Photos by: Sandra Goodin. From Top to bottom – Outstanding Folk/Americana Nominees Tumbleweed Time Machine, Outstanding Rock Group Honorees Flames of Durga, Glen Harris for Local Love Honoree Joshua Tree No-Kill Shelter, Outstanding World Music Artist Honoree Kennedy Varrett,
Performances through the night by Art Podell (original member of the New Christy Minstrels), nominee Amritakripa with friends, nominee Rosa Pullman with members of Honorees, Los Poncho Tones, nominee Daytime Moon, Honorees, Shadow Mountain Band, Voice of Joshua Tree recipient Victoria Williams (and friends), Q.Varo (featuring Female Vocalist Nominee Gabriella Evaro), Sean Wheeler with Fatso Jetson backing him, Karma Dealers (nominees for Outstanding Song), Joe Garcia and Ted Quinn accompanying a video memorial tribute with their original song, “Fly On”, Honoree Jesika von Rabbit, Honoree Nigel Roman, Nominee Brad Byrd, and Nominee Mikey Reyes and The Feeling. What could arguably be considered the highlight of the evening was the impromptu and stirring performance by Outstanding Legacy Honoree, Harriet Le Fevre, who performed beautifully on a borrowed guitar (thank you, Nigel Roman) for the first time in decades. The room was spellbound until it erupted into a standing ovation.
In addition to individual and group musical artists, the Nominees list recognized three each of a local 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional artist, photographers and videographers, galleries, theater and theater performers, and individuals and organizations who have worked toward maintaining and preserving the local desert landscape, wildlife, and parks, and/or have contributed to the culture and community.
The Joshua given to Honorees was designed by local artist and sculptor, Ron Therrio, a self-taught artist and sculptor who “worked for over 25 years sculpting conceptual models for the footwear industry” while also working on architectural projects for the Getty Villa, the Taggart House, and more, before he transitioned to fine art. Each Joshua is handmade by Therrio and contains sand from Joshua Tree.
Following The Joshuas, guests flowed into the Lotus courtyard and gardens, where more refreshments and an abundance of Mexican food from Casuelas Café was served. The party was capped off with music by DJ Alkimmey, and a performance of fire eating, fire fan, and fire breathing by Cat LaCohie of Fire and Flight.