Joan Gand.

The Gand Band is one of Coachella Valley’s premier cover bands. The members’ musical expertise and extensive repertoire allows the group to play varied genres, at any event, and their jams can go all night long. Independent readers recently voted for the Gand Band as the Best Local Band for the second year in a row. Learn more at Joan Gand is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are her answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

Beatles at the Chicago (International) Amphitheatre—the band’s first U.S. tour.

What was the first album you owned?

Meet the Beatles!

What bands are you listening to right now?

Right at this very moment: The New Mastersounds. In general, I listen to a lot of organ-oriented bands—Booker T. and the M.G.’s, The Meters, Soulive, Larry Goldings—but I like a wide range of music, including a lot of jazz. 

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

Hip hop and country music. (Sorry!)

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

Jimi Hendrix. I did see him once, and it was just about the most incredible performance ever. 

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?   

The Carpenters, and anything bossa nova.

What’s your favorite music venue?   

Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, and in Palm Springs, PS Underground. For large venues, the McCallum Theatre and The Show.

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

“If I Had a Hammer” by Trini Lopez, because Gary and I produced a documentary film on his life (that we’ve watched at least 100 times during editing) that is going to be released next April.

What band or artist changed your life? How?   

Organist Charles Earland’s live version of “More Today Than Yesterday” made me want to perform again after a long hiatus. The energy of the crowd is unbelievable. I love live recordings. I love to play live and create an energy feedback loop with the audience.

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

I can’t think of a question, but I would love to have a conversation with James Brown about music in general. I bet he would have been fascinating to talk to.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“People Get Ready” by Curtis Mayfield.

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

Green Onions by Booker T. and the M.G.’s.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Gimme Some Lovin” by Spencer Davis Group. It’s guaranteed to brighten your day. Get up and dance to it!

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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...