Friday, April 18, 2008

Rockin' for Joshua Tree Benefit

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, check out this event in Pioneertown near Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree National Park:

The Rockin' for Joshua Tree benefit takes place Earth Day weekend, April 18th and 19th, from 4-10 PM at Pappy & Harriets Palace, called the "Best Honky Tonk west of the Mississippi," in Pioneertown, California. Profits from the fundraiser will go to fight the proposed Eagle Mountain dump.

Rocker Eric Burdon launched Rockin' for Joshua Tree in Palm Springs in 2000. The artists performing at this year's concert include Bobby Garcia, Chris Laterzo & Buffalo Robe, the Hickmen, the New Dead Rebels, Rabbits With Bad Habits, Reallyshooo Zydeco, Shawn Mafia, The Sibleys, and others. Acoustic acts include Ted Quinn, Lance Palmer, JB, Barbara Buckland, Vickie Hill, and Pat Gorman.

There will be a raffle for a stay at the Joshua Tree Rock House and the 29 Palms Inn and for work donated by local artists, a screening of a documentary by Michelle Mazzetti about Joshua Tree National Park and the dump, and a telescope set up for stargazing.

Tickets are sold at the door: both days for $35. Single day admission for $25 with a Friday discount for those 21 and under for $10 (with I.D.).

Check out my posts of February 28th and March 1st to read a two-part interview with Donna Charpied, an organizer of the event and along with her husband Larry, a key player in the fight against the proposed dump at Eagle Mountain.

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