Now it’s time for a music festival Joshua Tree style.
The 10th annual Joshua Tree Music Festival is coming up May 18-20. More than 20 artists from all over the world will perform at the outdoor venue.
What kind of music is it?
Try on labels like afro-house (Wunmi, UK/Lagos), life-affirming (Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars), roots reggae with funk, soul, dub and rock (See-I, DC) and classical and fiddle-style violin on electronic beats (Kytami, Canada) for starters. All but three artists (Loyd Family Players, Ganga Giri and Medicine Drum) are newcomers to the independently-produced event.
Here’s what you need to know about festival culture:
Event producers describe themselves as funsters and music lovers. Water is free, so you’ll have more money for organic microbrews and wine on site; You can bring your own food or buy some there; and this year, get ready for Festival Olympics, where you can win prizes for performing absurd tasks.
I hope that gives you a feel of the fest. For a complete lineup and to purchase tickets, go to www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com.
The fest costs
$120 until May 14 and $130 at the gate for all three days
$50 Friday only
$70 Saturday only
$50 Sunday only
3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday
10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday
See them at
Joshua Tree Lake Campground, 2601 Sunfair Road.
— Sonya English