Joshua Tree Roots: 10/18 & 19

Third Annual Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival - 10/18 & 10/19

Dusty Rhodes and the River Band
The third annual Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival is set to go down October 18 and 19, when the temperatures in the high desert are a perfect average high in the mid-70s. The festival is a family friendly event, and the only multi-day camping festivals that offer such a lineup of talent under the pristine high desert skies. Often described as an "intimate" gathering where the music flows nonstop from one of the two stages, this year's lineup is the most chock full o' goodness yet.

This year's rootsicana newgrassy folkadelic experience features a Grammy nominee with more than one connection to the desert, Peter Case, who is now also a published author with the recent release of his memoir, "As Far As You Can Get Without A Passport." JamBase favorites Dusty Rhodes and the River Band will bring their deep roots, gospel rock show. Fiddle-toting, mandoguitar-slinging triple threat Carrie Rodriguez and her band take a break from their tour with Alejandro Escovedo to support her new Malcolm Burns produced release, It Ain't Me. "The tunefulness of Nickel Creek meets the fury of the Avett Brothers" says the Washington Post of Trampled By Turtles who return to Joshua Tree by popular demand with their self described "thrashgrass." The Belleville Outfit swing into the high Mojave with a huge buzz behind them on the heels of their debut, Wanderin, bringing a mix of gypsy swing, big band jazz, and Americana traditions in their original songs and their clever choice of covers. This is only a small sampling of the fourteen acts who bring their musical magic to the Mojave performing at this year's Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival.


Peter Case
Dusty Rhodes and the River Band
Trampled By Turtles
Elephant Revival
The Belleville Outfit
Thriftstore Allstars
The Starlings

South Austin Jug Band
The Devil Makes Three
Carrie Rodriguez
The Belleville Outfit
The Stairwell Sisters

Passes to the festival are available for Saturday ($45), Sunday ($30) or a three-day pass for $70.00. Passes do not include camping, which is on-site camping and highly encouraged. Camping spaces are finite and will sell out. Purchases of festival tickets and camping reservations may be made online at Call the toll free hotline at (877) 327-6265 for more details.

[Published on: 10/1/08]

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mmmFriedFrogLegs Wed 10/1/2008 04:41PM
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someone better be covering some gram parsons music. while im not really feelin this lineup. it is a great location

Jazzgtrl4 Wed 10/1/2008 05:55PM
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ya crap lineup

Benjamin Human Wed 10/1/2008 06:19PM
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Benjamin Human

sorry will be too busy trying to get phish tickets on October 18th

SnapHappy Thu 10/2/2008 01:24AM
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I photographed this event for JamBase last year...

The vibe of this festival goes WAY beyond the music. The people who put this thing on have created something genuine, with energy, surrounded by nothing but good times and desert stars. I can't remember seeing one member of authority at this event which kept the vibe mellow. All I ever read on these threads is how people are sick of over-inflated festivals crowded with unlikable people. Sure, you can sit and hope that you get tickets to see Phish (whom are undoubtedly awesome) and go hang out with the masses and hear something you've heard over and over again or... go see some bands you may have not have heard of, hear something new and stand in a short line for a nice cup of coffee from JavaGogo.

Sure, I'll try and sell you on this event, it's the least I could do for the good folks who put this thing on and showed me how to have a good time last year. Plus, I know most would have a good time.

Mutilated Trips Thu 10/2/2008 01:26AM
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Mutilated Trips

wow when i saw that picture for a second i thought jack osbourne and jack white had a child more heinously self absorbed than both themselves.

tmweber95 Thu 10/2/2008 06:15AM
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Don't miss Trampled by Turtles if you are going. For reals.

Dankstar starstarstarstar Thu 10/2/2008 08:18AM
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Nice call Snaphappy.

futhepharmer Thu 10/2/2008 08:25AM
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I agree with froglegs. Gram Parsons is one of the best kept secrets ever. check him out! he passed away long ago but his awesome music lives on! and the location is indeed sweet. I used to go on boyscout campouts there back when I lived on the left coast, awesome terrain!

Natey Thu 10/2/2008 09:42AM
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People questioning the line-up?? Is it because you are not familiar with the bands? Both these festivals are great....Barnett knows how to throw a party with a great vibe. Gram Parson's spirit will be there, and I am sure he will like the music. I also remember going to a festival in high school with a "mediocre" line-up called Laguna Seca Daze...The Allman Brothers were there, oh yeah and a band called Phish.

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/2/2008 11:20AM
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Word up Snaphappy. Screw those megafests. Wish I could make this one. I will also second the Trampled By Turtles recomendation, some of Minnesota's finest.

the101 Thu 10/2/2008 01:10PM
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Barnett has absolutely created a great, great festival and vibe in Joshua Tree. This will be my 3rd Roots festival and have also been to the past 3 JT Music Festi's he holds May. This festival is an amazing experience...he always brings fresh bands & music to the high desert. Never any law enforcement and there is NONE needed as everyone there are there to enjoy the music and each other. I love Phish just as much as the next guy and will be seeing them hopefully more than once in '09 however, I was a little...ok, alot discouraged by the direction the fanbase was heading towards the latter years (pre & post hiatus). This festival in JT is refreshing for me as it reminds me of the days when Phish phans on the road with their traveling festival were on board for all the right reasons. The folks that descend onto Joshua Tree in October and May are there for all the right reasons...and it is a BLAST. It's a magical place to hold such a beautiful, music filled event. So for those of you knocking it...go ahead and stay away...I'd rather see the likes of you out on the Phish tour fringes and not mucking up what's still beautiful up in JT. :)