The second annual Joshua Tree Music Festival is happening May 7-9, celebrating another three-day camping and music festival in the magical Mojave. The funk factor will be high with a wildly eclectic and divergent lineup. Enjoy the nu-funk soul of The Soul of John Black, the magic carpet ride of Hamsa Lila, Reggie Watts and Maktub, The Slip, Hammond-heavy jams by MamaSutra, dance floor demolition by ALO, and the Afrobeat of Albino. Also on hand to raise the vibe will be the beautiful newgrass of Mary and Mars, Bauhaus cumbias by Very Be Careful, reggaedelic conceptual improv by Green Lemon, Haale's Sufi-inspired lyrics and massive tribal beats, the Southern-fried boogie rock 'n' soul of Captain Soularcat, and the Gil Scott Heron-esque groove of Alfred Howard and the K23 Orchestra. Check out the full lineup at Dancing under the stars is a given!

The festival is comprised of two stages, a late night tent, World Market, Eco-Village, Organic Food Court, and Kidsville, all situated on a 40-acre privately owned campground in the shadows of the otherworldly Joshua Tree National Park. There will be poi, drum, hoop, and dance PlayShops and high desert excursions to the infamous Integratron for healing sound baths. HeadCount will be on site registering voters so people can make a change this year. Born on the playa at Burning Man, Mutaytor will be back for a wild musical and visual romp.

The Festival is one of just a few multi-day music festivals with on site camping in Southern California. Being within three hours of Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas, Joshua Tree is an infamous high desert getaway for artists, musicians, nature lovers, and world-class rock climbers.

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