September will hopefully bring cooler temperatures—and, this year, the month is predicted to bring El Nino. Hmm. Well, regardless of the weather, there are some great events going on.
After an epic August, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino has a hot September, too. At 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 6, get ready for Sammy Hagar and the Circle. The group features not only Sammy Hagar, but Michael Anthony (also ex-Van Halen), Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson. Tickets are $49 to $109. At 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11, the rescheduled performance by Little Big Town will take place. The show was originally slated for July, but member Jimi Westbrook needed emergency vocal-cord surgery. Tickets are $49 to $109. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, Go-Go’s frontwoman Belinda Carlisle will take the stage. Carlisle has had a great solo career outside of the Go-Go’s. Tickets are $29 to $59. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt will be appearing. After more or less taking seven years off to rest and recharge, she released her latest album, Slipstream, in 2012, and earned a Grammy. Tickets are $49 to $89. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio; 760-342-5000; www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa has a couple of events worth checking out. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, get ready to sing along to “End of the Road,” because Boyz II Men (above) will be stopping by. I have to admit that I found the video for the group’s 1994 hit “I’ll Make Love to You” hilarious; it starts out with a guy going to install a security alarm and, then … well, you know. Tickets are $40 to $60. You better be ready to rock at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, because Heart will be stopping by. All I’m going to say is “Barracuda.” Tickets are $65 to $95. The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995; www.hotwatercasino.com.
Morongo Casino Resort and Spa has some fun events coming up. Whether you were turned on or disappointed by Magic Mike XXL, you’ll be happy to know that at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11, and Saturday, Sept. 12, the Thunder From Down Under all-male revue will be back. The show is $25. At 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25, enjoy Cassadee Pope. Pope is a country-music songwriter and the lead singer of a pop punk band called Hey Monday. She’s also the first female winner of The Voice. Tickets are $25 to $30. Morongo Casino Resort Spa, 49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; 800-252-4499; www.morongocasinoresort.com.
Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace has great shows throughout September. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 5, there will be a performance by the Evangenitals. The band has become a Pappy’s regular and always delivers a good show. You’ll be treated to both the PG hour and the X-Rated hour, when the band drag outs all sorts of fun songs about sex! Admission is free. At 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24, psych/surf/doo-wop group Shannon and the Clams (above right) will arrive. Beyond all those genres, there’s another reason to go: A reviewer at the Still in Rock blog said the group’s shows were “among the best in the world.” Plus, another writer at Punknews said the shows are like a 1964 prom “dosed in acid and having the sweetest lovelorn freak out.” OK! Tickets are $10 to $12. Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown; 760-365-5956; www.pappyandharriets.com.
The Date Shed just announced the venue will soon be open four nights a week, and is kicking off the season at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25 with a performance by The Expendables. If you’re a fan of Sublime, you’ll enjoy The Expendables. Tickets are $17 to $20. While it’s great to know the Date Shed is back, the schedule as it stands now seems to offer a lot of bands that have appeared there before. The Date Shed, 50725 Monroe St., Indio; 760-775-6699; www.dateshedmusic.com.
Copa has a few stars stopping by in September. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, American Idol contestant David Hernandez will perform. Fun fact: He supposedly once worked as a gay male stripper, but producers still allowed him to remain on the show. Tickets are $25 to $45. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, comedienne Sarah Colonna will take the stage. She’s known for being one of the roundtable regulars on Chelsea Lately; she’s also been on sitcoms and even made an appearance on Days of Our Lives. Tickets are $20 to $40. Copa, 244 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs; 760-866-0021; www.copapalmsprings.com.
Tryst Bar and Lounge in Palm Springs is now offering all sorts of live music, including shows every Tuesday at 10 p.m. On Tuesday, Sept. 1, Wicked JED and Spankshaft will be performing. On Tuesday, Sept. 8 and 22, Hive Minds frontman Derek Jordan Gregg (below) will play solo. On Tuesday, Sept. 15, Jack Ruvio will be appearing. On Tuesday, Sept. 29, there will be a performance by Plant. The bar is also hosting live music each Saturday at 7 p.m., and an open-mic at 10 p.m. every Thursday. All shows are free. Tryst Bar and Lounge, 188 S. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs; 760-832-6046; www.facebook.com/trystpalmsprings.