With a website that promises a “rootsicana newgrassy folkadelic” experience, it’s obvious that when the 5th Annual Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival rolls into town, they’re looking to break new ground. Another novel idea that the Roots Festival brings to the table: free water, which fans will definitely be thankful for as Joshua Tree and its surrounding areas can get pretty damn warm. Warped Tour, Ozzfest, Mayhem Fest, are you taking notes? Speaking of Warped Tour, one potential Festival highlight that fans can look forward to is a performance by Warped newcomers The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, who played their very first full run of the Vans-sponsored tour this year. As energetic as the Reverend & Co. will surely be this year, there will be plenty more to enjoy out of the two-night festival, including Grammy-nominated zydeco/Cajun artist Cedric Watson (with Bijou Creole) as well as the Shadow Mountain Band, direct from nearby Pioneertown. Between an all-star lineup, hydration at no cost and no service charge in sight on their tickets, the Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival is a whole lot of bang for your ten-point buck.
Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival at Joshua Tree Lake Campground, 2601 Sunfair Rd., Joshua Tree; (877) 327-6265 (festival voicemail); www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com. Sat-Sun, Oct. 9-10. $70 weekend pass.