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.
Kaleidascopic 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
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.
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.
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 !
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.
High energy Ozark Stomp. The BMB channels a century of wide ranging musical styles into a wholly new sound that radiates energy, smarts and soul. Miller writes roots-rocking barnburners, thoughtful ballads and left-field departures melodic skill and lyrical insight, and the band elucidates them with urgency and eloquence.
This LA trio consisting of rapper/producer Tulip Pezley and sibling singer/MCs Eddington Again and Miche Maya has its own unique voice, but there’s an air of familiarity to their music that makes them super accessible. Pez’s beats and lyrical delivery are imbued with a definite late 90′s-early 00′s indie rap sensibility; Eddington has a sing-songy flow sometimes reminiscent of post-Aquemini Andre 3000, that’s always entertaining and sounds so loose that I sometimes feel like he’s perilously close to falling off the rails; Miche is the group’s foil and the secret sauce that gives Oddience its distinct flavor.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
With a unique blend of African, Turkish and swirling psychedelic elements, Amritakripa creates a groove-infused sacred music that enchants and en-trances. Amritakripa’s album Dancing Lotus stands as one of the most innovative achievements in the world of sacred music. Groove is in the heart !