JOSHUA TREE Music Festival Fall 2016, Joshua Tree California

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Mark Farina, Mokoomba & House of Hamsa some of the Headliners for Joshua Tree Fall 2016!


We attended 14th Annual Fall Joshua Tree Music Festival for the first time this past Spring (they have 2 instalments a year) and we loved it so much we knew we had to go back in the Fall. Nestled just outside Joshua Tree National park on the North side, along Sunrise Rd, at the southern region of the Mojave Desert, below and east of Oak Creek Pass and the Tehachapi Mountains, this 3-day camping music & arts festival will steal your heart.

It could have been the people we met, or the energy in the desert air that sparkled with the setting sun, or the mystical ridge line of the Joshua Tree National park on the horizon, or the warmth of the intimate Music Bowl, or the numerous awesome vendors in the World Market, or the fact that there were no ‘off limit areas’, no ‘VIP exclusive areas’, that we were all VIP’s in the Boogaloo Backstage Oasis and could go hang out just like everyone else. Or it could have been that they have their own ‘Kid Only’ area with a theatre and games that entertained the little ones all day long. Or it very well could be because of ALL OF THE ABOVE.

Barnett and company really put on a beautiful gathering. It’s the kind of place you go to and wish that that was real life 365 days a year.

Some of the additional cool things at the festival …

Free hot showers 8am-8pm
Family Camp
WIFI (small fee, provided by Mojave )
Yoga & Healing
World Market
Live Painting & Auction
Astronomy Theater

Do us a favor and come hang out! We are glad it’s small and intimate but it never hurts to add a few more amazing people to the mix. You will be glad you did 🙂 Read below a little more about the festival …

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).