JOSHUA TREE Music Festival Spring 2016, Joshua Tree California

Dumpstaphunk, Dakhabrakha, The Main Squeeze, and Dam-Funk & the Light Among Headliners for Joshua Tree Spring 2016!


The Desert is Freedom, Music is Power, & Community is Crucial.

These independently produced music festivals are held annually in the shadows of the infamous National Park. They are two (of the very few) multi-day campout music festivals in Southern California featuring live music. Music lovers of all ages enjoy this phenomenal live music in an intimate setting and magical surroundings. The spring festival features an eclectic line up of performers; dance-world-electro-funk’n groove. The fall fest differs musically with artists of the more rootsicana-newgrassy-folkadelic realms. The two different musical stylings create distinct audiences at the festivals, but many folks do attend both. The town of Joshua Tree is located in the high desert of the magical Mojave, 50 minutes from Palm Springs, 2.5 hour drive from LA, 3 from San Diego, 3.5 from Vegas, and 5 from Phoenix, at the entrance to the world renowned national park.

The People
The festivals are produced by a family of friends and funsters working together with the conviction that music is the soul of life, and that art enriches and saves lives. By creating a small, inspired community for a weekend, festival goers enjoy rich and profound positive interactions with other attendees, leaving recharged (not depleted). The experience is enhanced when embraced in the great outdoors amongst fellow music lovers. Better still in an intimate setting, where the distinction between artist and audience is blurred, and a passionate performance can be truly relished in close proximity to the stage. Over two hundred volunteers and a dozen team leaders hustle to create this unique & magical environment.

The Music
The line up features talented artists who are not household names. Most likely you won’t hear these artists on the radio, or see them at other major festivals. An eclectic, up & coming, white hot, have to see them now before they get big type of roster. Artists that are still hungry, honing their craft, and creating unique original sounds. Artists that have performed here, and then gone on to headline major venues include Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, the Avett Brothers, Brett Dennen, John Butler Trio, Trombone Shorty, Deer Tick, Trampled by Turtles, Railroad Earth, Orgone, Greensky Bluegrass and more. Then sprinkle in a few Rock & Roll Hall of Famers like Bernie Worrell (P-Funk and Talking Heads), Dick Dale, Eric Burdon (the Animals), Robbie Krieger (the Doors); World Music Luminaries (Khaira Arby (Mali), Gaudi (Italy/UK), Wunmi (Nigeria), Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars (Sierra Leone), Locos Por Juana (Col/Arg), Sarazino (Ecu), Vieux Farka Toure (Mali), Thomas Mapfumo & Blacks Unlimited (zim), John Butler Trio (AUS), Nortec Collective (MEX), Prezident Brown (Jamaica), Ganga Giri (AUS), Kinky (MEX), Kraak & Smaak (Netherlands), Extra Golden (Kenya), Mexican Institute of Sound (MEX), Kytami (CAN), Chris Berry & Panjea (Zimbabwe), Meltone (JAP), African Showboyz (Ghana), Be Good Tanyas (CAN), Los Amigos Invisible (VEN), Ocote Soul Sounds (mex); Grammy Winners & Nominees (Dave Alvin, Kinky, Peter Case, Fareed Haque, Martha Scanlon, Nortec Collective, John Butler), New Orleans Funk & Rollers (Ivan Nevilles’ Dumpstaphunk, Porter Batiste Stoltz, Trombone Shorty, Henry Butler, Papa Mali, Rhythm Council, Zydepunks, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Lil’ Brian & the Zydeco Travelers); Jam-Tronic Innovators & Heavyweights (the Slip, Ghostland Observatory, JJ Grey, the New Deal, Garaj Mahal, Heavyweight Dub Champion, Zilla, Frequinox, Toubab Krewe, Railroad Earth, Eric Mcfadden, Lotus, Particle, Hot Buttered Rum); and Electronic Sonic Mavens (Gaudi, Nickodemus, Stanton Warriors, Ursula 1000).