Friday 11 October 2013 — Sunday 13 October 2013
Joshua Tree Lake Campground
Joshua Tree, United States
The 8th Annual Joshua Tree Music Festival (JTMF) is happening this fall from October 11-13 in Joshua Tree, California, merging its funky desert style with an internationally acclaimed lineup of potent performers. The three-day family-friendly festival is a celebration of music in a magical setting, melding the overwhelming spirit of desert freedom with powerful music from around the world to create a lighthearted oasis for music lovers. Magnificent art installations, a robust kidsville schedule, the heavily shaded music bowl, a full spectrum of yoga classes and a global market further inspire, intrigue and invite festival guests. Discover your new favorite band and dozens of new friends in the shadows of the otherworldly Joshua Tree National Park.
This year’s lineup features the ‘rocket ship tight’ funk of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, the mesmerizing harmonies of Elephant Revival, the gritty electric Sub-Sahara grooves of Tal National from Niger and progressive bluegrassy space funk from the Magic Beans. Baraka Moon creates transcendent Sufi trance grooves, while the Brothers Comatose and the Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit explore the ‘rootsicana newgrassy folkadelic’ musical worlds. Down North bring the street afro punk funk, Scott Pemberton goes where no man has gone before with his guitar, Blake Noble attacks his 12 string percussive guitar as if possessed, while Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires keep it all southern fried.
About the Joshua Tree Music Festivals:
Founded in 2002 by music enthusiast Barnett English and run on corporate-free, community-centric power, JTMF captures the DIY funkiness of the high desert, turning rusted junk into striking art, old trailers into stages, and a shaded stretch of campground near the infamous national park into a serious dance party. 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 sprinkled among diverse music legends such as Robbie Krieger (Doors), Thomas Mapfumo, Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads) and Eric Burdon (Animals).
JTMF is produced by a family of friends and funsters convinced that music is the soul of the world, and that art enriches and saves lives. The festival is constructed around one Music Bowl that is flanked by two alternating stages. “It’s the combination of the setting, the music, and the people that leads to epiphany moments,” explains English. By design “we’ve created space so that people spend more time together, and you don’t miss any bands.” There is no noise bleed, no white tents, and no yellow-jacketed security details. Instead, there’s instant community and nonstop interaction as people congregate under billowing shade cloth, moving from stage to stage and catching delicious musical moments. This is an intimate affair splashed with “conversation stopping” golden sunsets over distant rugged mountains and all-night desert walkabouts. The desert is freedom, music is power, and community is crucial. Tap into this magical trifecta and get your JTMF tickets now!