Joshua Tree: Nortec, PBS

7th Annual Joshua Tree Music Festival, May 15-17

Porter Batiste Stoltz
Set to run May 15-17, the 7th Annual Joshua Tree Music Festival will feature 20 bands over three days on two alternating stages for continuous music. Boasting international sensations like Mexico's Nortec Collective, Amsterdam's Kraak & Smaak, the Kenyan-American hybrid Extra Golden and the deep New Orleans funk of Porter Batiste Stoltz, this is shaping up to be the strongest Joshua Tree event yet.

While the music comes from around the world, the setting for the Joshua Tree Music Festival is an otherworldly landscape capped by crystalline clear skies. A three day high desert camping experience in the magical Mojave. The music emanates from two stages in an intimate open-air amphitheatre where you can actually see who is performing on stage. Just one band live at a time so you don't miss a beat. Organic food booths and environmentally conscious vendors complete the circle that is the music bowl at the family friendly festival.

Early Bird Tickets (limited amount) are available via the website for $80 for a three day festival pass. On site camping is $10 per person per night. For complete festival details, info on the bands, slideshows of past festivals, and to purchase tickets, go to:

The Lineup (so far)
Nortec Collective: Bostich y Fussible
Porter Batiste Stoltz
Extra Golden
Kraak & Smaak (live band)
Boots Riley & the Coup
Ganga Giri
Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams
Rupa & the April Fishes
Yossi Fine: All About Da Bass!
Ocote Soul Sounds
Medicine Drum
Underground Orchestra
Bhi Bhiman
Jef Stott feat. Hooman Fazly
Loyd Family Players

[Published on: 1/19/09]

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Margaretannthompson Mon 1/19/2009 10:32AM
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Joshua tree ~ What a gorgeous piece of earth!!!!

allthink Mon 1/19/2009 03:18PM
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I'll be there...for my first JTF...anyone who's been have an opinions?

jwbp Mon 1/19/2009 03:28PM
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solar stages would seem like a no brainer at this one. but maybe next year...or the year after, or maybe the year after that...maybe.

beybebe Mon 1/19/2009 03:49PM
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saw boombox at Rothbury, Wakarusa and in Denver for nys last year and wouldnt miss their first west festy under the crazy Joshua Tree sky for anything and PBS is icing.

jwbp starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/19/2009 04:33PM
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i stand corrected. it seems they may get solar this year after all :) either way i'm excited for this festival.

AudioTek Mon 1/19/2009 05:25PM
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One of the absolute best Festies in California! No overlapping music on two

stages. Great Peeps, Food, Camping and Music under the stars! Ya have to be crazy not to go! Check It out! - Audio Tek Sound.

louloudavies starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/19/2009 06:29PM
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I've been to every festival so far and can't wait for this years. Not only is the music amazing but the vibe is super friendly and open minded. It's a wonderful way to open your mind and soul to a world that exists outside the norm. Did I mention the fantastic music?

rickson64 starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/19/2009 07:10PM
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There's is NOTHING like this festival. Such a beautiful place to see music, the music never stops and the environment with everyone hanging rocks. Definitely the type of festival where the artists stay and hang out in the crowd. If you look at the past line-up history of Joshua Tree you'll see a lot of artists from Michael Franti to Brett Dennen to BLVD to John Butler Trio doing really well all over the U.S. and beyond. It's a launching pad for bands and highly respected by the larger festival promoters, many of whom you'll see rocking out in the crowd. Do not miss. (repeat last sentence in a robot voice to yourself) DO NOT MISS.

SnapHappy Mon 1/19/2009 07:11PM
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I'm not gonna tell you how great this festival is, that way it DOESN'T turn into some huge, over-inflated event where the vibe gets lost, the lines get long, the people turn into A-holes, Barnett gets bought out by Live Nation and the music ends up being the same o'l sh-t you've heard a thousand times. Hint Hint... "therethere."

shackca starstar Mon 1/19/2009 08:30PM
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alls I know is I aint traveling to this way out of the way place (even though its beautiful area) for weak sauce lineup. Cmon Promoters, surely you can do better than this

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/19/2009 10:00PM
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^shacka , your completely missing the point on this, have you heard any of those bands music? dont just talk shit

Hotchkiss starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/20/2009 12:46AM
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I'm glad closed minded, ignorant people like shackca don't come to this fest.

Natey Tue 1/20/2009 10:15AM
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shackca, I am glad you think this is a weak sauce line-up. The promoters of this fest know quite a bit about ripping, fresh music. You might actually learn something from their sauce.....and learn to not make yourself look like such a CLOWN....oh wait.....

SnapHappy Tue 1/20/2009 10:19AM
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Ya shackca... quit being a BOZO!

allthink Tue 1/20/2009 03:17PM
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I'm in...and a street team member of Boombox...cant wait til they get out here and a man can dream they would play Belly Up in SD.

totalot Tue 1/20/2009 06:48PM
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if you want an intiment event, with 0 security, decent amentities, amazing surroundings, one of the best night skies around with underground, buzz bands that will blow you away and you will no doubt see next year hit a much larger audiences, than this is your Fest. ashmie has it right, Boombox and PBS, but zydepunks, Nortec and K&S will impress too.

Drbeaker Tue 1/20/2009 08:16PM
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The Zydepunks are soooo fucking awesome. If you like them you should check out a lot of the balkan/gypsy/circus punk scene happening in New York, I think it's a similar vibe, stuff like Gogol Bordello, Luminescent Orchestrii, Slavic Soul Party, Balkan Beat Box, and above all the World/Inferno Friendship Society. See them live. If you're into drunken mayhem with a touch of class they will not disappoint. Glad to see this kind of music, Gogol Bordello particularly, starting to break into the festival scene, exposing it to a new crowd.

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/20/2009 08:37PM
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"If you're into drunken mayhem with a touch of class they will not disappoint" < that's fuckin awesome

tarzan121 starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/21/2009 01:20PM
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JTMF is like a concentrated & purified version of everything that is good in all the festivals that will go on after JTMF through the end of summer. Just add water.

If you are devided, even minimally, over Cochella or Joshua Tree, pleeeez go to Cochella. It'll be good for you. If you don't like music that you aren't already familiar with, stay at home and listen to the radio. If you only own chain-store conventional clothing, come prepared to stand out. Most importantly, if you get cranky when you get sand in your crack, STAY AT HOME!!

Drbeaker Sat 1/24/2009 11:26AM
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Indeed it is awesome pornofunk. Also, I got really excited when I was Boots Riley because I thought for a second it said Bootsy Collins. Ah well, now I'll have to check out Boots Riley, anyone know him?