Desert Daze Soars as Eagles of Death Metal, Goggs, Rock SoCal’s Favorite Festival

Eagles of Death Metal Goggs © 2017 Donna Balancia
Eagles of Death Metal in the crowd - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

JOSHUA TREE — Desert Days 2017 was a trip for the senses, with casual food, hippie style and excellent music taking center stage on Sunday to close out the Joshua Tree event.

Spiritualized brought the crowd together on the closing night of the three-day affair in Joshua Tree’s Institute of Mentalphysics. Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile headlined Friday night and Iggy Pop headlined a stellar Saturday night.

Goggs frontman Chris Shaw - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Goggs frontman Chris Shaw – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The music selection for the 2017 Desert Daze fest was a mix of folk, punk and true Rock N Roll for three days.  But on Sunday the most high energy shows were put on by Eagles of Death Metal and Goggs.

Eagles of Death Metal and Ty Segall’s band Goggs got the crowd rockin on Sunday night and ended the festival on a high note.

Goggs Gives Hope to Rock N Roll Lovers

Goggs gives music hope.  Perhaps the best young band at the festival for those who love punk rock, Goggs which is comprised of Segall, Charles Moothart and Chris Shaw, got the Wright tent jumping and kicking up dust. Shaw was carried overhead through the crowds and there was no shortage of surfing and moshing.

Chris Shaw crowd surfs while Ty Segall plays on stage during the Goggs set at Desert Daze - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Chris Shaw crowd surfs while Ty Segall plays on stage during the Goggs set at Desert Daze – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Eagles of Death Metal

Eagles of Death Metal is an act that never gets old.  That’s mainly because frontman Jesse Hughes, AKA, “Boots Electric” is a non-stop performer who gives the audience all he’s got for every show. He’s the master of the performance. We’ve heard a few of his jokes before, but it doesn’t matter, it’s his delivery that gets the laughs every time.

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Dave Catching plays guitar as Jesse Hughes sits it out on the rail with Desert Daze fans - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Dave Catching plays guitar as Jesse Hughes sits it out on the rail with Desert Daze fans – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

This EODM performance was accented by fantastic guitar work by Eden Galindo and Davey Catching. Remarkably, Catching and Hughes had a guitar showdown as Hughes sat on the rail with the fans and Catching, AKA Rock N Roll Santa Claus — stood at the edge of the stage.

Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal keeps the crowd laughing and rocking out – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

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There were even a few minutes where Catching took over with a captivating, but artificially lengthy guitar solo, that became a gag when Hughes and bass player Jennie Vee sat down on the drum riser in mock exasperation.

Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Jennie Vee of Eagles of Death Metal is a bad ass bassist – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Speaking of Vee, she is simply one of the most compelling bassists around — it doesn’t hurt that she looks as good as she plays.

Trusty guitarist Eden Galindo and Jorma Vik on drums were also on fire in a performance that was headliner worthy.

Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Dave Catching and Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal at Desert Daze – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

The Allah-Las Play the SoCal Sound

EODM followed Allah-Las on the Moon Stage at Desert Daze. The peaceful Joshua Tree festival could not seem further from Europe, where the two bands were targets of terrorism. In 2015, EODM was at the center of a tragic attack at the Bataclan in Paris. Last August, an Allah-Las concert was cancelled in Rotterdam after a threat.

The Allah-Las captivate on Sunday at Desert Daze - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
The Allah-Las captivate on Sunday at Desert Daze – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

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Allah Las — Miles, Pedrum, Spencer and Matt from Los Angeles — brought their excellent surf style music to the Moon Stage earlier, ripping out songs that got the crowd moving. Can’t say enough good things about the well-recognized sound Allah-Lahs have honed over the years.

The Babe Rainbow Keeps the 1960s Alive

The Babe Rainbow is a 1960s -influenced band from Australia - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
The Babe Rainbow is a 1960s -influenced band from Australia – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Also contributing to a great Sunday in Joshua Tree were The Babe Rainbow, comprised of Jack Lulu Angus and Elliot. Theirs is the sound of 1960s in many ways — and special props for use of the bongos.

Bizarro Style and Martian-Cowboy Fashion

But the true star of Desert Daze was the clothing style. It’s hard to describe but many of the attendees did some decade cross-dressing mixing 1970s velour with spacey Martian accent pieces and Cowboy boots.

“This is our favorite festival,” said one festival-goer. “We got engaged here last year and now we’re married and we’re back. There are all types of music, all eras of music represented here and it’s all about good feelings and good memories.”

Check out our Desert Daze festival photos:

Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Desert Daze 2017 – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Jesika Von Rabbit shows the latest in skeletal wear, catch her show at the Viper Room Nov. 3 – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

 

Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Desert Daze 2017 – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Iggy Pop fan about to cry from joy when brought onstage by the Godfather of Punk - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Iggy Pop fan about to cry from joy when brought onstage by the Godfather of Punk – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Desert Daze 2017 – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Desert Daze 2017 – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Deap Vally – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Great volunteers and workers at Desert Daze – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Desert Daze 2017 – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Thurston Moore's trusty guitar - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Thurston Moore’s trusty guitar – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Iggy Pop at Desert Daze - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Iggy Pop at Desert Daze – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Desert Daze 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Desert Daze 2017 – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia