Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

53688 Pioneertown Rd.
Pioneertown, CA 92268
A cowboy bar in a former false-front movie-set town near Joshua Tree has become the real thing, just by looking the part. The ersatz town was financed and constructed in 1946 by the likes of Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and its namesake, the Sons of the Pioneers, and used as a set for numerous Westerns. In 1982, the original owners, Harriet and Claude "Pappy" Allen, converted the set's working cantina into a live-music bar called Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace, although other owners eventually took over after Pappy's death in 1994. The club books a stellar array of roots, country, indie and alt-rockers who love to make the drive across the Mojave Desert just to perform in Pappy & Harriet's unique ghost-town-style location, which is just north of Yucca Valley in San Bernardino County. Musicians gather on the small stage indoors in the bar and restaurant, but bigger names occasionally appear outside the club for larger gatherings. Over the years, the club has hosted such performers as Wanda Jackson, Paul McCartney, Vampire Weekend, Leon Russell, Victoria Williams, Fred & Toody, Dum Dum Girls, Spindrift, Camper Van Beethoven and Sara Petite, among many others.

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