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02 Oct 2019
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If the current state of political affairs is not enough of a horror show for you, head to the Tack Room Tavern in Indio on Saturday, Oct. 26, for the eighth annual Indio TerrorFest. It promises to be wild, ghoulish, terrifying and spectacular. During a recent interview, event organizer Paul Zepeda explained that this year’s theme is classic monsters. Think Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, The Mummy, Wolf-Man, etc. The stages/event areas are appropriately named, including Dr. Frankenstein’s Lab, Phantom of Tavern, Monster Squad and the Area 51 Lounge—with the latter, a photo-booth area, named after the Facebook joke event aiming to raid Area 51. If you leave home without having dinner, fear not: The Tack Room kitchen will be open all night. Additionally, TerrorFest will offer three dance floors: one inside the Tack Room, one by Polo Pizza, and the third outside, with offerings ranging from classic rock, dance music and…
26 Sep 2019
According to the Los Angeles Times, L.A is the cultural center of the universe. As a result, the Coachella Valley, being two hours away (plus or minus, depending on how fast you drive), naturally experiences some trickle-down cool; if a star explodes in L.A., we are going to experience some of the blast. Whether or not you agree with the Times … we can all agree there is much fun to be had this October across the Coachella Valley. Fantasy Springs is offering a unique comedy event that you won’t want to miss. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short will bring their “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t” tour to Indio for an evening of laughs and stories, with special guests Paul Shaffer, Della Mae and Alison Brown. Unbeknownst to many, Steve Martin is an accomplished banjo player, winning a Grammy in 2010…
17 Sep 2019
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Louis Fonsi is best known for his smash hit “Despacito,” which as of now has been viewed 6.4 billion times on YouTube. Yes, that’s correct: 6.4 billion, with a “b.” It’s sure to be one of the songs he performs during his show at Fantasy Springs this Friday, Sept. 20. Despite this amazing success, during a recent phone interview, Fonsi came off as humble and grateful, crediting his collaborator on the song, Daddy Yankee, as well as Justin Bieber, who is featured on a popular remix of the song. As of this writing, that version “only” has 648 million-plus YouTube views. Of course, the Puerto Rico native is known for much more than “Despacito.” In fact, he said some of his fans aren’t quite sure what to make of the song and the direction of his new album, Vida. “Oh, they miss the more romantic songs on my past albums,…
15 Sep 2019
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When was the last time you listened to a song by Booker T. and the M.G.’s? Thanks to infectious piano grooves, flowing bass lines and plucky guitar riffs that just make you want to boogie, Booker T. dominated the ’60s with his group’s instrumental soul jazz. Now 50 years later, it’s worth getting to know the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, a group that’s developing its own modern brand of soul jazz—and making it funky. The group will be performing at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace this Thursday, Sept. 19. The trio’s first album, Close but No Cigar, was released in 2016 and reissued in 2018. Live at KEXP! was also released in 2018. While the DLO3’s drummer slot has been in a state of flux, every song released by the DLO3 features Delvon Lamarr’s lightning fingers on the organ and fast feet on the bass-organ pedal, and Jimmy James shredding…
12 Sep 2019
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In July 2018, the Cranston Fire devastated the town of Idyllwild, burning more than 13,000 acres—and those fires were followed by downpours and that destroyed roads and created sinkholes. Despite the chaos, Idyllwild is still standing. “They went through a really rough time—the fires, the floods—and they’re barely recovering,” said Chris Leyva, organizer of the Idyllfest Music, Art and Craft Beer Festival, taking place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 and 13. The goal of the festival is to “bring back commerce, music and inspiration from the surrounding music community, with Idyllwild bridging the gap (between) Los Angeles, Palm Springs and San Diego.” Leyva, a musician himself, talked to me as he was finishing a tour with his band, Falling Doves. “I offered to help out by planning a festival and inviting some of the bands I’ve booked and toured with,” Leyva said. “They’re all in different markets, from here all…
10 Sep 2019
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The Coachella Valley is full of musicians pushing their limits and creating heavy rock soundtracks that would make even Kyuss proud—but it’s always a treat to come across a band creating a completely different desert-influenced sound. This brings us to the self-described “desert jangle” of Plastic Ruby. “It’s really the only thing I can use to describe our sound,” said John Marek, the vocalist, guitarist and leader of Plastic Ruby. “If you’ve ever heard of jangle pop, it’s like that, and we also have some desert influences in our music. We associate our psychedelic sound with the desert. Most of our sound is poppy-’60s influenced.” The music created by Marek and co. is extremely pleasing, with each song from the band’s self-titled EP—as well as the two recent singles, “Beach Day” and “Just the Type”—featuring dance-y and groovy guitar lines backed by dreamy basslines and synth ambiance; Marek’s extremely distinguishable…
29 Aug 2019
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Summer is finally beginning to wind down—and that means some venues are waking up after summer hibernations. Here are some of the most noteworthy events happening in our warm and sandy home. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino is hosting a lot of fantastic events in September. At 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 1, the “Something Great From 68’” tour will land at the Indio casino, bringing Brian Wilson and The Zombies to play music from their 1968 works: Wilson, the songwriting genius from the Beach Boys, will play from the albums Friends and Surf’s Up, in addition to “all the hits,” while The Zombies—recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees—will play the album Odessey and Oracle. Check out an interview with Colin Blunstone from The Zombies here. Tickets are $49 to $89. At 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13, Bryan Adams will stop in to perform his pop-rock hits such as “Summer…
19 Aug 2019
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Niki Haris’ career is like looking through a kaleidoscope: It’s full of changes, turns and beautiful colors. She is best known as one of Madonna’s choreographers and backup singers, a job she had from 1987 to 2001. If you've ever seen Madonna’s 1991 groundbreaking documentary Truth or Dare, you’ve seen Niki Haris. She has also lent her talents to Kylie Minogue, Prince, Whitney Houston and Ray Charles, performing in some of largest venues and arenas in the world, including Wimbledon, the Staples Center, Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center. But after years of such a fast-paced lifestyle, Haris is ready to be more intimate with her audiences. She is enjoying smaller venues during her solo tour, which will bring her to the Purple Room—reopening Tuesday, Aug. 27, following its summer hiatus—on Saturday, Sept. 28. During a recent interview, Haris said being a single mother of a teenage daughter has changed…