Category Archives: Entertainment Theater and Theatre

Gay Palm Springs – Summer Fun and Deals

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Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to experience some of the best restaurants the Valley has to offer.

Restaurant Week is the perfect time to visit your favorite restaurant or try something new, as chefs prepare delicious 3 courses meals for your dining pleasure, priced at $26 or $38.  JUNE  3-12th!

Desert area hotels and attractions are offering great rates too!

 

4th Annual Splash House Pool Party

Splash House heads back to the desert for this summer for its fourth year in Palm Springs, June 10-12 and August 12-14. The festival returns to the colorful crowd favorite of the Saguaro Hotel and checks in for the first time at the iconic multi-pool Riviera Resort & Spa. After Hours found its home at last year’s memorable Air Museum parties, and Splash House will host its biggest late-night program yet this summer on the tarmac.

Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines   AUGUST  20-21

The Idyllwild Arts Foundation proudly presents the 23rd annual Jazz in the Pines Festival featuring over two dozen bands. Performers and fans of jazz, blues, and R&B have a breathtaking mountain campus to themselves after the departure of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program’s thousands of arts-lovers and before the first semester of the Foundation’s residential high school, Idyllwild Arts Academy.

And  as always –   shop  local!

Palm Springs VillageFest   THURSDAY NIGHTS

Every Thursday evening in downtown Palm Springs, enjoy a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, assorted fruits, vegetables, fresh flowers, jewelry, international cuisine, and don’t forget the sweets.

COD Alumni Street Fair  SATURDAY  AND  SUNDAY   MORNINGS

Open-air shopping at its best. Open from 7 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays all year. Bargains galore. A great way to start your day.

BEST PLACE  TO  STAY   WITH THE  BEST LOCATION ??  InnDulge!

Greg Louganis in Palm Springs for Film Fest

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For nearly three years, Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis opened his home and memory bank to documentarians interested in introducing a new generation of sports and movie fans to his story.

That investment of time and energy paid off with “Back on Board: Greg Louganis,” which was  screened  this week as one of the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Gay!La events.

Louganis and his husband, Johnny Chaillot-Louganis,  attended the gala screening.

Greg said, “Back in December 2010, I was kind of talking about how I was coming back into the sport of diving. And so Will Sweeney, one of the producers, read the article and said, “Oh my God, Greg Louganis, I never knew he left diving, so there must be a story behind it.” He reached out to Cheryl Furjanic, who produced “Sync or Swim,” another Olympic story. They were friends. Knowing she had worked with the Olympics, the ins and out of getting access and all that, she reached out to me.

Read more at  DESERT SUN

Holiday Lights and Music in Palm Springs

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You take a million lights, sprinkle in holiday music and you have party.  Wild Lights at the Living Desert in Palm Desert is the perfect place to get in the holiday spirit.

 

The minute you walk through the official entry, you find yourself in a wonderland. White lights strung through the trees with gigantic snowflakes provide the perfect photo opt.  Then a turn in the pathway brings you to an area with blue lights stretching out on the ground before you.

 

If you want a real holiday jolt of fun and laughter, this is the place to come. For adults, there is much to see and experience, including being able to see the latest in holiday lights—one display kept us all guessing about how in the world they created the look.

WILD LIGHTS AT THE LIVING DESERT

47900 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA
(760) 346-5694
www.LivingDesert.org

Admission:   Adults $10             Members/Children/Military (with ID) $8

Hours:   6 to 9 p.m.  December 4-6, 11-13, 18-31  (Closed Christmas Day)        Free Parking

Spencer Day Comes to Purple Room

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Acclaimed pop/jazz singer/songwriter Spencer Day will be performing at The Purple Room in Palm Springs on December 8, 2014 in support of his recently released full-length album Daybreak.
Dinner & Show tickets!
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Spencer Day returns to his musical roots with his fifth full-length album Daybreak, and his first independent album in seven years. His past two albums were released on the legendary Concord/Jazz label. With Daybreak, Spencer has created an album of signature interpretations of well-loved songs from the 1960’s along with five brand-new compositions written in homage of these classic American tunes.


There was a time, a sound, a feel, and a sensibility that defined the California mid-century experience. Spencer calls Daybreak his “top-down Chevy convertible on the Pacific Coast Highway” album, evoking the breezy feel of a sunny Southern California afternoon. Classics including Groovin, A World Without Love, and Never My Love have been re-imagined and interpreted in Spencer’s trademark honey baritone voice.

Spencer Day is widely regarded for his original songs that blend compelling melodies, smart lyrics and lush arrangements. For Daybreak, Spencer has crafted five new works that blend seamlessly with the cover tunes to create a moving tribute to that special time and place that gave rise to so many musical gems. Audiences around the world have enthusiastically supported Spencer for over ten years at venues as diverse as Birdland in New York, the Hollywood Bowl, Jazz Alley in Seattle, the Pacific Rim Jazz Festival in Manila, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Feinstein’s in San Francisco, Tanglewood, the Craig Ferguson Show and at music venues and festivals across the U.S. and worldwide. Spencer has a widely diverse and enthusiastic fan base in the U.S., Asia, Latin America and Europe.

Missing Tonight is the first single from Daybreak to be released to radio, and it reflects Spencer’s roots in the Great American Songbook, with a contemporary, upbeat twist that has become Spencer’s signature sound. Written with legendary composers Bill DeMain and Larry Goldings, Missing, with its jazzy feel and persuasive lyrics, evokes the excitement of a new relationship and the universal allure of limitless possibilities.

 

The album’s first single Missing Tonight debuted tied for # 3 most added on Billboard Magazine’s Smooth Jazz chart the week of its release.


Visit Spencer Day’s Website or Social Media pages for more information about this release and future tour dates. www.spencerday.com

 

Coachella Music and Arts Festival April 2014

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BOTH weekends of Coachella Music Festival  are sold out – BUT if have some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket, $6500  will get ya a Safari Tent Lounge.

Access to this private & well-secured area will be solely limited to Safari tent wristband holders. These tents provide the most comfortable way to enjoy Coachella and are fully furnished for your choice of either sleeping or lounging. Sleeping tents come with 1 or 2 Queen size beds, linens, tables, flooring, pillows, chairs, AIR conditioning, electrical outlets and more.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly known simply as Coachella or the Coachella Festival) is an annual two-weekend, three-day music and arts festival, founded by Paul Tollett, organized by Goldenvoice (a subsidiary of AEG Live), and held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley. The event features many music genres, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic music, as well as sculpture. Across the grounds, several stages continuously host live music. The main stages are: Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, and the Sahara Tent (2006 and 2011 also featured the addition of a smaller Oasis Dome and 2013 featured a new Yuma stage.)

The festival showcases popular and established musical artists, as well as emerging artists and reunited groups.

 

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Concert in the Square October 12-13

FREE CONCERT OCT 12 & 13!



FOOD VENDORS, FREE POPCORN, PRIZES AND MORE!!

MUSICIANS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WILL BE DESCENDING UPON THE COACHELLA
VALLEY FOR THE THIRD ANNUAL IMS EVENT! THIS YEAR, WE’VE ADDED A LOCAL
FLAIR THAT WILL BRING TALENT AND THE PUBLIC TOGETHER FOR MUSIC
INTERACTION:


BE A PART OF THE MUSICAL FUN > >

Palm Springs Gay Mens Chorus April 27-28

PALM SPRINGS GAY MEN’S CHORUS PRESENTS “BORN THIS WAY”

ON APRIL 27 & 28, 2013 AT PALM SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

 

The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus presents “BORN THIS WAY” at Palm Springs High School Auditorium on Saturday Evening, April 27 at 8 p.m. and Sunday Afternoon, April 28 at 3 p.m. The 100-voice men’s chorus will be led by renowned Artistic Director Robert Seeley with Accompanist Bruce Mangum and a 25-piece orchestra. Palm Springs High School Auditorium is located at 2401 East Baristo Road.

“BORN THIS WAY” is a musical odyssey of self-discovery, affirmation & celebration, and the desert’s premiere of Metamorphosis.  Act One will include up-beat, fun and gay-themed songs such as Born This Way, Over The Rainbow, Children Will Listen, Walk Like A Man, How Could Anyone, Hallelujah, Where The Boys Are, YMCA, Everything Possible, The Prayer, and I Am What I Am. Act Two will feature the music and lyrics of Robert Seeley and Robert Espindola in Metamorphosis — a life-affirming 11-movement piece exploring the stages of life through which any person, but especially gay persons, journey to reconcile one’s own heart and experience internally and with the universe. The moving and transparent repertoire of Metamorphosis follows the course of life from before birth through youth, to rejection, humiliation and misunderstanding at the hands of family, society and religion, ultimately resolving in a very personal and transformative reconciliation.

Renowned Composer and Artistic Director Robert Seeley is a seasoned veteran in male choral music having served as former Composer in Residence for the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, as well as the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus for which he composed NakedMan in 1996. He has also written for the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus (Metamorphosis), Dallas Women’s Chorus (Only Human), New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (In This Heart of Mine), Turtle Creek Chorale (To a Dancing Star), Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington (This House Shall Stand: Songs of My Family), Seattle Men’s Chorus (Over the Skies of Yisrael) and the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus (BraveSouls and Dreamers).

 “BORN THIS WAY” Advance Tickets are available for $50, $35 and $25 online at PSGMC.com or by purchasing directly from a chorus member. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door for $55, $40 and $30.

Brad Pitt George Clooney Attend Palm Springs International Film Festival

It is official – awards season in Hollywood has begun.

The brainchild of former mayor Sonny Bono, The Palm Springs International Film Festival began
in 1989 and has since become one of the largest film festivals in North
America.

 Nearly 130,000 attendees flock annually for the world-class
lineup of new international features and documentaries. The festival has
become a focal point for Oscar buzz, especially for potential foreign
film nominees.

And its January 7th Black Tie Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center  this weekend was
the star-studded highlight of the 11-day festival. Past honorees in
attendance for this glamorous night have included Ben Affleck, Javier
Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard,
Sean Penn, Natalie Portman, and Kate Winslet.

But this year’s Black Tie Awards Gala surpassed  them all, with names like Pitt, Clooney, Theron, and Close
all in attendance. And other glamorous names like Cartier and Mercedes-
Benz act as the evening’s official sponsors.

Brad Pitt was on hand to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Actor Award for his lead role in Moneyball and his supporting role in The Tree of Life. – The movie HAS NOT gotten good reviews.

George Clooney, who appeared with Pitt in Ocean’s Eleven (including scenes shot in Palm Springs) was also in attendance to receive the Chairman’s Award for the films The Descendants and The Ides of March.

Glenn Close picked up the  festival’s Career Achievement Award. Her new film Albert Nobbs,
where Close portrays a woman who tries to pass as a man in 19th century
Ireland.

FILMS  are playing through Jan 16th!

APPLAUSE with Paprika Steen Comes to Palm Springs

APPLAUSE with Paprika Steen opens in Palm Desert/Palm Springs area December 2nd

World Wide Motion Pictures Corp. is pleased to announce Applause, releasing next in the Southwest. The film will be opening at the the Cinemas Palme d’Or in in Palm Desert, CA (on Friday, December 2nd).

 

Recovering alcoholic stage actress, Thea Barfoed (Paprika Steen) has gone through turmoil. Having divorced her husband, Christian (Michael Falch), and relinquished custody of their two boys during her heavy drinking days, Thea wants to start over. As her past alcohol use and indiscretions still haunt her, the reality of a new beginning seems bleak. Thea uses her inner actress’s charm and manipulation to convince her ex-husband that she is fully recovered and capable of being a good mother to their children; however, she hasn’t completely convinced herself.

 

On stage, Thea plays the binge drinking, ostentatious Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Ironically, her stage character bears an uncanny resemblance to her personal life. As her alcoholism and past regrets hang in the balance, Thea must decide whether to confront her inner demons or to let the show go on.

 

EVERYONE loves it!

 Film Festivals and critics agree –

“One of the best screen performances of the year.”

– Karen Durbin, The New York Times

“Deeply affecting … unflinchingly real.”

– Betsy Sharkey, The Los Angeles Times

“An extraordinary performance by Paprika Steen.”

– Roger Ebert,The Chicago Sun-

 

North American audiences are getting to know the star of Applause well thanks to her ongoing series of “Ask Paprika” videos. The actress has been responding to questions from fans that were posted to her on the film’s Facebook page. To view all six of her candid answers, visit You Tube. Then, check back to see what the film’s director, Martin Pieter Zandvliet, had to say about making the picture and working with Denmark’s biggest star.

 

WATCH THE TRAILER FOR APPLAUSE NOW!

 

Jesse Archers HALF SHARE at ShortFest


PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL
SHORT FEST
 is in
full swing this week!

Running thru June 27th, the festival is fun and full of hundreds of amazing short films!

As new doors open for short filmmakers, we’re opening our own doors to a rich and diverse line up of great new short films from around the world with this 17th annual edition of the event.

As always, ShortFest has culled a huge selection of dazzling new animated, live action and documentary short films for its line-up from among 3,000 submissions to the event this year. And while these films are short in length, they are long on entertainment value – in turns amusing, enlightening, challenging and provocative – all of which adds up to the perfect recipe for a great time at the movies. Join us in celebration of the gifted young filmmakers who are providing this filmic feast, and who will enliven the cinema for decades to come. “


OUR FAVORITE!       Half-Share


From the talented JESSE ARCHER comes this new project, soon to be an online web series!

a Fresh out of a long term relationship, Matt takes a time-share on Fire Island for the summer and must decide whether he can handle his eccentric new housemates on the
mythical Isle of Misfit Boys.

DIRECTOR: Sean Hanley
Producer: Sean Hanley, Jesse Archer
Editor: Alexander Hammer
Cinematographer: Andrei Bowden-Schwartz
Music: Roddy Bottum
Principal Cast: Jesse Archer,Alec Mapa,Sam Pancake,Jack Plotnick,Kevyn Morrow,Kyle Spidle


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Randy Jones and Disco Fever hit Palm Desert April 29th

 RANDY JONES (Village People) 

will be in  LA/Palm Springs/Palm Desert  this coming week! April 24-May 3. 


Nic’s in Bev Hills on Tuesday 4/26
5pm-Midnight at Nic’s Martini Lounge, 453 North Canon Drive, Bev Hills, CA, Mark Bego is throwing down to welcome RJ to LA. It’s an opportunity for all RJ’s pals out in the LA area to convo and catch up…and have a damn fine cocktail from all reports.

Palm Desert  at the McCallum Theatre
on 4/29.    Disco Fever!
KNEWS 94.3 FM Welcomes
Starring The Trammps, Original Village People cowboy Randy Jones, A Taste of Honey featuring Janice Marie, pluse Maxine Nightingale

Join “Bulldog” Bill Feingold and his sidekick Kevin as they host an evening of the greatest disco music ever. Put on your bellbottoms and your platform shoes and boogie all night!

CHARO Brings SEXY SEXY to Palm Springs White Party


The woman whose passport reads “María del Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Gutiérrez de los Perales Santa Ana Romanguera y de la Hinojosa Rasten” has so many fantastic stories that the list of great ones goes on longer than her official name!

CHARO started in Las Vegas back in the 1970s, and before she was legal. “I brought so many people in they looked the other way,” she says. Her time in Sin City is a history lesson of talent. “It was just like the movies. People dressed perfectly; there was an ambience of class.” Her co-stars in sophistication included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Junior (“The best performer in the world”), and a setting that she calls “a dream come true.”


While the dream may have ended (“Las Vegas is Disneyland now”), Charo has not. She performs year-round. On February 25 she  performed  her new song, “Sexy, Sexy” at Splash Bar in New York, and on April 10 she’ll perform at the famous WHITE PARTY in Palm Springs. Charo’s not going back in time, she’s moving with it. 

Charo left the scene before the scene left her. “I knew that I didn’t want my child to be raised by nannies. In the Eighties, I was making a hundred thousand a week in Vegas and Reno, and instead I went to Hawaii where my son could grow up normal with the same friends.” She still performed in Waikiki, and answers the question of possible regrets before you ask. “My son doesn’t have to write a book called ‘Cuchi-Cuchi Dearest.’” It’s a laugh line on her part, and a bittersweet note for anyone who remembers the lush desert days. 


“When I came back to Vegas in 2000, I couldn’t believe it. Corporations took over, and they looked at people like numbers. I stopped learning the names of my bosses because every three months there would be a new one. There was a time when you were a VIP; now you’re a lump.” 


“Sexy, Sexy” was written by Charo’s son, Shel Rasten, a musician in his own right, and it’s an infectious dance number that Charo calls “the new Cuchi-Cuchi.” If you notice a change in her audience, it’s because a lot of the ambience now has a touch of same-sex class. Charo’s flamboyant look has, not surprisingly, kept her in the gay loop. 


“I am against discrimination and against oppression,” she says. “The people in the White House should treat the country like it’s their own children. Same sexes should be respected and allowed to marry. You have to fight, fight, fight!”


Palm Springs in the SPRING

So we know WHY
you are  coming to Palm Springs this SPRING!  All the cool things going on….

Palm Canyon Theater:
Elton Johns AIDA
HURRY!  thru  3/13/2011


Alexander Weekend 10th Anniversary
3/25/2011 – 3/27/2011

Palm Springs WestFest & Rodeo
3/24/2011 – 3/27/2011

White Party
4/8/2011 – 4/11/2011

Coachella Valley Music Festival
4/15/2011 – 4/17/2011

Meet the Museum party for the LGBT Community
4/22/2011 

But do you know WHERE
you are going to stay??

The choice is simple, if you’re a man….INNdulge.

INNdulge corners the market on comfortable and casual. One section of the structure has the requisite pool and hot tub, and features rooms that are spacious and pampered without being stuffy, with nicely preserved ’50’s style kitchenettes (PS loves its retro history! But new updates are always being done –  recently  new headboards, desks, tables, dresser’s, flat screen TV’s, and original artwork were added to rooms.)

There is a poolside social hour  and INNdulge probably boasts the most spectacular mountain-range view. Practically every Palm Springs Locale is outfitted with misters to combat the desert heat, but INNdulge has the only pool chiller which, when the heat soars to skin-melting temperatures, is quite a draw.

The  owners have transformed this historic inn into the award winning resort it is today.


And check this out, last week they  installed the desert’s first ever 24 hour security guard.  His name is Pablo.


            

Isn’t that great?!

But seriously, this is the place to stay in Palm Springs. INNdulge Palm Springs is a wonderful example of Palm Springs 50’s architecture….and hospitality. The resort is centered around a kidney-shaped pool. The beautifully landscaped grounds frame the surrounding hotel rooms. The only thing better than the architecture and grounds of the property are the resort’s employees and its owners, who maintain a friendly atmosphere resulting in a loyal repeat crowd.

When in Palm Springs….INNdulge!
601 Grenfall Road      Palm Springs CA 92264
ph. 800.833.5675       760.327.1408



OY VEY! My Son is Gay! Comes to Palm Springs This Week!


Exciting News for
Palm Springs!

After making the rounds at LGBT film festivals WORLDWIDE, and winning countless awards, OY VEY! MY SON IS GAY begins opening in theaters this weekend!

Directed by Evgeny Afineevsky and starring
Golden Globe, Emmy and Tony Award nominee Lainie Kazan, Saul Rubinek, Carmen Electra, Vincent Pastore, Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young, Emmy Award winner Jai Rodriguez, and Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch.

Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay! is a family romantic comedy roller-coaster ride of laughs and shows how far we come and yet how far we still have to go.  The star-studded cast and wonderful story will have you laughing – and talking and thinking.

At a time where society is currently in dire stress, the public is even more challenged to find channels for relief and escape.  The film, “OY VEY! MY SON IS GAY!” delivers a very powerful message through the language of humor, and successfully combines the elements of fun, laughter, love, respect, tolerance and the  value of relationships.  It finds humor in the most awkward situations, but remains a powerful reminder that LOVE IS LOVE.


This movie was a long journey of 8 years of hard work, which finally resulted in a heartwarming and inspirational family comedy with an amazing and accomplished cast.

The film’s director, Evgeny Afineevksy (born in Russia, raised in Israel and currently living in the USA)  utilized powerful tools and different multicultural elements (drawn from his multicultural background) to make the movie unique.  He created the movie with a fresh perspective on a very unusual and sensitive matter; mixing elements of light language of comedy with sincerity; treating today’s  tough and sensitive subject with empathy and humor; and, creating funny and relatable characters, allowing the humor to progress from and within the characters.  “OY VEY! MY SON IS GAY! was awarded the Best Script at the 41st Houston World Festival and the Monaco Film Festival, and won over 20 different awards internationally during last year.




Every mother wants their child to get married and have a family.

This is the story of  a Jewish family living in the North Shore of Long Island, where every Friday night Shirley Hirsch (Lainie Kazan) invites another “perfect” girl for Shabbat dinner in hopes that her son, Nelson (John Lloyd Young), will marry a nice Jewish girl.

When Shirley and Martin (Saul Rubinek) once again set him up on a date, Nelson reveals that he is already seeing someone. Shirley and Martin are thrilled and can’t wait to meet the lucky lady.

 In a motherly attempt at finding out who her son is dating, Shirley stops by Nelson’s apartment. She is greeted by Angelo Ferraro (Jai Rodriguez), Nelson’s live-in boyfriend, and in order to not divulge Nelson’s secret life, Angelo introduces himself as his decorator! And the plot thickens!

THIS IS A MUST SEE MOVIE!

OPENING THIS WEEKEND Feb 4th  in Palm Springs!



Regal Palm Springs Stadium 9
789 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262 
(Tel: 760-323-4466)


For tickets: http://www.fandango.com/


PLUS  a special treat for all our fans out there!! Cast members with the director, producers and writer will be there to “MEET & GREET” after the movie. Look at all this cool stuff happening!


Friday, February 4th 2011 – Star of the movie –  Emmy Award winning comedian and writer Bruce Vilanch, award winning Director / producer / writer of the movie Evgeny Afineevsky and movie producer Svetlana Anufrieva. (will be  meeting and greeting the audience and answering the questions about the movie after every show!)


Friday, February 4th 2011 – Come and have drink on us! Special Movie premier afterparty starting at 10pm at the Elevation Night Club! (67555 East Palm Canyon Drive #F124, Cathedral City, CA 92262 )
(Every one who brings movie ticket stab from regal cinema, will get free drink!)


Saturday and Sunday, February 5th and 6th, 2011 – Award winning Director / producer / writer of the movie Evgeny Afineevsky and movie producer Svetlana Anufrieva. (will be  meeting and greeting the audience and answering the questions about the movie after every show!)

Come and have drink on us! Special Weekend Movie extravaganza at the Elevation Night Club! (67555 East Palm Canyon Drive #F124, Cathedral City, CA 92262 ) – Every one who brings movie ticket stab from regal cinema, will get free drink!




  Check the website and links below!
 
OY VEY MY SON IS GAY official site
Watch the Trailer
Oy Vey  on  Facebook

Gay Jazz Artist Dave Koz Brings Christmas Tour To Palm Desert December 12th

COMING OUT,
DOES NOT HURT ONES CAREER,

contrary to popular belief!
Just ask Dave Koz.

When he came out in The Advocate in 2004, Dave Koz instantly expanded his already large fan base and shattered a lot of myths about gay men and music.

In a career that spans twenty years and a dozen albums, saxophonist Dave Koz has established himself as one of the most prominent figures in contemporary music. But for as noteworthy as his body of recorded work and as entertaining his live performances and other past accomplishments might be, Koz finds himself in an era of dramatic and sweeping change where everything once taken for granted is suddenly up for grabs. For Koz – and for all of us in this first decade of the new century – it’s a new day, full of new challenges and opportunities, and new rules that are still being written.

Koz embraces this era of change – and even the uncertainty that comes with it – on Hello Tomorrow, his debut on Concord Records  (released on October 12, 2010. “Put The Top Down,” the breezy lead single from the  album, rocketed to #1 at Radio after just three weeks!). Produced by Grammy winners John Burk and Marcus Miller (who also appears on most tracks), the album features a diverse army of high-profile guests: Herb Alpert, Jonathan Butler, Brian Culbertson, Sheila E., Boney James, Jeff Lorber, Keb’ Mo’, Ray Parker, Jr., Lee Ritenour, Christian Scott and others. Each of the thirteen tracks – most of them written by Koz and his collaborators, others penned by friends and legends – focuses on being open to new beginnings, and trusting that the future is unfolding in all the right ways for all the right reasons.

Looking back on the Advocate Coming Out interview, he says, “I think everyone makes that leap at the right time in their own lives—there is no absolute rule, and thus I tend to shy away from giving anyone else advice on how to do this. In my own experience however, I never had a master plan to come out…that moment shocked me when it came—I sort of knew it instinctively and I said to myself, “It’s time”. Up until that point it was something I was either too worried, or too freaked out to do. I wasn’t willing to risk it…but then something surprising happened.

I was doing an interview for another gay publication—and the interviewer initially said it was just to speak on the music, no personal questions. His editors had a different agenda and he came back to me saying that in order for the article to run I would have to address my sexuality. Well, I noticed the way this information made me feel…and for the first time ever, it didn’t scare the &*%# out of me! I went to my managers with the idea of coming out—they were super supportive, having helped Melissa Etheridge along her journey. But they said if you’re going to do it, do it with The Advocate. And that’s exactly what happened—a few months later, just about in sync with my turning 40, it was done. This little piece of information that I’d been guarding so preciously all my adult life was finally out there for the world to see. Of course at the time I was freaking out…but I haven’t looked back since. By far, the very best thing I’ve ever done for myself.

LAST  WEEK, Dave added his effort to the Dan Savage It Get’s Better Project. You can watch his video and listen to his growing up gay story . And he reveals how his music got him through the struggles of growing up gay. Music – and more specifically, the saxophone – have been Koz’s primary survival tools since his childhood and adolescence in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley.  “The saxophone became my best friend, my most trusted ally, because it enabled me to communicate feelings that I didn’t have the words for. In many ways, it saved my life.”

 

This is shows 13th Anniversary! And this year’s run will feature special guests South African singer/guitarist Jonathan Butler, keyboardist Brian Culbertson and Dutch saxophone star Candy Dulfer. It will mark Dulfer’s first tour with Koz while Butler and Culbertson are back by popular demand. 

The artists will perform hits from their respective catalogues and join together on a variety of holiday standards for an inspirational, high-energy show that has become a cherished tradition for many fans. The tour will take them from coast to coast and include three Los Angeles area shows (December 17th & 18th at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts and December 19th at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live). The festivities will conclude with a show at Modesto’s Gallo Center for the Arts on December 20th.

DAVE KOZ AND FRIENDS… A SMOOTH JAZZ CHRISTMAS
   2010 TOUR  COMES TO     Palm Desert, CA 7:00pm
Dec. 12, 2010, McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts  !

“Holiday music is like comfort food – when you hear these songs, they transport you,” says Dave, who has three classic holiday albums to his credit (December Makes Me Feel This Way, A Smooth Jazz Christmas Dave Koz & Friends, Memories of a Winter’s Night). “It’s like when you smell a fresh apple pie, and it conjures up memories of your grandmother’s baking and all the traditions that make this such a special time of year.”

  Tickets for the Palm Desert show ON SALE NOW! 

DAVE KOZ online

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