Free Concerts

Whoever coined the fabulous phrase “The best things in life are free” couldn’t possibly have been speaking of Rancho Mirage’s own Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, but the spirit certainly applies. It was recently announced that my hometown casino’s sister property, Spa Resort Casino in Downtown Palm Springs, will host a series of 90-minute, free-to-the-community, open-air concerts through March 2015, on the second Saturday of each month.

Eighties New Wave band Berlin kicked off the series late last year, while Canadian legends The Guess Who (“American Woman”) took to the stage in January. Just in time for Valentines Day, The Spinners ride into town to croon megahits such as “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love,” “I’ll Be Around,” and “Then Came You.” Nineties triple-platinum-selling alt rock group Smash Mouth will close out the series on March 14.

I adore provocative Berlin front woman Terri Nunn, so I was there in December to hear the band perform their hits, including my all-time Berlin fave, “Take My Breath Away” from the “Top Gun” soundtrack, which I had in cassette form and have now upgraded to CD. While I had to skip The Guess Who due to a scheduling conflict—busy bloggers always have multiple event invites on weekend nights—I will be in a soulfully romantic mood come February 14, so I think I’ll catch The Spinners pre-tête-à- tête dinner. Maybe you and your date should join us!

But wear layers—not to mention a lawn chair and blankets, if you’d like! Each concert is held al fresco in the parking lot across from the casino on Calle Encilia and Andreas Road. And if you get thirsty, I know from experience that there are tasty brews to be had at the beer garden, along with sodas and agua fria. (Oh, and it’s 21+ only in the beer garden, please.) These complimentary community musical evenings, where such a wide swath of the Palm Springs Valley residents and visitors come out to relive the classics, really are such fun I’m still singing it: “Take my breath away…”

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Free Concerts