Urban Desert Cabaret


Urban Desert Cabaret is the musical project of Joe City Garcia. It is a space and a dream, a dynamic event or a band name… the place where Joe City creates and plays music that breaths the Southwest from his own unique experience and songwriter’s perch.

From his youth in Northern New Mexico, and throughout a stretch of time in L.A. and the California desert, Joe has been playing everything from Tex-Mex folk to garage-phychedelia to punk rock.

In Hollywood he formed bands, Joe City & the Nightcrawlers, The Crawlers, and also collaborated with Ted Quinn in the meteoric Dream Army at the legendary underground club, The Gaslight. From there, with Ted and a few other pilgrims, he became part of an earlier Joshua Tree, California music and art scene that revolved around Fred Drake’s groundbreaking Rancho de la Luna Recording Studio (recently featured in the Foo Fighters Sonic Highways HBO series).

In those early Joshua Tree years he was introduced to Los Angeles author/journalist/poet, Rubén Martínez, who invited him to co-write and record some music for a theatrical performance art piece called

“Border Ballad.” With this and other works based on Rubén’s writing, they performed for a few years in New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C, Los Angeles, Northern California, and other places in-between.