Family-friendly Joshua Tree Music Festival announces 2015 lineup, reinvents self

Something that committed festival goers commonly lament is time away from the family. While immersed in loud live music, heaving crowds and a surfeit of contraband, who doesn't miss their children? Joshua Tree Music Festival is aware of the predicament, and endeavors to put it right. Returning May 14-17, 2015, the JTMF "Family-Friendly Global Music Experience" Spring Festival has a whole new vibe.

Joshua Tree veterans needn't worry. Everything you love about this particular fest is still firmly, habitually, in place. This year, though, there is a concentrated effort, and indeed expanded amenities and schedule of events, to embrace attendees of all ages. For starters, kids 11-16 may purchase a half-price festival pass, and all 10 and under are free. The KIDSVILLE Family Camp boasts quieter environs, where people may retreat if at all interested in a reasonable nights sleep. They may even get it. Then, there are a ton of family activities, which you just aren't going to find at Burning Man, nor should you. Painting, puppet making, kids yoga, didjeridu workshops; okay, Burning Man likely has these last, but as the didjeridu is a wind instrument, you want to be careful who you follow.

The Joshua Tree Music Festival also boasts a most family-friendly lineup of musicians and entertainers. Your kids may not know, or appropriately appreciate any of the artists, but you will, you will wholly enjoy yourself, and that way, everyone wins. Really, if you have the sort of kids who like to tune out the rigors of the harsh, work-a-day world and just dance for hours on end, absolutely bring 'em along.

The Polish Ambassador is headlining the Spring dates. Dubbed the "funky diplomat", his rhythmic style of will bring peace and harmony to even the most nuclear of families. Brazilian sensation Bossacucanova picks up the grove from there, delivering music that is "irresistably danceable." If this doesn't necessarily suit, on the extreme other end of the spectrum, rebel rockers The Last Internationale will, at the very least, help you forget how many people brought their kids to what you assumed was an unhinged public music festival.