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Season is here! Let’s celebrate with some great events.

Greater Palm Springs Pride takes place Friday, Nov. 7, through Sunday, Nov. 9. There are a ton of related musical performances—many of those taking place at the new festival location in downtown Palm Springs. Get all the details at www.pspride.org.

The Ace Hotel and Swim Club will be celebrating Greater Palm Springs Pride with special events on Friday, Nov. 7, and Saturday, Nov. 8. Offerings include performances and sets by JD Samson, W. Jeremy, Sparber, Amber Valentine, Nark, Chelsea Starr and Victor Rodriguez; Murray Hill is the host. There will also be pop-ups from Wacky Wacko and Peggy Noland. Admission is free. Ace Hotel and Swim Club, 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 760-325-9900; www.acehotel.com/palmsprings.

The Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club will be having Pride pool parties Friday, Nov. 7, through Sunday, Nov 9. DJs scheduled to perform include Aaron C, All Night Shoes, COLOUR VISION and others. Admission is free. Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club, 1555 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 760-778-8954; www.haciendacantina.com.

The McCallum Theatre is back in full swing for the season. At 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2, a group of all-star high school musicians throughout the Coachella Valley will join up for the All Coachella Valley High School Honor Band. Tickets are $10. Patti Austin will be coming through at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22. The jazz vocalist has had an extensive career and was even a guest artist on Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall. Tickets are $35 to $75. If you want to enjoy some laughs, the Last Comic Standing Live Tour will be at the McCallum at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 23. Tickets are $25 to $65. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert; 760-340-2787; www.mccallumtheatre.com.

Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa has several excellent events taking place. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, Def Leppard will be performing. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past four decades, or you’re just too young to know, Def Leppard is one of the big names of the British wave of heavy metal. The group’s drummer, Rick Allen, only has one arm, which makes Def Leppard the best nine-armed band ever. Tickets are $95 to $185. The reunited Culture Club (bottom) will be opening its reunion tour at Agua Caliente at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15. The group, fronted by the infamous Boy George, was a big hit in the ’80s, and the reunion includes all original members. Tickets are $90 to $160. The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995; www.hotwatercasino.com.

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino has a great November schedule. Country-music sensation Reba will be performing at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1. Reba has been in the business for almost 40 years and is a powerhouse in country music. She’s also an actress who is probably best known for her television sitcom on the WB Network. Tickets are $59 to $149. Howie Mandel will be bringing the funny at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8. While Mandel is a hugely successful comedian and actor, he’s almost as famous for being a germophobe. Tickets are $29 to $59. Finally, the great Sheryl Crow will be returning to Fantasy Springs at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15. Tickets are $49 to $99. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio; 800-827-2946; www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

Morongo Casino Resort Spa has a couple of events worth noting. LeAnn Rimes will be appearing at 8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2.Her record-breaking single 1997 “How Do I Live” was recently the answer to a trivia question at Bella da Ball’s Ace Hotel trivia night. Tickets are $29 and are only available at the Morongo Casino Box Office. Los Lobos (above right) will be stopping by with Los Lonely Boys at 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7. I had the opportunity to see Los Lobos perform in Riverside back in July, and band put on an amazing show. The members joked with fans who were cheering for them to play “La Bamba”; they said the song was actually performed by Los Lonely Boys. Tickets are $39 to $49. Morongo Casino Resort Spa, 49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; 800-252-4499; www.morongocasinoresort.com.

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace has great things going on in November—as always. At 9 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2, J.D. McPherson will be performing. McPherson performed locally at Stagecoach back in the spring. Tickets are $15. If you’re a fan of both lucha libre (Mexican professional wrestling) and rock ’n’ roll, stop by for Los Straitjackets at 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13. I’ve seen the band twice before—and the shows are crazy fun. Tickets are $15. Now here’s something rather… odd: Macaulay Culkin and his band The Pizza Underground will be performing with Lizzo and Har Mar Superstar at 9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18. The Independent tried to interview someone from The Pizza Underground, but it didn’t work out, in part because the band only wanted to talk about pizza. So it’s a little odd that the band is performing in a barbecue restaurant that doesn’t serve pizza. Tickets are $15. Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown; 760-365-5956; www.pappyandharriets.com.

Speaking of pizza, The Hood Bar and Pizza has a fine November schedule. At 10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8, Independent resident DJ All Night Shoes will be hosting his next installment of FRESH Sessions Live. His guests will be Aimlo and COLOUR VISION. Admission is free. At 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, the Hellions will be throwing a Turbojugend party that will include Monolith and Whiskey and Knives. Turbojugend, the legendary fan club of the Norwegian band Turbonegro, has a chapter in Palm Desert—made up of the Hellions. The Hellions will most likely be bringing in their brothers in denim jackets from Los Angeles, so you don’t want to miss this one. Admission is free. At 9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 26, Machin’ will offer a special free Thanksgiving Eve performance. The Hood Bar and Pizza, 74360 Highway 111, Palm Desert; 760-636-5220; www.facebook.com/thehoodbar.

The Date Shed continues to make a comeback after a dormant period. Fortunate Youth will be performing at 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1. The Los Angeles reggae group has received accolades for a brilliant stage show. Tickets are $15 to $20. If that’s not enough reggae for you, San Diego reggae group Tribal Seeds is coming back for another show at The Date Shed at 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22. The crowd at the last show was packed, so get there early. Tickets are $17 to $20. The Date Shed, 50725 Monroe Street, Indio; 760-775-6699; www.dateshedmusic.com.

Published in Previews

This month’s mix features some of my favorite remixes—both recent and a bit older.

Remixes take a track and give it new life. For example, consider the Flashback re-work of Kiesza’s “Hideaway.” The challenge when doing a remix is to maintain the character of the original track while injecting one’s own ideas. Some producers use samples of the original song to create a new version; others will add their own arrangements, using a multitude of instruments. Actually, the word “remix” doesn’t always cut it; a more suitable name in the modern game might actually be “reworks,” because the process involves breaking down a track and re-creating it.

This month, I’m hosting “FRESH Sessions LIVE” at The Hood Bar and Pizza in Palm Desert on Saturday, Nov. 8. The show will feature DJ sets from Aimlo, COLOUR VISION, San Diego natives Boys Don’t Disco, and me. It starts at 10 p.m.

The mix is below. As always, enjoy!

  • Figgy, “Take You Away”
  • Vanilla Ace and Thee Cool Cats, “Get Close to Me”
  • Astronaut, “Rain” (Centron Remix)
  • Paul Richmond, “Commitment”
  • Superwalkers, “Judge Me”
  • Ten Walls, “Walking With Elephants” (COLOUR VISION Remix)
  • All Night Shoes, “Come Around”
  • Kim Cesarion, “Undressed” (Oliver Nelson Remix)
  • Kiesza, “Hideaway” (Flashback Remix)
  • Bordertown x EZLV featuring Freya, “Things Should Go”
  • Toyboy and Robin featuring Nikki Cislyn, “Back and Forth”
  • Mr. Gonzo, “Heart”
  • D.V.S*, “Heartmaps”
Published in Subatomic

Some thoughts percolating through my head this month:

• It was two years ago this month that CVIndependent.com first went live to the world. And it was one year ago this month that the Coachella Valley Independent—after two quarterly print editions—became the monthly print publication that it is today.

So, yeah, October’s kind of an important month for us.

We debated having a big anniversary party, kind of like we did for last year’s print-edition launch and one-year online anniversary, but we decided to hold off and put all of our efforts into creating a kick-ass Best of Coachella Valley party, coming your way most likely in early December. Keep your eye open for more details about that.

By the way, have you voted in the Best of Coachella Valley yet? Round One of voting ends Oct. 3, and the Final Round begins Oct. 8. So, go vote now at CVIndependent.com!

• While the Independent is holding off on an anniversary party, we’re sponsoring All Night Shoes—aka Alex Harrington—as he celebrates the one-year anniversary of his FRESH Sessions mixes for CVIndependent.com. Join us at the party: It’s going down at the Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club at 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11. DJ Day and COLOUR VISION will be joining All Night Shoes for one hell of a dance party—and there’s no cover. See ya there!

• Speaking of anniversaries: An organization that’s quite important to me and the Independent is celebrating 10 years of existence this month.

Ever since I moved here, I’ve been a part of the Palm Springs Gay Softball League. I’ve played on and helped coach the team now known as The Green Team for almost two years—and I’ve had the time of my life while doing so. (The Independent sponsors The Green Team, too.)

The league will be celebrating the big anniversary at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 5, at Demuth Park, on Mesquite Drive just east of El Cielo Road, in Palm Springs. Come and join in the celebration—especially if you are or were once part of the league, or if you want to know more about it. (By the way, you don’t need to be gay, lesbian or bisexual to play in the league; you just need to be a fun person.)

If you can’t make it on Oct. 5, the league plays games on most Sundays between October and May (with a holiday break in January and much of February) at Demuth Park, so come on down.

Congratulations to everyone in the league! Get more information at psgsl.org.

Published in Editor's Note

This month, we’re celebrating one year of “FRESH Sessions,” and I have to thank all of you who have tuned in since the start. When I began writing this column, I wanted to share my love of electronic music with the valley. As the months have gone on, I have evolved as a DJ—and, of course, my sound has evolved as well.

I love the feeling dance music and house music give me. You can dance, be free, shake about—and when you look around, everyone in the room is doing the same thing. There are no pretentious attitudes and no negative judgments—just “good vibes,” as I like to say.

This column has evolved from simple words with a mix to live shows. This month, we will be celebrating at the Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 10 p.m. This will be a free event and will feature DJ sets from DJ Day, COLOUR VISION and myself.

Thank you all. I look forward to sharing more with you in the future. Here’s to another year!

  • Jessie Andrews featuring Comets We Fall, “You Won’t Forget Tonight”
  • Me and My Toothbrush, “Sundown” (Croatia Squad Remix)
  • Endor, “Wiggle”
  • Moon Boots featuring Kyiki, “Don’t Ask Why” (Vanilla Ace and Barber Remix)
  • Gorgon City featuring Clean Bandit, “Intentions” (Club Mix)
  • Oliver, “Fast Forward”
  • TRU Concept and Endor featuring Romany, “Intentions”
  • Basement Jaxx, “What’s the News”
  • Ruffneck featuring Yavahn, “Everybody Be Somebody” (Lucas and Steve Remix)
  • The Voyagers featuring Haris, “A Lot Like Love” (Oliver Heldens Edit)
  • Alex Metric featuring Stefan Storm, “Heart Weighs a Ton”
  • Basement Jaxx, “Never Say Never” (Louis La Roche Remix)
  • Duck Sauce featuring Teddy Toothpick, “Everyone”
  • Adam F and Cory Enemy, “When It Comes to You,” featuring Dizzee Rascal and Margot (Vindata Remix)
Published in Subatomic

The Hood Bar and Pizza in Palm Desert has become known in recent years for both its incredible bookings of big-name punk-rock bands and its support of local music.

Now, the venue may become known for another thing: a fantastic electronic dance music night.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, The Hood will be hosting Fresh Sessions Live, hosted by Independent contributor All Night Shoes (Alex Harrington), with special guests Synthetix and Coffee Blvckk. (The Independent is also a sponsor of the event.)

During a recent interview, Harrington and Jack Kohler, the booking agent for The Hood, said the idea for the EDM night developed in part due to a successful birthday bash for Synthetix back in July. They realized that creating a regular dance-music night might be a good idea, especially since the eastern Coachella Valley doesn’t have a lot of music venues.

“It was my idea, but Jack encouraged it,” Harrington said. “The main idea behind it is it’s all about a form of collaboration. It’s not just one person or one thing, and it’s not just The Hood throwing a show. It’s artists coming together and doing something at The Hood.”

Kohler said he was happy to work with Harrington to put something together.

“I’ve noticed what he’s been doing locally, and I think it’s a neat thing,” Kohler said. “There are people out here who are cutthroat about working together. I think it’s rad that someone is starting a collective group of people. Another thing that’s difficult with this style of music is pairing people. I have a couple of favorite local DJs, with Alex being one of them. Coffee Blvckk is kind of an up-and-comer doing his thing. I had a night scheduled with him that we had to drop because of another show that interrupted it, so it’s cool that he’s going to be a part of this.”

Kohler has joked in the past that The Hood is more known for bros “high-fiving each other and throwing up,” and he said that some of the venue’s patrons have left “Boycott DJs!” messages on The Hood’s Facebook page.

“People would get so upset that we even had DJs,” Kohler said. “People have a kind of negative definition for a disc jockey and someone who uses new technology, so there’s a lot of purism with certain people. The funny thing is: In this town, you can’t just use this venue for straight rock ’n’ roll; it’s impossible to do that without repeating certain acts. Adding DJs to our schedule gives people a new flavor.”

Harrington agreed.

“That’s what I like about The Hood: The Hood just isn’t an average venue,” Harrington said. “They’re always trying to bring in the freshest and highest quality of musicians—and the people here don’t realize it. That’s what I’m trying to do with this event: bring my knowledge and view on (music) to a place like The Hood, and keep that edge, keep that freshness—but also keep an underground vibe.

“People who go out to dance at places like the Hard Rock Hotel don’t necessarily want to go there all the time and be around that; sometimes, it’s just bit much. Sometimes, it’s nice to go somewhere where there’s not a pretentious fiasco going on. You want to let yourself go, but still have that experience with a DJ, and I think that’s something that people are looking for.”

Both Harrington and Kohler said they hope to make the EDM night a regular event.

“I’ve reached out to multiple artists in the area, and I’ve gotten positive feedback and people wanting to do it,” Harrington said. “If this takes off, it could be used in a way to combine local artists and DJs with acts from Los Angeles and San Diego. We don’t really have a place out here that’s like a real dance club; everything is kind of commercialized, to an extent. So I’d like to use it as a hub for local artists and DJs, and broaden the horizons of the scene out here.”

The event will be free. The Hood is also known for being on the cheaper side regarding beer and cocktails, so Kohler sees the potential in creating something new that people can enjoy without breaking the bank.

“I don’t like doing covers for events here,” Kohler said. “I also don’t like the high prices at clubs. That’s why I don’t really do that scene personally. I don’t want to spend a ton on drinks, and I don’t want to pay to see something I believe I can universally see somewhere else. This is a neat opportunity for us. … It’s not douchey, and you don’t have to ‘fit in.’

“I don’t want this bar to be selective to just punk rock, because that’s what it was for so long, and people have gotten over that. I have a lot of national punk rock coming up over the next couple of months, but I don’t want to stick to just that.”

Harrington hopes to see the place as packed as it was for Synthetix’s birthday party back in July.

“It got pretty busy,” Harrington said. “That event was thrown together (at the) last minute, so we’ll see what happens with this.”

Fresh Sessions Live, hosted by Independent contributor All Night Shoes (Alex Harrington) and featuring special guests Synthetix and Coffee Blvckk, takes place at 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at The Hood Bar and Pizza, 74360 Highway 111, in Palm Desert. Admission is free; this is an event for people 21 and older. For more information, call 760-636-5220, or visit www.facebook.com/thehoodbar. Below: Synthetix.

Published in Previews

This month, I have decided to make a mix featuring some of my favorite tracks at the moment.

While keeping my usual deep-house sound, I’ve developed a playlist that represents my favorite “vibes.” I love getting lost in a song—and the great thing about being a DJ is you get to do that over and over again, while sharing that feeling with those around you.

Come experience this feeling with me! The Independent is sponsoring—along with my new label, Fresh Session Records—FRESH Sessions Live at 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at The Hood Bar and Pizza, 74360 Highway 111, in Palm Desert. This show will feature CoffeeBlvckk, Synthetix and myself! There’s no cover; 21 and older only, please. We’re hoping this is just the first in a series of events like this, so come out, and enjoy the night with us!

Follow me at Facebook.com/ansofficial for more shows in September—and enjoy the September FRESH Sessions mix below.

  • 4AM, “High and Low”
  • Beyoncé, “Work It Out” (Color K. Remix)
  • One Bit, “Limitless” (Hostage Remix)
  • Quinten 909 and Donagrandi, “Dress 2 Impress”
  • Figgy, “The Truth”
  • Billion, “Special” featuring Maxine Ashley
  • Zeds Dead, “Lost You” (featuring Twin Shadow and D’Angelo Lacy)
  • Michael Calfan, “Prelude”
  • Zhu, “Faded” (Amtrac Remix)
  • Shift K3y, “Touch”
Published in Subatomic

The members of Burning Bettie have distinctly individual personalities and different musical backgrounds—and all of those differences have served the band well, as it’s become one of the Coachella Valley’s most popular bands.

The group is holding is third “Burning Bday Bash” on Saturday, Aug. 23, with a daytime pool party at The Curve Hotel in Palm Springs, which will include The Hive Minds, Femme A, Synthetix, Independent resident DJ All Night Shoes and others. The party will then move to Bar, also in Palm Springs, with performances by Thr3 Strykes, Spankshaft, Deadend Paradox and, of course, Burning Bettie.

During a recent interview, frontman Giorg Tierez, lead guitarist Frank Michel and drummer Josh Ballard remembered when they were trying to develop bands via Craigslist.

“Giorg had a posting that I originally responded to,” said Michel. “I saw his influences and all that, and saw that they matched up to mine. I thought, ‘All right, well, I think I can work with this.’ I had been searching for months, and I think he had been posting for a while as well. So I called him up; we talked and set up a practice—and we already had a couple of songs that day.”

Tierez had previously met Ballard, also through Craigslist.

“I had known Josh a year prior, because I had responded to one of his Craigslist ads,” Tierez said with a laugh. “He wanted to put together a comedy rock band, like Tenacious D, Adam Sandler, and that kind of rock stuff. I like that stuff, and no matter what anyone says, they’re awesome musicians. We got together one time, and it was kind of weird. He brought this keyboard-player, and I had a guitar-player. It didn’t work out, and I didn’t talk to him for a year, basically.”

Tierez and Michel reached out to Ballard and soon picked up Shawn Fisher (bass). The rest, as they say, is history.

Each of the members, led by Tierez (rhythm guitar and vocals), can play multiple instruments. Tierez mentioned that Michel’s college education at Riverside Community College was based in music.

“Frank started off as a percussionist, which is amazing, because he plays guitar like a fucking maniac—but he’s really good at drumming, too,” Tierez said.

Michel explained how he became such a gifted multi-instrumentalist.

“I went to school and studied percussion,” Michel said. “My teachers always expected a career from me in percussion in classical music, Latin music and all that stuff. I think that stuck with me as far as me being a guitar-player now, which is about keeping time on my own.”

After getting to know each other, they agreed on mutual influences such as Led Zeppelin, Sublime, Foo Fighters and Muse. When they each added in their own influences, they come up with a unique sound, with hints of desert rock.

So … what happened to Ballard’s love of comedy rock?

“I keep some of that stuff in my own writing and in a side-project kind of thing,” Ballard said. “With Burning Bettie in the present day, I don’t really do any comedy stuff and have kind of separated it. But it’s not that we don’t like to throw a few laughs together here and there.”

Recently, Tierez moved primarily to vocals when the band brought in James “Hollis” Eaton from Reno, Nev., to take over rhythm-guitar duties. Eaton’s wife and daughter still live in Reno, he said.

“Me and (Ballard) have been in a couple of different bands in the past, and we’ve been best friends for years,” Eaton said. “He shot me over a recording of music they were doing, and I thought, ‘Oh man, I love this music!’ I listened to it all the fucking time, and then they said they were looking for a guitar-player, and I said, ‘Let me try out!’ I came down; we started jamming together; and we started writing songs.”

Hollis said his family has been supportive.

“I miss Reno. My wife and my kid are up there, but they’ve come down, and I’ve gone up there a couple of times,” he said. “It’s a big commitment, but my wife and my kid have said, ‘Hey, go live your dream.’ … If there would have been some kind of bullshit going on in this band musically, she would have said, ‘No, you’re staying here!’ But she believes in the music, and she loves Burning Bettie.”

Not too long ago, Burning Bettie went to Hollywood and played a show at The Viper Room on the Sunset Strip. It was the band's first appearance outside of the desert, and the members said it’s been their most memorable performance to date.

“You’re right across the street from the Whisky A Go Go,” Michel said. “It almost feels for the moment that you’ve made it—and then afterward, it was, ‘Eh, at least we got out of the desert heat,’” he said with a laugh.

Tierez said the Viper Room show paid instant dividends.

“I thought we did really well, and I got a lot of good feedback,” he said. “Immediately the next day, we got hit up by Whisky A Go Go to do a show there. Obviously, we did something right. We aren’t metal, punk or hardcore rock like the other bands were, but a lot of people still liked it.”

The Burning BDay Bash is held around Tierez’ birthday each year and has become a tradition. The first one was held at Tierez’s house in Indio about two months after the band formed, and the event included a pool party. The second bash was held at Schmidy’s Tavern, but this year, the band wanted to return the event to its pool-party roots.

“It started off on my birthday a month and a half after we were a band,” Tierez said about that first event. Dead End Paradox played with us, and F13, which was a reggae band. It was about 70 people at my house in Indio. It wasn’t that big of a house—and it was crazy. The music stopped, and then it turned into a pool party.”

The Burning BDay Bash will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, at The Curve Hotel, 333 E. Palm Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs, from noon to 7 p.m. It will then move to Bar, 340 N. Palm Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit the band’s Facebook page.

Published in Previews

It’s time for August’s FRESH Sessions, the 11th installment in this series!

I’d like to again thank JF//Discord for his guest FRESH Sessions mix last month. While I love offering people some of the best known and unknown current dance music, I also love sharing the work of other DJs.

In the minds of some, there’s a stigma associated with modern DJing. Many see us as mere “party people” who like to play as loud and as fast as possible. This is not true. Yes, we all like to “get down”—but not in the same way.

For example, I appreciate some theatrics in a DJ set. Creating different sounds with someone else’s work is exciting. This month, I try to do just that, with the final installment in my “Poolside Sounds” mix series. I’ve captured a deeper, sexier sound with this mix. I hope you all enjoy.

Meanwhile, catch me at the follow shows this month:

  • Friday, Aug. 1: Toucans “Mischief/Jungle Jam" (Palm Springs Animal Shelter Benefit)
  • Friday, Aug. 15: Toucans “Mischief”
  • Saturday, Aug. 23: The Curve, “Burning BDay Bash III”

I’ll be adding more dates. Follow me on Facebook and on Twitter/Instagram at @allnightshoes!

  • Disclosure featuring Sam Smith, “Latch” (starRo Remix)
  • Gorgon City featuring MNEK, “Ready for Your Love”
  • Marvin Gaye, “Sexual Healing” (Nine Lives Rework)
  • Gero featuring Kullai Timi, “Turn Around” (Satin Jackets Remix)
  • Zedd featuring Foxes, “Find You” (Simo Remix)
  • EDX, “Breathin’” (Extended Vocal Mix)
  • Cyril Hahn featuring Shy Girls, “Perfect Form”
  • Endor and Midnight City featuring Romany, “Be With Me”
  • Usher, “Yeah” (Knightley Bootleg)
  • TrAmHed, “Circles in My Mind” (Joey Negro Club Mix)
  • Starsmith, “Now I Feel Good” (Club Edit)
  • Kiesza, “Hideaway” (Dom Dolla Remix)
Published in Subatomic

The Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club is now open—and the Hacienda’s resident DJ, Colour Vision, is elated about the venue’s potential.

Colour Vision (Corey Hurley) recently relocated to the Coachella Valley from San Diego. He said the music scene there is quite different from the scene here.

“I grew up in San Diego and started DJing when I was about 21,” Hurley said. “The scene down there is kind of interesting, because I had to do a lot of parties, especially with the kind of music that I do, which is tropical, disco and house. There’s not really a market for it there. Me and a couple of other people were the only ones doing the whole scene for it there, which is great, because we got to bring in all of our friends, and I’ve kind of worked at every stage of the music industry at this point. Now I’m up here to take on the (Hacienda) position and try out a new city.”

Hurley said he was excited to meet Independent resident DJ All Night Shoes (Alex Harrington), because they share a similar “tropical” style; he feels the tropical sound is on the rise in the EDM world. He explained what attracts him to that particular sound.

“The root of it would be when I first started DJing, I was playing really heavy bangers in clubs. I was playing big raves and stuff, and as I started playing more and more in the bars, it became very apparent that you couldn’t just bang it out for the whole set. I kind of got over the more abrasive dance music. I started gravitating more toward an Australian sound that was coming out about five years ago. It was kind of a French house, with more of a disco vibe. It was the beginning of the whole nu-disco trend. All of the sounds started gravitating toward this very interesting tropical sound.

“I’ve always had this love of tropical music—tropical rhythms and an island sound, the kind of music you’d want to listen to by the pool.”

However, his newer tropical style didn’t find instant success, he said.

“I stuck to my guns in San Diego. I would only take shows along the same lines of stuff I liked and bands I supported, even if there was little to no pay,” Hurley said. “I opted to do that instead of club DJing and playing Top 40s music, which I absolutely hate. I’ve done that for money and taken gigs as a DJ for a job (at places) like the Hard Rock. … That market, of course, exists in San Diego, but the indie stuff, no one really knows about it. … Now it’s become mainstream. I was made fun of by other DJs for playing the kind of music I play; now it’s what everyone is doing.”

He said his reception at the Hacienda has been warm.

“It’s sort of half and half, but I’m always really surprised at the response,” Hurley said. “It’s great to play a set and have people come up of all different ages and races, and everyone kind of hears what’s going on with the music and likes the energy of it. They come up to me and ask me for mix tapes and all kinds of other stuff. It’s really inspiring, and I think this sound should have a home here. It’s tropical; there are palm trees everywhere; there are pools, and that whole thing. This music is specifically designed for that.”

He explained what makes Hacienda unique.

“When the club opened, we didn’t know what was going to happen. It’s been amazing,” Hurley said. “They’re kind of anti-what the mainstream is doing. The owner is all about the music, the vibe and creating a new experience for Palm Springs.”

For more on Colour Vision, visit www.facebook.com/COLOURVISIONTUNES or soundcloud.com/colourvision. The Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club is located at 1555 S. Palm Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs. The pool is open Friday through Sunday, and the restaurant/lounge is open Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, call 760-778-8954, or visit www.haciendacantina.com.

Thirty years ago, in the middle of what was becoming the AIDS epidemic, the Desert AIDS Project was founded to help locals deal with the crisis.

On Friday, July 25, at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club, the Desert AIDS Project will be celebrating its three decades with its annual Mid-Summer Dance Party. Playing at the event will be Independent resident DJ All Night Shoes, and DJ Femme A. Cameron Neilson, formerly on the television show X-Factor, will also be providing entertainment.

Darrell Tucci, DAP’s chief development officer, discussed how the organization began.

“A group of people locally saw what was taking place as far as the (AIDS crisis) was concerned in the 1980s,” Tucci said. “DAP became one of the first AIDS services organizations in the country in 1984. The Desert AIDS Project over the years has allowed itself to keep its fingers on the pulse of the epidemic, the needs of the people affected, and to grow and expand to offer the services that were needed along the way.”

When AIDS and HIV were first identified, there were few, if any, helpful treatment options. When asked what services were offered during the early years of the organization, Tucci offered a grim reminder of those days.

“Most AIDS service organizations started as organizations that could provide comfort,” Tucci said. “The earliest organizations were activist-oriented, not care-oriented, because no one knew how to provide care for a disease that no one understood yet. As those questions became answered, care was … provided. In the earliest days, buddy programs were developed: If you were living with HIV, and it was already isolating because of how it manifested in your body, another person in the community who may or may not be HIV-positive could be a buddy in your life to help support you emotionally or physically.”

Thankfully, the medical field began making progress in treating those with HIV.

“As more progress grew in medicine, medical clinics developed as federal government money started to be poured into it. Case management had to be created—to make sure people were eligible to receive services the government was paying for, but also to make sure people were dealing with the challenges of managing their own illness.”

In its three decades, the Desert AIDS Project has provided a vast number of services, from apartment-style housing for clients that sits behind the DAP campus on Sunrise Boulevard in Palm Springs, to social support, basic-needs care, and holistic and metaphysical care. Tucci said the Desert AIDS Project has also started offering dental care in recent years.

“Fifteen years ago, no one worried about dental care, because patients weren’t really living long enough. … Now that we have people living for decades, the No. 1 thing they told us four or five years ago is, ‘We need access to dental care, and we can’t afford it.’ So we developed one of the first HIV specialty dental clinics in the country. Two years ago, we expanded it.”

Some people have questioned the financials of the organization through the years. However, Charity Navigator, a site that ranks nonprofit organizations, gives DAP a four-star rating, the highest a nonprofit organization can have, and reports that DAP spends 81.6 percent of its budget on the programs and services it delivers.

“In total, we currently serve 2,300 people across all of the different services we provide,” Tucci said. “Right now, our budget is around $20 million. Our overhead expenses tend to hover between 13 percent and 18 percent per year, which is well below the federal guidelines of 25 percent. We run a very financially healthy organization, and we make sure that every dollar that gets donated here is maximized as to how it cares for our organization.”

Tucci said the upcoming Desert AIDS Project birthday celebration will be a much more relaxed function than usual.

“It’s been at the Ace Hotel for years,” Tucci said about the Mid-Summer Dance Party. “It’s usually about 500-plus people. It’s an informal event where there are no speeches, and there are no awards. Not that those things are bad, but it is the one time of the year where we bring everyone together to have a real party. We’re bringing in two of the valley’s best DJs. We’re bringing in Cameron Neilson, who used to be on The X-Factor and he’s going to do a couple of special performances that night. Being that it is our anniversary, we thought it was time to have a birthday party.”

The Mid-Summer Dance Party takes place from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, July 25, at the Commune at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club, 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs. Tickets are $40 to $75; the late-night party pass, which gains attendees entry after 10 p.m., is $20. For tickets or more information, call the Desert AIDS Project at 760-992-0440, or visit www.desertAIDSproject.org.

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