12/9: The First Annual Quema Del Diablo Celebration in Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree, CA — Announcing Joshua Tree’s most interesting music and arts celebration yet with Quema del Diablo (the burning of the devil) on December 9th, 2017 at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center off Highway 62.

The two-day event is a recreation of the Guatemalan spiritual tradition of the releasing of evil spirits and bad vibes in the form of paper mache sculptures and figures. The weekend celebration will feature a host of bands, artists and other performers from places near and far. Headlining the event will be Boston’s Dead Poet Society along with featured acts Lujuria, Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal) with a special dj set, and Joshua Tree’s own Jesika Von Rabbit.

In addition to the music, there will be a collection of some of LA’s more progressive artists and sculptors Emmeric Konrad, Damon Robinson of Nomad, and Bad Otis Link, who has provided much of the festivals devil-inspired character. A pop-up art gallery will feature works for sale by the show’s participating artists along with a few surprises.

Event organizer Rolo Castillo thinks this is a great time to release your demons: “This event is a great way for people to release whatever bugged them this year by bringing paper-mache sculptures or other effigies that can be burned in the ceremony. For years we celebrated this event in Pomona and people would always comment after about how cathartic the experience was for them.”

The event will also include fire performers IgNight Flow and will culminate in a large parade featuring amazing costumes and sculptures that will be part of Saturday night’s symbolic burning ceremony. Overnight camping is encouraged with limited space available for RVs.

Proceeds from the event will help redevelop the Joshua Tree Retreat Center Farm.

For more information on the event, please visit quemadeldiablo.com. Tickets are $20 each and available at quema.eventbrite.com

Other Desert folk joining the fun:
– The Flusters
– Trumpets of the Young
– Cody White & The Easy Ride
– Megan Hutch
– Brightener
– Kevin Stetz
– Killjoi
– Spencer Keizer
– Robin Zimmermann
– Annachristie + The Saphires
All this plus fire performers IgNight Flow; DJ sets by Kate McCabe and Kim Green; a marching band and tons of cool artists:
Bad Otis Link
Matt Aston
Jason Hadley
Conchi Sanford
Tania Jazz Alverez
Tod Lychkoff
Emmeric Konrad
Marcel DeJure
Kat Green
Patrick Webster
Rae Anne Robinett
Antonio Mendoza
Ben Allanoff
Gina Bost
Jose Sigre
Chris Wagganer
Pablo Romero and more!

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