Joshua Tree Turns Up the Volume

The sounds of the desert just got a little bit wilder

Papadosio is among the eclectic mix of bands coming to this weekend's Joshua Tree Music Festival.

Each year, Joshua Tree National Park attracts throngs of visitors.

Folks are lured in by the picturesque landscapes and the lore of the desert. But in May and October, the pull will be akin to a siren’s song when the Joshua Tree Music Festival gets underway.

From May 17-19, Lily of the Valley, Ray Fresco, Papadosio, Mexico 68, and Chicano Batman – to name a few, will converge, bringing their respective folk, funk, and world-music sounds to the crowd of thousands. The all-ages event draws an eclectic mix of individuals who love the festival’s distinctive setting, lack of commercialism, and groovy lineup. In previous years, Kinky, Dick Dale, and Eric Burdon performed.

Joshua Tree Music Festival is also family friendly; parents and kids can participate in arts and crafts activities at Kidsville ranging from making lanterns and stamps, to creating umbrella or yarn art. There is a full yoga schedule, art installations, smaller crowds than other fests, and plenty of organic foods and beverages available for purchase.

Like Coachella and Stagecoach, JTMF provides basic amenities to attendees, like water, WiFi, and free admission to children under 10. However, you’ll need to bring money, sun protection, vitamins, and do your pre-gaming (drinking) off-site, as the nearest liquor stores and ATMs are eight miles from the festival site. Dogs are not allowed (guide animals are exempt from the rule).

Tickets are sold for individual days, or for the duration of the entire event. To fully experience the majesty of the desert, camping is available as well.

For more information, or to purchase passes, visit

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