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23 Nov 2020
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At a show I watched fairly recently (back when live music shows were still a thing), I witnessed a display of flashiness and soul unlike anything I had ever seen. The singer had immaculate pitch—and she created one of the most unique and pleasurable concert experiences I’ve ever experienced. I got to meet the artist after the show, and her name was Keisha D—this year’s choice, by readers of the Independent, as the Best Local Musician. I spoke to “Keisha D” Mimms over the phone recently—and had the pleasure of telling her about her win. “Oh my goodness. That was worth waking up and taking a shower for!” Mimms said. “We’ve had COVID going on, and most people know I’ve been quite ill. Just to be thought of, and not forgotten, after trying to give something to them that they would enjoy—that just means a lot.” Throughout her career, Mimms…
23 Nov 2020
The original Palm Springs Animal Shelter was built in 1961—and it was, according to the nonprofit organization’s website, “woefully inadequate in meeting the needs of the current animal population of Palm Springs.” But that would eventually change. As the website says: “In 2009, the city of Palm Springs allocated $5 million in a capital improvement bond, and the process of designing a shelter that would stand as a model for Southern California began.” In November 2012, the Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter assumed operations of it from the city. Eight years later, the readers of the Independent have again selected the Palm Springs Animal Shelter as the Best Local Activist/Advocacy Group/Charity, and the shelter’s major fundraising event—the Faux Fur Ball—as the Best Annual Charity Event. “You know, I think one of the reasons that people might have voted for us this year is because of how we’ve been…
23 Nov 2020
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The Gand Band has been a frequent performer in the Coachella Valley for years—during which the band has often kept the party going all night long. The group, known for its unique and talented takes on 1960s cover songs, has been selected by Independent readers as this year’s Best Local Band. I recently spoke with Gary and Joan Gand via Zoom about the honor. “I think it is so exciting,” Joan said. “I mean, it has been many years since we have been playing, and we see these contests come and go by, and we always kind of felt like maybe someday, we’ll be in one of these things. It is really welcome to get something like this to happen this year, especially since it is such a tough year for live music and for our band.” Added Gary: “Yeah, it is really a thrill, because we have been at…

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