Beloved Joshua Tree violinist/fiddler TIM KELLY died Sunday night in a terrible accident. We are in shock.

107.7 News:

“A Joshua Tree musician was killed Sunday evening when the bicycle he was riding was hit by a car. According to the California Highway Patrol, Tim Kelly, 58, was riding his bike northbound on Sunburst Avenue near Jericho Lane about 8:15 p.m. A 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, driven by Derek Burnham, 26, of Yucca Valley, was also traveling northbound on Sunburst at about 50 miles per hour when the car clipped the back of the bike, which did not have any lights on it. Kelly, who was not wearing a bicycle helmet, was thrown from the bicycle and despite CPR attempts by Burnham, died at the scene. Tim Kelly was often seen at the Joshua Tree farmer’s market playing his violin. Derek Burnham was arrested for several outstanding warrants for driving without a license and for no vehicle registration. Burnham was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail and released Monday morning.”

There will be a public memorial tomorrow (Wed) night at the Beatnik Lounge, startiing at 6pm. Info:

Here is a short film on Tim that Dan O’Dowd made in 2012.


About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in with Stephanie Smith.
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