Desert Daze locks in The War on Drugs, Kamasi Washington & Toro y Moi as headliners for 2021

Desert Daze - 2021 lineup

Desert Daze //
Moreno Beach – Lake Perris, CA‎
November 12th-14th, 2021 //

As the live music industry slowly returns to form this summer amid the COVID-19 pandemic, our attention has already turned to the fall with the hope that some of our favorite artists and bands will once again be touring and performing all across California and the West Coast in the coming months.

And for almost the past decade now, Desert Daze has continued to serve as one of the Golden State’s premier boutique music festivals, even after leaving its Joshua Tree roots for the more spacious confines of Lake Perris a few years ago.

But after taking 2020 off with coronavirus cases spiraling out of control in the U.S., the three-day event presented by Moon Block and Knitting Factory Entertainment is finally ready to welcome fans back to Moreno Beach in November with a scaled-down roster that still leans heavily into psych-rock as The War on Drugs, Kamasi Washington and Toro y Moi each get set to make their headlining debuts at Desert Daze’s ninth edition.

One of the big highlights on this year’s lineup is no doubt The War on Drugs with the fest representing the Grammy winners’ first and only show slated in 2021, but also Washington — a virtuosic jazz saxophonist whose hometown performance at the Hollywood Bowl last weekend for KCRW’s World Festival series saw him team up with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo to celebrate the forthcoming release of The Metallica Blacklist compilation with a nine-minute version of the heavy metal band’s track “My Friend of Misery” — and Toro y Moi following his appearance at Porter Robinson’s sold-out Second Sky Music Festival in Berkeley this September.

Of course, we would be remiss to not mention a strong undercard that boasts Tim Heidecker & Weyes Blood, Devendra Banhart, Japanese Breakfast, Ty Segall, Andy Shauf, Yves Tumor, DIIV, The Budos Band, Crumb, Moon Duo, Sudan Archives, The Black Angels, Deap Vally, Pachyman, Kikagaku Moyo and many more so make sure to mark your calendar and peep the poster above for the rest of the scheduled acts.

Three-day and single-day passes to Desert Daze will be available to purchase here for $225 and $75 during a 12-hour presale that starts this Thursday, July 22nd at 10 a.m. PT before the general public on-sale begins the next day at the same time. And with a limited capacity this year to allow for some more COVID-19 safety measures, you can bet tickets won’t be around for very long. Good luck, Desert Dazers!

WIN TICKETS: The Budos Band at The Independent 7/30 (WED)

The Budos Band

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The Budos Band //
The Independent – San Francisco
July 30th, 2014 (Wednesday) //

Bay Area fans of funk music are rejoicing as the region is receiving a second dose of The Budos Band in the month of July. The New York City funk-punk collective returns to Northern California after two massive sets at High Sierra Music Festival (read our recap here) just a few weeks ago and is ready to bring that heat down the mountain and into the City. If you’re not familiar, this act churns up some seriously driving, instrumental funk that burrows deep into your bones. Fans can expect a variety of tunes — old and new — as the band announced the release of its fourth full-length album Burnt Offering, due out October 21st on Daptones Records. The 10-piece act is set to hold court for “An Evening With” at The Independent this Wednesday, and we have passes for a few lucky readers. -Kevin Quandt

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WIN TICKETS: The Budos Band at Mezzanine 11/9


The Budos Band will be upon you Saturday at Mezzanine in San Francisco if good times are meant to be had. Various members of the ensemble may look familiar, as some of these funkified musicians also perform with Antibalas, Menahan Street Band and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings amongst others. Frequently labeled afro-soul, Budos Band have traditionally built cool grooves from elements of jazz, soul & funk through driving percussion and melodies provided by snazzy brass & woodwind work.

It’s been a solid three years since Budos released new material, but according to SF Weekly, the show at Mezzanine Saturday will witness a slew of new material that will be on their upcoming fourth LP, Black Sabbath. In the SF Weekly interview, sax player Jared Tankel said, “We want to take our increased influence from ’70s rock and make that work for Budos, but maybe not with as much of the Afrobeat thing or Ethiopian jazz thing that really shined through in the earlier records.”

Tankel also added the group has “10 solid songs tracked. The majority of work is done, we just need the final push so we have the best stuff there.” Considering the show at Mezzanine Saturday is the only live appearance the Budos Band have on calendar, expect a one-off treat to soundtrack your Saturday night. Hell, this show Saturday may be the barometer they need for the final push.

Afrolicious and Motion Potion will be at Mezzanine to get things started early.

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