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02 Nov 2016
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The profile of the Desert Winds Freedom Band, Palm Springs’ gay and gay-friendly concert band, has grown in recent years—and over Greater Palm Springs Pride, the 16-year-old group will be hosting musicians from around the world. Hear the Desert Winds Freedom Band and friends—a whopping two 150-member concert bands, with an honors jazz band to boot—on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Palm Springs High School Auditorium. Dean McDowell, the director of the Desert Winds Freedom Band, explained the group’s history during a recent phone interview. “The Desert Winds Freedom Band was founded by Gary Moline, who is still on our board, back in 2001,” McDowell said. “He came from San Francisco, where the first gay and lesbian band was founded, and he was involved in that back with Harvey Milk and the gay-rights movement. “When he came here … he decided it was time that Palm Springs had (an LGBT…
02 Nov 2016
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The holiday season is approaching, as are cooler temperatures—and hotter events, now that season is back in swing. The McCallum Theatre has a busy schedule in November, with a number of great events to consider. At 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, you’ll be singing “Urgent,” because Foreigner will be performing. Foreigner is one of the world’s best well-known rock bands, with 16 Top 30 hits, 75 million records sold and great songs such as “Dirty White Boy,” “Feels Like the First Time” and many others to its credit. Tickets, if there are any left by the time you read this, are $47 to $97. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, bossa nova and jazz great Herb Alpert will take the stage alongside his wife, Lani Hall. Herb Alpert has made some great records in his long career, and many of them are now Latin and American music staples; Alpert is…
01 Nov 2016
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They call it “Queercore”—punk-rock music that takes on the issues of the LGBT community. One of the best-known Queercore bands is Pansy Division—and on Sunday, Nov. 6, the band will play in downtown Palm Springs as part of Greater Palm Springs Pride. After Pansy Division formed in San Francisco in 1991, the band was incorrectly billed as the first gay punk band. In reality, Queercore has been around since the early ’80s and included bands such as The Dicks, Fifth Column, Big Man, and The Apostles. During a recent phone interview, frontman Chris Freeman mentioned an encounter with another Queercore band that would eventually become an Alternative Tentacles labelmate. “I was working at Wells Fargo when we had just started playing our first shows,” Freeman said. “I’d get packages from this girl who would come in; I thought this chick just rocked. I didn’t know who she was, but she…
31 Oct 2016
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When Ozomatli formed in 1995, the band’s melding of Latin, hip hop and rock music blew some people’s minds. The same thing can be said about the band’s political activism. Ozomatli will be appearing at the Date Shed on Saturday, Nov. 12. Ozomatli has seen a lot of prominent members come and go over the years. Original members Chali 2na and Cut Chemist left and joined hip-hop group Jurassic 5, for starters. Still, Ozomatli has continued on and diversified its sound to include various forms of world music. As a result, Ozomatli remains one of the best bands in America to go see live. During a recent interview, saxophonist Ulises Bella discussed the band’s transformation. “I think it’s obvious that … our personal lives and our musical influences started to change through our travels, and just keep expanding,” Bella said. “Of course, the Latin and the hip hop is our…
01 Nov 2016
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Eight years ago, Josh Heinz and his wife, Linda Lemke Heinz, started the Concert for Autism. In the years since, the concert has grown to become one of the most anticipated charity music events of the year. The Ninth Annual Concert for Autism will take place on Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Tack Room Tavern in Indio. The Hellions, The Flusters, Machin’, House of Broken Promises and many, many others are scheduled to perform during the two-night event. The couple is well-known in the local music scene thanks to their work in Blasting Echo and 5th Town. They’re also the parents of autistic children; in fact, that common thread in their lives led to them meeting each other. During a recent interview, Heinz discussed the many challenges that he and his wife face on a daily basis. “The tough thing is that Linda’s son, Christopher, who…
17 Oct 2016
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During the ’70s, KISS captured the attention of teenagers worldwide, appearing on lunchboxes and as action figures—all while selling millions upon millions of records. After longer than four decades, the band remains a big deal. KISS will be performing at Morongo Casino Resort and Spa on Sunday, Oct. 30. KISS was truly innovative, with four distinct and powerful personalities in its early days. In fact, all four members recorded their own solo albums in 1978. During a recent phone interview, frontman and guitarist Paul Stanley said that when KISS first started out, those strong and different personalities led to some difficult times—which in turn led to the departure of both Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Original member Gene Simmons, of course, remains in the band. “I think initially what propelled the band in the beginning was the combustibility of the band,” Stanley said. “The four of us were all so…
11 Oct 2016
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When CIVX and frontman/bassist Nick Hernandez parted ways, Hernandez seemingly disappeared from the local music scene. Well, Hernandez has resurfaced—and with the help of some members of local group Alchemy, he has a new band in tow. Kayves has recently played a handful of shows and just released a new song, “Distant Lights,” on Bandcamp. During a recent interview, both Hernandez (guitar/lead vocals) and guitarist Danny Gonzalez discussed how Kayves grew out of a jam session. “It started probably a year and a half ago,” Hernandez said. “Me and (Kayves guitarist) Oscar Rico, who is from Los Angeles—he went to one of my old band’s shows. We talked, and we decided to jam; we hadn’t seen each other in a while. We’d get together and record stuff on the computer. “I’d go to Alchemy shows every once in a while, and I told Danny we should jam and just see…
04 Oct 2016
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In 2013, Steve Grand maxed out his finances to make a video for his song “All-American Boy.” He uploaded it to YouTube—and the rest, as they say, is history. Grand will perform at Center Stage, a benefit for the LGBT Community Center of the Desert, on Friday, Oct. 28, at the Riviera Resort and Spa. During a recent phone interview, he discussed what he originally planned to do with “All-American Boy.” (Scroll down to watch the video.) “I had something very specific in mind that I wanted to accomplish,” Grand said. “I wanted to tell a story of love between two men. I wanted the backdrop of it to be very earthy, traditional, American and safe. I also wanted to contrast that with the idea that people have or had in their heads that homosexuality is something that wasn’t part of the American dream. I wanted to bring that to…