Category Archives: Music

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!

Palm Springs Gay Pride

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.Palm Springs Pride 2014, Nov. 7-9, is offering free festival admission as it moves to a new location in downtown Palm Springs.

 

PS Pride will also introduce a new parade route and is offering an unprecedented number of performers and attractions with a diverse lineup of performers gathered to celebrate equality, freedom and diversity in the desert’s LGBT community.
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Parties Parties Parties! Beach Party, 5k Walk, Pool Parties, ladies parties – it’s all here this year!
Music, celebrities and more!

GET THE WHOLE SCHEDULE HERE

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 > >

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!”


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

Best Gay Palm Springs

Gay Palm Springs Caballeros returns for 12th Season

Caballeros
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Palm Springs
is excited to announce the beginning of our 12th Season with a Holiday concert on December 18th and 19th at St Paul in the Desert. 

Auditions are taking place during ”info night” on Thursday, September 9th from 7 to 9 PM in the parish hall at St Paul in the Desert, located at 125 W El Alameda.  If you sing or know anyone who does, the chorus encourages all to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.

The chorus is also looking for non-singers to help behind the scenes. If you have skills in marketing, PR, fund-raising, grant-writing or just want to help out at rehearsals or concerts, the chorus would love to meet with you.

Rehearsals begin on September 16 and continue each Thursday from 7-10pm at St. Paul’s. For more information please call 760-322-3112 or send an email to info @ caballerosps.com.


Caballeros
is really looking forward to meeting you.

Caballeros The Gay Men’s Chorus of Palm Springs was founded as a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization in 1999. They were first presented to the public as guest artists in the last annual Holiday concert GMCLA presented in Palm Springs. The new chorus sang four songs and received a rousing approval from the community. Beginning with only 24 singers, the chorus had grown to over 70 members by April, 2002, when they presented Robert Seeley’s “Naked Man” under the guest baton of noted conductor, Jon Bailey. Performing in glittering events such as The Steven Chase Awards Banquet, “Evening Under the Stars”, and “One Night Only”, Caballeros has become a major participant in their desert community. Guests in the chorus’s own concerts have included opera singer, Janet Hopkins, renowned dance company, Tango Nacional Argentina, and the multi-talented Florence Henderson. Notable local performers Dana Atkins, Mona Caywood, Lori Donato, Derrick Lewis, and Tommi Rose, among others, have also graced their stage. There have also been memorable joint concerts with other GALA choruses such as the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, the Gay Men’s Chorus of San Francisco, and Vox Femina.

Caballeros is a performance group of gay men which welcomes all GLBT and GLBT-supportive people as members of their Board and Support team. The chorus is a proud member of their community and they love to perform to all regardless of any human difference.

Best Gay Palm Springs  

Jimmy James at Hotel Zoso Z Lounge Series This Weekend

The amazing talents
of singer/illusionist JIMMY JAMES
 comes to the Z Lounge Series
 for 3 nights, April 22, 23 and 24

James has established himself as a musical virtuoso/impressionist, recreating the sounds and styling’s of some of the best known singers, past and present.  His artistry has gained accolades internationally and his return to the desert promises the popular standards expected of this extraordinary stage presence, providing some of his famous renderings along with recent additions to his canon of time-honored vocalists.

HEARING IS BELIEVING!

Check out Jimmy James on YOUTUBE

Buy Tickets online   or  call 760-322-3554

Coachella Music and Art Fest a Success Despite Economy



Although mostly hetero, a fair number of gay boys and girls do attend. The critically acclaimed Coachella Music and Arts festival  is one of several music festivals in the United States, that  carries a certain cachet that’s hard to match. It is ranked as the number one music festival in the world.

Perhaps it’s the scenery — listening to music on a grassy polo field surrounded by swaying palm trees and craggy desert mountains. Or maybe it’s the thrill of discovering new artists and rediscovering old ones standing shoulder-to-shoulder with friends, strangers and the random Hollywood celebrity. Like Paris Hilton!
Always lots of eye candy!







The three day event takes place every year in India, California, just outside of Palm Springs. Organized by Goldenvoice  and held at the Empire Polo Fields . The event features many genres of music including alternative rock, hip hop, and Electronic music as well as large sculptural art.

The event has several stages/tents set-up throughout the grounds, each playing live music continuously. This years BIG NAME  was  Paul McCartney. Previous year names ranged from Madonna to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.








Despite economic times, promoters say the turnout exceeded expectations, and this year’s attendance figure might be the third largest in the festival’s 10-year history.


The three-day ticket price may have been steep — roughly $300, including service charges — but when divided among the 131 acts on the bill, that breaks down to less than $2.50 per act.














Each year, the festival also features interesting installation art and sculptures. Most of the pieces are interactive, and provide entertainment and eye candy for attendees walking throughout the Polo grounds.

Some of the works were initially created for the Burning Man festival. In contrast to the largely non-repeating roster of musical artists represented at the festival, a few of the visual artists, such as Robochrist Industries, the Tesla Coil (Cauac), Cyclecide, and The Do LaB, have appeared during several consecutive years at Coachella.







EVERY APRIL,   COACHCELLA draws in thousands from around the world. 

The evening dance event and visual light presentations are like nothing you have ever seen.  WATCH THE YOU TUBE COACHELLA CLIP.


And see ya there next  year!