California has officially reopened—but it’s also July, and we’re in the Coachella Valley. In other words: While venues can now be open, the heat is keeping a lot of them from booking live entertainment.
As a result of all this, July is looking slow, music-wise. Nonetheless, there are some intriguing shows worth mentioning.
The Rock Yard at Fantasy Springs continues to be the premier spot for tribute bands every Friday and Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. On Friday, July 2, Linkin Park cover band In the End is set to perform. If you’re looking for classic rock, check out the tribute to Heart, Dog N Butterfly, on Friday, July 9. Other highlights include Toxicity (System of a Down tribute) and Faux Fighters (Foo Fighters) on Friday, July 23, and Saturday, July 24, respectively. Lit hosts Country Night every Thursday from 7 to 11 p.m., where you can see acts like Rye Brothers on July 15, and a Keith Urban tribute dubbed Urban Skies on July 22. If Noches de Fuego is more your thing, you can catch events every Wednesday and Sunday from 7 p.m. to midnight, like Adelaide Band on Wednesday, July 7,and Chalito on Sunday, July 18. Admission is free; you must be 21 or older to attend any event, except for the classic-rock series at the Rock Yard, for which you must be 18-plus. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio; 760-342-5000; www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Agua Caliente in Rancho Mirage has started welcoming back bigger names to The Show. At 8 p.m., Saturday, July 10, top Beatles tribute band The Fab Four comes to town. Tickets are $25 to $35. At 8 p.m., Saturday, July 24, the Long Island Medium herself, Theresa Caputo, returns for a night of personal stories and audience interaction. Tickets are $75 to $120. And at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 31, comedian/actor Kevin James will appear. Tickets are $65 to $105. Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995; www.hotwatercasino.com.
Agua Caliente’s newest location in Cathedral City continues on with its residency events—and is including something special this month. On Monday, July 5, at 5 p.m., rising country artist Heath Sanders is slated to perform at the Agave Caliente Tequila Bar. Seating is first come, first served. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older. Agua Caliente Cathedral City, 68960 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City; 888-999-1995; www.aguacalientecasinos.com/cc.
Agua Caliente in Palm Springs is continuing its residency events—and adding a brand-new one. Every Thursday at 6 p.m., you can attend the relocated Jazzville concert series. Lizzy and the Triggermen kick off the new series on Thursday, July 1. You can also catch The Jazz Cartel on July 15, and the Sandra Booker Quintet on July 22.Tickets for all shows start at $10, and you can find complete details at www.jazzvillepalmsprings.com. You must be 21 or older to attend. Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs, 401 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs; 888-999-1995; www.sparesortcasino.com
The Coachella Valley Brewing Co. is providing a lot of great acoustic entertainment in July. On Sunday, July 4, at 3 p.m., listen to relaxing performances by Nick Hales, Adam Gainey and Courtney Chambers. On Sunday, July 11, at 3 p.m., catch Josh Heinz, Tim and Val, and Kelsey Manning. On Sunday, July 25, at 3 p.m., Switcharoo, Miguel Arballo and Krystofer Do are set to perform. All shows are free and open to all ages. Coachella Valley Brewing Company, 30640 Gunther St., Thousand Palms; 760-343-5973.