Summertime officially arrives this month! Of course, we have what much of the country would consider summer weather 10 months out of the year, so, yeah.

June is also supposed to bring one more notable arrival: the end of the COVID-19 county tier system, and the “full reopening” of the economy, on June 15. Presuming that happens, it’ll be interesting to see how the local entertainment venues respond. Stay tuned.

Here’s what some local venues have to offer for the month of June.

Every Friday and Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m., the Rock Yard at Fantasy Springs pays tribute to some of the best music acts in history. On Friday, June 4, Judas Priest cover band Just Like Priest is set to perform. If you’re looking for something a little more contemporary, Saturday, June 19, brings a Bruno Mars tribute, Bruno and the Hooligans. Country Night rambles on every Tuesday from 7 to 11 p.m., with a Johnny Cash tribute, Last Train to Memphis, on June 15, and Neil Morrow on June 29. You can also fiesta ’til you siesta every Wednesday and Sunday, from 7 p.m. to midnight, with Noches de Fuego. Catch Outlaw Mariachi With Orchestra Los Ibarra on Sunday, June 13, and Los Cancinos on Wednesday, June 23. 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;

The new Agua Caliente location in Cathedral City is finding its entertainment footing nicely. Every Thursday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., catch DJ Day for a night of dancing! Every Friday from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., attend Oasis de Noche, the hottest Latin-dance party around, featuring performances by Nacho Bustillos and Quinto Menguante. Saturdays offer two chances for entertainment: DJ C headlines Agua Island Saturdays from 2 to 7 p.m., and from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., you can attend Super Sondio With Alf Alpha and Friends. Every Sunday offers a chance to relax, as from 2 to 6 p.m., you can catch Rewind With Rafa, an afternoon of relaxing classical guitar from Rafael Soto. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older. Agua Caliente Cathedral City, 68960 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City; 888-999-1995;

Agua Caliente in Rancho Mirage is easing back into ticketed entertainment a few tribute shows. On Saturday, June 12, pay tribute to Tom Petty with The Pettybreakers. Tickets range from $5 to $15. If you’re looking for something a little more soulful, pay tribute to Tina Turner with Simply the Best, on Saturday, June 26. Tickets range from $20 to $30. Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995;

Agua Caliente Palm Springs hosting a few events of note. Every Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., DJ Jerry headlines a night of dancing. If salsa dancing is more your speed, then Sunday Latin Nights are for you. Catch Nacho Bustillos and Quinto Menguante from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older. Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs, 401 East Amado Road Palm Springs, 888-999-1995;

Pappy and Harriet’s is slowly bringing back live entertainment—with some powerful billings. On Wednesday, June 16, from 7 to 10:30 p.m., catch a socially distant show featuring Superwolves. The duo is comprised of Matt Sweeney and Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy. Tickets are $133. Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown; 760-365-5956;

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Oscar’s Palm Springs has a busy month ahead. On Thursday, June 3, from 6 to 9 p.m., join vocal coach Michael Orland for an open-mic event. Tickets are $35 (which includes a $20 food and beverage credit). You can also catch a two night stint with Melissa Manchester, who’ll be hosting intimate evenings on Thursday, June 17, and Friday, June 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. The first night is sold out, but tickets for the second night were available as of this writing for $69.95. Oscar’s Palm Springs, 125 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, No. 108, Palm Springs; 760-325-1188;

Coachella Valley Brewing Co. is doing a lot to show off and support local bands. On Friday, June 11, at 7 p.m., the brewery hosts Bands in the Beer Garden with performances by James Johnson and Switcharoo. If you’re looking for a full day of local bands, then you need to attend CVB’s “We’re Back” Brews, Food and Music Fest. From 1 to 10 p.m., Saturday, June 19, enjoy performances by Switcharoo, Adam Gainey, Matt Davin, Krystofer Do, Allies, Uncle Ben’s Thrice, Yoves, Wayland, The After Lashes and Sleazy Cortez. CVB is also hosting a Father’s Day Acoustic Afternoon on Sunday, June 20, at 2 p.m., with featured performances from The Sieve and the Saddle and Josh Heinz. All shows are free and open to all ages. Coachella Valley Brewing Company, 30640 Gunther St., Thousand Palms; 760-343-5973.

Superwolves. Credit: Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe
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Matt King

Matt King is a freelance writer for the Coachella Valley Independent. A creative at heart, his love for music thrust him into the world of journalism at 17 years old, and he hasn't looked back. Before...