“My drawings and paintings in general are inspired [by] and feel like my personal experiences, reflecting the way I see our culture: horrifying with an awesome and entertaining twist.
As a kid I was a self-drugged street dwelling weird-o, a reclusive crappy student and high school drop-out. I was not popular and never fit in. My first drawing that I can remember was of JFK getting blasted, while all of the mothers cried”.
“Many travels to visit folk artists in Mexico, Central and South America have influenced my work. I observed folk artists using the material that were at hand. The colorful environment influences colors and designs.
Paper is my primary material. The pieces are constructed on a wooden armature. I then apply the paper to lightweight cardboard to give the pieces form. In order to give the piece strength, it is stuffed with newspaper.
The textiles and pottery I have collected from Latin American countries inspire the colors, designs and textures used in my art.
I see the work as whimsical and containing the best of life.”
Jason Hadley was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma in a house full of artists and musicians and spent much of his childhood in and around the University of Oklahoma art department where his dad was a professor. After a year of enrollment in the art program at OU, however, he felt like he had been in his hometown long enough and moved to Northampton, MA.
After two years on the east coast Hadley came to Los Angeles and started working in film and television doing props and set decoration. in 1991 he started the band Woodpussy with a crowd of likeminded artists and weirdos. The band was often more art than music with elaborate sets and costumes. When Woodpussy ended, Hadley began focusing on visual art with a musical element rather than the other way around.
He has been actively showing since 2003 in Los Angeles at MorYork Gallery, The Hive, Create Fixate, Cannibal Flower, Blue Space and Art Slave Gallery.
Other shows include The Hive's satellite gallery at Art Basil Miami in 2010.
Originally from the small agricultural town of Lodi, CA, his Central Valley work ethic pushed him through junior college (where he worked swing shift in a steel mill) on to SF State University where he studied art and advertising. Rick has shown his work in galleries and public space all over the world – LA, SF, New York, Belgium and Germany. Rick blends his art career with his day job as Chief Operating Officer for Billups (a Portland-based Media Agency) and volunteer work as Board Advisor for Art Share LA. He blows off steam racing stock cars with his dad in Northern California.
Kelly Witmer is a multi-disciplinary artist splitting her time between Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, CA. Born in a small Amish town in Pennsylvania, Kelly received her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with additional studies at Parsons School of Design in Paris, France. She has attended several artist’s residencies as well as creating a program for visiting artists in Joshua Tree, called Rancho Paradiso. More of a general practitioner than a specialist, Kelly works in various forms of paint as well as printmaking, ceramics, and glass work. She often combines her interests in 2D and 3D with sculptural canvases and installations. Underlying themes are the usual suspects of memory, irony, media, loss and the wonders of nature and science.
Down tuned guitars, ethereal effects, and hard hitting, memorable melodies — or as the band aims to call it, future blues // Dead Poet Society presents a new breed of heavy music. When talking about influences, the band often reaches for historical events, futuristic sounds, and epic landmarks.
You know this dude. HE’S DONE THINGS: Rancho de la Luna recording studio's humble host, dj record player, earthlings?, eagles of death metal, masters of reality, mojave lords, gnarltones, rancho de la lunatics, pink slip, sweet lover, mixer of fine cocktails , tasty cook and party co-ordinator. AND HE’S SPINNING FOR YOU.
Straight out of Argentina’s metal scene comes Lujuria. Ever since their critically-acclaimed debut release in 2007, Dohko (Vocals/Guitar), Franky (sass & chorus) and Charles Monroe (drums & percussion) have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with. We can't wait for them to share this force with us. Get ready.
Jesika von Rabbit has expanded her two-piece live act to a full band, including former co-Gram Rabbit member Ethan Allen on guitar, drummer Dan Kaschuck, along with her bassist Lee Joseph. The new lineup debuted at this year's Desert Daze festival to an extremely enthusiastic audience response!.
Many worlds converge into the sound of The Swords of Fatima: Bollywood, belly dance, flamenco, punk, surf, garage, country, and dark psyche folk. Some say that they are the only band to play multiple genres in every song. Some call them Tibetan Spy Music. Some try to compare them to something more familiar like Siouxsie and the Banshees, X-Ray Spex, or Dick Dale. In other words, Quema will be a perfect fit.
Creative force behind Nomad, Damon Robinson brings the vibe. Damon got his first experiences with printmaking in his grandfather's (Joe Mugnaini) studio in Eagle Rock, CA. The surprises of analogue, and alchemic processes as well as the raw human elements were a profound inspiration for his work and his vision for the printmaking studio as a laboratory environment for co-creativity. Damon is an LA based artist, designer and founder of Praise the Lowered and NOMAD Los Angeles.
“An upbeat amalgamation described as “Retro-Pop” The Flusters arrived like intergalactic time-travelers wearing black suits, shiny shoes, and imbuing classic iconography.” - Coachella Magazine
Influenced by Roy Orbison, Dick Dale, The Beach Boys, The Pixies, The Smiths, Broadcast & Mazzy Star:
“The Flusters’ sound is modern pop with a throwback feel, which they describe as “dream surf,” owing to the vintage guitar tones, washy elements, and their inclination towards the gentle vocal delivery of romantic ballads.” - Buzzbands LA
Songwriter, Sound Engineer, Dancer, Promoter, Barista, Artist, Friend, Family Member, Lover, Lifer.
Singer/songwriter Bradley Palermo has fronted the bands The Sudden Passion and Femme Fatality for the past 15 years. His solo work is equal parts indie folk and Americana. A fan at a recent show described his sound as “Hank 3 meets Bright Eyes,” which is right on the money with his strongest influences. Originally from St. Louis, MO, Bradley is currently based in Los Angeles.
Birthed in the wine country of central California over a decade ago, were the roots that would begin White's musical journey. Through an array of bands, both melancholy, and aggressive, he would build his influence. Along this journey, thanks to numerous collaborators, he has created a sound both unique, and familiar. Influences spanning wide from Gram Parsons, to Radiohead, bring this mix together.
Megan Hutch’s 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.
Kevin Stetz was born and raised near Joshua Tree, CA. In 2005, on his 21st birthday, he released his first proper album, Songs for Oxygen, produced and engineered by local luminary Ted Quinn. Now he works on songs, plays loud electric guitar from time to time, and is writing a long form fiction piece in addition to kicking around some short stuff.
Annachristie has a soulful huskiness and power that could break glass. Her compelling songwriting style lends itself to an emotionally evocative experience for her listeners time and time again. As the lead vocalist and writer for Annachristie and The Sapphires, Annachristie explores new measures of Folk and Americana by marrying the genres with styles more grunge, dreamlike, and enduring- reminiscent to the rawness and unabashedness brought to light by many of our favorite music rebels of the 90’s. With this, Annachristie and The Sapphires create a sense of nostalgia even for those who might be hearing their music for the first time.
Sound art, improvisation, ambient and avant garde composition releases primarily in the analog realm and within the digital reality.
Pyro-centric performers IgNight Flow have been teaching and entertaining fire enthusiasts as part of their annual conference at the Joshua Tree Retreat center and will be having demonstrations showcasing their flame antics during the day and then a performance culminating in the night’s main event—La Quema del Diablo—the burning of the devil.
Filmmaker and artist Kidnap Kate (Kate McCabe) of the high desert art collective Kidnap Yourself plays her desert sessions, sounds pulled from years of rock-n-roll dance parties she produced at Philly’s Silk City and The Kyber Pass, her beloved show "Mojave Kitchen Dance Diaries" on Radio Free Joshua Tree, her recent guest DJing at Shake Appeal. Her collection includes soul, glam, punk and freestyle mixed with modern tail shakers and desert lovers with a little star fueled make out music on top.
After a year-long journey across North America, the Dream Wanderer virtual reality gallery has found a new stationary home in the high desert just outside Joshua Tree. You’re invited to climb aboard and immerse yourself in a “powerful and singular” virtual reality exploration of vivid dreaming, the afterlife, and spiritualism.