When I think of this year’s Rancho Mirage Art Affaire—an immensely popular free annual event that will take place over the weekend of November 7th and 8th, rain or shine, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Rancho Mirage Community Park (formerly Whitewater Park) at 71560 San Jacinto Drive—I get even more excited than usual. Maybe that’s because this year will see the unveiling of the park’s new amphitheater, which comes replete with terrace seating for 600, a dramatically covered 2000-square-foot professional stage, and state-of-the-art back-of-house facilities that include public rest rooms and performer green rooms. Most of you surely know that the juried fine art and music festival will present over 100 distinguished visual artists working in painting, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, and more. But both days, to accompany these vibrant sights for our sore eyes, there will also be musical performers.
The headliner taking the stage on Sunday, November 8th at 3:30 p.m. is saxophonist, songwriter, producer, and recording artist Michael Lington. The Danish-born musician, who was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 2008, has released eight international albums since his 1997 self-titled breakthrough, and has charted some 15 hit singles. He counts a performance at the wedding reception of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, the heir to that country’s throne, among the hundreds of other shows he’s given since the start of his career. And he’s been lucky and talented enough to share the stage with such luminaries as Barry Manilow, Bobby Caldwell, Randy Crawford, and Michael Bolton (whom he accompanied to more than 50 countries). This man’s also performed for President Bill Clinton at London’s famous Royal Albert Hall. I don’t know where he finds the time, but Lington also runs two non-musical companies: Michael Lington Cigars, and Lington Wines.
For more information about Lington and the Rancho Mirage Art Affaire, please go to http://www.ranchomirageca.gov/art-affaire. And while you’re ambling through the art of Art Affaire at the event itself, don’t forget the music, and take a load off and listen to the inspiring sounds of this talented and charismatic performer. Who knows? He may even offer you a glass of his Cabernet Sauvignon and a puff on his stogy.