Joe Lewis hails from Austin, TX – the collision center where Southern soul meets mid-western blues and vagabond punk. Gritty howling and shouting sung with conviction, raw guitar riffs, and a tight, blazing horn section make for a positively funktastic aural assault. Rough hewn, retro and real. They have performed at major festivals (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Bummbershoot, Austin City Limits), done the rounds on Late Night, and now will light up the desert night sky in Joshua Tree.
Colombia Friday | 10:30 – 11:45pm | Indian Cove (South) Kaleidoscopic latino dance grooves for a new world order. Fiery vocals & global beats borne out of a Columbian caldera. Bomba has toured the world, performing at massive festivals like Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot and more. Now dig them live in the Mojave in Joshua Tree! bombaestereo.com
Jamiaca/London/DC Saturday | 7:10 – 8:25pm | Indian Cove (South)
As a highly sought after blues/rock guitarist, Junior was tapped by Bob Marley to join the Wailers in '77, playing an integral part on all the Marley albums & tours til Bob passed in '81. Together they created seminal works that spoke to a generation and sparked a global revolution; the albums Exodus, Kaya, Survival & Uprising. Junior exudes a powerful 'reggae royalty' vibe that is as relevant today as when he and Bob played to packed stadiums around the globe.
The South Sunday | 4:05 – 5:35pm | Copper Mt. (East)
Sisters Leah and Chloe grew up in the south, but have spent years traveling the world inspired by international roots music. As a result they project a sensual prowess onto the stage & ignite their fans with every live performance. Their unique and beautiful sound is illuminated through poetic & soulful vocals, spoken word, and an eclectic array of instrumentation including banjos, fiddles, various drums, kalimbas, & beatboxing.
A feverishly funky sign of a new era, Ribab Fusion celebrates Morocco’s Amazigh (Berber) culture as it flies from ‘70s-style funk to Afropop dance vibes, from slow jams to high-energy call-and-responses choruses. The one-stringed bowed ribab weaves all the madcap diversity together, sometimes gritty, sometimes soothing as a well-played sax. It’s a jazzy mix that wows technically and sets people celebrating.
High energy Rock and Roll delivered convincingly with heart and soul ala Zep & Queens of the Stone Age and the Black Keys. Rough and ready, frenzied and raw. Unpolished while tightly organized. In the pocket, yet outside the box, full tilt boogie.
LA Saturday | 11:45pm – 1:45am | Boogaloo Backstage
Nicholas “Pumpkin” Alvarado is your new favorite music producer/DJ. His spot-on song selections, special remixes and original productions have made for unforgettable live sets that seamlessly span genres and eschew the latest trends in favor of timeless melodies that will leave a ginormous smile plastered across your face. Inspired mixes and marvelous mash-ups lovingly sequenced for maximum danceability.
Dig DC's Fort Knox Recording artists and dancehall funksters, Nappy Riddem. Founded by Mustafa Akbar (Fort Knox Five) and Rex Riddem to create reggae for the dance floor, messages for the people, and fresh beats for the booty & mind. They are on tour with Junior Marvin's Force One Foundation to Creation - the most jammin' tour in the nation !
Boulder Saturday | 10:15 – 11:45pm | Indian Cove (South)
Full throttle live jamtronica with soul. The Boulder based trio, comprised of Clark Smith (sax/keys/DJ), Justin Ehmer (drums/percussion) & Fred Reisen (bass/synth) meshes aspects of both the conventional DJ and live band performance. Combining pristine production, soulful sax, live drumming, and heavy electric bass, DYNOHUNTER delivers a potent live show experience.
Funktastic musical alchemists. A Jelly Bread set is highlighted by dual vocals, four part harmonies, in-the-pocket drum and bass grooves, swampy lap steel guitar, dirt under the fingernails guitar licks, and take-’em-to-church organ that is downright appetizing. Jelly Bread has emerged with a high-energy calling card that melds elements of desert twang and the urban tones of funk & rock, balanced by exceptional songwriting and storytelling.
Italy Friday | 7:25 – 8:40pm | Indian Cove (South)
Ou is a sextet based in Rome; the three women are Sardinian, and the three men pure Romans. Together they take you on a mediterranean joyride of vivacious original compositions with a folk sensibility, jazz and fiercely funky rhythms, topped with gorgeously lush vocals, sung in Sardinian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and English. These composers, multi-instrumentalists, and vocalists create magic that swing, sway, bounce and groove with joy.
PRJCTS create alternative lyrical soundscapes from their hip hop, soul, and rock influences. Their beats and lines move at driving speed, navigate genres like neighborhoods, and make cityscapes of their influences. This Eastside duo asks what LA does; stay a while, ‘cause nothing ever stays the same !
Dig some of San Diego’s most talented musicians going toe-to-toe; Tim Felton’s hypnotic, gritty electric piano and organ lines dance around Sean Martin’s reverb-drenched, fuzz guitar stabs, while Jake Najor lays down majorly tight pockets, completewith funky breaks and frenetic high-hat work. Primary lyricist (and percussionist) Al Howard has crafted an album’s worth of words that deal in inner-city struggles and urban discontent. And Rebecca Jade is the fiery star shining bright.
Seattle Sunday | 2:40 – 3:55pm | Indian Cove (South)
Ayron Jones is one of Seattle's hottest up-and-comers, an urban rock gunslinger. He delivers a hard-core version of the blues with the essence of hip hop and the raw energy of punk, drizzled with that famous Seattle sound. Stevie Ray meets Nirvana.
Jesse Elliott performed over 1,000 shows with his band, These United States (JTMF in OCT ’10). His new project, Ark Life, draws its biggest comparison to the Band…..endlessly listenable folk-rock fused with soul and a classic rock sensibility. Lush harmonies akin to the Fleet Foxes but with female dynamism.
San Francisco Saturday | 11:35am – 12:50pm | Copper Mt (East)
A genuine sister band from the bay area, the group’s subtle throwback aesthetic calls to mind classic trios past, from the Andrews Sisters and 1960′s girl groups to the sirens from the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?. A cappella harmonies that tingle the spine. Produced and mentored by bluegrass legend, Laurie Lewis, the sisters have literally been singing together their whole lives.
Based in LA, the Cerny Brothers are a drum driven American rock band creating rambunctious and romantic folk music. Their aggressive approach is an assured, full swagger, ‘we have no back up plan’ style that lets you know they are the real deal.
Santa Barbara Friday Late Night | 11:45pm – 1:45am | Café Stage
You sing, they play. The Selections have a list of 200+ songs they perform. John Whoolilicious and his band mates are rocket ship tight and ready to make you a star. If you witnessed the show late night at the May festival, then you know how much fun is going down. Log on to their website, peruse their song list, and practice up !
Santa Cruz Friday | 11:45pm – 1:45am | Boogaloo Backstage
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; prepare to take another non-stop ride around the dance floor backstage under the stars. (Dig Ian's set from the May Fest below)
Extraordinary storytellers. Seasoned and accomplished songwriters, singers & musicians with their own distinctive styles. Tim tells roots rocking, bluesy and alt-country tales. Devon delivers refreshing sweetness, freewheeling lyrics & sultry southern soulful folk. Matt the Electrician crafts sharp narratives with equal measures heart and home. Together their sensibilities soar !
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.
Santa Cruz Sunday | 5:45 – 7pm | Indian Cove (South)
Dripping with vintage vinyl vibed soul ala Jazzmatazz, these multi-instrumentalists (Drums, Rhodes, Sax, Trumpet, Bass) create a fusion of crisp instrumentals & vinyl chops to create that old-meets-new school sound that so many of us hip hop heads love. Add solid beats, fluid vocals & potent lyrics to make for some super fresh future-soul.
Al Howard is a prolific and potent songwriter extraordinaire (K23 Orchestra, Heavy Guilt, Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact Black Sands, Owl & Bear). Al has teamed up with 22 year old prodigy Shelbi Bennett, whose tender, ageless vocals recall everyone from Billie Holiday to Beach House's Victoria Legrand to create The Midnight Pine. Vintage songwriting ingrained with a rustic, folksy feel.
Joshua Tree Thursday | 9pm - ?? | Roaming Sounds Studio Sunday | 9pm – ?? | Roaming Sounds Studio
The Roaming Sounds Mobile Recording Studio (located in the green trailer backstage) has been home to some magical musical moments at the past three festivals. Record your own music at the festival, create & collaborate, and boogie into the desert night. Dig the jam in the sand on both Thursday & Sunday nights with Gene, Piper, Gabba & the family of friends. Soulful, heartfelt songs, delivered with feeling !
Where Big Love & Immense Creativity collide. Drummer/MC/Producer, Nick Werth (aka Galaxe), will elevate & inspire with his conscious musical magic under the mojave moon. You may know him as the mad drummer, xylophonist & vocalist with the Scott Pemberton Trio... prepare to be transformed !
As the saying goes, whatever 'it' is, they've got it. The plainspoken passion of harmonized folk/vocals. Storytellers who take you on a journey and stir the soul. Eclectic, sometimes dark, rootsicana folkadelic auralscapes.
New York Thursday | 6:30 – 7:30pm | Boogaloo Backstage
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.
Joshua Tree Saturday | 10:15 – 11:30am | Café Stage
Cosmic improvisational music by world renowned desert dwellers. Kurosh Showghi, an artisan builder and player of the didgeridoo, kamikaze percussionist Danny Frankel (Lou Reed, KD Lang Lang, Rickie Lee Jones), Jorge Bassman on bass, Robbi Robb on guitars (both from 3rd Ear Experience), and chanteuse Amritakripa on keyboards and voice effects.
Joshua Tree Friday | Noon – 1:15pm | Café Stage
Gabba Evaro & Chris Unck. Two uber talented singer songwriters, visual artists, lovers of music & high lonesome serenaders of soul !
Pam sees the didgeridoo as an organic synthesizer. She weaves voice, diaphragm, intricate Middle Eastern and Eastern European rhythms with urban beats to tell tales of modern magic and ancient mysticism, poetry and darklight worlds that are within and without all mixed with rich hues and sometimes a touch of humor.