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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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