Joshua Tree Fest Early Lineup


Gandalf Murphy & Co.
The 7th annual Joshua Tree Music Festival is happening May 15-17, 2009 in the wilds of Southern California. The first set of artists is jammed with interesting sounds sure to kick up a desert cloud. The festival is offering an early bird price of $65 for a three-day pass, with no service charges. Quantities for this offer are limited.

More acts will be added as spring approaches but here's the initial assortment:

Boots Riley & The Coup
Nortec Collective
Porter Batiste Stolz
Kraak & Smaak (live band)
Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian CIrcus of Dreams
Underground Orchestra
Rupa & the April Fishes
Ocote Soul Sounds
Medicine Drum

Jump on the Nortec Collective's magic bus for "Tengo La Voz" to get in the proper spirit.

[Published on: 11/23/08]

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dreadyknowsbest starstarstarstarstar Sun 11/23/2008 08:55AM
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Joshua Tree is for Camping..... Not concerts....your gonna kill the almost extinct desert tortis w/ this line up.....Joshua Tree is a peaceful enpowering place.

luvly life Sun 11/23/2008 09:20AM
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A BoomBox west coast festival! Get your tix now, this is going to be a party.

DeadBandofPhishes420 Sun 11/23/2008 11:55AM
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ozarkkeegan Sun 11/23/2008 01:02PM
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Hey Mr. Boogeyman

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Sun 11/23/2008 03:13PM
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allthink Sun 11/23/2008 07:51PM
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Thanks Deadband...Boombox will be a far out blast...and that peaceful empowering place will be wonderful with this lineup and more to come...I can't wait...

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Sun 11/23/2008 09:11PM
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this isnt supossed to be bonneroo, this is a nice little festival in a beautiful spot in wont see any crazy headliners but its nice little vibe with a beautiful view.....throw in some nice grooves and cant go wrong w/ that

*b/sides i'd go just for underground orch

-see you guys there

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Sun 11/23/2008 09:16PM
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+ Porter Batiste Stolz = need i say more?

totalot Sun 11/23/2008 09:31PM
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JTMF in a great festival and the bands that they have always seem to get big right after. looking forward to seeing BoomBox. have so many friends reccomending them and i love the album.

beybebe Sun 11/23/2008 09:38PM
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Nortec Collective, boombox, krack / smack and joshua tree! Greatest start to this fests line up yet. Hope boombox plays that late set Ghostland had last year.

bmwsrok11 Mon 11/24/2008 04:23AM
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kraak and smaak is really awesome. I would go to the festival just for them and boombox. Too bad I live so far away, it's gonna be a rager for sure.

mmmFriedFrogLegs Mon 11/24/2008 08:04AM
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i know this is an early lineup announcement , but they better get busy, PBS cant carry this thing alone. also boots riley and the coup suck. saw em open for claypool and play with galactic. and boo is all i can say.

cant argue with the cheap 3 day early bird pass but thats like payin $65 to see PBS play. its an awesome venue tho, hope they can crank out some more good artists .

kb4404 Mon 11/24/2008 09:49AM
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The Zydepunks put on a great show! You'll never look at Zydeco music the same!! Be sure to check these guys out!

desert_drifter Mon 11/24/2008 12:40PM
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hey dready -- go to this festival before you start talking about wildlife and what not. this is on a private rv park and i think that there are only about three joshua trees on the property (wildlife: birds and fish in the pond). this festival does not disturb the peace of jt np. this little fest is one of the best ones out there...although i'm waiting for a much better line up before i buy my will shape up i'm sure!

RedHeaven Mon 11/24/2008 05:10PM
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Just saw Underground ORchestra at Las Tortugas. They surprised me. Super funky rock fun, with a soulful crazy twist. They did a GREAT version of Nirvana's In Bloom. Seriously, an amazing rendition. I just heard Lotus's Halloween version, which was quite a let down after experiencing the one these guys did at Tortugas. Monophonics are also getting way better and coming into their own. Some year I would love to make it down for this festy.

BCrizzo Mon 11/24/2008 08:24PM
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J Tree Fest is always a good time. Did anyone catch the late night All-Star jam til 5 in the morning with members of Delta Nove, Flowmotion, On The One, Souleye, and others?

rickson64 starstarstarstarstar Fri 11/28/2008 07:08PM
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One of the best festivals in the U.S. and one deserving of more attention..U2 didn't record/name their album "Joshua Tree" because it sucks. The promoters are some of the nicest people in the land and true music lovers that book bands based on talent, not hype. It's a dance party to say the least (and then some.) In this tough economy with lots of choices of where to spend your spare and often limited entertainment dollars, this is the spot.