This area is fully editable and gives you the opportunity to go into more detail about your business, what you do and what sets you apart from the competition.

This area is fully editable and gives you the opportunity to go into more detail about your business, what you do and what sets you apart from the competition.

This area is fully editable and gives you the opportunity to go into more detail about your business, what you do and what sets you apart from the competition.

2017 LINE-UP

The Main Squeeze
FRI  8:15pm

Seamlessly blending funk, soul and rock and roll, the Main Squeeze promises to keep your body moving with their infectious, feel good musical gumbo.  It’s a high energy Stevie Wonder meets Red Hot Chili Peppers thing, delivered with virtuosic skill by every band member. Regardless of where you are coming from musically, AWESTRUCK is where you will be after witnessing the SQUEEZE live.

Vieux Farka Toure'
SAT 5:30pm

Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré. His mastery of the electric guitar is mesmerizing, pan-global food for the soul.  He combines the prowess of a global superstar with a down-to-earth charisma.  Live, Vieux and his bandmates are wildy compelling, taking the audience on an afro-electric funkastic voyage. 

SUN 6pm

You might know brothers Arthur “Rootz” Steele and Archie “Zeebo” Steele as frontmen for the Thievery Corporation, who they’ve been touring and recording with for over 15 years.  As See-I, they meld funk, house, dancehall, hip-hop, rock & reggae-soul to deliver a potent high energy dance party.  From humble beginnings in North Carolina, the Steele Brothers got their start singing in the church choir and were soon transfixed by the funk, soul and rock sounds they heard on the radio in the 1970s. Decades of musical depth and experience are the secret weapons they bring to the table, both live and in the studio.  Band mates Rob Myers on guitar, Ashish Vyas on bass (both of Thievery Corp), Jeff Franca on drums, Frank Mitchell on sax and Salem Steele on keys comprise the most prodigious live band out of Washington, DC. Live, their energy is unparalleled, infectious and inspiring !

Greener Grounds
SAT 10:30pm

This super fresh psychedelic funk-tronica band fuses jam-rock, funk, break beats and trance fusion atop an irresistible four-on-the-floor dance beat with sweaty, smiling results. They travel through the aural grounds inhabited by Lotus, STS9 and the Disco Biscuits, then they turn it up some more.  Their 2015  EP and tour was supported by the UNTZ magazine, and their music has been called ‘Jamtronica Gold’. With their positive message of a greener world, they don't just talk the talk, they rock the rock !

SAT 8pm Orca Stage, SAT 1:30pm Starfish Stage

Raw funk, rough and ready for a new world order.  Ronkat performed for 10 years with George Clinton’s P-Funk All Stars. His rocket ship tight band features two bass players, multiple vocalists, a freight train of a drummer and a deep knowledge of all things funky. Ronkat is a phenomenal entertainer, skilled multi-instrumentalist, singer, Grammy nominated songwriter, and BMI songwriter of the year.  We are thrilled to know Ronkat and the Katdelics will be funk’n things up once again at Guitarfish in July.

House of Hamsa
SAT 1am (early sunday am)

Members of Hamsa Lila, Liberation Movement, Heavyweight Dub Champion, Dirtwire, & Dogon Lights – experimental musical mad scientists all – meld ancient instruments, samples, live mixing, loops and electronics to create a one of a kind improvisational aural feast for the intergalactic soul.  Their performances at the past two JTMFs were no less than transcendent. Vir McCoy (Hamsa Lila, Dogon Lights), Inks Herman (Hamsa Lila, Hugh Masakela), Evan Fraser (Dirtwire, Hamsa Lila) and Grant Chambers (Liberation Movement, Heavyweight Dub Champion), along with guest vocalists, comprise the House of Hamsa.

Gene Evaro Jr.
FRI 5:45pm

Gene Evaro Jr has the power and dexterity of Earth, Wind & Fire, the music has the soulful craftsmanship of Stevie Wonder. Evaro can sing, play and lead in a way that brings to mind Stephen Stills or Prince. His songs have a natural showmanship built in to them, from charging, salsa-tinged breakdowns to fluttering horn drops, to big-city guitar solos. Watching Gene Evaro Jr and his band feels like you are experiencing some grand force of nature spiritually, like making love in a hurricane or testifying to the heavens in a meteor shower.

Liberation Movement
FRI 10:45pm

A multi-dminesional portal to transmutation, summoning the dawn of a musical revolution. Primal, tribal hip hop and funktastic otherworldly grooves….sonic shamanistic alchemy of the highest level.  Grant Chambers (aka Resurrector of Heavyweight Dub Champion), Sasha Rose & Noah King lead a cast of musical mad scientists, creating music for the mind, body & soul.  Powerful  and poignant.  Behold and witness a family of artists who truly GO DEEP to deliver heartfelt messages to inspire positive change and evolution.

Steve Poltz
SAT 3pm Starfish Stage  & SUN 12:30pm Orca Stage

Steve Poltz is obsessed with the challenge of knowing and understanding the thoughts of each and every person in his audience. He is a lover of life; fascinated by all things large and small. As a road-tested troubadour armed with whimsy, curiosity and a healthy respect for the absurdities of existence, he is unafraid of saying yes, unafraid of letting his relentless, giddy energy fill a room and he is unafraid of letting his streams-of-consciousness take him where he needs to go.  His songs are guileless snapshots filtered through the windshield of his brain. He opens his mouth and lets it fall out – a SONG – and it’s as shameless and intriguing and profound and wondrous as he is. A mix of high octane performance, singular wit and endlessly entertaining storytelling, Steve is legendary for his improvisational songwriting and timeless, original classics.

FRI 3:15pm, Orca Stage & SAT 4:30pm Starfish Stage

The quartet revamps classic string band instrumentation with heavy percussion and the unique integration of electronic sound, six-string ukulele and Jillian Walker on cello.   Kuinka gives over to the muse, and a joyful acquiescence to faith in their cumulative virtuosity as songwriters, regardless of genre or instrumentation.   Brothers Zach and Nathan Hamer, along with Miranda Zickler and Jillian Walker, came together in 2014 under the name Rabbit Wilde to form a unique breed of string band; one proudly defiant of preconceived notions of what fits under the label 'Americana'. Their 2014 debut The Wild North, which propelled the band out of the woods and on to stages across the country, was followed by their 2016 breakout LP The Heartland.   

Patrice Pike Band 
FRI 12:45pm

"It's a beautiful thing hearing this band and the level of artistry coming from this group. Long time musical partners Patrice Pike and Wayne sutton with 10+ years rhythm section Seth Orell and John Bush and Glenn McGregor with Laran Snyders skillful harmony vocals! "  Since 1991, Patrice Pike has spoken out. Breaking out with her band, Little Sister, the Dallas-raised rock star has worked professionally since the age of 16.  Her songs are crisp, delivered tight and professional and most importantly, at ease. She owns that stage, and you can feel her heat. Austin is crowded with talented singer songwriters and musicians, and Patrice's residencies are consistently potent and popular nights in town.  It's a huge honor to have Patrice and band grace the Guitarfish stage !

Smoked Out Soul
THU 9:30pm

Live-tronic retro electro grooves. “An immersive experience with live horn players, drummers and guitarists collaborating with sound sculpting producers on a Void surround-sound system.  If you’re into highly skilled musicians, danceable grooves, a bit of the unexpected…all coming through on an amazing sound system, then a Smoked Out Soul show is the place to be” says Donavon ‘Gordo Cabeza’ of Motown on Mondays.  Their bi-monthly residency in San Fran is quickly becoming an institution for being a Future Funk & Soul Remix party extraordinaire.

Sasha Rose 
FRI 10:45pm (Liberation Movement) & SAT DJ sets 11:30am & 2pm

Sasha is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician, DJ and producer. Born into a musical family, she started playing the guitar, flute, djembe and piano at age 5. She toured Europe at age 10 as a member of the a children’s chamber choir. By age 16, she was solo touring professionally through the US, Australia, Canada and Europe.  She’s performed in bands with Random Rab, Hamsa Lila, Prezident Brown, the Everyone Orchestra, & Joan Baez.  Since 2011 Sasha has been a key member of the Liberation Movement. In addition to performing with the Liberation Movement on FRI night, Sasha will   set the positive tone high with DJ sets with live vocals on Saturday. 

Trevor Green
SAT 10am

Spirited, deep, soul-stirring and thought provoking.  Trevor Green is a one man force of nature. Fusing world, funk, folk and jam rock into a high energy performance, Trevor’s music has a strong universal appeal. The versatile (understatement) multi-instrumentalist who makes use of vocals, guitars (6 and 12 string, lap, slide, banjo, mandolin and ukulele), didgeridoo, stomp box, and harmonica is truly a breath of fresh air.  The skill set of this finger style guitartists free form artistic ability, combined with enthusiasm and love of cultured music is showcased in raw, live, unedited fashion. His most recent album was recorded in Joshua Tree with Robbi Robb (3rd Ear Experience) and Chris Unck (Lucky Bones, High Lonesome Studios). 

Sirens of Soul
FRI 3pm Starfish Stage & SAT 12:30pm Orca Stage

Soul-Folk-Acapella to soothe and align the soul.  Sirens of Soul is at times sultry, at times devotional, and sometimes rocking, but the band is always woven by a serious sense of soul and soaring female harmonies. With rotating lead singers, Sirens of Soul is an uplifitng sound carried by the mutual empowerment of feminine voices. 

Down North
SAT 3pm

Down North masterfully mixes underground rock and hard driving soul; equal parts Prince, Hendrix & Sly.  Raised on Michael Jackson and Sam Cooke, vocalist Anthony “Renagade” Briscoe is a captivating presence. Beyond charismatic.  The band is uber tight.  Brandon Storms (bass), the award winning & crowd amping Conrad Real (drums) and Nick Quiller (guitar) are super-competent players and singers that have mastered the taut, coiled, groove science that marks the best of funk rock.

Jimmy Leslie & the Guitarfish All-Stars
SUN 8:30pm, Orca Stage.  FRI 1:30pm & 6pm, SAT Noon & 6pm, Starfish Stage

Jimmy is a “freehand” guitarist with a funky roots-rock style, a soaring soulful singer, a multi-faceted writer, and co-founder of the Guitarfish Music Festival. Leslie’s artistic credits include the Honey Island Swamp Band, Shana Morrison, Visitor Jim, A Spirit Hustler, and his current original band, Jimmy Leslie & The Flow. Leslie is also the leader of the Bay Area’s premier Allman Brothers tribute—the Allmond Brothers Clan. Jimmy is currently Editor of Guitar Player magazine’s Frets acoustic section, and he coordinates GP Presents events. Leslie’s new acoustic track, “White Out,” will be featured on Guitar Player’s upcoming compilation: Awesome Instrumentals, Stormy Weather.  Leslie has played each year at Guitarfish, and he’s stoked to put together an all-star cast of starfish and guitarfish for a special show on Sunday night honoring the rich musical heritage of the Guitarfish Music Festival.

All Good Funk Alliance
THU 8:30pm, SAT 9:30pm & Midnight

Big bouncy bass lines. The All Good Funk Alliance have opened for James Brown, DJ’d around the globe, written songs for commercials, TV and movies, and have consistently appeared on the BreaksPoll Top 50 list. In other words, AGFA is no stranger to the Funk.  AGFA worked for years with Fort Knox Five recording studios; home to the Thievery Corp, Fort Knox Five, Thunderball and more. Incorporating musical tastes that range the gamut, the end result is always the same; they deliver a sound that is funky, fun and fresh.

Desert Rhythm Project
SUN 3:15pm

Born in the Magical Mojave, where talent, hard work and positive intentions collide, the Desert Rhythm Project is a dynamic Neo-Roots, Reggae, Funk & Soul band. Fronted by desert natives Michael Reyes and Bryanna Evaro, DRP deliver soulful harmonies, effortless melodic guitar techniques, and smooth bass rhythms. Michael Reyes' presence (lead vocals, guitar) is part James Brown, part Bob Marley; he delivers with conviction.  Bryanna Evaro's (bass, vocals) velvety folk-roots vibe complements Michael perfectly. Tyler Saraca (drums) and David Macias (Machin’) round out the line up, proving adept in a wide range of musical stylings.  Home grown !

Ian Winters
FRI 12:30am (early SAT am), 7:30pm, & 10pm

Full throttle dance floor medicine for those that want to get down, and keep on getting down. Mixmaster General extraordinaire, Ian has is responsible for some legendary dance parties at the Joshua Tree Music Festivals.  Breaks and Beats, tastefully paced, diverse and funktastic.  His mixes consistently rank high up on the MIXCLOUD charts for Breakbeat, Electro, Funk, TechHouse & Breaks. Check out the link below to dig his sets from the OCT festival.

Pamela Parker & the Fantastic Machine
FRI 4:30pm, Starfish Stage & SUN 8:30pm (all-stars set)

Pamela Parker is the leader of a rock n'soul band featuring Jordan Feinstein on piano/organ/vocals, Tom Finch on guitar/vocals, Spence Murray on bass, and Chris McGrew on drums. The band's raw energy along with Pamela's powerhouse pipes bring to mind Amy Winehouse and Ann Wilson.  Their dynamic show draws you close, then surges forward with anthemic power to lift you higher.  Pamela shreds like a cross between Susan Tedeschi and Bonnie Raitt, guiding us with danceable hooks alongside her dueling lead player, Tom Finch.   The upcoming album creates a fresh rock n'roll landscape with a diversity of touchstones you wouldn't expect to experience like Alabama Shakes, Adele, Thin Lizzy, and Funkadelic. 

Joy & Madness 
THU 7pm 

An eight piece soul and funk explosion out of Sacramento that could be described as Jamiroqui meets J. Geils, Joy & Madness has been rocking stages all over the West Coast since inception. They have shared the stage with the likes of Tower of Power, Collective Soul, The Monophonics, the Motet, and the Pimps of Joytime, Dumpstaphunk, and Trombone Shorty and bring a live performance which leaves everybody inspired, sweaty, and full of joy.

Peter Joseph Burtt & the King Tide
FRI 10:15am

Soulful World style Blues. Rootsy blend of old school analog tones. Down Home Afrobeat Soul.  Peter Joseph Burtt is a lifelong drummer and singer/songwriter. His music draws from many sources to inform his music and chronicle the years he spent living and studying with master musicians of Africa. Much of his music is played on traditional instruments, notably the lute like Kora and the Mbira or thumb piano. Songs are also transposed for the guitar. He was completing a Master of Arts degree in San Francisco in creative writing and African drum and folklore when he began looking to cultures that maintain oral histories for connections between rhythm, music, and the spoken word. Upon learning of the melodious music of the Mbira and the corresponding poetry of the Shona people he travelled first to Zimbabwe, then Ghana and the Gambia, staying long in each place, living and moving within the society of the traditional musician while expanding his own musical vision.  Brian will keep us moving between the live music sets on the main stage on Saturday night ! 

Brian Hartman (Heartbass)
SAT 4:30pm & 7pm, SUN 4:45pm

Brian is considered one of the leaders in the underground West Coast music scene both as a DJ & event producer. Brian’s refined & versatile sound ranges from sweet dub cumbia, to midtempo, organic world beats filled with Latin rhythms & African chants to the heartbeat of deep, dubby, ethno house, to finely selected hip hop, reggae, & dancehall when the occasion calls for it. He, along with longtime friend & ally Isis Indriya, coproduce HeartBass, a monthly event in Nevada City that has a reputation as one of the most high-vibed underground dance parties on the west coast. The year 2016 saw Brian playing a wide variety of gigs from Envision in Costa Rica to the Dead & Co afterparties in San Francisco, to the Gravity Productions events in Aspen, CO, to international ecstatic dance events & yoga retreats, to a full lineup of festivals including Symbiosis, Lightning in a Bottle, Enchanted Forest, Lucidity, Raindance, Northern Nights, and California Worldfest amongst others.  
Mi'ka Moon 
FRI 12:15pm & SUN 11:15am, Starfish Stage

One SOULFUL little Musical Messenger: Kauai Resident, Mi’ka is recognized as a pioneer spirit. Singing from the depths of her soul, through cosmic triumphant melodies, and deeply profound lyrics, whether on piano, guitar, ukulele or hand drum, her songs are a reflection of both her life experiences and her hopes and dreams for the future. She is Creatively inspired to sing for Women’s Empowerment and known for Catalyzing a Healing Presence of Unconditional Love for all souls, through her performances!

DJ Funksalot 
FRI 11:45am & 2:15pm 

Hailing from North Tahoe, Funksalot brings the classic vibes of soul, the synth and horn-driven melodies of funk, the dirty bass and syncopated breaks of hip hop and blends them together to create wildly raging dance floors everywhere he plays! Get ready for a wild ride through genres, time and grooves, Funksalot loves you!

Disco Terrorist 
SUN 11:30am & 2pm

Disco Terrorist is an inspirational anti-hero on a quest to spread the love of beats to the finest dancers and partiers.  He is the ambassador of glory - and the iron fist of funky fist pumping.    From sun soaked daytime grooves to the highest energy peak hour sets to luscious sunrise deep tracks, Disco Terrorist creates an energetic, inclusive, and fun vibe for the dance floor.   Tahoe's own dance floor weapon is always poised to deliver what the people need most in this world: the very best beats to make the dance party pop!"
Father Taj
FRI 4:45pm, 7:15pm & 9:45pm

Prepare for rhythm induction.  Long form bass and beats merge at the crossroads of trance inducing harmonies and uplifting sub frequencies. Father Taj of Los Angeles, CA is a proud daddy and certified bass head from the way back. . His whimsical blend of old school House,  nu school Garage, nu disco and breaks  will move your spirit, your body, and your soul.   An irresistible force of nature, his pesonality and spirit shine brightly thru his vinyl selections and dance floor reflections.  Father Taj will keep the dance floor moving on Friday evening between the live music sets on the main stage !