Pioneertown, June 2008 - Manimal Festival

Pappy and Harriet's hosted the 1st Annual Manimal Festival on June 7th.  Indian chiefs from all over the high desert came.

Sound Stage at Pioneertown, located a few miles outside Yucca Valley near Joshua Tree National Park, originally built as a movie set for Western movies.  The movie set was to provide a place for the actors to live, and have their homes used as part of a movie set.


What would Roy Rogers have made of people converting this facade into a home?

Mariee Sioux sings songs at the saloon.

Xu Xu Fang's ju ju dance.

The Fang.  See more photos of Xu Xu Fang at The Echo (August 2009) here.

Photographing the Fang in the beauty of the desert sunset.

Winter Flowers with the hovering desert moon.

Winter Flowers and the ever-present desert moon over the shoulder of guitarist / vocalist / mandolin player Christof Certik.

Ryan Heffington's We are the World dance ensemble, an odd guerilla dance troupe with elaborate costume changes and pulsing electro music with vocals.

We Are the World at Pappy and Harriet's in the high desert, near Joshua Tree.

Ryan Heffington designs and makes his own costumes, some evoking an ethereal quasi-Middle Eastern flair.  The dance ensemble had the audience stopped dead in their tracks, gawking at every move, having a subversive quality that I can't quite identify.

Pioneertown June 2008 Manimal Festival

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Photos of Pioneertown:
Joshua Tree 2001
Leonid Meteor Shower 2001
Pioneertown-knee deep in desert snow!
Pioneertown 2005-Daniel Lanois, Victoria Williams, The Donnas
Pioneertown 2006-Gram Rabbit, Ralph Stanley, Cholla Cactus Garden
Pioneertown 2007 Clean Air, Clear Stars Festival with Gram Rabbit and Winter Flowers
Pioneertown 2008 Manimal Festival with Xu Xu Fang and Winter Flowers
Joshua Tree 2009 Falling Planes, Joshua Trees, Wonder Valley
Pioneertown and Joshua Tree 2010 Desert Willow & Gram Rabbit, April


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