Desert Generator


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“Setting the scene for Desert Generator…11:30am showed up to Pappy and Harriets, walked onto the lot and there was already over 100 vans there.  People barbecuing, DJ playing Judas Priest on loud P.A. speaker, 60s and 70s vans all in line.  The smell of pot, tobacco, with the sounds of cans opening was looking like this is the worlds greatest parking lot party, but in the Desert!”  – Riding Easy Records blog

“The first ever edition of Desert Generator took over Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown, California, earlier this month, bringing some major vibes to the already vibe-heavy desert outpost.”Frank 151

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Dig this. Brant Bjork breaks it all down in an interview with  The Obelisk.

‘Speaking by phone from his home in L.A., Bjork explains that while Desert Generator is definitely meant to be “a nod of the hat to the scene that I was a part of,” the one-day festival will also “stand alone as its own thing. It will represent what rock culture in Southern California is today, and we’re really excited about that.”‘LA Weekly

“PLAN A: Desert Genertor Festival: Who’s up for a road trip? Take a trek out to the desert if you want to catch a roundup of great psych, metal and stoner rock bands who capture the desert vibes with maximum volume.San Diego CityBeat

“Desert Generator Festival will feature a custom van show and performances by stoner rock outfits Red Fang, Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band, Acid King, Golden Void and Ecstatic Vision. There will be stalls for vintage clothing, vinyl records, handmade goods vendors, along with a billing of special guest DJ sets.” OC Weekly

“50 AMAZING THINGS HAPPENING IN LA THIS APRIL:  As a throwback to the gasoline generator-fueled desert parties in the early ’90s, Pappy & Harriet’s is hosting a drive-in campout to celebrate today’s desert music scene. Brant Bjork, co-founder of seminal stoner rock band Kyuss, is bringing his Low Desert Punk Band to complement a lineup that includes Red Fang, Acid King, Golden Void and Ecstatic Vision.” TimeOut Los Angeles

“An amalgam of psychedelia, blues, alternative rock, heavy metal and hardcore punk, this golden era will be celebrated at a one-day concert at Pappy + Harriet’s Pioneertown Saloon in Yucca Valley” – Travel Mag from National Geographic Traveler

“Desert rock live: It seems weird to write this, but, there have been a lot of movies lately about the underground desert rock scene of the 1980s and ’90s. Now you have an opportunity to hear the music in person in a much more inviting setting than the Nude Bowl or some tumbleweeds arcade in the middle of nowhere.” – The Desert Sun

“What do you get when you combine custom vans, psychedelic rock ’n’ roll and desert scenery? A kick-ass music festival, of course. Desert-rock icon Brant Bjork and Rolling Heavy magazine have teamed up to produce “Desert Generator,” an event featuring all of that stuff on Saturday, April 9, at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace.”CV Independent

“A throwback to the notorious desert generator parties of Bjork’s Palm Desert youth, the festival promises to be a rocking good time with the formidable stoner rock lineup of Red Fang, Acid King, Golden Void, Ecstatic Vision, and Brant Bjork and his band. CONCERT GUIDE LIVE caught up with Bjork to talk about the festival, custom vans, and what the hell desert rock actually means.”ConcertGuideLive

A heavy, psychedelic, rock n’ roll adventure will be taking place at the Desert Generator Festival at Pappy’s and Harriet’s on April 9, just as the sun sets on the desert. The event kicks off with the Rolling Heavy Van Show during the day featuring 1960s and 1970s custom vans with a trophy and prizes for each class, bringing back memories of the campouts of the historic custom van craze from decades past.”

Big thanks to Austin Griswold with Secret Service Publicity and Don Sticksel.

Jason Cruz from Southern California made our badass poster.

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Saturday, April 9th, 2016. Rolling Heavy Magazine, Allnight Allnight, and Brant Bjork bring you DESERT GENERATOR, a heavy, psychedelic, rock & roll happening. We are inspired by the legendary generator parties (from which Brant’s band Kyuss originated) and the 1970’s “van-ins”. We got five rad bands and a custom van show – a full day of laid back fun. It all takes place @ Pappy & Harriet’s, a wild west ghost town & dusty, desert cantina in the birthplace of desert rock.

The ROLLING HEAVY VAN SHOW starts at high noon and will feature 1960s & 1970s custom vans, vendors, DJS and more (see next FAQ). 

The DESERT GENERATOR concert will start as the sun begins to set on the desert. All bands will perform on the outside stage at Pappy + Harriet’s Pioneertown Saloon near Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California.

Red Fang

Brant Bjork and The Low Desert Punk Band

Acid King

Golden Void

Ecstatic Vision


DESERT GENERATOR TICKET IS REQUIRED for Concert @ Pappy & Harriet’s.

Event is All Ages.

Made in the USA!

Saturday, April 9th, 2016, 12 Noon to 4:00 PM.

Rolling Heavy Magazine presents the “Rolling Heavy Custom Van Show”. This is a non-­ticketed, free event taking place in the fenced-­in lot between Pappy & Harriet’s and Pioneertown.

The Custom Van Show will feature a trophy and prizes for the winner of each class.

Classes are Overall:

  • Best 1st Gen
  • Best 2nd Gen
  • Best 3rd Gen
  • Best Paint
  • Best Interior
  • Riding Easy Records Van Jams Contest!  The badasses from Riding Easy Records are judging the competition and making the prize pack for the winner of the Riding Easy Van Jams contest! Overall winner will be picked based on a combination of three factors – best song selection, best sounding stereo and best hang in the van.
  • There will also be an award for Best Van Club Participation, so rally your brothers & sisters and come in full force.

Sorry, no conversion vans or mini vans. The van cut off year for the show is 1996.

There will be Special Guest DJs playing classic rock and classic metal plus shopping for van parts & goodies, vinyl records, vintage clothing & handmade goods vendors and awesome brands including MIDNIGHT RIDER and more to be announced! Just a Van Damn Good Time!!!

Small print… No charge to show your van. Show hours are 12 NOON to 4:00 PM so arrive no earlier than 8:30 AM but no later than 10:30 AM the day of the show to get your rig parked and ready to show. If you want to park together, arrive together. No in­-and-­outs, no leaving early, no one in after 11:30 AM. Must have auto insurance, there will be a waiver when you arrive. All vans must exit the van show area and re-park after the event ends @ 4:00 PM. Each van owner is responsible for themselves and their van. Please respect each other as you’d have them respect you.

April is high time for tourism in Joshua Tree. This park is very popular and you should reserve your accommodations as soon as you are done buying a ticket to the fest.

WE SEARCHED and SEARCHED! Here are some near by lodging and camping options we found on the internet.  Please contact them individually for reservations any and all questions you may have.

The nearby Pioneertown Corrals are booked.

Camping in Joshua Tree National Park is booked.

Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground has availability and is not too, too far away (21 miles). All of their tent sites are “first come, first served” and once the sites with fire barrels and tables are taken, it is only open camping.  Tent sites are $10/person. They have restrooms and showers available to all of their campers.  $20 for up to two people to sleep in your RV (Rad Van?!?) “without hook-up.” RV campers can make reservations through their website at

Yucca Valley, CA is only five (5) miles away and has multiple, affordable, available motel accommodations. Try these:

Travelodge Inn Yucca Valley.

Super 8 Yucca Valley.

Best Western Joshua Tree Hotel & Suites.

Oasis of Eden Inn. Check out the really crazy/awesome theme rooms -all with hot tubs.

There are still lot’s of good options at AirBnB, VRBO and Homeaway. There are super cool desert hangs that are nearby and driveable. Start your search in Pioneertown, Yucca Valley and Landers, CA.

If you’re lucky, you’ll find a place to stay on

Kate’s Lazy Desert in Landers, CA has a collection of fun and funky-themed Airstream trailers.

Joshua Desert Retreats has a good selection of tastefully appointed desert rentals a little further from Pappy’s in the town of Joshua Tree.

The Joshua Tree Inn is pretty well booked.

The Pioneertown Motel is booked. Come back and stay another time because they are on a mission of tasteful cool and it’s getting better every day.

Desert Hot Springs, CA is a bit further out (23 miles from P&H), a bit pricier, but hotels there have hot springs fed pools and hot tubs. Try these:

Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel. Mid century resort with three night minimum.

El Morocco Inn & Spa. Moroccan retreat style.

The Sandpiper.

Good luck!

First and Always – THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. We are excited to share this festival with you, but want to set some expectations about respecting property, people, litter and keeping the desert clean. This is our first year at Pappy & Harriet’s and we hope to be invited back so we can all enjoy the radness for years to come. While we hate “rules” we simply ask you to please treat the desert and the grounds, buildings, bar, furniture and other patrons with respect. Here are some expectations…

 The fire danger is HIGH. All of the old buildings you see in Pioneertown are made from century-old wood. And while the desert may look sparse, there is shrubbery and the brush will light up. That means you should put your cigarettes out completely and dispose of them in trash cans or ash trays.

Be mindful of how you treat this beautiful, desert landscape. Don’t drop or litter any trash on the ground because someone else will have to chase it down and pick it up. It’s generally windy in the desert and any trash you drop will blow away and become litter for years and years in the wild. We intend to leave this place as we found it and we need everyone to do their part.

This is an all ages event. There will be children present, please don’t be a drunken idiot. Please don’t be one even if there aren’t children present. Many think from our Instagram, etc. that vanners are major party animals, but we actually prefer a “Take it Easy” approach to partying. This is not a rager, it’s a laid back desert hang with rad rock bands and cool friends.

We will all be having fun but Pioneertown has neighbors so please keep it respectful and please don’t yell, burn out on your motorcycle or do anything lame. We want to have a good time for a long time.

Only well behaved pets allowed in the Rolling Heavy Van Show. No Pets allowed inside Pappy + Harriet’s.

Most of this is common sense so not tryin’ to sound like a bummer. Looking forward to seeing you all and having a blast together!

Pappy + Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace is a full service restaurant and bar with the best staff, best barbecue and the best chili you’re likely to taste anywhere. They have full bar, good beer selection, outdoor BBQ pit, and indoor & outdoor seating. This dusty desert roadhouse is your one stop shop for amazing and, lucky for you, the bands are playing here too.

More About P&H…

Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace is set in a wild west ghost town near Joshua Tree National Park in Pioneertown, California. In 1946, at the site where Pappy & Harriet’s stands today, filmmakers built a cantina set that was used in numerous Westerns during the 1950s. In 1972 the building was purchased opened as The Cantina, an outlaw biker burrito bar. The Cantina rollicked for 10 years before its closing. In 1982 Harriet and her husband, Claude “Pappy” Allen, bought The Cantina and renamed it Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. With its family style Tex-Mex cuisine and live music, the cantina became a local haunt for bikers as well as people from all walks of life. Rich in history and atmosphere, Pappy and Harriet’s is now owned by Robyn Celia and Linda Krantz. Billboard Magazine named Pappy & Harriet’s one of the “Top Ten Hidden Gems” in 2012 and the venue continues to attract music fans from nearby markets Los Angeles (2.5 hours drive) and San Diego (2.5 hours drive) as well as tourists, artists & musicians from all over the world.

Thanks for your interest in volunteering, but we are all filled up and volunteer applications are no longer being accepted. See you in the desert!


Thanks for your interest, but we are all filled up and vendor applications are no longer being accepted. See you in the desert!


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