Being 50 minutes outside of Palm Springs, California, the serene desert location of Joshua Tree has become home to many a music festival–ranging from reggae, to EDM, to rock, to indie and more. It's large enough to accommodate a large number of event attendees, and it's far enough away from city life that concert-goers feel that they've escaped to an exotic place… although merely hours away from their respective Southern California residences. And, what's not to love about being in the desert? You can finally see the stars, the air feels crisper and cleaner, and nature can finally speak to you uninterrupted whether you are literally doing so with the help of hallucinogens or not.
the serene desert location of Joshua Tree has become home to many
Enter, Joshua Tree Roots Rock Reggae Festival: a 2-day fall music and arts festival taking place at the Joshua Tree Community Center this November 4th and 5th. As a celebration of the arts, JTRRRF will highlight music performances, arts and exhibits, culinary delights, craft vendors, and more for a full two days of peace, love, and unity. Headlining the show this year is GRAMMY-nominee Pato Banton with his white-clad crew, with direct support from Julian-based punk-ska-reggae band on the rise, Malaki Till I Die. Other performances include Jah Faith & the Royal Lineage Band, Lesterfari, Imagery Machine, Dubbest, Dread Daze, TwentyDollar Prophets, Livn, Soul Priestess, African Postman, Kina and the Rockaway Kings, Hashishian, Daytime Moon, MC Danny Crucial, Papa Dread, and DJ Elevation. Speaking of DJs, downtime in between acts will feature lounge, reggae, and dub sounds throughout the event.
This two-day cultural extravaganza is an all-ages event, and the theme of this year's festival is all about the community's commitment to nurturing today's youth! In support of the cause, Hermosa Beach skate company CALI STRONG is donating gear to provide young concert-goers with the chance to win skateboard, skate equipment, and back-to-school supply giveaways! So, don't be shy to bring the little ones with you for a fun-filled family weekend away. Camping is encouraged for all who plan on attending, with vacancies at The Crows Nest camping grounds only 15 minutes from the venue. Joshua Tree National Park also offers camping, yet this option is already sold out at this time. So, make sure you reserve your camping now before The Crows Nest fills up, too!
Tickets are now available online, with single day and multi-day options. There are no VIP packages for this festival (for everyone is a VIP!), and the multi-day pass comes with a free merchandise gift with purchase. For more information, visit www.jtrootsrockreggaefest.us.
Joshua Tree Roots Rock Reggae Festival lineup
- Pato Banton
- JAH FAITH & THE ROYAL LINEAGE BAND
- Imagery Machine
- Dread Daze
- TwentyDollar Prophets
- Soul Priestess
- African Postman, Kina and The Rockaway Kings
- Daytime Moon
November 4th, 5th, 6th
Joshua Tree Community Center
$25 Friday Festival Pass
$45 Saturday Festival Pass
$85 2-Day Festival Pass + free merch gift