Trans Van Santos

Cactus Folk

Band Info

Trans Van Santos

Cactus Folk

Band Website

Formerly head of rambling San Francisco psych-folk collective the Family Folk Explosion, psychedelic anti-band Os Beaches, and dusty desert rockers Camp Bravo—Matos has spent decades chasing his muse. Weary eyed and ragged on the old road he had a vision and was thus transfigured, reborn in life and song as Trans Van Santos. "Moon Mirage" tells the story of this life, all full of light and love and darkness and pain.

Sometime in late 2013 Matos disappeared into the desert near Joshua Tree, CA. By the time he staggered out of the Boulder House he had recorded this set of tunes inspired by the sun and sands of the New, Weird West. Produced by old friend and frequent collaborator Matt Adams of The Blank Tapes; mixed by fellow dreamer and musical maverick David Glasebrook; and featuring contributions from a cast of friends including the lovely Anna Jo, Matt Adams, and Pearl Charles—the sound is all dry dusty crooners and sun-baked ballads. Matos has taken on a new voice, and you can hear it as he echoes over the empty desert space like some ghostly Lee Hazelwood or Jim Sullivan. All the while, the backing band swings from laconic country-rock to haunted Twin Peaks vibrations to Crazy Horse rhythms and back again! Lyrically "Moon Mirage" tells the story of Matos' journey and recent transformation. From the dusty boulevards of his childhood in the San Joaquin, to the shifting sands of Tucson, and the cold clear waters of the San Francisco Bay—it’s all there.

Upcoming Shows

There is currently nothing scheduled. Would you like to see Trans Van Santos perform again? Contact Trans Van Santos and let them know.
Giant Rock Meeting Room

Pizza, Bar & Live Music

Joshua Tree, California

About
Giant Rock Meeting Room

We're a pizza shop and bar located in Flamingo Heights, just north of Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree. We have live music, cocktails, beer and special pop up events. We pride ourselves on being the local watering hole for so many lovely desert dwellers, but we also love seeing new faces. Even if you're just passing through for a quick bite we'll make you feel like a local. Stop in and say hi!

Music
The Next Show

Sister John Angela

Sister John Angela

Friday 04/26
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Country Blues Steel Guitar
Sister John Angela

Sister John Angela

Friday 04/26
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Country Blues Steel Guitar

Weekly & Pop Up Events

Karaoke, Open Mic & More

Karaoke

Every Wednesday
7:00PM-11:00PM

Yucca Valley / Joshua Tree

Locals Night

Every Thursday
7:00PM-11:00PM

Yucca Valley / Joshua Tree

25% off of EVERYTHING for locals!

Open Mic

Every Monday
7:00PM-11:00PM

Yucca Valley / Joshua Tree

Contact
Giant Rock Meeting Room

Pizza, Bar & Live Music

Address

Giant Rock Meeting Room
1141 Old Woman Springs Rd, Unit A
Yucca Valley, California 92284

 +1 (442) 272-1472

Business Hours

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • 12:00PM - 11:00PM
  • Closed
  • 12:00PM - 11:00PM
  • 12:00PM - 11:00PM
  • 12:00PM - 11:00PM
  • 12:00PM - 11:00PM
  • 11:00AM - 11:00PM