Vintage Trouble (Los Angeles)
Since forming in 2010, Vintage Trouble have quietly become rock ‘n’ roll’s best kept secret anointed by its very gods on international tours in every corner of the globe. Distilling swaggering rock, soulful blues, R&B grooves, and pop ambition into a bold and brash brew, the quartet—Ty Taylor [vocals], Nalle Colt [guitar], Rick Barrio Dill [bass], and Richard Danielson [drums]—have logged 3,000 shows across 30 countries on tour with divinities such as The Who, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Lenny Kravitz, and Bon Jovi, to name a few. Along the way, they also performed on Later… with Jools Holland, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, Conan, The View, and The Tonight Show (four times in one year!) in addition to receiving acclaim from New York Times, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Rolling Stone, and more.

Dynohunter (Boulder)
DYNOHUNTER has set themselves apart from the pack by creating timeless music that speaks to true lovers of dance music. Their set at Guitarfish was transcendant (one of the most compelling sets we experienced all summer)!! Always paying respect to the artists that have inspired them and paved the way, yet always striving to make music that is contemporary and progressive, a genuine expression of their own unique human experiences and a reflection of the times.  Their sound journeys from dark tribal meditations, exotic rhythms, and deep hypnotic grooves to hard hitting dance tracks, uplifting melodies, and soulful improvisations. They've opened for some of the biggest names in livetronica including Papadosio, Eoto, Opiuo, Sunsquabi, Ott, and The New Deal as well as supporting world renowned DJ's Shpongle, Bonobo, Infected Mushroom, Klingande, and The M Machine. Dynohunter played at JTMF in Fall 2014 & 2016, we’re thrilled to welcome them for their first May fest!

Oliver Koletzki  (Berlin)
Oliver Koletzki is a producer and DJ in the genres of electronic dance, hip-hop, pop, and house. Koletzki has been DJing since he was 18, fast becoming a regular at the local clubs. The DJ really gained attention in 2005 with his underground hit ’Der Mückenschwarm’ which became the best selling techno record of the year and got him voted newcomer of the year in the prestigious Groove magazine. Koltetzki has worked on a multitude of projects since then including founding his own label and forming and touring with his band The Koletzkis. Label manager, producer, DJ, bandleader: above all, Oliver still manages to fill clubs around the world and makes people smile to his energetic DJ sets. Oliver knows how to perform and connect with his audience.

Dachambo (Japan)
Chunky, funky, psychedelisized avant garde jam rock from Japan. “Dachambo’s sound will make a rainbow appear in the sky. Dachambo’s rhythm will awaken the land”.  If you haven’t experienced Dachambo yet, get ready! Dachambo is an avant-garde Japanese alternative rock band blending didgeridoo, synth, bass, and percussion into a truly unique sound.  The music they create covers electronica, psychadelic, tribal, rock and more.  Dachambo truly believe in the power of music and thrive off the energy of their audience. Are you ready to take the journey with Dachambo?

Gene Evaro Jr (Joshua Tree)
Gene Evaro Jr has the power and dexterity of Earth, Wind & Fire, and the music has the soulful craftsmanship of Stevie Wonder. Evaro can sing, play and lead in a way that brings to mind Stephen Stills or Prince. His songs have a natural showmanship built in to them, from charging, salsa-tinged breakdowns to fluttering horn drops, to big-city guitar solos. Watching Gene Evaro Jr and his band feels like you are experiencing some grand force of nature spiritually, like making love in a hurricane or testifying to the heavens in a meteor shower.  Gene and his band have performed at JTMF many times, always rising up to deliver a show that is superior to the previous masterpiece.   With national tours (Blues Traveler, Elle King, Milky Chance), and prominent festival plays under their belt, Gene & band will one day (soon) be known to many. 

Trouble in the Streets  (Austin)
Hailing from Austin, TX and playing their very own unique style dubbed as "Electro Tribe", Trouble in The Streets has quickly moved up the local and vibrant musical culture surrounding them. Mixing a blend of influences from World, to Hip-Hop, Electronic, and R&B,  Trouble in the Streets delivered a powerful performance at JTMF Fall 2017 and shortly after took Best New Austin Band at the Austin Music Awards.   Most recently they have played with George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic, Grammy Award Winners Rebirth Brass Band, Beto Martinez of the Grammy Award Winning project Grupo Fantasma, along with many notable artists across the nation.  Trouble in The Streets continues to leave a big musical impression everywhere they play.

After Funk (Toronto)
Championing a new and unique sound, After Funk has been bringing their infectiously fun yet thoughtful music to audiences across North America since they formed in 2011. The Toronto based funk, rock and soul family have been touring relentlessly for years and have no plans of slowing down anytime soon. Hailed as "the grooviest band from north of the border", After Funk has been steadily on the rise. Over the years, the band has amassed a burgeoning, loyal fanbase, played hundreds of shows to thousands of fans, in multiple countries and released 2 albums. With a multitude of new content on the way in 2018, including a new full length album, music videos and their first coast to coast tour, this year will see After Funk as a force to be reckoned with.

Earth Arrow   (City of Angels)
This high energy, Afro-beat, hip-hop & dance band is focused on reviving ancient african and indigenous rhythms and dance.  A reflection of the fire that burns in the hearts of all who live in colonized lands across the world, Earth Arrow harnesses the likes of Sly & the Family, Santana, Jimi, TLC, The Godfather of Soul, and moments of Motown Magic.  They are a songwriter’s band, for hip-hop heads, fans of funk, a dancer’s dream, tip-toeing in jazz, but you may end up skakin' the night away. Humbly playing to spread truth, justice, and light over the lands.  Music with a message, party with a purpose. Earth Arrow blew the audience away with their powerful performance in Fall 2018, we can’t wait to see what they bring in May!

Diggin Dirt   (Arcata)
Diggin Dirt began planting its roots back in 2011 in the town of Arcata, CA in Humboldt County. The original lineup as a jammed out quintet has evolved into an 8-piece band had instant chemistry, and after only a few months of playing together, released their Full Season LP. This past summer they blew the roof off the vaudeville tent at High Sierra; on a Thursday at noon, no less. They pack a punch, and play to win. Their musical influences range from afrobeat, reggae to rock, but always with an underlying theme of funky soul. The band has a reputation of quality original music backed by high energy performance and are more inspired than ever, and ready to bring the music to the people. With more expansive West Coast tour dates, and fresh material coming out of their preparations, the group shows no signs of slowing down as they expand their reach.

The Cole Williams Band  (Brooklyn/New Orleans)
Cole Williams is a force of nature. Equal parts musician, fashionista, radio DJ, community builder, and philanthropist, Williams is constantly reimagining herself and redefining what it means to be an empowered Jamaican American woman by building a brand that is confident and ever-changing. As a vocalist, Williams’ style is a true bayou treasure. With classic soul as her vocal canvas, Cole’s ability truly shines when she’s breaking genre conventions and opting for a diverse and wholly original vocal landscape—one that melds all the colors of soul, rock, R&B, reggae, and blues. From her musical beginnings in Brooklyn, to a myriad of creative pursuits in her home base of New Orleans, Williams is as diverse an artist as any in the entertainment industry, with passions that are only exceeded by her unparalleled ambition.

Desert Rhythm Project  (Joshua Tree)
Desert Rhythm Project is a Neo-Roots, Reggae, Funk, Soul Band from California's Mojave Desert. Fronted by desert natives Michael Reyes and Bryanna Evaro, who have created their own unique style comprised of soulful harmonies, effortless melodic guitar techniques, and smooth elemental bass rhythms. Michael Reyes' dynamic presence on lead vocal and guitar is reminiscent of the soulful and energetic James Brown combined with the appreciative ethereal consciousness of Reggae Legend Bob Marley. Bryanna Evaro's timeless velvety folk-roots presence on bass guitar and vocals lends herself as the crowning essential counterpart of this celebrated divine duo. Backed by the energetic and talented drummer Tyler Saraca and David Yuter on keys this high energy Reggae, Funk Band is a force to be reckoned with.

Smoked Out Soul   (Bay Area)
Founded in 2013, Smoked Out Soul started out as a mixtape concept fusing southern hip hop beats with classic funk & soul. Eventually DJ/Guitarist Zebuel took that sound to clubs playing guitar over funk remix DJ sets adding live drums, horns and percussion. After moving from Lake Tahoe to The Bay Area, SOS became a thriving party which eventually gave birth to a live act, a production team a music collective and record label. Zeb and crew meld the electronic & organic musical worlds for maximum dance floor destination!  Their set at Guitarfish Music Festival in July made sure we went out with a bang; not a whimper.  Smoked Out Soul aims at blending the thriving DJ culture with the live music scene in The Bay Area,  putting a fresh spin on a classic sound, tunes rooted in soul with a nod to the future.  We are THRILLED to have them return to Joshua Tree for their second time. 

Radio Skies​   (Ojai)
Hailing from the mountains of Ojai, dream pop quintet Radio Skies blend radiant folk-roots and hypnotic production for a genre-spanning experience.  The purpose of Radio Skies has always been to create without inhibition. Friends Danny Boy Wright and Oliver “Oliwa” Newell accidentally started the band while working on some new music together in Oliwa’s ‘65 Airstream studio amidst a large orange grove at the foot of the Topa Topa Mountains. Over the course of their first residency at the legendary Deer Lodge, three more members joined, including Danny’s childhood friend and harmonizer Ethan Glazer, Erin “Syd” Sidney, and Eric Sullivan.  The band prides itself on liberated musicianship, constantly growing through brave experimentation even when it feels frivolous. Their live chemistry is virtually unbeatable and is constantly being refined.

Revel in Dimes​   (Brooklyn)
Bourbon soaked soul punk blues juke rock n roll, Revel in Dimes is unmanufactured music that shakes you up and spits you back out, all ugly and heavy and mean, the way they invented music to be. This might get dangerous, is what you need to know before we get started here, because this is what fearlessness sounds like.  “We bring it back closer to where the blues and rock really started out, but there’s a vibe you can’t put a name to.  We feed off those roots, and each other, and the crowd, and having fun. So people come to our shows and they see that and they feel that, and we feel them. It’s just something that you have to see. It’s something that you have to feel.”  At once timeless and timely, Revel in Dimes is best experienced at this very second, in this very moment. You’ve been warned.

City of Trees  (Sacramento)
City of Trees Brass Band is a New Orleans influenced, contemporary Funk and Jazz band.  While certainly influenced by purveyors of the New Orleans second-line style of Jazz, City of Trees also cites less traditional acts like the Youngblood Brass Band and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble as sources of inspiration- groups from the Midwest that merge brassy jazz with hip-hop, gypsy rock and even punk. The result is an expectedly funky, yet unexpectedly contemporary party, with as many as 12 musicians grooving on trumpet, saxophone, trombone, sousaphone, and percussion instruments.

Myshkin Warbler  (Joshua Tree)
New Orleans schooled, gypsy spirited, endlessly curious, Myshkin Warbler is a rare bird among songwriters. Darkly joyous, compellingly complex songs, a soaring voice and pulsing guitar, work that slips under the skin and stays there. Literate, political, heartbreaking, soulbuilding, gorgeous.  Dreamy beauty that conjures up rainy nights in a Budapest cafe.  Spellbinding. Myshkin has travelled the world performing, but Joshua Tree called her in and now here is home.   An angel flying right here on the ground.   

Beats & Rhymes (Deserts High & Low)
​Music with a message, party with a purpose.  Beats & Rhymes takes you on a journey through time. Their late night set at the May fest was wicked delicious and positively uplifting.  Experience some of the Mojave's best Emcees and Poets as they perform original pieces of music and literature, backed by a live band (The Desert Rhythm Project) and turntablist.  Beats & Rhymes is reminiscent of an old school Funky, Raw, Underground HipHop Dance Party.  Mikey Reyes & Bryanna Evaro have been sharing one song a week, all year long (!!!), as the Wordplay Wednesday series. Dig the fruits of their labor as it comes to life.  Come Groove and Vibrate late night to the sounds of Beats, Rhymes and Spoken Word.

Gabriella Evaro (Joshua Tree)
Gabriella Evaro is a Joshua Tree, Ca native, and 5th generation artist and musician. Gabriella is a multi-instrumentalist; looping guitar, bass, vocals, beat machine and more. Her solo show is truly dynamic, angelic & moving, as she pulls from her love for Rock'n'Roll, blues, Latin, trip hop, and modern electro pop. Over the years, Gabriella has graced the JTMF stage numerous times - solo, with Earth Moon Earth, with Chris Unck as Lucky Bones, with her brother Gene and band, and more.  This new solo looping show is magical!

The Adobe Collective (29 Palms)
The Adobe Collective call the California Mojave Desert their home and inspiration. Their surroundings reflect a kind of no-frills authenticity that is baked into their genre-bending music - desert folk with flashes of country, psych folk and indie pop. Founded in 2011 by husband and wife duo Tim & Faith Chinnock at their 1937 historic adobe house just minutes from the 29 Palms entrance to Joshua Tree, the group has performed in many incarnations but over the last two years has solidified around its current line-up including drummer Caleb Winn, multi-instrumentalist Chris Unck, and bassist Spencer Keizer. They have 2 full length albums to their credit and are planning a west coast and southwest tour to support the release of their third full length album aptly entitled “All The Space That There Is” coming out in 2019.

Megan Hutch (Joshua Tree)
Cincinnati-born Megan Hutch is a singer and songwriter of beguilingly dark folk hymns and modern torch ballads.  Her voice is a torch. She wields it with reckless abandon. She sings a furrowed brow, freshly painted toenails and broken-down cars under endless stars. Electric or acoustic, accompanied or solo, she twists tunes out of time unpredictably and entirely unlikely. The world is full of people with guitars singing songs, she is her own world full of hilarious anguish.  Megan has become a regular fixture at the Joshua Tree Music Festival, appearing both on the stage and at the Boogaloo as part of the Songwriter Sessions. 

Subko (So Cal)
Detonating explosive beatscapes, Subko (aka Jacob Pare) brings a psychedelic-disco-funk yo booty house party straight to your ear holes. An avid front row dancer and co-architect of the infamous Dirt Camp, Subko slams classic and modern beats with a frivolity filled boogie and smooth hip hop vibes that result in a full melt of dank delicious disco-house. Truth be told, Jacob was abducted by intergalactic retro forces and returned to us as Subko. You gotta get down to get up!   

Songwriter Sessions
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Four songwriters take turns singing a song, and sharing stories, for an intimate lunchtime set on the Boogaloo (back) Stage on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Artists TBA.