The Quema del Diablo two-day event is a recreation of the Guatemalan spiritual tradition of the releasing of evil spirits and bad vibes in the form of paper mache sculptures and figures. The weekend celebration will feature a host of bands, artists and other performers from places near and far. Headlining the event will be Boston’s Dead Poet Society along with featured acts Lujuria, Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal) with a special dj set, and Joshua Tree’s own Jesika Von Rabbit.
In addition to the music, there will be a collection of some of LA’s more progressive artists and sculptors Emmeric Konrad, Damon Robinson of Nomad, and Bad Otis Link, who has provided much of the festivals devil-inspired character. A pop-up art gallery will feature works for sale by the show’s participating artists along with a few surprises.
Event organizer Rolo Castillo thinks this is a great time to release your demons: “This event is a great way for people to release whatever bugged them this year by bringing paper-mache sculptures or other effigies that can be burned in the ceremony. For years we celebrated this event in Pomona and people would always comment after about how cathartic the experience was for them.”
Artist list Bad Otis Link
Tania Jazz Alverez
Rae Anne Robinett
Pablo Romero and more!
The event will also include fire performers IgNight Flow and will culminate in a large parade featuring amazing costumes and sculptures that will be part of Saturday night’s symbolic burning ceremony. Overnight camping is encouraged with limited space available for RVs.
Proceeds from the event will help redevelop the Joshua Tree Retreat Center Farm.
For more information on the event, please visit http://quemadeldiablo.com. Tickets are $20 each and available at http://quema.eventbrite.com