DescriptionThese 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. Music Lineup Who Goes? The festivals are family friendly events, creating an all ages audience. The eclectic line ups draw a diverse crowd of discerning live music fans who love the outdoors. A slightly younger audience at the spring fest; clearly a reflection of the musical styles. The National Park is one of the premier rock climbing destinations in the world (2 million visitors per annum); people come to climb and dance. Fully half of the folks are from Southern California, yet 25% come from out of state. This is a desirable festival destination. Many come for the festival and stay for a vacation of camping and adventure in the park. In these economic times, park officials predict more visitors from the region this year, as folks are more inclined to vacation closer to home, more affordably. 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). The Location The Joshua Tree Lake Campground (Joshua Tree, CA) is soul central station for the Festivals. Nestled against the Copper Mountains, bordering BLM land, with sweeping views of the otherworldly National Park, this 40 acre privately owned venue is an ideal intimate festival locale. Plenty of space in the campground. Hot showers & RV hook ups. Camping is a short stroll the lake area and music bowl. Two stages, a world market, and organic food purveyors complete the circle that is the music bowl. Live music alternates continuously on two stages in one area so you don't miss a note. 15,000 square feet of shade cloth flies over the audience. The one acre oval lake area is surrounded by Amazing Visual Art Installations, Kidsville, the shaded Yoga & Healing Stage, shady nooks, the playshop stage and funky vignettes. Things You Will Find Free drinking water in the music bowl. Over 15,000 of shade cloth covering the audience. No service charges on your reasonably priced ticket. A full Yoga schedule. Kidsville is hopping all day. Organic Food & Bevvies. No large crowds, security checks or waiting in lines. Recycling-composting by team Green Mary. One band playing at a time (so you get to see EVERY performance). Festival Olympics (aka random technical challenges). Didg Breathing Classes. Art Installations, Boogaloo Saloon & JavaGogo Organic Espresso Bar. World Market. Friendly, helpful crew. Celebratory souls cultivating their eccentricities. Rampant hoopmania. Complete absence of large corporate banners/sponsors. Starry starry nights. Friends that remain so long after the festival ends.