Can you hear that? It’s the sweet sound of being based in Rancho Mirage, in the heart of the Palm Springs Valley. While I can’t quite carry a tune, that sad fact makes me no less of an ardent fan of all types of music, from rock and disco to country, jazz, and classical.
It should come as no surprise, then, that someone like me is in particular hog heaven come springtime. In the coming weeks, no less than four—count ’em, four—major music festivals will take place within a stone’s throw from my home.
To kick things off, the folks at Goldenvoice bring us not one but two (identical) weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Both the April 12-14 and the April 19-21 incarnations overtake the Empire Polo Club grounds in Indio, with headliners the Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers performing alongside more than almost two hundred other acts.
Between the two Coachella weekends, Goldenvoice—this time alongside co-sponsors PS Resorts, MyDesert.com, Harold Matzner, and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians—presents the first-ever Tachevah: A Palm Springs Block Party. Appearing live will be local sensation DJ Alf Alpha playing between sets by The Pedestrians, You Me & Us, and Tribesmen. These bands—all local talent—ranked in the top ten after all was sung and done in an online contest that attracted 95,000 voters. Coachella performers Passion Pit—the American indie rock band from Cambridge, Massachusetts whose “Carried Away” and “Take a Walk” are bona fide hits—will close out this free concert being held from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. outside the Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs.
From April 26 to 28, Goldenvoice returns to the desert to roll out Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival, again at Empire in Indio. Headliners here include Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr., Jeff Bridges & the Abiders, Lady Antebellum, Dwight Yoakam, the Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Thompson Square, Lonestar, Charlie Pride, Don Williams, and the Charlie Daniels band.
April will also bring the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival, Opera in the Park, and Brew at the Zoo to the desert. I’m not quite sure what will fill the musical void come May, but right now I don’t have time to fret about that. I’ve got coveted wristbands to wear and cowboy boots to polish! As always, see you there…and there…and there!