Joshua Tree Music Festival

Who's playing at the Roots Festival

the joshua tree roots music festival is more of a rootsicana - newgrassy - folkadelic affair,
musically speaking, compared to the may festival.  

As in the spring, there is music on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
The performers alternate on two stages in the one music bowl so you don't miss a beat.

final schedules:
Download a print friendly PDF version here.

benefit concert
& 2nd kimock show!

Sunday evening, October 14th, 6-10pm
Backstage at the festival
A benefit for the LivingSchool & Transmission.

Wally Ingram and his supergroup bandmates Steve Kimock, Bernie Worrell & Andy Hess will perform full sets, and be joined by Sean Hayes, Earl Thomas, Tim Easton, Birds of Chicago.
Tickets to this intimate concert are
$20 with a festival wristband, or $30 without.
This concert will sell out, so get your tickets now!

steve kimock + bernie worrell +
wally ingram + andy hess

Saturday 10pm - Midnight & Sunday 7:30 - 9:30pm

"transcendant, experimental & prolific guitar god & keyboard king unite with monstrous rhythm section - supergroup label an understatement"
anders osborne

Saturday 8:20pm - 9:50pm

"spiritual, emotive, rollicking musician & songwriter. His performances take you on a journey and bring you home better than when you left it. Anders is able to refine and relate to the ordinary, making you feel a bit extraordinary in the process. His new album is a masterpiece!"
howlin' rain

Sunday 4:30 - 6pm

"a ferocious, impassioned and artful rock n' roll band that howls & cries & laughs with gusto & enormous heart"
sean hayes

Sunday 2:50 - 4:20pm

"uber soulful songsmith radiates a free spirited rattlesnake charm"
musketeer gripweed

Saturday 6:40 - 8:10pm

"rambling, rolling, rousing revival time.....time to testify!"
birds of chicago

Sunday 1:25 - 2:40pm

"bewitching, haunting echoes of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop and classic soul"
california honeydrops

Friday 10:15 - 11:30pm

"digging deep into the roots of american music, the honeydrops embrace the traditions of blues, gospel, second line new orleans jazz, and early r& roaring rollicking live shows !"
dead winter carpenters

Friday 8:35 - 10:05pm

"roots infused, high energy, rollicking alt country americana band who's performances are edgy, whimsical and dance inducing"
amy lavere & shannon mcnally

Saturday 3:50 - 5:05pm

"Shannon McNally has an angelic shiver-sending drawl that gives the music its hurt, its hate, and most importantly, it’s heart. Amy Lavere, part winsome atmospheric alt-country gal and part avenging angel, creates timeless music with depth & resonance. Tender & tough, these two talented angels prove that one plus one equals magic."
earl thomas

Saturday 5:15 - 6:30pm

"Earl is a high wattage electric performer, a powerfully soulful vocalist, and a master of the blues idiom. He has performed around the world, and worked with Etta James, Ray Charles, Elvis Costello, Tom Jones, & B.B.King. To take in his show is to sweat profusely and smile til it hurts!"
trevor green

Saturday 2:25 - 3:40pm

"a passionate & soulful musical breath of fresh air who uses vocals, the didg, guitars (6 & 12 string, lap, slide, banjo, mandolin & ukelele ) stompbox and harmonica to create a mesmerizing sound"

Saturday 11:35am - 12:50pm

"Shovelman is a junkyard beatnik, a shovel guitar wielding surrealist folk superhero. Armed with a collection of pawnshop effects pedals and an old barn-shovel turned slide-guitar, Shovelman plays ol’ fashioned folktronica-grooves looped straight out of the ground. The sounds of Mississippi deltablues from the electro-psychedelic future, collide with the antiquated rubble of lyrical one-man-band hoboetry."
tim easton

Sunday Noon - 1:15pm

"singer songwriter extraordinaire to play his only homecoming set at the festival"
the shook twins

Saturday 1 - 2:15pm

"angelic twin harmonies, beat boxing, banjo, looping & layering = loveliness"
professor burns & the lilac fields

Friday 5:45 - 7pm & Sunday 10:35 - 11:50am

"prof. burns' poetic, rootsy tunes are the three way love child of woody guthrie, chuck d, and mary oliver.”
jeremy sole

Friday 11:30pm - 1:30am

"the dj/producer/remixer/aries of kcrw/afro funke’ and musaics fame will premier his “revival” all blues dj set of new exclusive remixes of muddy waters, nina simone, otis redding, john lee hooker and more."
bob furgo & amy lavere

Saturday, 10:25 – 11:25am

"Local Violinist Extraordinaire Bobby Furgo & Amy Lavere & friends will get your day off on the right foot !"
the machin’

Saturday, Midnight – 1:30am

“Travel on the psychedelic space journey of Robbi Robb’s 3rd Ear Experience, the world grooves of Amritakripa’s devotional dance music, and the Spanglish Jive of Machin’ and the Chon Chons” "
the collective

Friday, 7:10pm – 8:25pm

“Funky shape shifting fusion, soul enhancing out-of-yo-body experience.”

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