WHO'S PLAYING
OCTOBER FESTIVAL

TURKUAZ  (Brooklyn)
Saturday 10pm

"This Brooklyn based nine piece funkestra delivers horn filled funk incorporating R&B, psychedelic pop, gospel, Afro-pop, new wave, and just about any genre that gets people dancing" - the New Yorker.  Their fast and focused playing style will raise the roof on any given night.  We're talking about a Funk Army of multi-instrumentalists and singers that is part freight train and part tyrannosaurus rex, who even and an off night (should they have one) can blow away on room based on sheer physics alone.  They graced the stage here on OCT 2015, and folks are still raving about their transcendant show.   

Seun Kuti  & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)
Sunday 5pm

Seun Kuti is the youngest son of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. At the age of nine, Seun expressed the wish to sing to his father. A short while later Seun started performing with his father and the band, until his father’s untimely death in 1997. Seun, then only 14 years old, assumed the role as lead singer of Egypt 80.  Ever since, Seun has followed the political and social ethos of his father. Along the way, he began to add his own twist to the music, digging deep into various African traditions to reflect the continent’s struggles and cultures. About three quarters of the current Egypt 80 line-up consists of musicians that not only played with Fela Kuti, but often were arrested and harassed alongside the founder of the Afrobeat movement.

The Last Internationale  (NYC)
Saturday 8:15pm

The Last Internationale picks up the torch carried by Rage Against the Machine, Marley, Nina Simone, Public Enemy, Woody Guthrie, and all the rebel rockers creating music with a message. Party with a purpose. That torch is deployed to illuminate the dark spaces of injustice as well as to light up a path toward freedom. Edgey & Delilah, along with drummer Brad Wilk (Rage against the Machine, Audioslave), deliver and explosive live performance.  If you were at JTMF in May 2015, then you can testify.  They toured with Robert Plant in 2014, and their album was produced by Brendan O'brien (Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Red Hot Chili Peppers).  

Vieux Farka Toure  (Mali)
Friday 6:30pm

Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré. His mastery of the electric guitar is mesmerizing, pan-global food for the soul.  He combines the prowess of a global superstar with a down-to-earth charisma.  Live, Vieux and his bandmates are wildy compelling, taking the audience on an afro-electric funkastic voyage.

Thunderball  (DC)
Friday 11:30pm

From the fabled Fort Knox Recording studio pioneers, and Thievery Corporation band members, THUNDERBALL core members are Rob Myers (guitar/sitar), Steve Raskin (bass/keys/dj), Mustafa Akbar (vocals) and Rex Riddim (drums/percussion).  You've seen them here in the past with Fort Knox Five, See-I and Junior Marvin.  Thunderball released their seminal album '12 Miles High' in 2003, spawned Fort Knox Five, now they return to bring it to the people LIVE.   Silky smooth global dance grooves,  combined with Mustafa's powerful presence and funktastic vocal stylings make for a late night magic carpet ride extraordinaire.   These guys are globally renowned purveyors of sophisticated stereophonic thrillers, cinematic dub and drum and bass.  

D.J. Williams & Shots Fired  (LA)
Friday 10pm

DJ is the esteemed guitarist for KARL DENSONS TINY UNIVERSE.  While not funking up the stage with Karl D, DJ performs with a superstar line up of friends as DJ WILLIAMS & SHOTS FIRED. Some of those friends include members of KDTU, Slightly Stoopid, Dave Mathews, Lenny Kravitz, Dr. John, Pimps of Joytime, Soulive, the Greyboy All Stars and more.  To say this group packs a potent punch is a gross understatement. With an emphasis on compelling melody, refined songwriting, and an extremely diverse musical palette, DJ strives to push new boundaries with his supa clean guitar stylings.  DJ & Shots Fired were scheduled to appear here at the May fest, but life got in the way.  So we are doubly thrilled to have them perform here this fall ! 

Airtist   (Vienna / Budapest)
Saturday 4:45pm

This biodynamic trance dance juggernaut feeds the dance floor vibrations with the natural vibrations of their air fueled instruments.  A didgeridoo, jews harp, and a beatboxer make for an ancient tribal throwdown of natural rhythms and sounds.   As Aron (jews harp), Markus (didj) and Dome (beatbox) say, "We make music that sounds electronic, although it could have been played the same way thousands of years ago.   No samples, computers, or loops; only human voice, didgeridoo, jew's harp and air."  Be sure to check out their individual music playshops at the Positive Vibration Station as well !   

Gene Evaro Jr.  (Joshua Tree)
Friday 8:15pm

Home grown. Self made. The real deal personified. Gene and his band (Piper Robison, Ben Kennedy, Mitchell Arganda, Clint Stoker & Scott Kissinger) are a musical force. The pacing of their show, and each song, is varied.  They deliver delicious soulful grooves, raucous guitar fueled funk, and poetic folk with equal aplomb. Not only do they have that elusive “It”, they work hard at honing their skills, making each show better than the previous.  Music made from the HEART.  They've toured nationally with Elle King, performed at High Sierra Music Festival, Guitarfish Music Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, Wanderlust, and at JTMF over a dozen times.  Gene & Piper also host the Roaming Sounds Moblie Recording Studio at the festival.  ALWAYS thrilled to have them perform !.

Trad Attack  (Estonia)
Saturday 6:30pm & Sunday 10am

During their 3 years of existence, TRAD.ATTACK! has literally turned Estonian music scene upside down. They bring traditional music to the big stages, sell out self produced concerts in Estonia, and are becoming a cultural calling card of Estonia abroad. TRAD.ATTACK! has released two internationally acclaimed albums, Received 14 music awards in Estonia, and played in over thirty countries from Chile to Malaysia — including such festivals as WOMEX, WOMAD, Eurosonic, Transmusicales, and Mundial Montreal.   The band plays their own interpretation of Estonian folk, a fusion of rock, folk and bagpipe drive.  They draw  inspiration from archive recordings of the great Estonian folk singers and instrumentalists. TRAD.ATTACK! brings their voices and their music to the 21st century, building modern sound and pulsating rhythmic structures around old recordings, creating an impressively big sound from acoustic 12-string guitar, drums, an array of whistles, bagpipes and mouth harp

Kuinka  (Portland)
Thursday 7pm 

The quartet revamps classic string band instrumentation with heavy percussion and the unique integration of electronic sound, six-string ukulele and Jillian Walker on cello.   Kuinka gives over to the muse, and a joyful acquiescence to faith in their cumulative virtuosity as songwriters, regardless of genre or instrumentation.   Brothers Zach and Nathan Hamer, along with Miranda Zickler and Jillian Walker, came together in 2014 under the name Rabbit Wilde to form a unique breed of string band; one proudly defiant of preconceived notions of what fits under the label 'Americana'. Their 2014 debut The Wild North, which propelled the band out of the woods and on to stages across the country, was followed by their 2016 breakout LP The Heartland.  

Organ Freeman  (LA)
Sunday 3:15pm

"Get busy groovin', or get busy dying".  Organ Freeman takes you from one funk groove to the next. A rocket ship tight trio of musicians.  The band’s influences belie their sound, as they cite the tightest of groovers. James Brown, Soulive, Snarky Puppy, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith, D’Angelo are all mentioned at the drop of a hat, showcasing this band’s pure devotion to that in-the-pocket jam.  Carlson takes us through what it’s like to write an Organ Freeman tune, saying that he and Steer “get together and form some harmonic and melodic idea. Trevor is more straight ahead funk type stuff whereas I like a lot more modern jazz, so he often has to reign me in. Then Rob comes in and seems to have a phenomenal idea to clean up our mess every time. He has a great mind for polishing a pre-existing idea.” 

Boostive  (Santa Cruz)
Sunday 1:30pm

This nine piece Dub - Soul - Hip Hop group from Santa Cruz delivers a potent musical and lyrical message.  They've performed in support of Jurrassic Five & Cut Chemist, and are slated for lots of festivals in 2017, including JTMF, Lightning in a Bottle, Boogaloo and more.  They meld a wide range of genres into a deep, cohesive groove.  Whether Boostive pulls their sound in a jazzier direction with their horns, hip-hop or soul with their vocalists, or some definitive reggae guitar, they make sure to keep the ride smooth and steady.  

Jon Stickley Trio  (Asheville)
Saturday 1:15pm

Jon Stickley Trio has been making waves with the independent and fan-funded release of their 2nd album, Lost at Last, this past October. The originality and sheer energy of this genre-bending ensemble serves as a welcome wake up call for those who experience it. With roots in gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and hip-hop in an “exhilarating all-acoustic swirl” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine), Jon Stickley Trio combines Jon Stickley’s rapid-fire flatpicking guitar with the sultry and wild, yet refined, melodies of Lyndsay Pruett on violin set over the deep groove of Patrick Armitage on drums. The three have fused their collective styles into a repertoire of exciting and innovative original music along with some captivating covers.  The New York Times’ Nate Chinen writes “… there’s hardy cohesion among the players — no less on the Gypsy standard ‘Valse de Wasso’ than on ‘Darth Radar’ a turbocharged original with a ska upbeat and a shredding melody. And when Mr. Stickley and friends turn to bluegrass, as on ‘The High Road,’ by Tim O’Brien, they sound both respectful and free.”

Kat Myers & the Buzzards  (LA)
Friday 5pm

Kat Myers & The Buzzards are a “bona fide rock ‘n’ roll band that concocts a soulful blend of solid rhythms as if summoned from the dust on a vinyl crate of classic rock.”  Myers’ roots in classic rock can be clearly heard in the EP’s rollicking melodies, while her tongue-in-cheek lyrics point to her punk influences.  Drummer Johnny Elkins & Myers met when his own band, Ivory Deville, was holding auditions for a back-up singer. Though Myers did not get the spot, she and Elkins immediately hit it off. They started booking shows as a two-piece all over southern California and along the way met guitarist Elliott Beenk.  "One of FIVE up and coming bands you NEED in your life" LA Magazine.  

Ron Artis & the Truth (Hawaii)
Thursday 9:15pm

Music is meant to be lived, as life is meant to be lived.   Ron has enjoyed music since before he could walk, crawling across his father's piano at age 1.  Ron is  the eldest son of 11 children, and his brother Stevon brings the 'heartbeat' to the the TRUTH on the drums.  Riley Pa'akuala rounds out the trio, bringing the bottom to the TRUTH on bass.   Musically, it's Gary Clark Jr. meets Lettuce.  Ron has always believed in being independent to be able to create and share the most pure music possible, be it soul, flamenco, blues or rock.   Getting lost in the music, Ron and the truth create new songs on the spot while performing.  We are honored to have Ron and crew  deliver a powerful set on the Boogaloo stage on Thursday eve !

Trouble in the Streets (Austin)
Saturday 3pm 

A super charged electronic afro-beat trio featuring Nnedi "Nebula" Agbaroji (Keys/Vocals), Andy Leonard  (Bass), and Bobby Snakes (Drums). Trouble in The Streets is an eclectic experience that breaks the fourth wall and invites audiences to create their own story.  The powerhouse trifecta has shared stages with George Clinton and The Parliament Funkadelic, Rebirth Brass Band, Turkuaz, and Orgone. Their awaited debut EP to be released this December features Grammy Award winner Beto Martinez of Grupo Fantasma and Brownout.  Trouble are playing their own unique style dubbed as "Electro Tribe".   Powerful. Potent. Yes, Trouble in the Streets. 

 

Valley Queen (LA)
Friday 1:30pm

Driven by the impassioned vocals of Natalie Carol – tones that shiver in all the perfect places - Valley Queen is reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac and My Morning Jacket with lead vocals evocative of Florence Welch. Their sound is influenced by artists such as Duane Allman and Joni Mitchell, and it will undoubtedly inspire you to dust off your record collection and revisit old favorites. They’re the type of band that will restore appreciation for classic roots rock, while reassuring listeners that plenty of contemporary bands are still reinventing the genre. The way songs such as “Carnival” crescendo from Carol’s timid, controlled vocals into instrumentally charged, belting melodies gives the Americana-driven music a rock-fueled modern edge.”

 

Amritakripa Band (Joshua Tree)
Sunday 11:45am

Home grown and out of this world.   With a unique blend of African, Turkish and swirling psychedelic elements, Amritakripa creates an enchanting a groove-infused kirtronica & roll that is a one of a kind transcendant EXPERIENCE.  Amritakripa has been chanting for twenty years under the guidance and inspiration of Holy Mother, Mata Amritanandamayi.  'Moving prayer' in the form of sacred dance has been Amrita's love and practice since 1994. Her desire to combine sacred dance and bhajan opened the door for a wonderful collaboration with Robbi Robb, founder of Tribe After Tribe and 3rd Ear Experience.  Robbi's was exposed to Tibetan chanting, East Indian music and tribal African rhythms as well as the contemporary music of that time. Tribe After Tribe have been called the pioneers of Afro-acid rock, blending African dance rhythms with rock music.  
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Myshkin Warbler's Royal Rabble Circus  (Joshua Tree)
Friday 11:30pm

New Orleans schooled, gypsy spirited, collaborative by nature, endlessly curious, Myshkin Warbler is a rare bird among songwriters. With a stellar band helping animate darkly joyous, compellingly complex songs, and a cast of circus talent adding spectacle and beauty, the Royal Rabble Circus (which made it’s debut at the last JTMF) is built for ears, eyes, heart and mind. Thrills, chills, a soaring voice, and songs that slip under the skin and stay there. Literate, political, heartbreaking, soulbuilding, gorgeous.

Everyman - Pumpkin Tribute  (LA)
Sunday 7pm 

Keep the party HEARTED.  Everyman and the late, great, Nick Alvarado (aka Pumpkin), performed together as Little Giants. Musical brothers in arms, soulmates, and purveyors of big hearted dance music.  Pumpkin performed an unforgettable (4 hour!) set at JTMF in OCT 2014.  Anyone that was there can attest to the magic Pumpkin worked.  He crossed over way too soon in an auto accident last year.   Now Everyman will bring the PUMPKIN TRIBUTE to Joshua Tree,  on the 3 year anniversary of his last show  here.   From classic hip-hop, to glorious house anthems, Everyman brings the LOVE and HEART as did his running mate.   Prepare to dance it up !  

Son of the Velvet Rat (Austria / Joshua Tree)
Friday 3:15pm

SON OF THE VELVET RAT is the family business of Georg Altziebler and Heike Binder, a husband-and-wife team  who left their home town of Graz, Austria for the endless highway of America, finally settling in Joshua Tree.  Situated at the vanguard of Euro-Americana, their songs build on the cabaret traditions of Old World masters like Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel and Fabrizio De Andre, now fused with the dark Old Testament prophecy and Kabbalistic visions conjured by Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen and especially Bob Dylan.  The result, as realized on their 2017 U.S. debut Dorado, is like some exotic desert fruit of indeterminate provenance -- equal parts ragged glory and brooding noir, the crepuscular glow of the violet horizon and blood pooled on a motel bathroom floor -- all delivered in what accidental fan Lucinda Williams, who caught their set one night at the Hotel Café in Hollywood, calls Georg’s “great sexy-gravelly voice,” leavened by Heike’s translucent harmonies, like roses circling a tattooed heart.  
    

Bicicletas por La Paz  (Bay Area)
Saturday 11:30pm

Bicicletas deliver a high energy, uber dancy mix of Cumbia, Reggae and Funk.   This nine piece Afro-Colombian juggernaut melds three different cultures: Indigenas, African & Spanish.  A Bicicletas show makes for a funktastic global voyage.  Pure cumbia!  Las BIcicletas Por La Paz will also lead an Afro-Colombian musical playshop at the POSITIVE VIBRATION STATION, in addition to making magic happen on the main stage. They are musicians, circus performers and bike activists. There’s a quiet revolution going on.  Just pedals and tires on blacktop. A bicycle revolution. Bicicletas have toured via cycling, and are truly walking the walk !

Desert Rhythm Project (Joshua Tree)
Saturday 11:30am

Born in the Magical Mojave, where talent, hard work and positive intentions collide, the Desert Rhythm Project is a dynamic Neo-Roots, Reggae, Funk & Soul band. Fronted by desert natives Michael Reyes and Bryanna Evaro, DRP deliver soulful harmonies, effortless melodic guitar techniques, and smooth bass rhythms. Michael Reyes' presence (lead vocals, guitar) is part James Brown, part Bob Marley; he delivers with conviction.  Bryanna Evaro's (bass, vocals) velvety folk-roots vibe complements Michael perfectly. Tyler Saraca (drums) and David Macias (Machin’) round out the line up, proving adept in a wide range of musical stylings.  Home grown !

Madeline Tasquin (Canada)
Saturday 10am 

Accompanying herself on piano, guitar and ukulele, Canadian-Californian songcrafter Madeline Tasquin weaves from jazz folk to soul ballads in odd meters to playful harmonic pop to delicately dark musical fairytales, delivering it all with a stage presence that radiates joy. With influences including Primus to Billie Holiday to Joni Mitchell to Chopin, it's no surprise that her songs takes harmonic and rhythmic twists and turns, though whether performing solo or fronting one of her bands, she manages to pull this off without leaving anyone in the room behind. The daughter of a miner and an opera singer, Madeline spent the first ten years of her life in Quesnel, an industry town at the confluence of two powerful rivers in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region of BC, Canada. The creeks and rivers of her childhood are woven into the symbolic language of Madeline’s songwriting; shores crumbling, rafts made of willow, a river rushing below a frozen surface, an arrival at the sea.  The music those lyrics are delivered in is akin to water in its complexity & its suppleness.

Whoolilicious (Santa Barbara)
Friday 10:30am


Whoolilicious, aka John Whoolilurie is pumped to bring his solo show to this October's JTMF!  Weaving sweet beats, deep grooves, multi-instrumentalist prowess and vocal wizardry, Whoolilicious invites you to join him in the pocket and on the dance floor. 


Jesus Gonzalez (San Diego)
Saturday 12:30pm

Dreamweaver and storyteller extraordinaire ala Jim James of My Morning Jacket.  Sampling, looping to create magical soundscapes. Jesus is an acoustic visionary, experimental folkster, and bright shining light.   He graced the stage at  the Joshua Tree Music Festival  in the fall of 2015, delivering a powerful set.   Then he spent the entire festival weekend strolling, guitar strapped on, sharing his music with new friends and family.  Prolific, positive, and poignant !

Tranquil Elephantizer (Bay Area)
Saturday  11:30pm

The Tranquil Elephantizer classic house crew is coming to dance it up in the Boogaloo Lounge. Progressive. Acid Disco.  A booty shaking, motivating. dubby laptop live mix of positively disco tinged acid house with a guest MC or vocalist to nice UP the vibes.  For 20+  years they have been keeping the vibe alive. They come to JTMF with fresh new tracks and some rocking home-spun underground classics too !

Davis (Joshua Tree)
Friday  Noon

Blossoming in the midst of the desert's community, Davis brings a soulful voice filled with warmth and simple truth. With foundation in roots styles and a bouncy swinging feel, this music will have you feeling at ease.  Davis has graced the stages here with the Cactus Wine Experience, Gene Evaro Jr and others.  Dig her new material on the Boogaloo Stage for the lunchtime set.