Boo! It’s October! Enjoy yourself this month at one or more of these many events, and stay safe!
Fantasy Springs has a few notable shows. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, Jason Bonham, the son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, brings his “Led Zeppelin evening” show to town. Tickets are $39 to $59. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, Indio gets a dose of Latin pop royalty with a performance by Prince Royce. Tickets are $49 to $99. It’s a double-serving of female Hong Kong singer-songwriters with Hana Kuk and J. Arie at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22. Tickets are at $48 to $138. Making its Fantasy Springs debut at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, is the regional Mexican band Los Inquietos del Norte! Tickets are $49 to $79. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio; 760-342-5000; www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Agua Caliente in Rancho Mirage is featuring some heavy hitters. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, alternative rockers Silversun Pickups will grace The Show stage. Their song “Lazy Eye” is a timeless jam. Tickets range from $40 to $90. After the recent Elvis movie, I’m dying to know more about the iconic rocker. Thankfully, Elvis’ former wife, Priscilla Presley, is headed to town for an interesting evening at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14. Tickets range from $20 to $70. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, spend a night with Kenny Loggins as he plays through his movie-soundtrack hits. Tickets range from $65 to $150. 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, you’ve got residencies! Desert Blues Revival Wednesdays include two-time Best of Coachella Valley winners The Gand Band beginning their Chicago Blues Caravan (Oct. 5), a group led by a former Jimi Hendrix bandmate in Bill Magee Blues (Oct. 12), the stand-out saxophonist-led Woody Mankowski Blues Band (Oct. 19), and the alt-country sounds of Tommy Drinkard and the Remedy (Oct. 26). Shows are every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $10, available at eventspalmsprings.com/blues. Jazzville is here to jazz up your Thursdays with the “sexy, sultry and soulful” Amber Weekes Quartet (Oct. 6), a mix of jazz and Burt Bacharach pop selections by Lynda Kay (Oct. 13), a tribute to the music of Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan by the Jason Fabus Quartet (Oct. 20) and a jungle-jazz journey with Nat and Her Tiger Four (Oct. 27). Shows take place at 7 p.m., and tickets start at $10, available at jazzvillepalmsprings.com. Caliente Comedy Fridays can give you a good chuckle heading into the weekend with performances by Kelly Ryan (Oct. 7), Richard Weiss (Oct. 14), Kevin Jordan (Oct. 21), and Mike Falzone (Oct. 28). Shows are every Friday at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $7.99, available at www.eventspalmsprings.com/caliente-comedy. Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs, 401 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs; 888-999-1995; www.sparesortcasino.com.
The McCallum Theatre is easing back into events in October. At 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9, enjoy a performance of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, brought to life by the Aquila Theatre, and presented by McCallum Theatre Education. Tickets are $10. Hilarious comedian and the “king of rant” Lewis Black will be making a Palm Desert appearance at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13. Tickets are $50 to $100. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert; 760-340-2787; www.mccallumtheatre.com.
Spotlight 29 has a few opportunities for October entertainment. At 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, comedian and Rush Hour legend Chris Tucker is coming to Coachella. Tickets range from $70 to $140. Mexican singer/songwriter Pancho Barraza brings a night of dancing to Spotlight at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22. Tickets are $80 to $150. At 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, ’90s rockers Candlebox will perform. Tickets range from $20 to $70. Spotlight 29 Casino, 46200 Harrison Place, Coachella; 760-775-5566; www.spotlight29.com.
Morongo’s October lineup is quite diverse. At 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, ’90s rock legends Puddle of Mudd bring a string of hits to Cabazon. Tickets start at $29. Comedian Leanne Morgan will grace the Morongo stage at 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29. Tickets start at $29. At 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30, R&B icon Billy Ocean will perform his ’70s and ’80s chart-toppers. Tickets range from $39 to $69. Morongo Casino Resort Spa, 49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; 800-252-4499; www.morongocasinoresort.com.
Pappy and Harriet’s has a packed October schedule … but doesn’t Pappy’s always have a packed schedule? Discover Cambodian psych rock with Dengue Fever at 9:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14. Tickets are $25. At 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, catch a special desert performance by indie/alternative group Car Seat Headrest. Tickets are $40 in advance. At 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, enjoy some post-hardcore jams in Pioneertown by Hawthorne Heights and Armor for Sleep. Tickets start at $28. Pop punk will be in the palace at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, thanks to a set by The Story So Far. Tickets are $40. Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown; 760-228-2222; www.pappyandharriets.com.
The Purple Room features a number of multi-date performances in October. The marvelous Marilyn Maye is set to bring evenings of songs and stories at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8; and 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9. Tickets start at $79. Two nights of jazz and blues with Niki Haris are happening at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 15. Tickets are $30 to $40. The American traditional pop/vocal jazz group Black Market Jazz is headed for Palm Springs at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22. Tickets range from $30 to $40. Lee Squared—that’s Liberace and Peggy Lee—will continue their posthumous world tour, returning to the Purple Room at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29. Tickets are $35 to $45. All shows include dinner reservations two hours prior. Michael Holmes’ Purple Room, 1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 760-322-4422; www.purpleroompalmsprings.com.
Oscar’s in Palm Springs is serving up some unique October events. At 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10, comedian and impressionist Michael Airington is performing as the late, great Paul Lynde. Tickets start at $44.95. At 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, enjoy The Golden Girls Insiders Show with stories, clips and a Q&A with the show’s makeup artist, and two of the girls’ personal assistants. Tickets start at $55. “Jazz vocalist, fashion icon, NYC performance artist and singer” Joey Arias is making a stop at Oscar’s at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19. Tickets start at $54.95. At 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, drag star Heklina becomes “HELL-ina” for a special Halloween show titled “Hey Boo!” alongside Deven and Ned. Tickets start at $30. Oscar’s Palm Springs, 125 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs; 760-325-1188; oscarspalmsprings.com/events.