gold and multi-platinum albums. He has produced, recorded and played with David Bowie, Lou Reed, Gil Evans Orchestra, Vieux Farka Toure and many more. Yossi plays bass and a special guitar he built, playing electrified traditional songs from the blue desert. Ben Aylon (drums) has played and recorded with African top musicians: Doudou N’diaye Rose, Khaira Arby, Awadi, Bombino and Omar Pene. Completing the band’s sound is Lior Romano on Bass and Keyboards, known as the groove master behind Ester Rada and The Hoodna Orchestra.    
       

Mike Love  
Hawaii 
   
Revolutionary music may seem hard to come by in these days and times. Long gone is the era of artists like Bob Marley, The Clash, Stevie Wonder and Patti Smith getting airplay and bringing their messages to the masses. But that doesn’t mean that the revolution isn’t still brewing in the hearts and minds of many people around the globe.  Meet Mike Love. One of reggae music’s rising stars. Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii to a musical family that spans generations, Mike brings a multitude of influences to the table, all tied together by the common goal of making the world a better place.  Through the grassroots method of releasing his albums independently, on his own Love Not War Records label, and performing 250 plus shows a year, Love has built an ever growing following for his unique and inspiring music.  He has toured with many artists in the circles of conscious, roots music, including Trevor Hall, Xavier Rudd, Nahko and many more.  
   

Shook Twins  
Portland
   
 “I love the harmonies of Shook Twins, the dreamlike songs that seem somehow permeated by the American Folk tradition, without actually being part of it. They make music that twines through your soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in the woods.” – Neil Gaiman, New York Times.   Central to the Shook Twins’ sound is their wide range of instrumentation: banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass, mandolin, electronic drums, face drum (beat-box), glockenspiel, ukulele, banjo-head drumming and their signature Golden Egg. Beautiful twin harmonies, layered upon acoustic and electric instrumentation, coupled with Laurie’s inventive use of percussive and ambient vocal loops, and Katelyn’s re-purposed telephone microphone, set their sound apart, creating a unique and eccentric blend of folk, roots, groove and soul.      Wildly creative, way outside the box, mezmering.
   

The Garifuna Collective featuring Umalalli  
Belize
   
“The complex rhythms demand attention and quickly resolve themselves into a completely irresistible groove. When the melodies kick in on top of them, the lushness is overwhelming.” The band consists of the best musicians in the fertile Garifuna music scene. They bring together the deep cultural roots of Garifuna music, mixed with modern grooves, arrangements, and instruments. Unique hand drums, the "primera" and "segunda", turtle shells and jawbones, guitars and bass. The musicians create a powerful energy on stage, building hypnotizing rhythms that form the backbone for the haunting melodies and powerful vocals that characterize the project. Garifuna are of African, Carib & Arawak Indian descent, that live mainly along the Carribean coast of northern Central America. Shipwrecked and escaped African slaves intermarried with the indigenous population there starting in the early 1600s.  The Garifuna Collective travels the globe sharing, and preserving their culture through song and dance.
    

Yak Attack   
Portland
   
Yak Attack will make you dance. Founded in Portland, OR in 2013, the live electronica trio has been making positive waves in the its short history. Rowan Cobb (bass), Dave Dernovsek (keys) and Nick Werth (drums, percussion & xylosynth) combine technical chops, live looping, and versatility to create a wall of danceable sound far beyond the capability of most three piece bands. Electronic and traditional genres including house, breakbeat, downtempo, jazz, and funk, tight compositions seamlessly blended with improvisation, and frequent contributions from guest musicians define a typical Yak show. The band released its first full-length album, “Real World Conditions”, and performed here at JTMF in May 2017 & OCT 2015.

Adam Freeland   
UK / High Desert
   
From Burning Man to Glastonbury to Coachella and beyond, you’ll often find Adam Freeland behind the decks, igniting minds and dance floors alike. With 20 years of extensive global touring history, you might have caught the UK born, Grammy nominated DJ/Producer whipping up main-stage audiences at the worlds biggest festivals, or reveled in him dropping deep and dirty sounds in the most discerning underground clubs across the globe.  His live band, The Acid, recently scored ‘THE BOMB’, a powerful film that debuted this year at the Tribeca Film Festival. Adam has traveled the globe, but calls the High Desert home now, finding inspiration in the magical Mojave desert.  His previous two JTMF sets were deep, soaring, transformative explorations into uncharted aural waters.  Go deep with him on Sunday night in the Boogaloo lounge !
    

Gene Evaro Jr.   
Joshua Tree 
   
Gene Evaro Jr has the power and dexterity of Earth, Wind & Fire, and the music has the soulful craftsmanship of Stevie Wonder. Evaro can sing, play and lead in a way that brings to mind Stephen Stills or Prince. His songs have a natural showmanship built in to them, from charging, salsa-tinged breakdowns to fluttering horn drops, to big-city guitar solos. Watching Gene Evaro Jr and his band feels like you are experiencing some grand force of nature spiritually, like making love in a hurricane or testifying to the heavens in a meteor shower.  Gene and his band have performed at JTMF many times, always rising up to deliver a show that is superior to the previous masterpiece.   With national tours (Blues Traveler, Elle King, Milky Chance), and prominent festival plays under their belt, Gene & band will one day (soon) be known to many. 
    
    

Steve Poltz   
Canada
   
Steve Poltz is obsessed with the challenge of knowing and understanding the thoughts of each and every person in his audience. He is a lover of life; fascinated by all things large and small. As a road-tested troubadour armed with whimsy, curiosity and a healthy respect for the absurdities of existence, he is unafraid of saying yes, unafraid of letting his relentless, giddy energy fill a room and he is unafraid of letting his streams-of-consciousness take him where he needs to go.  His songs are guileless snapshots filtered through the windshield of his brain. He opens his mouth and lets it fall out – a SONG – and it’s as shameless and intriguing and profound and wondrous as he is. A mix of high octane performance, singular wit and endlessly entertaining storytelling, Steve is legendary for his improvisational songwriting and timeless, original classics.
    
    

The Desert Rhythm Project   
Joshua Tree
   
   
Born in the Magical Mojave, where talent, hard work and positive intentions collide, the Desert Rhythm Project is a dynamic Neo-Roots, Reggae, Funk & Soul band. Fronted by desert natives Michael Reyes and Bryanna Evaro, DRP deliver soulful harmonies, effortless melodic guitar techniques, and smooth bass rhythms. Michael Reyes' presence (lead vocals, guitar) is part James Brown, part Bob Marley; he delivers with conviction.  Bryanna Evaro's (bass, vocals) velvety folk-roots vibe complements Michael perfectly. Tyler Saraca (drums) and David Macias (Machin’) round out the line up, proving adept in a wide range of musical stylings.  Home grown ! 
    
    
    

The Lique
Las Vegas
   
Modern fusion of live jazz & hip-hop ala The Roots.  Rasar delivers quick-witted rapid fire verses over classic hip-hop grooves.  It was in Vegas where an impromptu jam session between Rasar (MC), Jason (Keys), Sean (Guitar), Nick (Bass), and Jeremy (Drums) would eventually lead to being recognized as one of the “10 Acts To Watch in 2016” by Las Vegas Weekly, a prominent national feature in “AFROPUNK” as well as being named “Best Band” by Vegas Seven Magazine.  The Lique is a multi-genre musical experience complete with a4-piece band, spoken wordsmith, and a buoyant stage presence comprised of storytelling, fan interaction, and choreographed routines; all served with a suit and tie. 
    
    
    

The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Seattle
   
From the heart & soul of Seattle comes DLO3 (aka Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio). A unique 60's & 70's vintage soul trio (ala Jimmy Smith, Jack Mcduff & Big John Patton), with the soulful sounds of the Hammond B3 organ mixed with super tasty Guitar Lines & good old school pocket drumming. The group consist of three masters (Jimmy James on guitar, David McGraw on drums) of their crafts and certainly does not disappoint.  Seattle born Organist Delvon Lamarr has been a staple in the Seattle music scene for almost two decades. This self taught multi instrumentalist has a true vintage super soulful style that pulls any listeners to his dimension.  Guitarist Jimmy James' vintage sound & style is filled with such high energy that anyone who crosses his path of pure musical genius is nothing short of amazed.   Laying down the grooves is master drummer David McGraw (aka  "The man with the deep pockets"). 
    
    
    
    

Bicicletas por la Paz
Bay Area 
   
Bicicletas deliver a high energy, uber dancy mix of Cumbia, Reggae and Funk.   This nine piece Afro-Colombian juggernaut melds three different cultures: Indigenas, African & Spanish.  A Bicicletas show makes for a funktastic global voyage.  Pure cumbia!  Las BIcicletas Por La Paz will also lead an Afro-Colombian musical playshop at the POSITIVE VIBRATION STATION, in addition to making magic happen on the main stage. They are musicians, circus performers and bike activists. There’s a quiet revolution going on.  Just pedals and tires on blacktop. A bicycle revolution. Bicicletas have toured via cycling, and are truly walking the walk (ridin’ the ride) !
    
    
    
    
    

Handmade Moments
Ozarks
   
"Experiencing a Handmade Moments show is kind of like enjoying a spoonful of political discourse wrapped in local organic bacon and deep fried in hemp oil — and it’s all silky." - Free Weekly. Eclectic, versatile, dynamic and engaging.  What makes the homey Ozark stew of Handmade Moments so very nourishing, so perfectly spiced? Partake and be effortlessly guided through wistful and deep channels of musical flavor, rich with hearty roots and fungi, vegetables home-gardened and watered from the sacred well of American musics: jazz old-time country blues soul hip-hop rock (and it don’t stop). Glistening with insight and whimsy, long-simmering with righteous compassion and beauty, Handmade Moments are a fearless all-weather duo – complementary spirits of musical tightrope and magic.
    
    
    
    
    
    

War & Pierce
LA
   
Sunny War and Chris Pierce; a 21st century blues singer/songrwriter duo.  Sunny War (born Sydney Lyndella Ward) is a force of nature; her style is like Robert Johnson with a shot of Bad Brains.  Sunny's inimitable guitar technique mixed with her haunting vocal sound is unique & intoxicating. As a solo artist she has opened for Booker T, Keb’ Mo’, Madeleine Peyroux, Mindy Smith, The Levon Helm Band, & Angelique Kijo among others.  Chris Pierce opens hearts and spirits through his soulful music and honest storytelling.  He has released 5 independent albums worldwide, and toured with  Seal, B.B. King, Al Green, Toots and the Maytals,  & Aaron Neville.  Songs of the struggle; revolutionary, uplifting & haunting all at once.  
    
    
    
    
    
    

Peter Joseph Burtt & the King Tide
Kings Beach
   
Soulful World style Blues. Rootsy blend of old school analog tones. Down Home Afrobeat Soul. Peter Joseph Burtt is a lifelong drummer and singer/songwriter. His music draws from the many years he spent living and studying with master musicians of Africa. Much of his music is played on traditional instruments; the Lute, the Kora and the Mbira or thumb piano. He was completing a Master of Arts degree in San Francisco in creative writing and African drum and folklore when he began looking to cultures that maintain oral histories for connections between rhythm, music, and the spoken word. Upon learning of the melodious music of the Mbira and the corresponding poetry of the Shona people he travelled first to Zimbabwe, then Ghana and the Gambia, staying long in each place, living and moving within the society of the traditional musician while expanding his own musical vision.  
    
    
    
    
    
    

Earth Moon Earth
Joshua Tree
   
Earth Moon Earth is a modern Experimental/Dreampop band from California’s High Desert, created by Drummer/Producer Dan Joeright (The Rentals, David Byrne, Terry Hall, Jim White) and joined by High Desert native, Singer/Songwriter Gabba Evaro.  This synth heavy, celestial project blends elements of electronic, space and psychedelic rock. Shamanistic drum rhythms, lush bass and melodic synth sounds create a cinematic landscape for Gabba’s smoky vocals to explore in.  Rounding out the line up is Be Hussey on Bass (Radar Bros), Esteban Chavez on Synths (The Freeks), Scott “Glitch” Schaffer on Theremin and Bob Villwock on Keyboards. Live, Earth Moon Earth is mesmerizing. They take you on a journey !
 
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

Subko
Big Bear & Everywhere
   
Detonating explosive beatscapes, Subko (aka Jacob Pare) brings a multi-genre psychedelic funky bass-yo-face dance party to your earholes. A Joshua Tree Music Festival loyal, avid front row dancer, and co-architect of the infamous Dirt Camp, Subko slams smooth hip hop vibes to a frivolity filled house disco party to a low frequency groove massage.  If you’ve never experienced Dirt Camp; they are a family of friends who help set up and break down the festival, offer empowerment playshops at their camp, and promote merriment on the dance floor day and night.  Truth be told, Jacob was abducted by intergalactic forces, and returned to us as Subko.  He creates a sonic field that permeates your pineal; a fully submerged double overhead baptism. You gotta get down to get up !