Chuck Baum, 50, is the guitarist for local classic-rock group Two Twelve. By day, the New York native is a senior account rep for Lamar Advertising. Catch the quartet—which promises “one of the best shows in the valley” at—at 9 p.m., Friday, July 12, at Schmidy’s Tavern, 72286 Highway 111, No. J-3, in Palm Desert. There’s no cover. Call the venue at 760-837-3800, or visit for more show and venue information; check the aforementioned band website or track ’em down on Facebook for other upcoming Two Twelve gigs.

What was the first concert you attended?

Kiss, in Detroit.

What was the first album you owned?

Elton John; I forgot the name (of the album).

hat bands are you listening to right now?

Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Van Halen, etc.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Gang rap.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Led Zeppelin.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?


What’s your favorite music venue?

Alpine Valley, an outside amphitheater (in East Troy, Wis.).

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“It’s a small world after all.” Now you are all singing it!

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Jeff Beck. I was able to play with him in Vegas.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

Jimmy Page: “Would you be my personal guitar teacher?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Freebird.” How else am I going to keep them there?

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Boston, self-titled.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)!,” Beastie Boys. (Scroll down to hear it.)

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Jimmy Boegle

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. He is also the executive editor and publisher of the Reno News & Review in Reno, Nev. A native of Reno, the Dodgers...