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Joshua Tree Music Festival Founder Shares Best of Joshua Tree, CA
April 25, 2017
Global Administrator
Introducing one of our San Bernardino County insiders - meet Barnett English, Founder of the Joshua Tree Music Festival!

How long have you been in San Bernardino County?  How long have you worked with the Joshua Tree Music Festival?

Born and raised Louisville, Kentucky.  Graduated from Indiana University in '86.  Visited Joshua Tree in October 2002.... love at first sight.  Moved here, bought a home and produced the inaugural Joshua Tree Music Festival April 11-13, 2003.  Been in California ever since!

Tell us a little about your role with the festival and some highlights for you over the years of working with them.

Founder, organizer, curator, dreamer and funder - I also take out the garbage!  I love every aspect of creating a space where thousands of lovely people have 'positively transforming' moments.

What have you found invaluable that out-of-town visitors should know before they go?  

You’d think that folks would arrive in the desert prepared… but not so!  They will want to bring sunscreen, hats, coats, chapstick and barrels of water!

There are three concerts this year - one in May, one in July and one in October. How are these experiences different from each other?

The two Joshua Tree Music Festivals are similar, they offer a family-friendly global music experience with yoga, playshops, kidsville, interactive art and world class music.  

New this year, we are co-producing the Guitarfish Music Festival in July which takes place in NorCal.  All the same goodness, except the campground is in the Sierras near Truckee; in the forest, on the river.  An amazing place to beat the heat in the dog days of summer.

You describe the festival as "a family-friendly global music experience" - can you expand on that?

Kidsville is action-packed from sunrise to sunset every day.  Kids 10 and under are free, and 11-16 year olds are half price. We have hundreds of kids and families at the fests, which helps make the vibe uber positive, friendly and fun.  Our line-up features artists from around the world… usually 25% of the artists are from out of the country.  With the Joshua Tree Music Festival, diversity reigns supreme and variety is the spice of life!  There are lots of day and weekend package options so families can pick what works best for them.

Tell us about some of your favorite dining, attractions, sightseeing and historic landmarks in San Bernardino County.

The The Joshua Tree National Park is an otherworldly gem!  Other favorite things to do in the county... drive through, and hike in, the Mojave Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park.  The big open skies and landscape are inspirational.  Walking/hiking frees the mind and invigorates the soul.  For music and dining out, we frequent Pappy & Harriets in Pioneertown.  A variety of music, great food, eclectic crowd.

Be sure to get your tickets to the Joshua Tree Music Festivals in May, July and October!

Click here for all the info you need to know.  Here’s the May Festival Line-Up.

And keep checking back for more insider trips from San Bernardino locals!

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