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12th Annual Fall JTMF - October 5-8

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TURKUAZ  (Brooklyn)
Saturday

"This Brooklyn based nine piece funkestra delivers horn filled funk incorporating R&B, psychedelic pop, gospel, Afro-pop, new wave, and just about any genre that gets people dancing" - the New Yorker.  Their fast and focused playing style will raise the roof on any given night.  We're talking about a Funk Army of multi-instrumentalists and singers that is part freight train and part tyrannosaurus rex, who even and an off night (should they have one) can blow away on room based on sheer physics alone.  They graced the stage here on OCT 2015, and folks are still raving about their transcendant show.   

the Last Internationale  (NYC)
Saturday

The Last Internationale picks up the torch carried by Rage Against the Machine, Marley, Nina Simone, Public Enemy, Woody Guthrie, and all the rebel rockers creating music with a message. Party with a purpose. That torch is deployed to illuminate the dark spaces of injustice as well as to light up a path toward freedom. Edgey & Delilah, along with drummer Brad Wilk (Rage against the Machine, Audioslave), deliver and explosive live performance.  If you were at JTMF in May 2015, then you can testify.  They toured with Robert Plant in 2014, and their album was produced by Brendan O'brien (Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Red Hot Chili Peppers).  

Vieux Farka Toure  (Mali)
Friday

Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré. His mastery of the electric guitar is mesmerizing, pan-global food for the soul.  He combines the prowess of a global superstar with a down-to-earth charisma.  Live, Vieux and his bandmates are wildy compelling, taking the audience on an afro-electric funkastic voyage.

Thunderball  (DC)
Friday

From the fabled Fort Knox Recording studio pioneers, and Thievery Corporation band members, THUNDERBALL core members are Rob Myers (guitar/sitar), Steve Raskin (bass/keys/dj), Mustafa Akbar (vocals) and Rex Riddim (drums/percussion).  You've seen them here in the past with Fort Knox Five, See-I and Junior Marvin.  Thunderball released their seminal album '12 Miles High' in 2003, spawned Fort Knox Five, now they return to bring it to the people LIVE.   Silky smooth global dance grooves,  combined with Mustafa's powerful presence and funktastic vocal stylings make for a late night magic carpet ride extraordinaire.   These guys are globally renowned purveyors of sophisticated stereophonic thrillers, cinematic dub and drum and bass.  

Tank and the Bangas  (New Orleans)
Saturday

Originating in New Orleans, and Winners of NPR's 2017 Tiny Desk  contest, Tank and the Bangas have all the qualities that relate them to the city that birthed them, but with a flair that separates them as well. Their performances range from being “One of the most energetic shows you’ll ever see” to “A gospel tent in Mississippi”. Rummaging through their sound like a thrift store hippie, you’ll find the Bangas to provoke a musical reference of Rhythmic Soul and Spoken word among other genres such as Rock, Gospel, Funk, and Folk. Combining the various musical techniques among the Bangas, coupled with the instilling play on lyrics from the lead vocalist; Tank and The Bangas have quilted a unique sound that singles them as one of the most distinctive groups to come out of New Orleans.

Gene Evaro Jr.  (Joshua Tree)
Friday

Home grown. Self made. The real deal personified. Gene and his band (Piper Robison, Ben Kennedy, Mitchell Arganda, Clint Stoker & Scott Kissinger) are a musical force. The pacing of their show, and each song, is varied.  They deliver delicious soulful grooves, raucous guitar fueled funk, and poetic folk with equal aplomb. Not only do they have that elusive “It”, they work hard at honing their skills, making each show better than the previous.  Music made from the HEART.  They've toured nationally with Elle King, performed at High Sierra Music Festival, Guitarfish Music Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, Wanderlust, and at JTMF over a dozen times.  Gene & Piper also host the Roaming Sounds Moblie Recording Studio at the festival.  ALWAYS thrilled to have them perform !.

Airtist  (Vienna / Budapest)
Saturday

This biodynamic trance dance juggernaut feeds the dance floor vibrations with the natural vibrations of their air fueled instruments.  A didgeridoo, jews harp, and a beatboxer make for an ancient tribal throwdown of natural rhythms and sounds.   As Aron (jews harp), Markus (didj) and Dome (beatbox) say, "We make music that sounds electronic, although it could have been played the same way thousands of years ago.   No samples, computers, or loops; only human voice, didgeridoo, jew's harp and air."  Be sure to check out their individual music playshops at the Positive Vibration Station as well !   


Kuinka  (Portland)
(formerly known as Rabbit Wilde)
Thursday

The artists formerly known as Rabbit Wilde.  The quartet revamps classic string band instrumentation with heavy percussion and the unique integration of electronic sound, six-string ukulele and Jillian Walker on cello.   Kuinka gives over to the muse, and a joyful acquiescence to faith in their cumulative virtuosity as songwriters, regardless of genre or instrumentation.   Brothers Zach and Nathan Hamer, along with Miranda Zickler and Jillian Walker, came together in 2014 under the name Rabbit Wilde to form a unique breed of string band; one proudly defiant of preconceived notions of what fits under the label 'Americana'. Their 2014 debut The Wild North, which propelled the band out of the woods and on to stages across the country, was followed by their 2016 breakout LP The Heartland.  

Organ Freeman  (LA)
Sunday

"Get busy groovin', or get busy dying".  Organ Freeman takes you from one funk groove to the next. A rocket ship tight trio of musicians.  The band’s influences belie their sound, as they cite the tightest of groovers. James Brown, Soulive, Snarky Puppy, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith, D’Angelo are all mentioned at the drop of a hat, showcasing this band’s pure devotion to that in-the-pocket jam.  Carlson takes us through what it’s like to write an Organ Freeman tune, saying that he and Steer “get together and form some harmonic and melodic idea. Trevor is more straight ahead funk type stuff whereas I like a lot more modern jazz, so he often has to reign me in. Then Rob comes in and seems to have a phenomenal idea to clean up our mess every time. He has a great mind for polishing a pre-existing idea.” 

Boostive  (Santa Cruz)
Sunday

This nine piece Dub - Soul - Hip Hop group from Santa Cruz delivers a potent musical and lyrical message.  They've performed in support of Jurrassic Five & Cut Chemist, and are slated for lots of festivals in 2017, including JTMF, Lightning in a Bottle, Boogaloo and more.  They meld a wide range of genres into a deep, cohesive groove.  Whether Boostive pulls their sound in a jazzier direction with their horns, hip-hop or soul with their vocalists, or some definitive reggae guitar, they make sure to keep the ride smooth and steady.  

Jon Stickley Trio  (Asheville)
Saturday

Jon Stickley Trio has been making waves with the independent and fan-funded release of their 2nd album, Lost at Last, this past October. The originality and sheer energy of this genre-bending ensemble serves as a welcome wake up call for those who experience it. With roots in gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and hip-hop in an “exhilarating all-acoustic swirl” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine), Jon Stickley Trio combines Jon Stickley’s rapid-fire flatpicking guitar with the sultry and wild, yet refined, melodies of Lyndsay Pruett on violin set over the deep groove of Patrick Armitage on drums. The three have fused their collective styles into a repertoire of exciting and innovative original music along with some captivating covers.  The New York Times’ Nate Chinen writes “… there’s hardy cohesion among the players — no less on the Gypsy standard ‘Valse de Wasso’ than on ‘Darth Radar’ a turbocharged original with a ska upbeat and a shredding melody. And when Mr. Stickley and friends turn to bluegrass, as on ‘The High Road,’ by Tim O’Brien, they sound both respectful and free.”

Kat Myers & the Buzzards  (LA)
Friday

Kat Myers & The Buzzards are a “bona fide rock ‘n’ roll band that concocts a soulful blend of solid rhythms as if summoned from the dust on a vinyl crate of classic rock.”  Myers’ roots in classic rock can be clearly heard in the EP’s rollicking melodies, while her tongue-in-cheek lyrics point to her punk influences.  Drummer Johnny Elkins & Myers met when his own band, Ivory Deville, was holding auditions for a back-up singer. Though Myers did not get the spot, she and Elkins immediately hit it off. They started booking shows as a two-piece all over southern California and along the way met guitarist Elliott Beenk.  "One of FIVE up and coming bands you NEED in your life" LA Magazine.  

Amritakripa Band (Joshua Tree)
Saturday

Home grown and out of this world.   With a unique blend of African, Turkish and swirling psychedelic elements, Amritakripa creates an enchanting a groove-infused kirtronica & roll that is a one of a kind transcendant EXPERIENCE.  Amritakripa has been chanting for twenty years under the guidance and inspiration of Holy Mother, Mata Amritanandamayi.  'Moving prayer' in the form of sacred dance has been Amrita's love and practice since 1994. Her desire to combine sacred dance and bhajan opened the door for a wonderful collaboration with Robbi Robb, founder of Tribe After Tribe and 3rd Ear Experience.  Robbi's was exposed to Tibetan chanting, East Indian music and tribal African rhythms as well as the contemporary music of that time. Tribe After Tribe have been called the pioneers of Afro-acid rock, blending African dance rhythms with rock music.  
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Trouble in the Streets (Austin)
Saturday

A super charged electronic afro-beat trio featuring Nnedi "Nebula" Agbaroji (Keys/Vocals), Andy Leonard  (Bass), and Bobby Snakes (Drums). Trouble in The Streets is an eclectic experience that breaks the fourth wall and invites audiences to create their own story.  The powerhouse trifecta has shared stages with George Clinton and The Parliament Funkadelic, Rebirth Brass Band, Turkuaz, and Orgone. Their awaited debut EP to be released this December features Grammy Award winner Beto Martinez of Grupo Fantasma and Brownout.  Trouble are playing their own unique style dubbed as "Electro Tribe".   Powerful. Potent. Yes, Trouble in the Streets. 

 

Myshkin Warbler's Royal Rabble Circus  (Joshua Tree)
Friday

New Orleans schooled, gypsy spirited, collaborative by nature, endlessly curious, Myshkin Warbler is a rare bird among songwriters. With a stellar band helping animate darkly joyous, compellingly complex songs, and a cast of circus talent adding spectacle and beauty, the Royal Rabble Circus (which made it’s debut at the last JTMF) is built for ears, eyes, heart and mind. Thrills, chills, a soaring voice, and songs that slip under the skin and stay there. Literate, political, heartbreaking, soulbuilding, gorgeous.

Everyman - Pumpkin Tribute  (LA)
Sunday

Keep the party HEARTED.  Everyman and the late, great, Nick Alvarado (aka Pumpkin), performed together as Little Giants. Musical brothers in arms, soulmates, and purveyors of big hearted dance music.  Pumpkin performed an unforgettable (4 hour!) set at JTMF in OCT 2014.  Anyone that was there can attest to the magic Pumpkin worked.  He crossed over way too soon in an auto accident last year.   Now Everyman will bring the PUMPKIN TRIBUTE to Joshua Tree,  on the 3 year anniversary of his last show  here.   From classic hip-hop, to glorious house anthems, Everyman brings the LOVE and HEART as did his running mate.   Prepare to dance it up !  

Son of the Velvet Rat (Austria / Joshua Tree)
Friday

SON OF THE VELVET RAT is the project of Austrian Songwriter Georg Altziebler  together with his wife Heike Binder on organ and accordion.   After years of finding inspiration in the California desert, SotVR chose in 2013 to leave behind their impressive band history in Austria, with 5 albums to their credit, and make their home in Joshua Tree. This new endeavor finds the two commuting between the anonymous wasteland of Los Angeles and the fierce but fragile beauty of the high desert, reinventing their creative sphere in a completely different artistic environment. There’s a certain strangeness in their music and sound, with its origins woven deeply in the cultural heritage of the European folk-noir and chanson traditions, and it certainly strikes a chord in all who know the grounding force of gravity and still like to dance on the tightrope.  Their latest album 'Dorado' was produced by the prolific Joe Henry  (Allen Touissant, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello).  

Tranquil Elephantizer (Bay Area)
Saturday

The Tranquil Elephantizer classic house crew is coming to dance it up in the Boogaloo Lounge. Progressive. Acid Disco.  A booty shaking, motivating. dubby laptop live mix of positively disco tinged acid house with a guest MC or vocalist to nice UP the vibes.  For 20+  years they have been keeping the vibe alive. They come to JTMF with fresh new tracks and some rocking home-spun underground classics too !

Cactus Wine Experience (Joshua Tree)
Saturday

A dirty blues, dusty boots, rollickin’ roadhouse revue.  Song and dance, wild west romance, and girls that will kick up a row.  Frivolity guaranteed, this late night, locally produced cabaret features luminaries and love-lights Gabba Evaro, Piper Robison, Kali Poulin, Bryanna Evaro, Megan Hutch, Bonne Britt, Gene Evaro, Mikey Reyes, Chris Unck, Andy Gorril and more. The thin line between artist and audience will get particularly blurry once the Cactus Wine Experience unfurls !