About this Event
Brant Bjork has spent over a quarter-century at the epicenter of Californian desert rock. From cutting his
teeth alongside Fatso Jetson’s Mario Lalli in hardcore punkers De-Con to drumming and composing on
Kyuss’ landmark early albums, to propelling the seminal fuzz of Fu Manchu from 1994-2001 while
producing other bands, putting together offshoot projects like Ché, embarking on his solo career as a
singer, guitarist and bandleader, founding his own record label and more, his history is a winding
narrative of relentless, unflinching creativity.
For someone so outwardly laid back, he’s never really taken a break. And while Bjork has shown
different sides of himself on albums like his funk-laden 1999 solo debut, Jalamanta, the mellow Local
Angel (2004), 2007’s mostly-acoustic Tres Dias, and heavier rockers Somera Sól (2007), Gods &
Goddesses (2010) and the two most recent outings with The Low Desert Punk Band, he’s maintained a
natural representation of himself in his material, whether that’s coming across in the Thin Lizzy-isms of
the faux-full-band 2002 release Brant Bjork and the Operators (actually just Bjork playing mostly by
himself) or the weedy, in-the-jam-room spirit of “Dave’s War” from Tao of the Devil. When you’re
listening to Brant Bjork, you know it, because there’s no one else who sounds quite like him.
That fact and years of hard touring have positioned Brant Bjork as an ambassador for the Southern
California desert and the musical movement birthed there in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. As
underground interest has surged in recent years, Bjork has been a pivotal figurehead, realigning with his
former Kyuss bandmate John Garcia to drum and write in Kyuss Lives!/Vista Chino, celebrating and
building on that legacy while giving a new generation of fans the chance to see it happen in real-time.
Having told his story in films like Kate McCabe’s Sabbia (2006) and the documentaries Such Hawks Such
Hounds (2008) and Lo Sound Desert (2015), he’s represented desert rock at home and abroad with no
less honesty than that which he poured into the music helping to create it. The same impulse led to the
founding of his Desert Generator festival which transformed into Stoned and Dusted, an annual festival
held in Pioneertown, CA, with an international reach capturing the intimacy and timeless aura of the
desert culture in a secret desert location, and an evolution that looks to continue into the foreseeable
Bjork’s work, with any project, has always had a rebellious sensibility. He’s always walked his own path. But more, his career through Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Ché, Vista Chino, and his crucial solo work has been about freedom through rock and roll, attained by the truest representation of the person and the place as art. This, along with a whole lot of groove, is what has helped Brant Bjork define desert rock as a
worldwide phenomenon, and whatever comes next, it is what will continue to make him its most
Hippie Death Cult has proven to be one of the more exciting hard rock bands to surface
in recent years, They have earned a stellar reputation both for live performance and recorded material from fans and critics alike.
The Portland, Oregon based quartet consists
of members - Eddie Brnabic, Ben Jackson, Ryan Moore and Laura Phillips. Shades of Black Sabbath, The Alice Cooper Band,
Blizzard Of Ozz, Megadeth, and Soundgarden among others can be traced through their
music. At their core they are true to these roots while being driven to push new ideas.
The vibe is both timeless and immediately fresh.
Spirit Mother is a heavy rock band with their sound anthologized through a folk-informed and classical lens. Their dynamic and imposing wall of sound, coupled with a driving backbeat, grips through atmospheric strings and haunting vocals.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
The Usual Place, 100 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, United States