In Los Angeles, it is very easy to be overwhelmed by the influx of music fests, concert series, free shows, tribute events…the list goes on. It’s a beautiful thing to live in a city that is overflowing with live music every day of the week, but it could also compel you to curl up into a ball and hide safely inside a Google search hole or a Netflix binge night, so let me make this easy for you: you want to go to Desert Daze.
This music fest has slid discreetly enough under the radar that it’s still affordable, but it also happens to boast an incredible lineup that will leave you skeptical about why no one’s mentioned it. Granted, it probably doesn’t appeal to everyone since the roster consists of mainly psych, indie, garage, punk, experimental, metal, and surf rock extending from the ’80s to the present. But if you’re looking for an excuse to finally get to Joshua Tree and dance to meandering, soul-blazing tunes under the stars, then snatch up some tickets for this weekend’s three-day event.
Heavy-hitters at this year’s fest include Deerhunter, Washed Out, Tory Y Moi, Primus, The Black Angels, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Television. Suicide was set to perform until the untimely death of Alan Vega, which will be commemorated by a special performance titled “A Tribute to Alan Vega,” though details about what that entails have not been disclosed.
Single day and three-day tickets are available for purchase, and there are still plenty of open campsites. Of course, you can also opt to splurge on a hotel, but that may dampen the experience, which is at least partly defined by sharing a swig of whiskey with your campground neighbors.
The festival commences this Friday, with a special keynote address by Andrew W.K. peppered into the music mix, so grab your tickets today and get ready to dance under the marquee moon.
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