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It’s that time of the year again: Coachella and Stagecoach are here, and things are crazy before the season begins to wind down. Consider April to be last call before the summer heat comes.

I will be throwing my third NestEggg Food Bank Benefit Show, this time at the Coachella Valley Art Scene, at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 4. On the bill: John Robbins, The Rebel Noise, Alchemy and CIVX. There will also be a closing DJ set by Pedro Le Bass. The Rebel Noise and CIVX have recently had to reshape after changes to their lineups—but both bands are back and sound great. There will also be raffle items. Admission is $10, and all proceeds go to the NestEggg Food Bank. Coachella Valley Art Scene, 68571 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City;

The McCallum Theatre is concluding its season with a couple of great locally focused events. At 8 p.m., Saturday, April 11, the McCallum will host a special anniversary gala for the The Desert Symphony. The gala will be hosted by Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame. Tickets are $65 to $125. At 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, Jewish Family Service of the Desert will be presenting Michael Childers’ production of One Night Only, which features music from the ’60s. Tickets are $75 to $195. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert; 760-340-2787;

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino will host Marie Osmond at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 4. She performed with her brother Donny under the name “Donny and Marie”; that led to a variety show during the late ’70s. She’s recorded 35-plus albums and has appeared on Broadway. Tickets are $39 to $79. At 8 p.m., Saturday, April 25, Earth, Wind and Fire (first below) will be performing. One of those disco groups that defied “Death to Disco,” EW&F has been inducted into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame, earned eight Grammy awards and sold 90 million albums worldwide. Tickets are $49 to $79. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio; 760-342-5000;

The Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa only has one big music event scheduled in April, but it’s a good one: At 8 p.m., Saturday, April 4, it’ll be time to boogie with Kool and the Gang. Since 1964, the band has sold 70 million albums worldwide. Tickets are $45 to $65. The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995;

Spotlight 29 has a couple of events worth mentioning in April. At 8 p.m., Friday, April 3, you can enjoy a personal evening with Barbara Eden (above right), of I Dream of Jeannie fame. The actress has had an acting career for six decades—and she has a lot of stories to tell. Tickets are $25. At 8 p.m., Saturday, April 18, R&B singer Keith Sweat will be stopping by. With several hit singles in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Sweat became a household name. Tickets are $30 to $45. Spotlight 29 Casino, 46200 Harrison Place, Coachella; 760-775-5566;

Morongo Casino Resort Spa is the place to be in April. At 9 p.m., Friday, April 3, Lily Tomlin will be performing. She’s as busy as ever, with rumors of a possible 9 to 5 sequel and various television appearances. This is a great time to see her live. Tickets are $49 to $59. You’ll be happy to know Margaret Cho will be returning to the area at 9 p.m., Friday, April 24. The Korean comedienne includes anecdotes from her family and personal issues in her comedy. Just a warning: She can get raunchy. Tickets are $35 to $45. Morongo Casino Resort Spa, 49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; 800-252-4499;

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace looks ready to open the outdoor stage for the spring/summer season, so there are probably some great outdoor shows coming. At 7 p.m., Saturday, April 11, The Evangenitals will be returning to Pappy’s for a free show. If you missed them back in December, don’t miss them again. I can guarantee there will be plenty of laughs. At 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, Jenny Lewis will be performing in between Coachella performances. Tickets are $25. At 7 p.m., Thursday, April 16, Jamie xx from The xx will be performing. Tickets are $35 to $45. Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown; 760-365-5956;

The LED Day Club will be featuring performances during both weekends of Coachella at the Hilton Palm Springs. On Thursday, April 9, Chromeo will be doing a DJ set; on Friday, April 10, Panda Funk will be appearing; on Saturday, April 11, Odesza will be doing a DJ set; on Sunday, April 12, Flosstradamus will be appearing. On Thursday, April 16, CHVRCHES will be doing a DJ set; on Friday, April 17, Porter Robinson will be doing a DJ set; on Saturday, April 18, Skrillex and “friends” will be appearing (that guy has friends?); and on Sunday, April 19, DJ Snake will perform. A four-day pass to the event is $125 per weekend (which is really not bad); day passes vary. Hilton Palm Springs, 400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs;

The Hood Bar and Pizza has a couple of notable events taking place in April. At 6 p.m., Thursday, April 9, Fishbone will be performing at an outdoor show. The Pedestrians, which now features Machin’s David Macias on guitar, will be opening. Tickets are $25 pre-sale and $35 at the door. My suggestion: Get your tickets now! Remember McLovin from Superbad? Or “The Motherfucker” in Kick-Ass? Well, Christopher Mintz-Plasse will be bringing his band Bear on Fire (second below) to The Hood at 9 p.m., Saturday, April 18. Local bands Caxton and War Drum will also be on the bill, and admission is free. The Hood Bar and Pizza, 74360 Highway 111, Palm Desert; 760-636-5220;

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The Evangenitals are known for their funny name and their amusing songs. Now they’re known for their genius: The band’s Moby Dick; or, The Album is an amazing collection of songs based on Herman Melville’s 1851 classic.

See them bring the smarts and the funny when they stop by Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace on Friday, Dec. 26.

Juli Crockett Feldman has done a lot of different things in her 39 years. She’s been an amateur boxer and a theater director. She’s pursuing a doctorate in media and communications. She’s a wife and mother—and, oh yeah, she fronts the Evangenitals.

During a recent phone interview from Los Angeles, she talked about how the idea for the band was originally sort of a joke.

“Our very first show was Christmas night in 2003. It was our first open-mic appearance that we measure it from,” Crockett Feldman said. “It was at Mr. T’s Bowl in Highland Park, and it was sort of a joke. We did two Christmas carols and our song ‘Queequeg’ at the open-mic.”

Whose idea was all of this?

“(Vocalist/percussionist Lisa Dee) and I worked together … at a company in Silver Lake. It was an Internet-based company, and we spent a lot of time on computers. I did the marketing, and we were actually trying to come up with a name for a manufacturing wing for the company, and I was just being random and shooting out crazy words, and I came up with ‘Evangenitals.’ We were all cracking up and said, ‘That should be a band!’ So we actually bought the website and made a fake website for a band called the Evangenitals. Lisa had a background in opera, and I had a background in theater, and she was in a play that I wrote.”

Crockett Feldman said she found some notebooks in which she had written some silly songs while living with an ex-boyfriend in New York; they had the idea to craft a song and play it at the open-mic. They wound up forming an entire band for the show—and everyone in the crowd loved it.

“If anyone would have told us in the first six months that we sucked, I probably would have quit,” Crockett-Feldman said. “I was so scared and nervous. I wore big flannel shirts and a trucker hat, looked at the floor and played my guitar. We’d sing these totally dirty songs and songs about these random things. This guy saw us at the open-mic and asked if we wanted to play a real show at El Cid in Silver Lake. I said, ‘Sure, but I have to write more songs.’”

They began recording and put out We Are the Evangenitals in 2005. Through the years, they’ve had some well-known musicians in Los Angeles’ music scene come through the band, including a drummer for Dwight Yoakam. Crockett Feldman joked about the band’s lineup.

“The people who end up on Evangenitals records are completely random,” she said. “The joke here is that one in 10 people in Los Angeles have been in the Evangenitals. Lisa and I are the core, but we have this huge company of folks who keep it flexible, so the lineup is never really solid.”

Several Evangenitals songs are usually saved for the last set of the night, given their raunchy subject matter: “The Vagina Song” and “Fuck ’Em All,” for example. When it comes to their favorite subject about which to write, Crockett Feldman didn’t hesitate.

“We’re interested in sex,” Feldman Crockett said. “It’s funny that four out of five songs are a love song in some manner, and that’s true in most music—maybe nine out of 10. People literally laugh and cry at our shows.”

The new album Moby Dick; or, The Album has an amusing back-story. She credits that aforementioned ex-boyfriend in New York, who was taking a literature class.

“He’d come home and tell me these stories from Moby-Dick, and I generated my own version of Moby-Dick in my head based on someone else telling me the story of the book; I had never read it yet. I’ve always had a love affair with the idea of the book. We broke up, and I went off to school, but when I was getting my master’s in directing at CalArts, we had a project that we had to do at the end of the year, and I said I wanted to make a spoken-word opera about Moby-Dick. The school finally approved the project, and what very few of the people at the school know is that I still had never read Moby-Dick. So I read the book, and I loved it even more, and I wrote a play.”

The Evangenitals are no strangers to Pappy and Harriet’s. Crockett-Feldman explained why she loves the venue.

“Other than it’s just the greatest place on Earth and a musician’s dream … it is the perfect balance of a listening audience who is truly there to listen to music, and the good-time audience who is there to tie one on and dance,” she said about Pappy’s. “We’re in L.A. and we’ve been playing these shows at the Coffee Gallery here, and people are really listening and engaging in what you’re doing. But … you start to miss the bar atmosphere, where people are totally losing their mind, and (you miss) what you can get away with in that environment. Pappy’s is the perfect balance between those two things.”

The Evangenitals will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 26, at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Road, in Pioneertown. Admission is free. For more information, call 760-365-5956, or visit

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