Three Great Shows on the Calendar in March

Music lovers rejoice again this March as the City of Rancho Mirage, in participation with Marker Broadcasting, brings to the stage the 2020 season of Music in the Park. All concerts are free to the public and, for those who pre-registered (pre-registration is now closed),   arrive and enter the Amphitheater starting as early as 5:30 p.m. and specifically before 6:30 p.m. when non-registered attendees claim empty seats.

Non-registered attendees will have an additional 300 seats available on the night of each show on a first-come first-served basis. To capture one of these seats, please arrive by 5:30 p.m. and be the first 300 in line. Staff will ask you to register while you wait. As always, free parking is also available but limited. Carpooling or using a ride share service is recommended. 

Live on stage

Rodney Atkins! The season kicks off on March 7 with one of country music’s most prominent artists. Rodney Atkins takes inspiration from his family and real life experiences to craft powerful storytelling songs. With his current radio single, “Thank God For You,” he told Billboard magazine, “I wanted a song that said thank you to not only my wife and family, but to all the fans, to the record labels, the booking agents – to all the people that have kin of believed in me and stuck with me.” 

Atkins was the second most-played male artist of the decade overall and has sold over 13 million units, earning 10 career Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum RIAA certifications to date. He continues to be recognized as a powerful voice on country radio and has six No. 1 hits.


Roberta Gambarini! Returning to Rancho Mirage on March 14 is a gifted artist with a 3 to 4 octave range, perfect pitch and natural skills that could easily have led her into an operatic career. Instead, Roberta Gambarini, whose music-loving parents (who had actually first met at a jazz concert and named their daughter after the 1933 Broadway musical, “Roberta”), hits the stage to deliver a fantastic jazz performance. Expect a program of surprisingly diverse songs, at a variety of tempos, in English, Italian, French and Spanish. 

Drawing inspiration from Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Maria Callas and many others, Gambarini told the Jazz Vocal Alliance Japan last year, “What I care [about] the most in jazz is the storytelling and the knowledge and respect of the history of this musical language. Jazz is an amazing universe that is very rich in spiritual values and can bring much joy to the lives of performers and listeners alike.”  


38 Special! The 2020 Music in the Park series closes out on March 21 with an American rock band that was formed in 1975 by neighborhood friends Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant, the younger brother of Lynyrd Skynyrd founder Ronnie, in Jacksonville, Florida.

The breakthrough hit for .38 Special was “Hold on Loosely” (1981) followed by “Caught Up in You” (1982) and “If I’d Been the One” (1983). Both of those songs hit #1 on Billboard magazine’s Album Rock Tracks chart.  After more than three decades together, .38 SPECIAL continues to blast their Southern Rock sounds.

The current lineup consists of Barnes, Van Zant, guitarist Danny Chauncey, bassist Larry Junstrom, keyboardist Bobby Capps and drummer Gary Moffatt. As Barnes notes on the band’s website, “And the magic’s still there. . . It’s an emotional high for us to keep ‘bringing it’ after all these years.”

Free for all

Since its debut in 2016, the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater has been the Coachella Valley’s go-to venue for free music. Thus, every seat in the house has been filled for the past four years. Music in the Park general admission is free to the public, with first-come, first-served seating, however, those who pre-registered by March 13 for Rodney Atkins, Roberta Gambarini, and .38 Special are allowed  early entrance at 5:30 p.m. Non-registered guests in line by 5:30 p.m. will be able to enter the amphitheater at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. shows.

Food and beverage will be available for purchase from Acqua California Bistro inside the amphitheater.Free parking is available at the park and adjacent to the park along San Jacinto Drive. Because spaces are limited, carpooling or using a ride share service is recommended.

Chairs are provided for each performance. Please note, the following items are NOT PERMITTED inside the amphitheater: Outside food/beverages, smoking, vaping, lawn chairs, pets or ice chests/coolers. The Rancho Mirage Amphitheater accommodates for handicapped accessibility.

Rancho Mirage Amphitheater is located in Rancho Mirage Community Park, 71560 San Jacinto Drive in Rancho Mirage.