Desert Rocks Festival '09


ALO's Lebo by Josh Miller
The Moab Desert will come alive with the sound of good music May 22-24, 2009, when the Desert Rocks Music Festival returns. Visit the fest's official site for a teaser video for this year's intimate gathering of top-notch regional acts. This smaller festival has a great nose for talent, and while some of the names on the roster may be unfamiliar, past Desert Rocks show the organizers know a good band when they hear 'em.

The lineup so far includes:

-The Mother Hips
-Hot Buttered Rum
-Tha Alkaholiks
-The Motet (performing a tribute to Herbie Hancock)
-Head For The Hills (featuring Bill Nershi)
-David Gans
-Nathan Moore
-Big Light
-The Band of Annuals
-Johnny Rawls
-Lion Vibes
-Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers
-The Williams Brothers
-Dead Horse Minstrel
-Puddle Mountain Ramblers
-Scenic Byway
-Equal Eyes
-Gigi Love and the Hearts of Gold
-Potcheen Band
-Stanky Pockets
-Tistrya and Friends

Tickets are on sale now at the special St. Patty's Day price of $75 but only until 11:59 pm tomorrow, March 16. After that the price goes up to $85 until April 15.

[Published on: 3/15/09]

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irtimed Sun 3/15/2009 04:24PM
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I'm suprised it's legal to have a festival in Utah

nirvana6923 starstarstar Sun 3/15/2009 04:45PM
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sounds like a quick way to get busted for having too long of hair.ill go to a cali fest if i want to go out west

angelsfear Sun 3/15/2009 05:02PM
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^thats a good one!

jrciv starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/15/2009 05:39PM
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I have been to this festival for the past 4 years and it is actually quite a safe haven from authority. Moab is a very liberal area, and with the festival being far removed from society it is left alone. The vibe is rather amazing actaully, lots of goodies in the desert, cant beat that. I guess Derek Trucks says it best, to hear Mr. Trucks thoughts check out the festival teaser video on the homepage of Surrounded by a truly amazing Desert setting, I have had nothing but mind blowing celestial experiences at this festival!

honkeyTRON Sun 3/15/2009 05:59PM
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". . .a bluegrass band with big plans and a psychedelic GMC/ should alwalys know that Utah is the longest way/ from point A to point B . . ."

bubbarock starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/15/2009 06:58PM
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Wow! Excellant lineup, yet, for Desert Rocks! Totally psyched for The Mother Hips and ALO...and others. Hey's "Band of Annuals"...not Animals. They are an awesome SLC band!

crazyleggedelbow Sun 3/15/2009 07:38PM
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Tha Alkaholiks? awesome! haven't heard from those dudes in years. last thing I heard they toured with the kottonmouth kings like 10 years ago... probably hurt their street credit to do that. maybe they are just now recovering from that bad career move.. haha...

Brooklynn starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/15/2009 07:51PM
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i am stoked for this fest. only 5 hours from denver. i love alo ;)

yuckfou Sun 3/15/2009 09:25PM
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it sure is a shame that utah's great land is controlled by a bunch of crazies, i guess the same applies for the U.S. as a whole, just more so in utah...

awesometaylor star Mon 3/16/2009 10:46AM
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You would think a festival in the dry desert would have drinkable, potable water. That was not the case when I went this festival last year.

naryneuecm star Mon 3/16/2009 11:04AM
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After going to and performing at, these Desert Rocks guys need to work on paying their musicians from past years, and like another patron commented, providing what they say they will provide starting with.... DRINKING WATER... not from a construction truck that reads "NON POTABLE" and the right number of Port O Jons. to avoid the SECOND day SHIT overflow!!!

It is understood that a crack down will be taking place at this festival...

Over the wire this "fest" is considered one of this years check points for vanity drugs...

Ya'll saw what happened with the opening weekend of PHISH shows...

Consider this a stay out of jail warning, stay out of MOAB during that weekend.

DEA and ATF will be present with local law enforcement...

I AM GOING TO THE SASQUATCH FESTIVAL! comparable in price considering the line up and professionalism of their festival! check it out...

see ya at "The Gorge" in "George."

easy_jim star Mon 3/16/2009 12:19PM
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"these Desert Rocks guys need to work on PAYING THEIR MUSICIANS from past years, and like another patron commented, providing what they say they will provide starting with.... DRINKING WATER... not from a construction truck that reads "NON POTABLE" and the right number of Port O Jons. to avoid the SECOND day SHIT overflow!!!"

Quoted for truth. At least in '07, I have personal knowledge of multiple bands being screwed out of payment after making the long drive to the festival. I'd never go back, or support the promoters.

honkeyTRON Mon 3/16/2009 07:57PM
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There's a whole lotta Jello and a lot of trampolines. . .

mikeyj1 starstarstar Mon 3/16/2009 10:27PM
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I hope they square it up cause it looks like a fun place to crack a cold beer and have fun.

GROG starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/18/2009 01:33AM
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Fatty Festival, Home Sweet Home, I always been paid when I play there, I always have access to water, but I do bring my own supply, along with everything else I need to survive in the desert for a few days/nights, (which is suggested in the info about the show on their websites, myspace, flyers, posters, etc.) The Festival is all Heart and I am proud to be involved with it. Do yourself a favor and come to this old-school styled phamily event. A festival gives what you give, I'm sorry if you had a negative experience, but you have to look for a hard time to find it @ D- Rocks.

Much Love,

Papa Bear

shaka1 Wed 3/18/2009 10:47AM
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Well said papa bear- Its all about what u put into it. Moab last year was one of the better festivals i have experienced. The shows are 10 miles out of moab- there was zero police precence-and all the folks from salt lake were so kind and giving- The festival is ON A CLIFF! I will always rock the desert rocks but this year we are gonna rock.................Mcdowell Music fest in phoenix.......New riders, hot tuna, spearhead,flaming lips- smart folks well see you there

Berns starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/18/2009 02:19PM
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awesome line up, knew it would be, lookin for a Moab ride to Love yo Mother in Montana if anybodys knows...keep groovin


skye berns

pfwolf starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/18/2009 11:35PM
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This is one of the best festivals in the west. Everyone gets along. You can explore Moab with all of it's crazy drocls. I When last year and I plan to go this year. go motet, best upcoming band in CO.

boom shanker Sat 3/21/2009 05:32PM
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boom shanker

hahaha stanky pockets sound good, never heard of them though

happydestiny Sat 3/21/2009 06:36PM
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Equaleyes is a kick ass band. their guitar player absolutly kills. check em out

The Superstar starstarstarstar Wed 4/29/2009 03:59PM
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I can not wait for this event. I have talked to several bands that have played before and all said it was an amazing experience with promoters and fans and that the scenery simply can't be beat. Lots of new acts added...check out the website. JUNO WHAT, MAGICGRAVY, etc.

We are bringing a possee out from Fort Collins, CO. About 6 hour drive - why not right. A bad ass moab festie only 6 hours away. It will be a beautiful drive, a beautiful four days of meeting people and seeing great music, and a wonderful experience.

ALO - that is enough to get me there in itself! JUNO WHAT is going to blow everyones minds. Motet will be good - wish they were not doing Herbie though - that is overplayed. MagicGravy is sick. Head for the Hills w/ Billy should be great as well as Hot Buttered Rum.

I have no idea about the rest of the lineup but hopefully I will be amazed.

I really only listen to about 75% electronic music anymore so this will be a nice change for me.

I plan on having a 30x30 late night party tent where people can come and enjoy some electronica late night from 4:00am to 5:30am or something like that.

The pictures make the place look pretty baren and all the event setup and booths and such look pretty bare bones but I suppose that is what grass roots means right.

See you all soon. Can't wait. Camp ColoBRAHdo is on the way!


Campbell starstarstarstarstar Mon 5/4/2009 12:15AM
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All about the Mother Hips, Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, Big Light, and HBR. The Bay Area is where it's happening right now, and there will be no sicker place to see all that talent than in Moab!