It’s March in the Coachella Valley, meaning there are a ton of events—and spring is arriving! Here’s a taste of what the local venues have to offer this month. Please, stay safe—and even though the omicron surge seems to be subsiding, it never hurts to call ahead.
Fantasy Springs has a variety of bands arriving over the next couple of weeks. At 8 p.m., Saturday, March 5, Mammoth WVH (led by Wolfgang Van Halen) and Dirty Honey are bringing their high energy rock ’n’ roll to Indio. Tickets are $29 to $49. Pop/jazz singing legend Paul Anka is coming to town at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 12. Tickets are $59 to $89 to see Anka perform Frank Sinatra’s greatest songs. At 8 p.m., Friday, March 18, country star Jon Pardi will grace the Special Event Center stage. Tickets are $49 to $69. It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day season without a performance from Flogging Molly, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 19. Tickets are $39 to $69. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio; 760-342-5000; www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Spotlight 29 Casino is bringing in two comedy legends in March. Catch one of the modern icons of comedy at 7 p.m., Sunday, March 6, when Kevin Hart comes to Coachella. Tickets are $119 to $239. From Home Improvement to Toy Story, one of the most recognizable voices in comedy, Tim Allen, will perform at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 12. Tickets are $75 to $95, and both shows are 21+. Spotlight 29 Casino, 46200 Harrison Place, Coachella; 760-775-5566; www.spotlight29.com.
The McCallum Theatre is preparing for another jam-packed month of events. A cappella group and viral sensation Voctave brings an evening of vocal expertise at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 10. Tickets are $35 to $75. Ready for some magic? At 3 p.m., Sunday, March 20, America’s longest-running all-star magic revue, It’s Magic!, will mystify the McCallum audience. Tickets start at $20; get them before they disappear! McCallum favorite Pink Martini is rolling into town for an extended stay, featuring singers China Forbes and Storm Large and their genre-shifting sound, from Friday, March 25, through Monday, March 28. Tickets are $50 to $100. Grammy winning singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge is coming to the McCallum for two performances: at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, and Wednesday, March 30. Tickets are $55 to $115. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert; 760-340-2787; www.mccallumtheatre.com.
Agua Caliente in Rancho Mirage is bringing the heat! At 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, Billboard chart-topper Marie Osmond will be performing a special concert with the Desert Symphony. Tickets are $45 to $75. At 8 p.m., Friday, March 11, Latin pop-rock legends Hombres G will come to town. Tickets are $65 to $105. After his show scheduled for September was postponed, The Carbonaro Effect’s Michael Carbonaro will finally get to perform his magic in Rancho Mirage, at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 12. Tickets are $25 to $175. Two TV staples, Howie Mandel and special guest Jon Lovitz, are headed to The Show at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 19. Tickets are $40 to $75—deal or no deal? At 8 p.m., Saturday, March 26, classic rockers REO Speedwagon will bring more than 50 years of music to the stage. Tickets are $55 to $95. Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995; www.hotwatercasino.com.
Over at Agua Caliente in Palm Springs, Jazzville and Caliente Comedy roll on! For Jazzville Thursdays, catch former Tower of Power member Greg Adams and East Bay Soul (March 3), jazz trumpeter Matt Von Roderick (March 10), bluesy Les Rainey and the Midnight Players (March 17), the “poetic and romantic universe” of Chloé Perrier (March 24) and U.K. swing-boogie band The Jive Aces (March 31). Shows take place at 7 p.m., and tickets start at $10, available at jazzvillepalmsprings.com. For Caliente Comedy Fridays, catch comics Orlando Leyba (March 4), Josh Nasar (March 11), Jason Gillearn (March 18), and Keith Pedro (March 25). 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.
Morongo wants to make sure you know your hip-hop. At 9 p.m., Saturday, March 26, Ice T, Rob Base and DJ Kev Rockwell will highlight an evening being billed as The Art of Rap; expect “breakdancers, graffiti, vendors and more.” Tickets are $49 to $69. Morongo Casino Resort Spa, 49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; 800-252-4499; www.morongocasinoresort.com.
Pappy and Harriet’s has a bustling March. In what seems like an unlikely collaboration, jazz/funk star Eric Krasno and soulful man Son Little will share a night in Pioneertown at 9 p.m., Saturday, March 5. Tickets are $35 in advance. At 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, worldly indie rockers DeVotchKa are set to perform. Tickets are $30. After playing at the last Coachella—which, amazingly, was almost three years ago—folky Hurray for the Riff Raff will return to the desert, at 9 p.m., Saturday, March 26. Tickets are $20. Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown; 760-228-2222; www.pappyandharriets.com.
Tickets are going fast for the dinner shows at the Purple Room in Palm Springs, so get ’em while you can! On Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12, high tenor John Lloyd Young will perform both classics and new hits. Tickets are $55 to $65. Missing Joan Rivers? Well, you’re in luck, because Ms. Rivers’ favorite impersonator has you covered. Catch two evenings of Joe Posa as Joan Rivers on Friday, March 25, and Saturday, March 26. Tickets are $30 to $35. Michael Holmes’ Purple Room, 1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 760-322-4422; www.purpleroompalmsprings.com.
Oscar’s is bringing in some rather unique shows this month. TikTok star Jamie Brickhouse brings a night of comedy to Palm Springs at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 10. Tickets start at $40. If you were a fan of the TV show Knots Landing, then you need to come check out The Ladies of Knots Landing, featuring clips and a conversation with Michele Lee, Joan Van Ark and Donna Mills,at 7 p.m., Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12. The tickets remaining as of our deadline were $79.95. At 7 p.m., Friday, March 18, enjoy An Intimate Evening With Frankie Avalon and James Darren. Remaining tickets start at $69.95 to see everyone’s “Teenage Idol.” Oscar’s Palm Springs, 125 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs; 760-325-1188; oscars-palm-springs.ticketleap.com.
The Coachella Valley Brewing Co. seriously loves locals. At 3:30 p.m., Sunday, March 6, enjoy an Acoustic Afternoon with performances by Marc Saxe, Switcharoo and Courtney Chambers. The third edition of Ladies First will take place at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 19, with Courtney Chambers, The Sieve and the Saddle, Kelsey Manning, Yoves, Grins and Lies and Labia Minora. If you’re 18+, and comedy is your thing, check out the Coachella Comedy Fest from 2 to 10 p.m., Saturday, March 26, featuring more than 40 comedy acts. All events are free! Coachella Valley Brewing Company, 30640 Gunther St., Thousand Palms; 760-343-5973.