Desert Rhythm Project
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Desert Rhythm Project

Joshua Tree, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Joshua Tree, CA
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Mason Earle's "Insiders guide to Joshua Tree""

Eddie Bauer climber Mason Earle Features Desert Rhythm Projects' "Twisted" and "Hold Me Now" in this "Insiders Guide to Joshua Tree" series. - Eddie Baer

"Live: Joshua Tree Music Festival"

The standout on Saturday was the Desert Rhythm Project, headed by Mikey Reyes on guitar and Bryanna Evaro on bass—who happened to strap a knife onto her calf. The Desert Rhythm Project shared a great funky, reggae, desert mishmash sound. - The CV Independent

"Joshua Tree Music Fest Proves to be a positive and "real" live music paradise in the desert"

Keeping things elevated, local favorites The Desert Rhythm Project kept the party going at full speed as they cruised into the terrains of rock, funk, soul and reggae. - Grimy Goods

"Acoustic Movement with Mikey Reyes and Bryanna Evaro"

hese two. Where do I even begin?! I first met Mikey and Bryanna last April at the F10 Block Party, I heard them play a live set, chatted for awhile and rocked a beautiful hand made flower headband made by Bryanna herself! They are the type of people that instantly make you feel comfortable and during my first few weeks in the desert that experience was something I will never forget. Their music and love for each other is untouchable, you can truly see the connection they have when they play not to mention how insanely good they are. The Acoustic Movement plays acoustic music with reggae and funk undertones, it's soulful and fun and their lyrics are not only beautiful but relatable. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for Mikey and Bryanna, I encourage you to join us for their performance tonight 3/19 at Birba from 7-930pm! You can check out some of their music here - Hold Me Now, Twisted and Our Place are some of my favorites!! More below!

Your Name - Mikey Reyes and Bryanna Evaro
Band Name - Acoustic Movement
Band Member Names - Mikey Reyes and Bryanna Evaro
Genre - Acoustic / Reggae / Roots / Soul / Funk

Where are you based out of?
Morongo Valley, CA

How did you get started?
Our musical journeys crossed paths around the same time we fell in love and since then we’ve continued to follow each others dreams through music.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your music?
The desert is probably our biggest inspiration, it’s what brought us together and what continues to keep us close. The life, love, pain, gain, loss -- but always found in the desert.

Do you have any loves other than music?
Our beautiful dogs!

What do you think about when you’re performing?
I hope I don’t break a string...

What else can we expect from you in the future?
We’re really excited to have been working on our own solo and duo EP’s together, what used to be ideas have been brought life, that is something to look out for mid-year! We also have a Hawaiian tour coming up in November. 2015 looks prosperous!

Who are you currently listening to?
Bry - Elizabeth Cotton
Mikey - Groundation

What is your secret food craving?

Is there anything else you want us to know?!
Check out our facebook for more performance dates!

instagram - The FWord

"Mikey Reyes' Acoustic Movement"

Mikey Reyes’ Acoustic Movement

The name Mikey Reyes is synonymous with local reggae music. His band Soul Opus has performed to capacity crowds in numerous venues throughout the Coachella Valley. Now Mikey has formed a more expansive project dubbed Mikey Reyes’ Acoustic Movement, a neo roots reggae approach to acoustic music. The base of the band is Mikey on vocals and guitar, his lovely romantic companion Bryanna Evaro on bass and vocals and the accomplished Pedro Cancino on drums and vocals. They perform on a monthly basis at Hamilton’s Sports Bar & Grill in La Quinta. You can usually catch them on the last or second to last Saturday of the month. Joining them from time to time are Giselle Woo, Bobby Nicholls and Bryanna’s sister Shavaughn Evaro.


According to Mikey’s aunt Chery, he was only an infant when the gift of music was identified in his DNA. He would smile and react positively when family members sang to him. This was expected as his great-grandfather wrote and published hymns in the early 1900’s and his grandfather performed in a mariachi band. Mikey is 26 years old now and looks back on his upbringing in a challenged area of Indio. “Being in Indio is a comfortable feeling; it will always be my home.” He grew up listening to a lot of Motown and Michael Jackson. He admits hijacking his sister’s guitar, which was a Christmas gift, at the age of ten. In his adolescent years he found himself participating in hip-hop and rapping with friends. In retrospect, Mikey feels that music was what delivered them from the perils of the streets. Mikey states, “That‘s what saved us. That was our outlet.” At 18 Mikey recorded his first song singing back-up vocals for a friend. In chronicling that experience you could recognize how he was captivated with music at an impressionable age. “I loved that feeling and I just chased it, I’m still chasing it.” And so the pursuit began.


Mikey’s first considerable encounter with reggae was with the band Sublime. “Sublime made the California reggae scene what it is today,” Mikey contends. Mikey recalls a question asked by a friend that was a turning point in his decision to pursue singing, “You’ve got a great voice, what are you rapping for?” The answer to this question was parlayed into him singing Bob Marley and Sublimes songs. Mikey then realized he could communicate with people’s souls through voice. “I always felt like I was a messenger. It wasn’t until I found my voice as a singer where I could actually reach people.” After this musical provocation he was in for more of a rude awakening. Sitting in a circle with friends a guitar is passed around so that each person can sing a song. Each friend sings their own song. Finally the guitar reaches Mikey and he plays a Bob Marley tune. In his hands again he plays a Sublime anthem. Finally a friend asked him to play one of his songs and he replied that he does not have his own songs. At the end of the evening Mikey was approached by his friend and was lauded for having such a great voice. He then brought Mikey back to earth by pointing out, “You ain’t shit unless you have your own songs. Write some songs!” This was the ass-kicking Mikey needed.


Soul Opus began in June of 2008 and is currently on an extended break. Soul Opus is illustrated as a “composition from the soul”. Soul Opus was a huge outlet for Mikey’s original material. He began to write about relationships and heartbreak. In Soul Opus Mikey found a musical brotherhood. Juan De Lara, on bass guitar, showed Mikey different types of reggae such as roots, contemporary, melodic and instrumental. Mikey describes how De Lara showed him how to remain steady and in ‘the pocket of the groove’. Jimmy Becerra, drums, and Matt Sanchez, guitar, were the first two members of Soul Opus. Soul Opus performed across California, Colorado and New Mexico while self exploring and seeking spiritual enlightenment. Locally they played practically every locale imaginable, including high schools and chamber of commerce events. Soul Opus’ incarnation is indefinite. In Mikey’s words, “Soul Opus is everyone.”


Although Soul Opus is not currently performing, the Mikey Reyes’ Acoustic Movement is not too far a departure from what Soul Opus does. Including other diverse musicians will only enhance reggae’s influence on the desert region. Mikey is happy and he exudes love when speaking with him. “I’m doing this because it makes me happy and makes other people happy. The more we choose to love on each other, the easier it gets.” I asked Mikey what his favorite Bob Marley quotes or lyrics are. This was his answer: “Trodding through creation in an irie meditation.” I then asked him what it means to him. “Walking in this world with a higher state of mind. Choosing to look towards beauty and being present.” Mikey has a pretty good grasp on the meaning of life for him. I believe that he will prosper and my son will ask a future reggae musician what his favorite Mikey Reyes quotes or lyrics are. I’ll leave you with a Mikey Reyes quote: “Give yourself a hug”.

Find more information on Mikey Reyes’ Acoustic Movement check him out on Facebook & Soudcloud - The Coachella Valley Weekly


Still working on that hot first release.



Desert Rhythm Project Is A Neo-Roots, Reggae, Funk, Soul Band From California's Mojave Desert. Fronted By Desert Natives Michael Reyes And Bryanna Evaro Who Have Created Their Own Unique Style Comprised Of Soulful Harmonies, Effortless Melodic Guitar Techniques, And Smooth Elemental Bass Rhythms. Michael Reyes' Dynamic Presence On Lead Vocal And Guitar Is Reminiscent Of The Soulful And Energetic James Brown Combined With The Appreciative Ethereal Consciousness Of Reggae Legend Bob Marley. Bryanna Evaro's Timeless Velvety Folk-Roots Presence On Bass Guitar And Vocals Lends Herself As The Crowning Essential Counterpart Of This Celebrated Divine Duo. Backed By The Energetic And Talented Drummer Tyler Saraca And David Macias On Lead Guitar This High Energy Reggae, Funk Band Is An Force To Be Reckoned With.
DRP Has Had The Pleasure Of Playing Reputable Music Festivals Such As The Joshua Tree Music Festival 2013-2016, Dabolition Derby, Mt. Baldy's Elevated Summer Solstice 2014, 2015. 1st Annual Mammoth Root Jam. Along With Opening The Stage For National Touring Acts Such As "EN Young", "Fortunate Youth", "The Expanders”,”Mike Love”, “The Expendables”, “Iyaterra”, “Tribal Theory”, "Giant Panda Gorilla Dub Squad". Reyes And Evaro Had The Honor Of Receiving The Prestigious Coachella Valley Music Award For "Best Duo” And “Best Reggae Band" In 2014, 2015 And 2016. Keep An Eye Out For This Gracefully Crafted Magnetic Band That Is Desert Rhythm Project.

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