The 7th annual Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival is happening October 12-14 in the shadows of the otherworldly Joshua Tree National Park. The three-day festival unites the overwhelming spirit of desert freedom, potent live music and a family-friendly atmosphere, creating a magical oasis for music lovers. Performances alternate on two music stages so you don’t miss a beat.The magnificent outdoor setting, creative Kidsville schedule, shaded music bowl, and wide spectrum of yoga classes further inspire, intrigue and invite festival goers.
The line-up includes a truly transcendent experimental super group featuring Steve Kimock (Zero, KVHW), Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads), Wally Ingram (David Lindley, Sheryl Crow) & Andy Hess (Black Crowes, Govt Mule). Grammy award winner Anders Osborne (from scorched earth rock to heartfelt sweetness) will grace the stage, as will Howlin’ Rain (ferocious, impassioned rock n’ roll), Sean Hayes (über soulful songsmith), Revoltaire (gut rattling psychedelic blues), Musketeer Gripweed (rousing revival time), Birds of Chicago (bewitching classic soul), and Earl Thomas (high wattage electro blues). Amy LaVere & Shannon Mcnally (alt-country angels), the Dead Winter Carpenters (roots infused high energy Americana), Professor Burns & the Lilac Field (poetic and rootsy á la Woody Guthrie), DJ Jeremy Sole (blues revival remix set), and Tim Easton (troubadour extraordinaire) bring their talents to the high desert. Rounding out the roster are the Shook Twins (angelic harmonies), Trevor Green (mesmerizing multi instrumentalist), Shovelman (psychedelic folktronic blues) & the California Honeydrops (joyous musical gumbo).
Benefit Concert – Sunday evening, October 14, festival headliner Wally Ingram and his super group band mates Steve Kimock, Bernie Worrell, and Andy Hess will be performing along with Sean Hayes, Earl Thomas, Birds of Chicago, Tim Easton, and more guests TBA. Proceeds benefit the LivingSchool and Transmission. The LivingSchool is a home school learning cooperative that offers academic sessions for students and enrichment. Transmission offers creative empowerment sessions to kids of all ages. To learn more about these (501c3) non-profit entities, see website links below. Tickets to this intimate, once in a lifetime show are $30, or $20 with a festival wristband.
About the Joshua Tree Music Festivals - The festivals are produced by a family of friends united in their belief that music is the soul of life. “We’ve created space so that people spend more time together, and you don’t miss any bands. It’s the combination of the setting, the music, and the people that leads to epiphany moments.”Focusing on up-and-coming artists, you will see performers before they become big, such as the Avett Brothers, Deer Tick, Trombone Shorty, Edward Sharpe, Brett Dennen, and more. The desert is freedom, music is power, and community is crucial. Tap into this magical trifecta and get your tickets now!