Merging its funky desert style with an internationally acclaimed lineup of musical artists, the three-day family-friendly festival is truly a global dance experience. The festival melds the overwhelming spirit of desert freedom with powerful music from around the world to create a lighthearted oasis for music lovers. Magically magnificent art installations, a robust Kidsville schedule, the heavily shaded Music Bowl, a full spectrum of yoga classes, didgeridoo playshops, and a global market to 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.
This fall’s lineup will feature the Columbian electro tropical band Bomba Estereo, the gritty funk and soul of Black Joe Lewis, the soul stirring trip hop folk sisters of Rising Appalachia, Morocco's Ribab Fusion, the dance master mash up DJ Pumpkin, Junior Marvin’s Force Once (Junior was Bob Marley’s bandmate from ‘77 to ‘81), high energy Zep-esque rock and roll by the West Water Outlaws, the lush harmonies of the Italian sextet Ou, dancehall funk group Nappy Riddem, and many more.
About the Joshua Tree Music Festival:
Founded in 2002 by music enthusiast Barnett English, 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 on the outskirts of 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 life, and that art enriches and saves lives. The festival is constructed around one Music Bowl, flanked by two alternating stages. “It’s the combination of the setting, the music, and the people that leads to epiphanic moments,” explains English. By design “we’ve created a space that enables people to spend more time together with the ability not to miss any of the music.” Kidsville is action packed, and people rate JTMF as one of the few festivals that truly caters to the entire family. There is no nosebleed section, white tents or yellow-jacketed security details. Instead, there’s instant community with nonstop interaction, as people congregate under billowing shade cloth, moving from stage to stage while catching delectable, musical moments. This intimate affair is 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.