TB & the Shakedown deliver a soulful patchwork of roots-infused melodies and muscular riffs, all woven tightly with their alternative psychedelic mystique. Music as rambunctious, raw and real as rock n’ roll gets these days! They were scheduled to perform here in May, but were asked by AC/DC to continue opening for them in Europe. Tyler played Eric Clapton’s festival at age 17, won the Robert Johnson guitar player award at 15, and cut his teeth on such greats as Lightnin’ Hopkins & Freddie King. The band is no less than a Zep-esque freight train, curing what ails via transcendant rock and roll.
Globetrotting dance floors since 1989, Mark is famous for his Mushroom Jazz series and his unrivaled 8 hour house music sets. An enduring musical phenomenon and musical shape-shifter extraordinaire, Mark will light up the desert night on the Boogaloo stage with his jazzy Chicago House mixed up San Fran style. This modern day traveling minstrel digs deep in the bin, weaving the obscure to the forefront of the dance floor. Tis a great honor to have Mark come our way !
One of the most riveting African bands touring the world today. Mokoomba hails from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and they are vibrant, distinct combining their traditional Tonga and pan -African music cultures with dashes of Rap, Ska, Soukous and Afro-Cuban music. Since winning the Music Crossroads Inter-regional Festival Competition in Malawi in 2008, Mokoomba has toured more than 40 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania, received critical attention for their recordings and numerous accolades.
Members of Hamsa Lila, Liberation Movement, Heavyweight Dub Champions, Dogon Lights & Dirtwire – experimental musical mad scientists all – meld ancient instruments, samples, live mixing, loops, and electronics to create a one of a kind improvisational aural feast for the intergalactic soul. Their debut performance on the Boogaloo Stage on SUN, May 15 at this past JTMF was no less than transcendant. Vir McCoy (Hamsa Lila, Dogon Lights), Inks Herman (Hamsa Lila, Hugh Masakela), Evan Fraser (Hamsa Lila, Dirtwire), and Grant Chambers (Liberation Movement, Heavyweight Dub Champions), along with guest vocalists, comprise the House of Hamsa.
A breath of fresh air to the world of electronic dance music. With a sound embraced by fans of house, and a live performance fueled by the organic energy of live instrumentation, their music is undeniable on the dance floor.
Their sound journeys from dark tribal meditations, exotic rhythms, and deep hypnotic grooves to hard hitting dance tracks, uplifting melodies, and soulful improvisations. These cats played a wicked set here in JTMF in OCT ’14, and have been raising the bar for as dance floor instigators ever since.
This high energy chameleonic powerhouse quintet will take you on a ride from desert twang to funktastic rock and roll. Hard driving, exceptional songwriting, four part harmonies, intricate in the pocket drum and bass grooves, swampy lap steel and ‘church’d up’ organs meld together for a one of a kind show beyond compare. This will be their third time at JTMF !
From the Streets of Dar es Salaam…Imagine a crew of 8 youngsters playing nutty grooves at breakneck speed on traditional & makeshift percussion, a keyboard player going mad on a battered vintage Casio, and three relentless front persons: two breathtaking, spectacular dancers and a charismatic lead vocalist/MC, belting out songs about survival in the urban maze, unfaithful lovers and voodoo. Afro-punk ala Konono #1 and Moroccan trance dance. Jagwa is keeping it real, and will be laying it down in the desert at sunset.
A multi-dimensional portal to transmutation, summoning the dawn of a musical revolution. Primal, tribal hip hop and funktastic otherworldly grooves……sonic shamanistic alchemy of the highest level. Grant Chambers (aka Resurrector of Heavyweight Dub Champion) and Sasha Rose lead an all star cast of musical mad scientists, creating music for the mind, body and soul.
From Burning Man to Watergate to Coachella and beyond, you’ll often find Adam Freeland behind the decks, igniting minds and dance floors alike. With 18 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 biggests festivals, or reveled in him dropping deep and dirty sounds in the most discerning underground clubs across the globe. Now dig is set under the night skies in the Magical Mojave !
Palenke Soultribe, a live electronic production collective are taking electronic music to new heights by deconstructing Afro-Colombian rhythms and blending them with modern beats, catchy bass lines and synthesized arpeggios. Palenke puts on uber-energetic shows, and are consistently releasing remixes, always pushing the envelope visually and conceptually. They represent a new generation of Colombian musicians ready to break all the rules. Palenke Soultribe was formed by producer/bassist Juan Diego Borda (a.k.a. Insectosound), producer/ keyboardist Andres “Popa” Erazo, and later joined by drummer Argel Cota and percussionists Clodomiro Montes. Rise UP !
Raw funk, rough and ready for a new world order. Ronkat performed for 10 years with George Clinton’s P-Funk All-Stars. His rocket ship tight band features two bass players, multiple vocalists, a freight train of a drummer, and a deep knowledge of all things funky. Ronkat is a phenomenal entertainer, skilled multi-intstrumentalist, singer, and Grammy nominated songwriter, and BMI songwriter of the year; we are thrilled to know they will be funk’n things up here in the desert at night !
The real deal personified. Gene, Piper, Ben, Mitchell, Amanda 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’.
This wildly talented, all female trio of multi-instrumentalists from the Netherlands return to Joshua Tree. Their performance here in 2013 was a crowd pleaser to say the least. Chanteuses who sing in 5 different languages; their stage presence is that of a seasoned veteran. Dynamic, charismatic and charming, Zazi will no doubt be one of your new favorite performers.
Radically multicultural and poly-stylistic, they lay down tumbling bluegrass one second and are evoking a barren Iraqi desert landscape the next. Vibrantly eclectic, fueling the dance floor using diverse instrumentation and sounds from around the globe. African beats and Balkan rhythms mash up with Appalachian bluegrass. Afghan melodies meld with American rock and roll. Schizophrenic and frenetic all at once. Aural bridges being built, and walls come tumbling down !
Fémina is a trio of female Patagonian singer songwriters, whose diverse songs are characterized by show-stopping harmonies and a magical on-stage chemistry reminiscent of Ibeyi mixed with smooth hip hop flow a la Anita Tijoux.
Hailing from the tiny mountain town of San Martin de los Andes, Fémina are two sisters and their best childhood friend: Sofia “Toti” Trucco (vocals, guitar, ronroco), Clara "Wewi" Trucco (vocals, percussion) and Clara Miglioli (vocals, guitar).
Their live shows are often theatrical in nature, and mix a variety of Latin genres such as cumbia, candombe, rumba, boleros, with international rhythms alike such as reggae and funk. A unique and thrilling combo, the trio has toured internationally in Mexico, Europe, released two albums and are currently working away at their third full length LP to be released in 2016.
Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and a community-focused political message. Their Afro-Mexican rhythms, zapateado & inspiring lyrics tell stories of a community who is looking for love & fights for justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. A remix of traditional Son Jarocho sounds, LAS CAFETERAS add Afro-Caribbean marimbol and cajón, poetry in English and Spanglish, and instruments like jarana, requinto, a donkey jawbone and a wooden platform called the Tarima.
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 thin line between artist and audience will get particularly blurry once the Cactus Wine Experience commences. A real ‘hog killin’ time to be had !
Live-tronic retro electro groove. “An immersive experience with live horn players, drummers and guitarists collaborating with sound sculpting producers on a Void surround-sound system.” - Diamond Entertainment & Arts “If you're into highly skilled musicians, danceable grooves, a bit of the unexpected... all coming through on an amazing sound system, then this is the place to be” - Donovan “Gordo Cabeza” - Motown On Mondays Dig Smoked Out Soul late night under the stars !
A prolific, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, who is always crafting the next song. His zest for his craft is inspirational. One time Joshua Tree resident (they are moving back, but we haven’t told them yet), Tim began his career busking around the globe, honing a masterful stage presence and some mad entertaining skills. We are thrilled to have Tim grace the stage here once again .
Born in Los Angeles, Shea was subject to 28 different home placements, and like 68% of foster youth, emancipated into homelessness. No doubt the early instability would prepare Freedom for the fast paced life on the road. Freedom uses the stage to advocate for foster youth and environmental issues. Freedom brought the love on tour, opening for artist Rising Appalachia in AZ, CA and CO. You can find Freedom sharing the good vibes alongside artists like The Shook Twins, Trevor Hall, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Mike Love and Toshi Reagon. As a member of the LGBTQ community Freedom was awarded the 2016 Rising Star Award by Black Trans Men Inc and has shared the stage with renowned LGBTQ artist Goddess & She who were featured on the Showtime hit series "The L Word."
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.
Peace, love and soul music ala Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield, Al Green & Marvin Gaye. Smooth buttery falsettos, soaring energy, positive messages and a captivating presence. Deeply rooted in the soul music of the 60’s and the Motown sound, Cameron is intent on keeping that soul-stirring magic alive and well in the world today !
This one man band is a tour de force. His video was voted top 10 favorites on publc radio in ’15 along with Alabama Shakes, Father John Misty, Grupo Fantasma and more. Heady company to say the least. If croons could kill, this one-man band would be a bounty hunter. Armed with a unique, self-sufficient approach to raw instrumentation, The Suitcase Junket is an artisan of song, bending, forging and sharpening each piece into an emotional tool.
KOLARS has created a sonic world that straddles self-described genres such as Desert Disco, R&Beyond, Space Blues, and Glam-a-billy. Rob (he and Lauren were both in He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister, who performed here in 2011) produces, mixes, and writes the material. His studio experimentation is incorporated into the live show. Lauren has invented her own drumming style. She tap dances rhythms with her feet atop a bass drum while simultaneously playing a stand-up kit. She uses this dance to transform beats into natural extensions of her movement. The two perform with energy, sweat, and excitement, thrilling audiences with their unabashed exuberance.
Soul-folk-acapella to soothe and align the soul. A four part harmonic collaboration of angels featuring Elisa Rose of Ojai (Dear Beloveds), Alyra Rose of Sebastopol (Almyra Rose music), Heather Christie (Feral Fauna, Cheraki) and Allison Miller. The inimitable Vir McCoy (House of Hamsa, Hamsa Lila) holds it all down on the bass ! Prepare to soar.....
Dawn Mitschele is a gifted and compelling singer-songwriter (with five solo albums to date), and she’s joined forces with the prolific Al Howard (Dani Bell, Rebecca Jade, Midnight Pine, Birdy Bardot, K23 Orchestra, Heavy Guilt y mas) and the musical mavens of the REDWOODS collective / studio (Mathew Molarius & Josh Rice) to create a varied catalogue of songs. Their music takes cinematic turns throughout, with graceful nods to Swedish pop, old country-rock ballads and blue eyed soul. The record's effervescent opener, Tarot I, finds Mitschele's sweet croon gliding smoothly over bouncy basslines and hand claps. From there the moody, Southwestern-tinged Ashley River Road segues into the resonating Amarillo, a melancholy ode to Texas propelled to rousing heights via the emotive timbre of Mitschele's voice.
Ethereal, otherworldly; an angel flying right here in our town. Dreamy beauty that conjures up rainy nights in a Budapest café. Spellbinding, with Gypsy, cabaret and punk influences. Myshkin has travelled the world performing, and we are thrilled that Joshua Tree called her in and now home is here. An extraordinary songwriter, Myshkin employs haunting melodies, intricate metaphors and subversive subplots. And then there’s the voice that levitates a room……
Full throttle dance floor medicine for those that wanna get down, and keep on getting down. Mixmaster General extraordinaire, Ian has brought IT to the Boogaloo Stage here numerous times in the past, and will bring more, more, more for another encore. Dig the link below to hear his set from the May fest in 2014.
Aptly named, this man has a powerful, all loving, presence. And that is felt before he picks up the guitar to serenade you. Music that will warm your heart and produce tears of both joy and sorrow. Sometimes in the same song. Another uber talented multi-instrumentalist who calls Joshua Tree home, Sequoia delights with every encounter. It’s an honor and a thrill to have him grace our stage here at the festival.
Sultry sirens serenade late into the night. Redwood Studios recording artists Dani Bell, Rebecca Jade, Birdy Bardot and Shelby Bennett are angels personified. Vocalists, songwriters, minstrels and magicians. Backed by the Redwoods house band (Al Howard, Josh Rice, Jason littlefield, Mathew Molarius), these chanteuses promise to transport you to another world with their all original awe inspring songs. Dig them late Saturday night under the stars !
With roots in Reggae, Funk, Jazz, Blues, Hip Hop, Folk & World Music, Intuit (formed in 2011) has developed a unique sound of their very own. Genre-crossing improvisational original music from the mountains. Captivating grooves, stylistic shape-shifting and positive imagery let the music lift you up and take you in.
Constantly striving to explore the boundaries and edges of human emotion, Papa Bear captures a deep perspective into the human experience. Lyrical content covers the gamut of mystery, beauty, and the comedy and tragedy of life. The musical lineage stems from the folk heritage, but ranges broadly.. from Americana and bluegrass, to blues, jazz, and good old rock’n’roll. PB and the Easy Love’s shows typically end in a massive singalong, blurring the boundaries between performer and audience, and inviting all to express themselves.
This inspired singer-songwriter and resident of Joshua Tree spent her lifetime making music with her sisters as Sisters3. Now performing solo, the desert inspires after years of singing in the NYC subways. Sisters3 shared the stage with Amos Lee, First Aid-Kit, Langehorne Slim and more. A minstrel who believes in unicorns, and the magical medicine of the Mojave. Dig her lunchtime set on the Boogaloo stage on Friday !