As the sun dips behind the Santa Rosa Mountains and the palm trees sway and rustle in the evening breeze, happy hour percolates in Rancho Mirage. Smile as you glide on to the patio at bluEmber at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. Order you favorite libation, settle into a cushy lounge chair and let the smooth sounds of pianist Rick Ross (Wednesdays) or the rich soulful harmonies of the John Stanly King Band (Thursdays) get you in the mood for a night on the town. Friday’s feature The Smooth Brothers, Saturday’s guitarist Bobby Moses and Friends and on Sunday’s, trumpet master and local favorite Steve Madio holds court at bluEmber.

Next stop could be Bing Crosby’s Restaurant & Piano Bar where from 6:30 PM on live music is performed seven night a week and local lounge lizards imbibe, munch on superb yummies from the bar menu and sashay around the postage stamp sized floor to Crosby tunes and newer numbers. Look for the King of Swing Johnny Meza and his Trio on Wednesday evenings and on Fridays from 10PM until 1AM D.J. Bradley Ryan caps the week with the top 40 from the 70’s and 80’s. Beware of Bentley fender benders in the parking lot!

Swing by The River from 6 – 9 PM every Saturday evening for Dancing Under The Stars in the open air amphitheater. Here’s a chance to boogie with the natives and afterward grab a bite at one of the terrific restaurants encircling the dance pavilion. You might try Fleming’s for chops and fine wine pairings, or the Yard House for their gigantic beer on tap selection, casual fare and sports on the tube, P.F. Chang’s for family style Chinese, The Cheesecake Factory for salads, sandwiches and casual dining or Piero’s Acqua Pazza for contemporary California bistro dining.

Then head to the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa night life central in the Palm Springs Valley. Here gaming galore opportunities await in a gleaming new casino resort. Get your game on or check out what’s happening at The Lounge where an eclectic mix of live music and side-splitting comedy acts are presented in a sleek hot spot that delivers high-energy entertainment without a cover charge. Check out the schedule for THE SHOW where international headliners perform year round. Pollstar Magazine nominated THE SHOW as “Best New Major Concert Venue in 2009.” You’ll see why at this spectacular concert venue when you get your tickets for upcoming concerts featuring Cheap Trick, Tony Bennett, Martin Short, Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi Lauper, Gabriel Iglesias, Reba McEntire, Jay Leno, Julio Iglesias and more and more and more.

Carambas Musicantina is your late night Rancho Mirage hot spot. From 10PM – 2 PM every Friday and Saturday nights a Latin Dance Club unfolds at Las Casueles Nuevas. One dance floor features Salsa and a second a mix of Cumbias, Reggaetons and other Latin beats. So dress to impress and get out there with an attitude. Caramba!

RM