Award-Winning Artist Ryan Bingham Will Perform

Rimrock Ranch, founded in 1947, located 5 miles from historic Pioneertown, will host a Fundraiser for Mojave Desert Land Trust featuring Academy Award, Grammy Award, and Golden Globe winning musician, Ryan Bingham. Bingham will perform an acoustic set on the 11 acre property to a limited audience of 100 people on July 22, 2017.

Rimrock Ranch and MDLT hope to raise awareness among the community and fellow Californians that on April 26, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order instructing the Department of the Interior to review the designation of national monuments under the Antiquities Act. This action directly attacks two California desert national monuments designated in 2016: Sand to Snow and Mojave Trails.

In addition to the two monuments located within the Mojave Desert, the Department of the Interior are also reviewing 25 other land-based national monuments and 5 marine national moments. This period of review is to assess whether previously designated, protected lands should remain so — thus deciding whether they are instead open to private industry, mining of resources, or other development.

A minimum of 50% of the profit of the concert will go to MDLT and their efforts in protecting our national moments. Guests will enjoy dinner, drinks, a silent auction, and a night of music under the stars—fully able to appreciate the beauty of a summer desert night. Local Musicians will perform during dinner, and Austin McCutchen will open for Ryan Bingham.


The concert has Sold Out but interested parties can still donate to support Mojave Desert Land Trust and their Desert Defender Campaign against this executive order. Please visit to donate today.

Mojave Desert Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the Mojave Desert ecosystem and its scenic and cultural resource values through acquisition, land stewardship, education & outreach, and strategic partnerships.

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Gwen Barker and Eric Dean are midwest people (Gwen is Chicago, Eric is Detroit) that were transferred to the bay area (SF) for work in Advertising. Gwen was a commercial producer (agency side) and Eric is a former Creative Director. Both of their families have a history in farming and small towns, and they would vacation at their respective family farms growing up. Subsequently, they have always had a love of open spaces.

The couple decided to go for a quiet New Year’s Eve for the 2015/2016 new year and found Rimrock Ranch on Trip Advisor. “We drove down from Oakland in an old Ford Pickup (1967), so Jim (the former owner) immediately took a liking to us.” said Barker. “We joined him at Pappy’s and had a few beers and talked about life. We gathered he might be ready to move on…and then felt compelled to ask him to call us if he ever felt ready to sell the ranch.”

A week later, Jim emailed them. They quit their jobs, and closed on the property April 29, 2016. By April 30th they were cleaning cabins, and welcoming new clients. To keep up with their adventures in the desert, follow their blog: “Advertising Deserters”