The festival melds the overwhelming spirit of desert freedom, with powerful music from around the world, to create a lighthearted oasis for music lovers. Merging its funky desert style with an internationally acclaimed lineup of musical artists, this three day (and four night) family-friendly festival is truly a global music experience. Magically magnificent art installations, a robust Kidsville schedule, the heavily shaded Music Bowl, a full spectrum of yoga classes from sunrise to sunset, 27 different music playshops and didgeridoo classes, late night Astronomy theatre, and a World Market further inspire, intrigue and invite festival goers. Discover your new favorite band and dozens of new friends in the shadows of the otherworldly Joshua Tree National Park.
The fall line-up features rambunctious rock & roll by the prodigious Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown, DJ Mark Farina (of Mushroom Jazz fame), two of the most compelling African bands touring today in Mokoomba (Zimbabwe) and Jagwa Music (Tanzania), virtuosic soul and funk by the Katdelics (SF) & Jelly Bread (Reno), dance inducing live-tronica by Dynohunter, spicy Afro-Mex rhythms and inspiring lyrics by Las Cafeteras, and the positively infectious global grooves of Femina (Patagonia), Zazi (Netherlands), Palenke Soultribe (Colombia) and Tribecastan (NY). Thirty-three artists, with just one band live at a time so you don’t miss a beat. An eclectic line-up, artfully sequenced, for maximum impact.
For the full line-up and festival info, log onto: http://joshuatreemusicfestival.com/
Watch a mashup video of some of the artists on the 2016 lineup on Youtube.
About Joshua Tree Music Festival:
The Joshua Tree Music Festivals (there are two each year; one in May, one in October) are intimate, community-centric, artistically infused and highly participatory affairs. They capture the DIY funkiness of the high desert, turning rusted junk into striking art, old trailers into stages, and a shaded stretch of campground on the outskirts of the infamous national park into a family friendly global music experience. Focusing on up-and- coming artists, the festival has a penchant for picking about-to-break names, from Deer Tick to Trombone Shorty, Edward Sharpe to Brett Dennen, the Avett Brothers to Toubab Krewe, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Elle King, Chicano Batman, Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, Valerie June and more.
JTMF is produced by a family of friends and funsters convinced that music is the soul of life, and that art enriches and saves lives. The festival is constructed around one Music bowl, with two alternating stages. “It’s the combination of the magical setting, the music and the people that leads to epiphanic moments. We’ve created a space that enables folks to spend more time together with the ability to not miss any of the music.” Those ‘shared experiences’ are where you find the magic. Kidsville is action packed, and people rate JTMF as one of the few festivals that truly caters to the entire family. You’ll find instant community with nonstop interaction, as folks gather under the billowing shade cloth (over 35,000 square feet of shade flying over the stages and audience), while soaking up the sonic celebrations of the inspired artists. “This is a festival that will take you in as a family member, and send you home with more than you came with”.
The desert is freedom, music is power, and community is crucial.