$150 – $160

History and Legends of the Joshua Tree Music Scene Spring 2020

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Black Rock Nature Center

9800 Black Rock Canyon Rd

Yucca Valley, CA 92284

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Bruce Fessier first visited the Twentynine Palms Inn at one-month old in 1953 and his family has owned a house in Joshua Tree since 1958. He’s chronicled the Joshua Tree music scene since 1981, when he moved there in hopes of meeting the town’s most famous resident, the English troubadour, Donovan. In his class, Bruce will explore the music scene’s origins and share stories of how psychedelic experiences in the high desert not only shaped pop culture, but led to a vibrant scene including music festivals, famous recording sessions and a lounge named after Donovan’s 2004 LP, “Beat Café,” where an open mic night was heard internationally via Internet radio, inspiring a documentary of the influential but seemingly invisible Joshua Tree music scene titled “Nowhere Now.” In addition to the story-telling, Bruce will share a playlist of music recorded by integral participants in the Joshua Tree music scene and lead a caravan car tour of important sites, including the home of the Joshua Tree Music Festival, the hotel where Gram Parsons died and Donovan stayed, and a studio where the high desert sound was recorded.

Please download the course outline: History and Legends of the Joshua Tree Music Scene Spring 2020

Hike Level: Easy (Fitness Levels)

If you are a member of JTNPA you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Before registering, please take the time to review our General Class Information and download the Enrollment Attachments, that contain pertinent information about your class and Joshua Tree National Park. Camping reservations must be made through recreation.gov

Please print and fill out the PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT. You can bring the completed form to the class.

Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel, notify us at least seven days prior to the start of the course and we will process your request minus a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds, transfers, or credits will be granted if cancellation occurs within the seven day period. Please note that we cannot make any exceptions to this refund policy for any reason, including but not limited to medical reasons, illness, travel delays, personal situations, emergencies, or weather. This program depends on registration for its funding. While inconvenient, please understand that this policy enables us to sustain our programs even with last minute cancellations.

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