In a dress made of cannabis, Julie Edwards of the band Deap Vally slammed hard on her drums as partner Lindsey Troy slashed at a guitar and howled beneath some tilted, slender palms in arid Mecca, Calif. In front of the indie rock duo was a crowd of dusty fans, gathered on cracked dirt and cement for the Desert Daze Festival.
The relaxed showcase of live music and art drew hundreds of attendees to three stages Saturday at Sunset Ranch — one more desert music event barely a week after the close of this year’s much larger Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio. Desert Daze unfolded the same day as the country-themed Stagecoach, but with a much different sound and flavor.
Visitors from Burbank to Boyle Heights and Costa Mesa set up camps beside a dry lake bed surrounded by trees. Others arrived in RVs, parked with kitschy pink flamingos and supplies next to the water.