May 18-20 Music in the Magical Mojave
5th annual three day high desert camping experience

Joshua Tree 2006 by Andrew Wyatt
David Murphy of STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) will be joining livetronica pioneers the New Deal at the Joshua Tree Music Festival. Witness the sonic collaboration as they morph into the JOIN, a musical coalescence with Jamie Shields and Darren Shearer of the New Deal. Singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tom Freund is back by popular demand. Catch Tom on the main stage on Saturday and for a rock'n set in Kidzville.

Camping space at the festival is filling up. To guarantee a spot in the main campground near amenities, and to save some coin, reserve your Festival Tickets and camping pass in advance. If you wait, and buy at the gate, you may end up camping in the lower lot.

Festival Line up includes:


JOSHUA TREE, CA - The 5th annual Joshua Tree Music Festival will take place Friday, May 18, through Sunday, May 20, in Joshua Tree, California. A family-friendly event for music loving souls of all ages, the festival is a three day high desert camping experience in the magical Mojave. The festival is held in the shadows of the National Park, and is one of the only multi-day campout music festivals of its caliber in the Southwest.

The festival showcases an incredibly diverse array of more than 20 nationally, and internationally recognized recording artists. From rocket-fueled funktronica to rippin' newgrass, flamenco-delic, afro-centric, swampy N'awlins grooves, angelic harmonies and tribal beats all can be found at the fest. Two stages alternate through out the weekend so you don't miss any bands, and the music flows non-stop.

The line-up so far includes: Los Amigos Invisibles (Venezuela), the New Deal (Canada), Ganga Giri (Australia), Garaj Mahal (feat. Fareed Haque), Heavyweight Dub Champion (SF), Be Good Tanyas (Canada), Rhythm Council (fea. Papa Mali, Henry Butler, Kirk Joseph & Robb Kidd), Pnuma Trio (Memphis), Meltone (Japan), Brett Dennen (LA), Trampled By Turtles (Duluth, MN), Axis Brothers (SF), Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra (NYC), Po' Girl (Canada), Maneja Beto (Austin), the Goddess Alchemy Project (Sonoma), Omar Torrez (LA), Vegitation (San Diego), Solid Ray Woods & the Raw Soul Revue (Joshua Tree). More tba soon. Check the website for artist bios and updates.

Children of all ages are welcome. The festival village includes Organic Foods, World Market, PlayShops, KidsVille, the Love Train, daily parades and more. The music begins at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and runs until the wee hours of the morning each night. Dance under the stars and howl at the moon in this awe-inspiring high desert environ!

Early Bird Tickets are now available now for Friday ($26), Saturday ($36), Sunday ($26) or a three-day pass for $75.00. Purchases of festival tickets and camping reservations may be made online via the website. For festival information and to purchase tickets, log onto:

[Published on: 4/19/07]

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NickBoeka Tue 2/6/2007 11:38AM
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I would go to this just for New Deal and Amigos Invicibles (check their website out, you can stream EVERY album they got, awesome!!), but I just got an email from the Independant telling me that they'll both be here in town too!! woohoo!! line-up and vibe looks awesome for under 100 bucks....

cuttyfives Tue 2/6/2007 12:21PM
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fareed is the Man, man

Joshtafari Tue 2/6/2007 12:51PM
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I wouls go just to see Pnuma Trio!

katiemae1 starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/6/2007 02:23PM
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I absolutely love this festival. Everything is great-the people, the location, and of course the music!! I can't wait!

deadphish001 starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/6/2007 03:52PM
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This will be a great fest, especially when coupled w/ Bobolink. Garaj, New Deal, HWDC, Pnuma is gonna be the freakin desert dance party. It's the smaller hippie, musical Burning Man.

Teabagger Tue 2/6/2007 05:59PM
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So which is it? Children of all ages are welcome, or there is a Love Train. It can't be both can it? That's sick.

kris69 Tue 2/6/2007 06:05PM
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been the past four years...great vibe, music and peeps! You get to see all the bands, beautiful setting.
the love train is actually a mini train ride for kids of all ages!

spazz starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/6/2007 08:39PM
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JTREE you've done it AGAIN! What a smokin line-up. I love this festival and I love the people that run it even more. Hi Barney, Kris and Lola. Spazz luvs you guys! Anyhow the line up is impressivo, as usual. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better! Full on freak show "Los Amigos "be ready for a dance Partay...& put on yer best garb or the band'll show ya up. Love the sweet sounds of the Be Good Tanyas...."The New Deal" YEOW!"MELTONE"! GOOD GAWD,GROUND FLOOR(desert floor that is)We could be achieving GREATNESS!!!!xo

totalot Wed 2/7/2007 09:34AM
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JTMF has been amazing in the past. Great line up that included some SoCal favorites like Delta Nove and Alfred Howard and the K23 as well as so very cool and diverse artists. Unfortunately without DN, AHK23 and others that I would love to see under the JT starry night, its just not enough for me to go out there and fry my insides at 600am in 95 degree heat...bring back the socal ballers and show props to the socal scene and you got me and about 1000 other kids waiting....

javagogo Wed 2/7/2007 10:06AM
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hey jturner....DN and AH truly do rock the roll....we're just mixing things up a bit. fo da record, hi temp was 93 at 3pm last year.

turnupthebass Wed 2/7/2007 10:25AM
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this looks like a pretty good time. I'd go just for pnuma and the new deal, but the whole lineup looks kickass. three days in the desert sounds like a blast, and it looks like good vibes. i'll keep this one in mind, and maybe you should too.

bpngdf starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/7/2007 10:47AM
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ill go just for pnuma

BubbbleHouse Wed 2/7/2007 11:03AM
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Hey can someone give me a heads up on some of these bands?

-ill def be attending this cause fests are always fun, iv just never heard of most the line up

*** anyone that went last year????? whats it like


melonz starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/7/2007 11:44AM
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JSYK ( BubbleHouse ) ...... Los Amigos Invisibles was one of my favorite bands on Jamcruise this year ( and that is saying a lot ) I HIGHLY recommend that you check them out any chance you get.

dancingdem starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/8/2007 11:31AM
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The JTMF is the best of all possible worlds!!! You’ve got Burning Man at night and family-friendly fun during the day -- all that and great music, people, and vendors 24-hours a day! I love the diversity of the music (and people). I have gone to the past 4 festivals-inevitably going for a couple of specific bands, but go away discovering new favs!!! Plus it’s small enough that you get to actually talk and hang with the artists. Ganga giri gets/gives such great energy from the desert, it’s contagious-so excited for Meltone after their High Sierra performance blew everyone away - Brett Dennen is always amazing and so stoked to see kokolo afrobeat orchestra (you had me at Fela).

jcolb16 Thu 2/8/2007 01:42PM
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you cant ask for more than tnd and pnuma

jcolb16 Thu 2/8/2007 01:42PM
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you cant ask for more than tnd and pnuma

alfrescoesquire starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/8/2007 06:40PM
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Word up to all heads attending this festy....Check out Meltone....Ive lived in Japan for 2 years and have seen these cats a number of times....the first time I saw them I was floored by their 2001 was ILL YO!...very high energy show and some really nice down to earth guys....dont miss out! peace and love

jmosler starstarstarstarstar Sat 2/10/2007 02:50PM
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This is really the best FEST on the West coast. Totally chill, great music people and food. The line-up this year is fantastic -- see you all there !

mn8love starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/12/2007 02:44PM
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Don't fear the unknown, especially when you're in JTMF's good hands! Trust these music-junkies to bring you a full array of bands that you'll dance away from the fest loving... even if you didn't know who the heck the artists were until they took the stage. It's a breath of fresh air from overly-crowded fests that offer up many of the same bands year after year. This will be my 4th year kicking off the summer festy season with JTMF, and I wouldn't want it any other way. Hope to be basking in the good vibes with you this May....

BubbbleHouse Wed 2/14/2007 04:52PM
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gettin some great vibes from you JTMF fans, iv been to afew fests back east GOTV, wormtown, ect but when i moved out to cali it took while to find the fest scene...but cant wait to for the warm vibes in warm joshua tree

cant wait for the good times , SEE EVERYONE THERE : )

Shineonsyd24 starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/19/2007 02:13AM
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Not a festie to miss!!! Great Vibes and bands of all types throw down in their own unique ways, from folk to funk, tribal to electronic, and everything in you get a chance to catch many great bands that you wouldnt normally see in a festival setting....ive noticed Tea Leaf Green isn't busy....perhaps a late edition?!?

Duncan905 starstarstarstar Tue 2/20/2007 04:31PM
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'more tba soon'

could be that some of the SoCal bands & other acts touring thru the region have some shows to play before they can announce?

Can't wait to return!

for a taste of Ganga Giri check this streaming Hamsa Lila performance at JTree 2005:

craikes13 starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/19/2007 12:22PM
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Definitely check out Los Amigos. Played poker w/ Armando(keys) on Jamcruise, and I agree w/ Melonz...these cats were great.

k23orchestra starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/19/2007 12:31PM
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These cats put on a great festival. One of the best and only events of this nature we have in Southern California. Plus the surroundings are completely ethereal. Much Love to Kris and Barny

EVILFUNK Fri 4/20/2007 09:39AM
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New Deal Light...tastes great/less filling!

EVILFUNK starstarstarstarstar Fri 4/20/2007 09:47AM
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...but wait...i love everything but this Join Lineup...this looks like a sick festi! the overall quality of the bands i have heard of on this bill tell me that the bands i have not heard will probably be pretty good....obviously someone with good taste cares about this and the festis billing shows it! this fest is obviously, at this point, trying to show that qualuty music is more important than hype. RIGHT ON!

happydestiny starstarstarstarstar Sat 4/21/2007 11:15AM
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If there is any reason to travel to cali this might be it
tND and pnuma yes please

Dwizard Mon 4/30/2007 02:45PM
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you can tell the vibes in JT are incredible just by the fact there is no negativity on the board! What a nice change. I went last year and although it's a smaller fest the fact that you never miss an act do to alternating stages is fantastic! And I have to agree the bands might not be as well know but thats a good thing. Nothing like leaving with new favorites and the folks who where there were so hospitable and glad to see us all show up it really made you feel welcome. I must also insist everyone check out MELTONE they rock so hard it's almost funny. I ran into them in High Siearra two years ago and they couldn't even get their tent together but god dam can they jam!!! If you like Lotus or STS9 you'll love the Meltone. Wish I could make it this year. While there also stop by the Cyottee Corner at the entrance to Joushua Tree National Park it's run by some very concious fam and it's worth supporting them. Hint they have showers for after your dusty hike through the park!

johnsmith237 Tue 5/15/2007 10:40AM
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Wish I could be there. Make sure you see/hear BRETT DENNEN.