The Lettermen are slated to bring love songs to the McCallum on Jan. 16.

Happy New Year! Well, at least I hope 2022 is a happy new year. I think I speak for everyone when I wish for a much calmer, safer year.

What’s mentioned here is an accurate listing of some of the valley’s entertainment offerings for January as of our press deadline. However, with omicron looming, cancellations and reschedules are a possibility—so definitely confirm things before heading off to any show.

Fantasy Springs is set to provide a diverse set of performances this month. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15, two icons of soul combine when The Temptations and The Four Tops share the Indio stage. Tickets range from $29 to $69. Grammynominated comedian Bill Burr brings the laughs with his (Slight Return) tour at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22. Tickets range from $59 to $99. Get ready to dance with Latin sensations Los Huracanes Del Norte at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29. Tickets range from $39 to $59. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio; 760-342-5000; www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

Spotlight 29 is gearing up for an unforgettable (hopefully in a good way!) 2022. Rapper/actor/filmmaker Ice Cube is coming to the city of Coachella for a night of hits at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29. Tickets range from $65 to $185. Spotlight 29 Casino, 46200 Harrison Place, Coachella; 760-775-5566; www.spotlight29.com.

The McCallum Theatre has a packed schedule to choose from this month. At 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 16, ’60s vocal group The Lettermen will bring 60 years of hits to town. Tickets range from $35 to $65. Missing Ray Charles? So are the performers behind Ray on My Mind, a concert/theater work that celebrates the life and music of one of the all-time greats; it takes place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20. Tickets range from $25 to $75. Steve Solomon’s hysterical one-man show My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m Still in Therapy is set for three shows at the McCallum: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25; and 2 and 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26. Tickets range from $38 to $68. A brand-new production of Fiddler on the Roof has been taking North America by storm, and now it’s coming to Palm Desert for five shows: at 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29; and 1:30 and 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29. Tickets range from $65 to $135. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert; 760-340-2787; www.mccallumtheatre.com.

Agua Caliente in Rancho Mirage has three January shows that weren’t sold out at the time of this writing. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, Frequent Agua Caliente performer Theresa Caputo brings her “Long Island Medium” experience to the stage. Tickets range from $75 to $140. Pop rapper Flo Rida brings myriad hits to town at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15. Tickets range from $55 to $75. After the Jan. 29 show sold out, The Show added a second date of Laughter and Reflection With Carol Burnett. There are still tickets left for the show at 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28; they cost $65 to $125. Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995; www.hotwatercasino.com.

Jazzville and Caliente Comedy continue at Agua Caliente in Palm Springs. As for Jazzville, the January lineup consists of the mambo-centric Angel and his Mambokat Combo (Jan. 6), the vibraphonist-led Simon Moullier Trio (Jan. 13), the jazzy genius of the Maria Schafer Quintet (Jan. 20) and swinging sensations Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys (Jan. 27). Shows take place every Thursday at 7 p.m., and tickets start at $10, available at jazzvillepalmsprings.com. Caliente Comedy is set to feature Francisco Ramos (Jan. 7), Jeremiah Watkins (Jan. 14), Marc Yaffee (Jan. 21), and Jason Collings (Jan. 28) You must be 21 to attend, and tickets start at $19.99 at www.eventspalmsprings.com/caliente-comedy. Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs, 401 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs; 888-999-1995; www.sparesortcasino.com.

January’s lineup at Morongo features quite a mix. Country singer Jameson Rodgers brings a few hits you may know at 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13. Tickets are $15. At 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14, comedian and actor David Spade will bring the laughs. Tickets range from $59 to $79. One of the hottest boy bands back in the day, 98 Degrees, brings a nostalgia trip to Morongo at 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28. Tickets range from $59 to $79. Morongo Casino Resort Spa, 49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; 800-252-4499; www.morongocasinoresort.com.

Pappy and Harriet’s features plenty of events that are well worth a trip up the mountain. A double dose of blues will rock the desert at 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14,when Black Joe Lewis and Cedric Burnside team up. Tickets are $30 in advance. At 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, indie rockers Tropa Magica and Levitation Room share the indoor stage. Advance tickets are $20. A mix of psychedelic and shoegaze, Lilys come to Pioneertown at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22. Advance tickets are $22. Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown; 760-365-5956; www.pappyandharriets.com.

The Purple Room in Palm Springs is ringing in the new year in style! Performing the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Jane Monheit is set for two performances: at 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 7, and Saturday, Jan. 8. Tickets range from $60 to $69. At 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14, and Saturday, Jan. 15, John Lloyd Young is set to perform a mix of classics and originals. Tickets range from $55 to $65. An intimate evening with Michael Bublé-praised recording artist Brenna Whitaker is set for 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29. Tickets range from $35 to $40. Michael Holmes’ Purple Room, 1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 760-322-4422; www.purpleroompalmsprings.com.

While Oscar’s in Palm Springs continues to host its usual weekly and monthly events, one special event caught our eye. Celebrating the life and music of Bette Midler, Unsung Midler, with hosts country singer Kasey Lansdale and radio personality Alexander Rodriguez, is tribute show of music and stories, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27. Tickets are $25. Oscar’s Palm Springs, 125 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs; 760-325-1188; oscars-palm-springs.ticketleap.com.

The Hood Bar and Pizza is mixing local talent with an out-of-town band this month. On Friday, Jan. 14, locals Slipping Into Darkness, The Hellions and Blue Sun are set to perform with Oakland-based Psychic Hit. We didn’t get information on the start time or admission cost before our deadline. The Hood Bar and Pizza, 74360 Highway 111, Palm Desert; 760-636-5220; www.facebook.com/HoodBarAndPizza.

Jane Monheit arrives at the Purple Room on Jan. 7 and 8. Credit: Kharen Hill

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...

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