Rambunctious, raw and real as rock and roll can get. Their sound is a soulful patchwork of roots-infused melodies and muscular riffs, all woven tightly with the thread of their alternative psychedelic mystique. A prodigious guitar player, Tyler was presented the Robert Johnson New Generation award at age 15, and invited by Eric Clapton to play at his Crossroads Guitar Festival at 16. These guys have toured with Jeff Beck, ZZTop, BB King and Aerosmith. To say Tyler and the Shakedown are a thunderous tour de force is an understatement. Their live performance is versatile, melodic, unhinged and inspiring !
The name means ‘give/take’ in the old Ukrainian language. This raucous folk rock ‘ethnic chaos’ band combines unexpected elements of sound and soul to take you on an unforgettable aural journey. Completely original with one of a kind melodies that soar, haunt and taunt all in one song. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian & Australian traditional instrumentation the quartet’s astonishingly potent and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukranian culture. A global music experience in the magical Mojave.
Seamlessly blending funk, soul and rock and roll, the Main Squeeze promises to keep your body moving with their infectious, feel good musical gumbo. It’s a high energy Stevie Wonder meets Red Hot Chili Peppers thing, delivered with virtuosic skill by every band member. Regardless of where you are coming from musically, awestruck is where you will be after witnessing the Squeeze live. We are thrilled to have them back in Joshua Tree (they performed here in May of 2013).
A three piece intergalactic hydro electronic funk experience from Boulder, CO. They’ve shared the stage with Big Gigantic, Pretty Lights, GRiZ, The Floozies, Dynohunter and Ghostlland Observatory. Like those groups, Sunsquabi meld the live and electronic to create explosive yet melodic dance music. They expertly contrast the spacy and the raging, perfectly complemented by sweet melodies. Sunsquabi have performed at Red Rocks, Wakarusa, Sonic Bloom, SXSW, continually elevating their vibrant, animated sound.
Tropicaliente; a smooth tropical blend of salsa, cumbia, reggae, dub and house. Lively dance floor action guaranteed when the Empresarios take the stage. Emerging from the Fort Knox Recordings (Fort Knox Five, See-I, Thievery Corp, Mustafa Akbar, All Good Funk Alliance and more) Studio crew, the Empresarios are creating latin funk tinged hip hop with an edge.
Big bouncy bass lines ! Made up of Frank Cueto and Rusty Belicek, the All Good Funk Alliance has opened up for James Brown, DJ'd all around the world, written songs for commercials, T.V. and movies, and have constantly appeared on the Breakspoll Top 50 list. In other words, these guys are no strangers to the funk. And while their musical tastes range the gamut, when Frank and Rusty join forces the end result is always the same: they deliver a sound that is funky, fun and fresh.
The real deal personified. Gene, Piper, Tyler and family get better every time they perform, delivering delicious soulful grooves, raucous guitar fueled funk, and poetic freak folk with equal aplomb. In 2015 they toured the country playing sold out shows with Elle King, won NAMMs John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and delivered potent sets here at the festival in May and October. In a word, they have that elusive ‘it’.
Dani Bell & the Tarantist San Diego
Dani Bell, Alfred Howard and a boombox named Charlie. Smoldering, atmospheric, California soul from another era. Dani’s versatile voice is captivating, and she sighs over every genre, moving from spooky blues to Motown strut to mournful whispers with ease. Although Dani wrote the songs on their album, Dark West, Al is a prolific writer, musician, performer who has performed at JTMF with the Midnight Pine, Rebecca Jade, the K23 Orchestra, the Heavy Guilt, and Dani Bell. Dig them (once again) live on the café stage on Saturday morning.
If you witnessed their set at the last festival, you felt the positive impact of talented musical souls working as one. Mikey Reyes, Bryanna Evaro, Jeremy Jones, Ben Kennedy, and family soundly deliver a unique blend of roots, reggae, funk and soul. The Desert Rhythm Project was born in the magical Mojave, where talent, hard work, and good intentions collide.
A Dirty Blues & Dusty Boots rollickin’ roadhouse revue. Song and dance, wild west romance, and girls that will kick up a roa. Frivolity guaranteed, this late night, locally produced cabaret features luminaries and love-lights Piper Robison, Kali Poulin, Gene Evaro, Liesl Clouse, Bonnie Britt, Chris Unck, Gabba Evaro and more. The think line between artist and audience will get particularly blurry once the Cactus Wine Experience commences. A real ‘hog killin’ time to be had !