WHO'S PLAYING
MAY 2018 FESTIVAL

Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles (FRI 10pm)
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 (SAT 10pm)
Bay Area  
   
“They came, they saw, they kicked our ass” – Consequence of sound.  “The band, particularly frontman Ziek McCarter, have got spirit in droves. McCarter's 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.  They 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 !
Also catch their Music Playshop:  Sun 11:30am at the Positive Vibration Station.    
       

Dirtwire (SAT 11:35pm)  
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.
    
       

Mike Love (SAT 6:30pm)
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.  
   

Yak Attack (FRI 11:30pm)   
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.
Also catch Nick Werth's Music Playshop:  Sat 10:30am at the Positive Vibration Station.         

Shook Twins (SUN 4:35pm)  
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. (photo: Jessie McCall)
   

Yossi Fine & Ben Aylon - Blue Desert (SAT 8:15pm)  
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.    
Also catch their Music Playshop:  Sun 10am at the Positive Vibration Station.           

Adam Freeland (SUN 7:45pm)   
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 !
    

The Garifuna Collective featuring Umalalli (SAT 3pm)
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.
Also catch their Music Playshop:  Sat 11:45am at the Positive Vibration Station.    

Steve Poltz  (SAT 1:15pm)
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.
Also catch Steve in Songwriter Sessions:  Fri 12:30pm at the Boogaloo Stage., and for a special set at Kidsville Sat 4pm.      

Gene Evaro Jr. (THU 9:15pm)  
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. 
Also catch them in Songwriter Sessions:  Fri 12:30pm at the Boogaloo Stage. 
    
    

Mdou Moctar (SUN 2:55pm)    
Niger
   
In the somewhat crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou stands apart from his peers. One of the few original singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre, his unconventional styles have won him accolades both in Niger and abroad.  Mdou hails from the Azawagh desert of Niger, and taught himself the guitar on a homemade instrument.  His first album “Anar”; a psychedelic electronic album of Tuareg guitar, became an instant success throughout West Africa.   In 2013, he released his first international album, “Afelan,” rocking and raw sessions recorded live at his hometown in Niger. This was followed by the 2014 vinyl release of “Anar.” In 2015, he starred in the first ever Tuareg language film, a fictional story of the struggle of a guitarist trying to make it against all odds in Agadez. The film continues to be screened at festivals around the world.  From one desert to another !
    
    

Lauren Ruth Ward (FRI 6:30pm)    
Baltimore/LA
   
Lauren Ruth Ward's music has spread like wildfire these past two years in LA after leaving her hometown of Baltimore. Her lyrics are secrets to strangers, writing about her life’s trajectory sharing both vulnerability and strength delivered with grit and vibrato. Her band re-creates 60's rock and roll nuances, allowing Ward to release a powerhouse of raw, visceral emotion in their live show. To be sure - the live Lauren Ruth Ward show is a rollicking rock and roll juggernaut.    
    

Dogon Lights (SAT 4:45pm)    
Bay Area
   
Bay Area based afrodelic-galactic-hip-hop ensemble Dogon Lights is a conglomeration of highly skilled and experienced musicians who play a dizzying array of instruments. In addition to those you’d expect to hear in a band—guitar, bass, vocals, drums—you may also be delighted by the sounds of a camel-skinned Sintir, a Malian flute, and a jaw-harp. They combine elements of Funk, Hip Hop, African, Rock and Electronica flowing between varying cultures, eras and genres as “organically as a snake gliding from grass to sand”. Collectively, members of The Dogon Lights are or have been involved with Hamsa Lila, Bassnectar, Beats Antique, Dirtwire, Rising Appalachia, Liberation Movement, The Mickey Hart Band and many others.

The Desert Rhythm Project (FRI 8:15pm)
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 ! 
Also catch Bryanna in Songwriter Sessions:  Sun 12:30pm at the Boogaloo Stage.   

The Lique (THU 7pm)
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. 
    
    
    

Myshkin (FRI 11:35am)
Joshua Tree 
   
New Orleans schooled, gypsy spirited, endlessly curious, Myshkin Warbler is a rare bird among songwriters. Darkly joyous, compellingly complex songs, a soaring voice and pulsing guitar, work that slips under the skin and stays there. Literate, political, heartbreaking, soulbuilding, gorgeous.  Dreamy beauty that conjures up rainy nights in a Budapest cafe.  Spellbinding. Myshkin has travelled the world performing, but Joshua Tree called her in and now here is home.   An angel flying right here on the ground.  
Also catch Myshkin in Songwriter Sessions:  Sat 12:30pm at the Boogaloo Stage.    

The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio (SUN 1:15pm)
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"). 

Handmade Moments (SAT 11:35am)
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.

Bicicletas por la Paz (SUN 6:15pm)
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) !
Also catch their Music Playshop:  Sat 4:15pm at the Positive Vibration Station.    

Intuit (SUN 11:35am)
Colorado
   
Braiding sounds from many cultures, Intuit weaves an auditory tapestry of reggae, blues, African poly-rhythm, folk, funk and jazz.  The rootsy groove is fueled by the impeccable rhythm section of drummer Jonny Jyemo, and bassist Otis Lande. Violinist and vocalist Brune Macary shines on stage. Lyrical prowess and songwriting from guitarist Neil Sullivan and cellist Chloe Watkins display the heart-centered, earth-minded intention to the band’s music. Intuit performed at the Fall 2013 & 2016 festivals. This will be their first JTMF Spring fest!
Also catch their Music Playshop:  Sat 2:45pm at the Positive Vibration Station.
    

War & Pierce (FRI 10am)
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 (SUN 10am)
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.  

Dani Bell & the Tarantist (FRI 3pm)
San Diego
   
Dreamy psychedelic soul with a western tinge. Dani Bell & the Tarantist began as a collaboration between Redwood Music co-owner Alfred Howard and Bell.  The duo, which previously relied on backing tracks played out of an old stereo, has transitioned into a full band within the last year. "My father was the worship leader at a church when I was growing up, so there was always instruments to play in our home," says Bell, a self-taught musician.  The band’s influences include Hope Sandoval, Cowboy Junkies, Fiona Apple and Lana Del Rey.   Al Howard is prolific, writing music and performing at JTMF with the K23 Orchestra, the Heavy Guilt, Midnight Pine, Birdy Bardot, the Redwoods Revue, Cardinal Moon and as a solo artist.   

    

Heather Christie & Vir McCoy (FRI 1:15pm)
Bay Area
   
Heather Christie and Vir McCoy are both multi-faceted, highly accomplished musicians who have graced the JTMF stage numerous times. Heather hails from a world of neo-soul singing & songwriting, and is a member of the groups Sirens of Soul, Silk Drop and Feral Fauna. Her collaborations have led her across the electronic spectrum. Vir is an accomplished musician/composer, best known for his groups Hamsa Lila, The Dogon Lights, House of Hamsa, and his comedy as the Man From Marin. He has toured with The Mickey Hart band and all over the West. Together, the duo has created a stellar merger. Their musical scope is a swinging niche of pop-flavored songs, mixed with electro-R&B grooves. From the sensual soul to the funkiest flavors, the magnetism of Heather & Vir will pull you in and spread the positive vibe. Look out for their full-length album this summer. 
Also catch Heather in Songwriter Sessions:  Sat 12:30pm at the Boogaloo Stage. 

    

Ocho Ojos (FRI 4:45pm)
Coachella Valley
   
East Coachella Valley psychedelic cumbia blues.  Ocho Ojos is a music duo consisting of Cesar Flores (Guitar) and Danny Torres (Synthesizer).  Their songs incorporate Latin groove rhythms infused with styles deriving from the Blues & many other undertones, all brought together by the strong influence & driving force from traditional Cumbia songs. Thus, in the end creating their own unique style.  Fresh off their packed house EP release party, Ocho Ojos creates an uber fresh, funked up fuel for the dance floor. 

Earth Moon Earth (SAT 11:30pm)
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 ! 
 Also catch Gabba in Songwriter Sessions:  Sat 12:30pm at the Boogaloo Stage. 

Davis (SAT 10am)
Joshua Tree
   
Blossoming in the midst of the vibrant Joshua Tree music community, Davis brings a soulful voice filled with warmth and simple truths. With a foundation in roots styles, and a bouncy, swinging feel, this music will soothe what ails, lighten the weight, and put you at ease. Davis has performed at Pappy & Harriets, and on numerous occasions at the Joshua Tree Music Festivals with Cactus Wine Experience, Gene Evaro Jr, Desert Rhythm Project and as a solo artist.     

Subko (THU 5:30pm, 8:30pm, 10:45pm)
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 !   
    

Beats & Rhymes (FRI 11:30pm)
High & Lo Dez
   
Wordsmiths. Poets. Beat Maestros & Street Manifestos. Versifiers of Diversity. Desert Minstrels. Rhapsodizers keepin' it Real. Soothsayers, Truth Players & Popular Prognosticators.  A collection of artists from the HIGH & LOW desert speaking and singing positive poetries, atop live grooves & thumping bass lines by the Desert Rhythm Project.  On the mic dig - Mikey Reyes, Bryanna Evaro, Michael Shawn, Rollin (aka Brendan), Ego (aka Judiah West), Tracy Hulio (aka Xavier), Willdabeast (aka William Randall), & Provoked (aka Dan Sullivan).
    

Songwriter Sessions (FRI, SAT, SUN 12:30pm)
Here & There
   
Four songwriters take turns singing a song, and sharing stories, for an intimate lunchtime set on the Boogaloo (back) Stage on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  Steve Poltz and Gene Evaro join Faith & Tim Chinnock (aka The Adobe Collective) on Friday.  Saturday enjoy Myshkin, Gabba Evaro (Earth Moon Earth), Heather Christie (2 Suns, Sirens of Soul) and High Lonesome recording artist Rick Shelley.  On Sunday soak up the soulful sounds of Bryanna Evaro (Desert Rhythm Project), Spencer Keizer, Megan Hutch, and Chris Unck (High Lonesome Studio).