Happy October! While more and more events are taking place, pandemic uncertainty continues—so please be safe in your travels; watch for possible cancellations; and bring proof of vaccination, as you just may need it to get into your show(s) of choice.

Oh, one more thing: Enjoy your Halloween!

Fantasy Springs is offering a rather diverse lineup this month. At 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, classic rockers America (fun fact: actually from England) are set to perform. Tickets range from $29 to $59. Funkateer and ever-famous name Chaka Khan is coming to town at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2.Tickets range from $49 to $89. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, the seven-time Grammy-winning “Empress of Soul” herself, Gladys Knight, will perform. Tickets range from $39 to $79. Classic-rock-heads can pay tribute to Led Zeppelin at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening. (Yes, he’s John’s son.) Tickets range from $29 to $59. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio; 760-342-5000; www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

Agua Caliente in Rancho Mirage is also seemingly featuring something for everyone. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, pay homage to Queen with The Ultimate Queen Celebration Starring Marc Martel. Tickets range from $25 to $35. Arguably one of the greatest vocal groups in modern history, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is coming to town at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9. Tickets range from $95 to $125. Actor Kevin Costner’s country band—yes, you read that right—appropriately named Kevin Costner and Modern West, is slated to play at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22. Tickets range from $45 to $80. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, country star Dustin Lynch will mosey on in. Tickets range from $45 to $75. Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995; www.hotwatercasino.com.

The Cathedral City Agua Caliente is set for a spooky time at its Halloween Bash: From 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., starting on Saturday, Oct. 30, experience festivities like a magician, a costume contest and two sets from LA Allstars. Tickets are $20. Agua Caliente Cathedral City, 68960 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City; 888-999-1995; www.aguacalientecasinos.com/cc.

Jazzville continues at Agua Caliente in Palm Springs every Thursday at 7 p.m. Highlights include: The MFUO Quintet, a blend of gospel, jazz and blues with a modern touch, on Oct. 7. On Oct. 14,catch the Rumproller Organ Trio for some organ, sax and vocal action. Enjoy a loving nod to “The Father of Chicano Music” with a Lalo Guerrero Tribute on Oct. 28. Tickets for all shows start at $10, available at www.jazzvillepalmsprings.com. Also at Agua Caliente in Palm Springs: Chadwick Johnson will be performing “Soul Standards” at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23. The following day, Jonathan Karrant celebrates America’s crooners at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Tickets for both shows range from $30 to $40. A new Friday comedy series recently began—and Caliente Comedy is set to bring lots of laughs this month. Catch Pablo Francisco on Oct. 8, or Tom Arnold on Oct. 29, just to name a few. You must be 21 to attend; tickets start at $29.99 and can be found at www.eventspalmsprings.com/caliente-comedy. Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs, 401 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs; 888-999-1995; www.sparesortcasino.com.

Morongo Casino Resort and Spa is bringing the funk and soul to start the month: At 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, The Commodores will bring a career of jams to Cabazon. Tickets range from $29 to $59. Morongo Casino Resort Spa, 49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; 800-252-4499; www.morongocasinoresort.com.

Pappy and Harriet’s has a full lineup of events; here are some that stand out and/or still have tickets available. Punk pioneers Dead Kennedys intend to shake up the dustbowl on Friday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30. At 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15, country music singer Elizabeth Cook, who has more than 400 appearances at the Grand Ole Opry to her credit, arrives at Pioneertown. Tickets are $25. Indie and folk rock fuse together for Fruit Bats, a band that’s set to perform at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16. Tickets are $25 to 30. Folk band Vetiver will be taking the stage at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23. Tickets are $25 to $30. Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown; 760-365-5956; www.pappyandharriets.com.

Billy Stritch.

The Purple Room in Palm Springs is set to paint the town, well, purple this month! Catch a two-night stint with award-winning pianist, singer and musical director Billy Stritch, at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 9. Tickets are $55 to $60. Palm Springs favorites Branden and James return for a weekend, this time performing hits from “The Lady Gaga Songbook” at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15, and Saturday, Oct. 16. Tickets are $40. At 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22, Tony-nominated legend Sharon McNight will take the stage. Tickets are $30. Michael Holmes’ Purple Room, 1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 760-322-4422; www.purpleroompalmsprings.com.

Love on local artists this month with the help of Coachella Valley Brewing Co. At 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 3, enjoy an Acoustic Afternoon with Courtney Chambers, The Sieve and the Saddle, and Matt Davin. For the grooves, you’ll want to head to Groovetoberfest at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9, featuring music by Alien DNA. On Saturday, Oct. 23, the Octoberfest Party begins at 2 p.m. Featured performers include Tim “From Down The Street,” Nick Hales, The Sieve and the Saddle, Matt Davin, Krystofer Do, Allies, Delta Fuzz and The Ill Eagles. Halloween Eve—Saturday, Oct. 30—means it’s Scaretoberfest at CVB. Starting at 7 p.m., come witness some dark and heavy music by Yoves, Holy Corrupt and Grins and Lies. All shows are free and open to all ages. Coachella Valley Brewing Company, 30640 Gunther St., Thousand Palms; 760-343-5973.

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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...