Portland, OR Saturday
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.
Chicago, IL Friday
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.
Oka shines an optimistic light on the beauty of Indigenous cultures, in a progressive style. Phatt organic earth rhythms in a smooth hi-fidelity sound that is full of uplifting melodies, tones and textures, all cooked over raw didgeridoo rhythms and dance driven grooves. Oka’s hypnotic, high energy live performances are a spontaneous exploration into the sublime. A rhythm based sonic tapestry crossing cultural boundaries, embracing the future without losing sight of the past.
“Bob Marley meets Stevie Wonder via the Chemical Brothers playing in a steaming rainforest with a didgeridoo”
New Orleans, LA Saturday
A 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
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
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.
Nashville, TN Friday
Space Capone's influence thrives off late 70's funk/soul/R&B with a fresh and modern twist. a band that respects their influences but knows how to party at the same time. Space Capone is comprised of funky horns, chanky electrics and a tight rhythm section all by musicians that are all scholars of funk, jazz, and R&B. Lead singer/brain child Aaron Winters (professionally known as 'Space') states, "We've arrived on this planet to help save people from bad music. We're very
serious about what we're doing, it just happens to be lots of fun.”
Nederland, CO Thursday
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!
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.
Portland, OR Saturday
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.
Joshua Tree, CA Friday
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.
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 !
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.”
Bellingham, WA Saturday
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 !
Huntington Beach Friday
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
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.
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.
New York, NY Saturday
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 Sunday
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
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.
Austin, TX Sunday
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 Friday
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
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