It’s nearly August! Time flies in these times of COVID. Here’s what the Coachella Valley has to offer for events. Stay safe and hydrated!
While Fantasy Springs’ only Special Events Center show in August is sold out, the resort is offering a unique opportunity to see one of the best ska bands—for free! At 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, the “Rock Yard on Steroids” presents Fishbone. Don’t miss a chance to see this iconic band in an intimate setting … again, for free! You must be 18 or older to attend. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio; 760-342-5000; www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Agua Caliente in Rancho Mirage has a wildly diverse entertainment lineup. Want comedy? At 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5, standup sensation Jim Gaffigan will bring the laughs to town. Tickets are $85 to $150. Want beefcake? Returning to The Show once again is Australia’s Thunder From Down Under, an interactive Chippendale-style experience, at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19. Tickets are $15 to $55. Want ’80s icons? At 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, take a trip back four decades with the iconic Boy George and Culture Club. Tickets are $75 to $120. Want pop-metal? Fresh off of their stadium tour with Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard and Joan Jett, Poison comes to Rancho Mirage at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26. Tickets are $75 to $125. Looking to laugh some more? Check out Jim Jefferies at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27. Tickets are $45 to $165. Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995; www.hotwatercasino.com.
At Agua Caliente in Palm Springs, the residencies roll on! Desert Blues Revival Wednesdays bring the country/Western Southwest Biscuit Company (Aug. 3), the local blues-rock of Scott Reynolds and the Orange County Heavy Loaded Blues Company (Aug. 10), the East L.A. power trio The Disciplez (Aug. 17), the uniquely L.A. Delgado Brothers (Aug. 24), and the five-piece guitar heavy Laurie Morvan Band (Aug. 31) Shows are every Wednesday at 7 p.m., Tickets start at $10, available at eventspalmsprings.com/blues. Jazzville Thursdays offer the Brazilian jazz of Catina DeLuna y Otmaro Ruiz (Aug. 4), the return of retro favorites Phat Cat Swinger (Aug. 11), swing from L.A. by The Pepper Moons (Aug. 18) and vintage tiki/Hawaiian jazz by Hilo Hi-Flyers (Aug. 25). Shows take place at 7 p.m., and tickets start at $10, available at jazzvillepalmsprings.com. The Caliente Comedy lineup for August is Dustin Ybarra (Aug. 5), Amy Miller (Aug. 12), Richard Weiss (Aug. 19) and Peter Berman (Aug. 26). Shows are every Friday at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $19.99, available at www.eventspalmsprings.com/caliente-comedy. Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs, 401 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs; 888-999-1995; www.sparesortcasino.com.
Spotlight 29 brings a country concert to Coachella this August. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, singer/songwriter CAM comes to town. Tickets are $15 to $45. Spotlight 29 Casino, 46200 Harrison Place, Coachella; 760-775-5566; www.spotlight29.com.
Morongo has a few notable events on the September schedule. At 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5, Mexican Norteño legends Los Invasores de Nuevo León are headed for Cabazon. Tickets start at $39. Comedian/country singer extraordinaire Rodney Carrington is gearing up for a night of multi-modal entertainment at 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6. Tickets start at $39. At 9 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 7, pop singer Ashanti will grace the Morongo stage. Tickets start at $39. Ten-time GrammyAward-winning guitarist George Benson has an evening of jazz hits in store at 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25. Tickets start at $59 to see the 79-year-old legend. Morongo Casino Resort Spa, 49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; 800-252-4499; www.morongocasinoresort.com.
While a trip up the mountain will bring cooler temps, Pappy and Harriet’s is bringing the heat this month! At 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6., catch 90-year-old folk singer Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. He worked with Guthrie and inspired Dylan; Elliott’s talent and legacy makes this an unmissable show! Tickets are $40.49. Rock ’n’ roll from Roseville, Calif? Yep, the Vista Kicks are headed for Pioneertown. Catch their set at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20.Tickets are $20. At 9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, catch the electrifying performance of Tuareg rock shredder Mdou Moctar. Tickets are $35. Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown; 760-228-2222; www.pappyandharriets.com.
The Alibi in Palm Springs features a great August lineup. Vampire Weekend founder Rostam Batmanglij brings his jazzy/psych solo project to the valley at 8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 7.Tickets are $22. At 8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15, experience the brass sensation and rising stars The Soul Rebels. Tickets are $23.50. Dance-y EDM duo Syence make their way to Palm Springs at 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 18. Tickets are $10. The Alibi Palm Springs, 369 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 760-656-1525; thealibipalmsprings.com.