Portland, OR Saturday 8:45 - 10:15pm
Purposefully passionate, Nahko is on a mad, mad mission to bridge cultural gaps and help bring about personal, spiritual and communal healing through music. Inspired, transcendant and exhilarating live shows are a prescription for the soul. Dig Nahko & the Medicine People at the festival in May, so you can tell your children you witnessed the movement. The real deal personified.
Netherlands Saturday 10:30 - 11:45pm
These Dutch dance music mavens have played massive live band shows at Glastonbury, Detroit Movement, and Bestival. Loved by critics & tastemakers, fans dig them too, as their songs have charted #1 on house dance charts on numerous occasions. They consistently create killer remixes, and have been highly sought after since their debut album Boogie Angst. They performed here in 2009 (one of the best sets JTMF crowds have enjoyed), and will fly in again rolling out their latest release, Chrome Waves.
Chicago, IL Friday 10:15 - 11:45pm
Chicago's electronic rock stalwarts Future Rock continue to pound out pulsating beats with the verocity of a 70's era rock band. Outside of Chicago, they are best known for high profile remixes of Daft Punk, Neon Indian, Black Moth Super Rainbow and DFA 1979. Back home they are celebrated for legendary performances that turn any venue into a vast and energized dance floor, forcing even the palest and most resolutely hard-to-impress hipsters to call up their inner dance monsters. Live performances combine loops, samples and Mickey Kellerman's keyboards with Darren Heitz's drums plus Felix Moreno's Larry Graham-style bass slapping to create an enormously powerful groove.
The RevivalistsA Rock and Roll band with Soul. The Revivalists have rightfully earned their reputation as the next breakout band from the music capital of New Orleans. Soulful, syncopated rock, earnest songwriting, and a potent live show make for a magical mix. Theirs is a genre-hopping sound that mixes the divergent backgrounds of its individual members with the humid, funky undercurrents of the band’s New Orleans home.
San Francisco, CA Sunday 6:00 - 7:45pm
Deep house producer and musician extraordinaire, Migs sound is a sophisticated melting pot of soulful dance inducing music. Informed by electronic, but no slave to metronomic dance floor rhythms, his compositions take from rock, funk, jazz, reggae, & soul. Sweating and smiling on the desert (dance) floor, calling for more !
Live fea. Cedar Miller & Special Guests
San Francisco Friday 11:45pm - ??
Often referred to as the Master of Emotion, his music is patently beautiful and melodic. With diverse influences ranging from trip-hop, classical and Arabic to bass driven compositions, his songs are considered anthemic and timeless. As a multi-instrumentalist and singer, his tracks are organic, uplifting and stand on their own as a distinct genre. Sexy, psychedelic, and sublime.
LA Saturday 5:30 - 6:45pm
These beautiful people exemplify the modern day creative hybrid of Latin culture, rock and world music. They passionately meld the cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, rock and klezmer music to create their own sound.
Guinea/Cuba/South Africa/US Friday 8:30 - 10:00pm
Redefining world fusion by creating a funky, energetic dance atmosphere that takes listeners straight to the stars, using traditional skin and wood instruments played over grooves and inspired traditional vocals. Featuring Bongo Sidibe from Guinea, Jaqueline Laporte of Cuba and members of the award winning band Hamsa Lila (Ian "Inx" Herman, Vir McCoy, Evan Fraser and John Schroeder). The word, "Dogon" comes from the Dogon people of Mali who believe they are descendants of the Sirians- thus the Dogon Lights.
Mali Saturday 2:15 - 3:30pm
This young virtuosic guitarist from war torn Mali has toured the world with Khaira Arby, and accompanied greats such as Vieux Farka Toure, Leila Gobi, and Sidi Toure'. While still in high school he joined the Orchestra of Gao, and went on to enroll in the prestigious National Institute of Arts in Bamako. Oumar electrified us here in Joshua Tree in 2012 with Khaira Arby. From one desert to another !
Seattle Sunday 4:20 - 5:50pm
Dichotomy in a partnership is always tricky, but not for Seattle’s Fly Moon Royalty. Bleeding with all the heart and soul of blues and r&b, the aesthetics of modern day electronica and hip hop, the collaboration of the Seattle-based duo is a perfectly fitting contradiction. Gritty electro soul for the new world order.
Bellingham, WA Saturday 11:45pm - ??
Deep delicious electro-funk grooves, psychedelic rock, signature soundscapes, and electronic dance music inspired by mid-period Pink Floyd, early Radiohead, and the blues-jazz-dub whap of Morphine. Prepare to take a late night aural carpet ride with Acorn Project!
Joshua Tree, CA Friday 6:45 - 8:15pm
Born under the desert night skies. Space rock, world music, trance grooves & chunky Zep-esque melodies meld into an energetic and potent wall of sound. Exploding with life and outrageous creativity, 3rd Ear Experience will take you on a magical journey.
Nederland, CO Thursday 7:45 - 9:45pm
Progressive bluegrassy space funk ala some cheesy phish-like particle of a disco biscuit, served up in their own fresh high energy style. These cats rocked the fall festival, and they will be kicking off the spring festival in May with a set on Thursday night. Magic from the mountains!
Australia Sunday 1:00 - 2:30pm
Inspiring, uplifting and powerful, Saritah’s live shows are a celebration of life. Lyrical affirmations, inspirations, and observations weave with dancehall, reggae, and soul, inspired sounds. If you were witness to her performance here in 2011, you can attest to her ability to connect with the audience. A captivating blend of attitude and grace. “I make music to reconnect people with their hearts – to remind people of their power, their beauty, their divinity.”
Portland, OR Saturday 3:45 - 5:15pm
Until you see Scott play the guitar it is hard to describe what he does. His music comes from the heart, is very danceable and quite honestly, no one plays the guitar like him. He's regularly compared greats like Hendrix, Dick Dale, and James Brown, but it is evident that Scott has something all his own. Classic rock, jazz, and psychedelia collide and fuse around the notion of discovery that jumps with ease from the composer to the listener. A multi-genre guitar master and a clever lyricist who conveys fun while digging deep.
Huntington Beach Friday 5:00 - 6:30pm
Soulful multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire, Trevor makes use of vocals, guitar (6 and 12 string, lap slide, banjo, mandolin and ukulele), didgeridoo, stompbox and harmonica. Quite a few of them simultaneously. Grounded, passionate, soul stirring music that comes from the heart. Dig his live performance, and sign up for one of his Didj workshops.
New York, NY Saturday 12:45 - 2:00pm
With a sound and style that is distinct, mature and mesmerizing, Elle’s likened her music to the imaginary progeny of great Memphis soul queen Carla Thomas and punk rock poster boy Joey Ramone. It’s bluesy in a way that sounds like she inhaled too much cigar-smoke from a long-standing gig at a juke joint. Yet, she’s jarringly smooth in her control and effortless in her command.
Oakland, CA Saturday 11:20 - 12:35pm
Didjeridu player extraordinaire, producer, percussionist, composer, and co-conspirator of the powerfully uplifting trance band, Baraka Moon. Stephen is truly a world music fusion pioneer. He will perform a solo Didj set on Saturday, and lead a Didjeridu playshop at the Vibration Station on Saturday and Sunday.
Austin, TX Sunday 2:40 - 4:10pm
This psychedelic folk party machine out of Austin is on a mission. The musical love child of singer Carrie Fussell and guitar player Matt Roth, the Calliope Musicals round out their folksy roots with a mix of vibraphone, tribal drums, bass and lead guitar, resulting in a cheerful rock and roll sound. They exude feel good vibes that aim to swallow listeners and spit them out as happier versions of their former selves.
Joshua Tree, CA Sunday 9:45 - 11:15am
Joshua Tree based, New Orleans schooled, and gypsy spirited, Myshkin creates potent music out of broad empathy, sharp imagery, hypnotic rhythms and an enigmatic, unforgettable voice. Revolutionary love songs swaying in a folk-tronic dancing dress. Bewitching, intoxicating, fiercely talented, elegantly skewed, haunting melodies, intricate metaphors and subversive subplots. Myshkin is a complex underground legend.
Joshua Tree, CA Sunday 11:20am - 12:50pm
Soulful, heartfelt songs delivered with feeling. Gene Evaro (the Collective, Evaros, Junipers Drum) has performed at the festival with a few groups, and this time he will be fleshing out his solo work that has been brewing for some time.
New York, NY Saturday 10:05 - 11:05am
A dynamic Violinist / Producer who weaves her nomadic musical stylings within a seamless fabric of deep electronic and ambient soundscapes. Hannah’s sonic foundation stems from formative experiences in Eastern European music and a deep passion of Nordic and Middle Eastern traditions. Hannah plays an acoustic and five-string electric violin, accompanied by her original electronic scores. Her music is relentlessly inventive, undeniable in its sincerity and refreshing in its originality.
Joshua Tree, CA Friday 3:30 - 4:45pm
A girl and her bass. A trail of tears and fears and hopes and dreams roar to life via thumping bass lines & potent lyrics. A fool for Claypool, with a one of a kind freestylin' wordsmith of a mind. Powerful, poignant, real & raw.
Santa Cruz, CA Sunday 7:45 - 11:30pm
Ridiculous electro booty-and-the-beast breaks for maximum dance floor extrapolations and ruminations. You have boogie’d with Ian on a few occasions at the festival, work out now to dig his lastest spring fling in May. mixcloud.com/ianwinters73
Formed in the icy snows of Lake Tahoe; molded, shaped and sharpened by the ocean and mountains of Santa Barbara; then polished and honed in the high Mojave Desert: Colin Curtin brings a much needed breath of fresh, glitchy, mutil-genre beats to the art of music selection, mixing, and performance. With styles ranging from indie experimental rock to bass-pounding house to soul-lifting ambient, he carves a unique path to your musical soul.
Joshua Tree, CA Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
33 Bowls produces high resolution Tibetan (also known as Himalayan or Nepalese) Singing Bowl recordings for mindfulness, relaxation, meditation, yoga, and massage. The sound baths and trance concerts are created with a collection of antique pitch matched metal Singing Bowls spanning centuries in Age.
Los Angeles, CA Friday 12:30 - 1:45pm
This 22 year old self-taught solo guitarist creates her own original instrumental music, evoking Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges, Kaki King and Rodrigo y Gabriela with her high energy percussive style. Folk, Irish, Spanish and the Blues with little banjo in the mx. Prepare to be mesmerized.