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For the first time in years, a band performed inside a venue on Arenas Road in downtown Palm Springs.

And it was good.

EeVaan Tre and the Show kicked off the NestEggg Food Bank Concert Series at Chill Bar on Tuesday, July 7, playing to an enthusiastic and late-arriving crowd. The series is presented by Brian Blueskye and the Coachella Valley Independent.

The concert raised $175 for the food bank, which is a project of the LGBT Center of the Desert. The food bank feeds about 275 people, including many seniors and people with disabilities, each week.

The series continues at 9:30 p.m. every Thursday in July at Chill Bar, located at 217 E. Arenas Road in Palm Springs. Attendees are asked to make an optional donation to the NestEggg Food Bank of $5 or more.

On Tuesday, July 14, DJ and EDM artist Alex Harrington (www.alexharrington.co) will perform. Formerly known as All Night Shoes, Harrington has been the Coachella Valley Independent resident DJ for two years, and has gotten crowds dancing with regular shows at The Hood Bar and Pizza, Toucan’s, the Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club, Birba and countless other venues.

On Tuesday, July 21, the series will go acoustic with a solo show by Derek Gregg (www.hivemindsmusic.com). Gregg is a member of the popular folk-jazz-pop-rock group The Hive Minds, and Gregg has taken his gorgeous music all over the valley, playing at venues ranging from Oscar’s Café and Bar to Coachella Valley Brewing Co. to the Palm Canyon Roadhouse.

On Tuesday, July 28, one the valley’s best and most popular DJs will wow the Chill crowd. Aimlo (dj-aimlo.com) is known for his diverse and eclectic music collection and has performed everywhere from The Saguaro to the Ace Hotel and Swim Club to the Purple Room in recent months.

Scroll down to see a gallery of photos from the EeVaan Tre and the Show performance, thanks to Tommy Locust Photography, as well as some video footage of the show further down.

It’s a light month for live music in the Coachella Valley—although the Coachella Valley Independent and I are doing our part to fill the entertainment void.

We’re holding a series of benefit shows for the NestEggg Food Bank at Chill Bar Palm Springs; call it the NestEggg Food Bank Summer Concert Series. At 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 7, EeVaan Tre and the Show will be performing. At 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, Independent resident DJ Alex Harrington will get the crowd dancing. At 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, Derek Gregg of The Hive Minds will turn in a solo show. At 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 28, DJ Aimlo will be featured. Each show is free, but we’re asking for a donation of $5 or more—all of which will go straight to the food bank! Chill Bar, 216 E. Arenas Road, Palm Springs; 760-327-1079; chillbarpalmsprings.com.

You won’t want to miss the 1950s Mid-Summer Dance Party, benefitting the Desert AIDS Project, at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 25, at the Palm Springs Pavilion (401 S. Pavilion Way). The ’50s themed party will feature live DJs, go-go dancers and an open bar. This is definitely the function of the summer! Tickets are $40 to $75; www.desertaidsproject.org.

The Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa has some great events on the schedule. At 9 p.m., Friday, July 3, Calibre 50 and the Banda Carnival will take the stage. Calibre 50 was created in 2010 and hails from Sinaloa, Mexico. The band has sung about some very controversial subjects about life in Sinaloa. Meanwhile, Banda Carnival has been nominated for a Grammy; the group also hails from Sinaloa. Tickets are $65 to $85. America will be performing at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 25. The trio started in 1970 and was a big hit when the song “A Horse With No Name” hit radio waves. Dan Peek left the group in 1977 (and passed away in 2011), but Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell are still going strong. Tickets are $30 to $60. At 9 p.m., Friday, July 31, the legendary classic-rock outfit The Steve Miller Band will perform. Since founding the group in 1966, Steve Miller has not only written some of the best songs in rock history; the group has gone on to become a primary influence for many guitarists and bands, even in the current generation. Tickets are $75 to $150. 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 one event worth noting. At 8 p.m., Friday, July 10, Alejandra Guzman will rock the Special Events Center. Guzman is one of Latin music’s most successful modern artists and has a history of Latin rock hits going back to 1988. Tickets are $29 to $69. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio; 760-342-5000; www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

Spotlight 29 Casino has a full schedule of events for July. At 8 p.m., Friday, July 3, The Family Stone (right) will be performing. Unfortunately, Sly Stone won’t be with them—although one of the first multi-racial and multi-gender American rock bands will still entertain. A blend of soul and psychedelic rock took the group to unbelievable heights when frontman Sly was in the band. Unfortunately, drug use and other problems have kept him absent from the group. Tickets are $30 to $35. At 8 p.m., Saturday, July 18, actor/comedian Paul Rodriguez will be stopping by. He’s starred in films such as Quicksilver with Kevin Bacon and Born in East L.A. with Cheech Marin. He’s also had various successful stand-up specials on HBO. Tickets are $25 to $35. For those who have argued over that great music question—The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?—you can hopefully settle that argument at 8 p.m., Friday, July 31, when tribute bands Abbey Road (Beatles) and Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Rolling Stones) will engage in a “Musical Shootout.” Tickets are $10. Spotlight 29 Casino, 46200 Harrison Place, Coachella; 760-775-5566; www.spotlight29.com.

Morongo Casino Resort Spa has a couple of intriguing events coming up. At 9 p.m., Friday, July 10, country-music duo The Swon Brothers will be stopping by. The brothers from Oklahoma were a sensation on The Voice in 2013 and released their self-titled debut album on Arista Records in October 2014. Tickets are $29 to $39. At 9 p.m., Friday, July 31, former Doobie Brothers front man Michael McDonald will be performing. The five-time Grammy award winning artist was also a studio member of Steely Dan. Tickets are $55 to $65. Morongo Casino Resort Spa, 49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; 800-252-4499; www.morongocasinoresort.com.

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace has some great listings in July. At 9:30 p.m., Saturday, July 4, Nick Waterhouse will be returning to Pappy’s. Waterhouse’s retro sound, featuring ’60s rock ’n’ roll and R&B, has earned him accolades; he’s also been featured in a commercial for Lexus. Take note: If you go to the show, don’t wear tennis shoes; Waterhouse prefers those who put effort into their appearances. Tickets are $15 to $18. At 9 p.m., Thursday, July 9, there will be a vinyl release party for Jesika von Rabbit and her album, Journey Mitchell. Tickets are $10. At 9 p.m., Saturday, July 25, 10 year-old Emi Sunshine (below) will be performing. The Tennessee native and performer of Appalachian music is a wunderkind. Tickets are $10 to $12. Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown; 760-365-5956; www.pappyandharriets.com.

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Aimlo has made a name for himself as a local DJ, thanks to gigs at the Ace Hotel, Bar, the Coachella Valley Art Scene and, most recently, the Purple Room.

Now Aimlo is looking to make a name for himself as a producer—with his own record label.

Aimlo, aka Anthony Araiza, sat down with the Independent and talked about his 15 years of experience as a DJ before a recent show at the Purple Room.

“I was in second- or third-grade and going to family parties and seeing a DJ play those—and I was asking my parents every birthday and every Christmas for turntables,” Aimlo said. “Finally, when I was 15, my mom bought me some turntables and a mixer.”

He laughed when asked about the quality of his first DJ turntables: Were they any good?

“Not the ones she got me! She got me super cheap ones—plastic, super-lightweight, belt-driven turntables,” Aimlo said. “She didn’t know, and I think she went somewhere in L.A. and asked for a DJ setup, and they gave her these crappy turntables. Even though it was new, it looked like a beat-up mixer.”

There was plenty of inspiration to be found at that time. “Back then, there was this show on MTV2 called Amp. It used to come on after midnight, and it was all what you’d call EDM today. Of course, there were all the hip-hop guys … like Jazzy Jeff and Kid Capri.”

Aimlo doesn’t do much with vinyl these days, he said. He’s not a collector like DJ Day—with whom he often plays at the Ace Hotel’s ¡Reunión! show on Thursdays—and he’s not into searching for specific records.

“I never got into trying to find original samples of classic hip-hop tracks, and when I moved to Los Angeles, I sold a lot of my vinyl at the time to Amoeba Music, because I was broke,” Aimlo said. “I sold crates of really good records for chump change, too, and it didn’t even make a difference.”

Changes in technology, Aimlo said, have led to both pros and cons for DJs.

“Now all you need is your laptop, where you have thousands and thousands of songs, which is awesome,” he said. “But now it makes it easier for entry-level DJs to get gigs when they’re not really ready to get the gigs, which is one of the cons. I think it’s cooler that DJing is a lot easier, and it’s a lot more accessible to people, but I didn’t DJ at a gig until probably four or five years after I got my turntables. I see a lot of younger kids these days get a controller, a laptop and something really entry-level, and they’re out looking for gigs a month after they got their equipment.

“I don’t see it at clubs too often, but I see it at bars. … It’s just entry level stuff, and they only last a gig or two because they’re not very good DJs.”

Aimlo said that while some local DJs respect and help each other, others are decidedly unfriendly.

“Me and DJ Day have healthy competition,” he said. “We try to one-up each other—not all the time, but it’s an unspoken, healthy competition. If you’re not within a certain circle, I think a lot of DJs out here are into unhealthy competition. No one wants to support each other or each other’s circle, and we don’t go to each other’s gigs. We’re all guilty of it—and even I’m guilty of it. I see the desert getting bigger and nightlife growing, but I don’t think it’s where it needs to be yet for there to be an abundance of gigs.”

Aimlo has been focused on getting his new record label off the ground; he hopes to have it ready to go sometime in April.

“It’s called We Got Sol. I was born and raised here, so I want it to be more of a local thing,” he said. “I’m open to getting people outside of the desert, but for now, I just want to focus on my music, and if I hear anything I like, I’ll put it on there. I want it to be electronic music, down-tempo, house and techno, but it’s sort of hard to describe the vibe I want to go for. I have to hear it to know if I like it. … The day job has been holding me back. It’ll come—and I’m doing it official, with a business license. Everything is going to be legit, on the books.”

Aimlo wasn’t afraid to discuss local DJs he admires.

“DJ Journee is an amazing DJ and has awesome style,” he said. “Pedro Le Bass does everything well, but he’s probably one of the better house DJs I know. I also like a lot of the old-school guys from Indio, like DJ Pee Wee.”

For more information, visit dj-aimlo.com.

The Purple Room Restaurant and Stage is known for its residencies featuring acts such as the Gand Band and The Judy Show—but the venue hasn’t been particularly well-known as a place to see edgier, younger talent.

However, that is beginning to change, thanks to a new series of programming called Purple Room After Dark. The series features local and visiting acts in shows that start at 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

Handling the booking for Purple Room After Dark is Alex Callego, who has worked with the Ace Hotel and Swim Club, as well as Bar. He also handles the Palm Springs Comic-Con and various other local events.

“I was approached by Tony Marchese, and by Dean McFarlane, who I used to work with over at the Ace Hotel,” Callego explained. “When Dean moved over to Purple Room, I said, ‘Hey, maybe you can get me in there. I’d love to try to do some entertainment over there.’

“It took about a year. Tony contacted me and basically wanted to have a meeting. We sat down, and I gave them a proposal, and we are launching our first shows at the end of February. This is the first time I’ve been able to actually be creative with what I’m doing—and there’s a lot of stuff I’m really excited to do.”

Local acts slated to play at the Purple Room in February include Waxy (Friday, Feb. 20), DJ Aimlo (Saturday, Feb. 21 and 28), CIVX (Friday, Feb. 27) and Independent resident DJ All Night Shoes (Saturday, Feb. 28).

Callego said he has big plans for March.

“I have Organic Junk Fude on Friday, March 6, with the Yip-Yops. Organic Junk Fude is a band that was around in the early 2000s and sort of had a cult following. They were this punk band that were kind of like GWAR, and also did hip-hop. It was a really strange stage show—and I was actually in the band for a bit. They were gone for a few years. They all have kids, and now they’re back and writing new music.” (See The Lucky 13 for more on Organic Junk Fude.)

Callego also isn’t afraid to go beyond musical acts for Purple Room After Dark.

“Another thing I have that I’m excited about is a stand-up comedy show on Friday, March 20, with Allen Strickland Williams, Eric Dadourian and Solomon Georgio. Allen Strickland Williams is part of a sketch group called Women; they’re getting a lot of attention and just got picked up by IFC.com. … All of them individually in Women are really talented and do different things. Solomon Georgio was just on Conan, and he did a lot of awesome comedy writing. Eric Dadourian was written up somewhere as part of the 100 Best Comics in Los Angeles.”

The band Roses is scheduled to appear on Saturday, March 21. It features members of the late, lamented group Abe Vigoda.

“Abe Vigoda played Coachella, but they are now defunct,” Callego explained. “Roses just did a mini-tour and played in New York. They also part of the scene that plays at The Smell in L.A. I’m also going to have Dunes on Saturday, March 28, which also features ex-members of Abe Vigoda.”

Callego said admission to most shows is free for the time being.

“We will have some shows that will have a $5 or $10 cover charge at the door, but I would say a good 90 to 95 percent of our shows will be free,” he said.

Purple Room After Dark takes place at 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday, at the Purple Room Restaurant and Stage, located at 1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs. Admission to most shows is free. For more information and a complete schedule, call 760-322-4422, or visit afterdark.purpleroompalmsprings.com.

Published in Previews

Thanks for checking out another FRESH Sessions installment!

To keep things FRESH, I will be bringing in various local DJs to guest mix throughout the year. This month, we are featuring our first FRESH Sessions guest DJ!

Ivanna Love aka, Cici Ochoa, is a local who has been in the scene for some time now. Ivanna’s style is eclectic; in just one set, you’ll most likely hear tracks from several different genres. She keeps it upbeat; she keeps it fun; she keeps it FRESH. Ivanna is an inspiration with her positive attitude and impressive tastemaker skills.

This month’s mix offers a perfect example of the vibe that Ivanna Love brings. She’s a great person who creates great music. So without further ado, I present to you Ivanna Love’s FRESH Sessions, which you can enjoy below.

Oh, and don’t forget to catch my Cosmic Disco House Party, starting at 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, at Clinic Bar and Lounge, 188 S. Indian Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs. There’s no cover!

  • Lusine, “Lucky”
  • Aimlo, “Understand (I Love You)”
  • Maya Jane Coles, “Something in the Air”
  • Kartell, “Sierra”
  • Simian Mobile Disco, “Everyday”
  • Sharam Jey, “Here I Come”
  • Alf Alpha, “Planet Rock” (Remix)
  • Franz Ferdinand, “Evil Eye” (Alan Braxe Remix)
  • Cut Copy, “Saturdays”
  • Hot Natured, “Reverse Skydiving”
  • Ed Ed, “Mulackritze” (Oliver $ Remix)
  • Crazibiza, “Keep It Comin”

Mixed by Ivanna Love; mastered by All Night Shoes.

Published in Subatomic

Welcome to the first FRESH Monthly Mix with All Night Shoes!

FRESH is a live mix of music curated by me, All Night Shoes, aka Alex Harrington. Each month, I will be featuring the best music in the dance/indie/electronic scene—both locally and globally.

I draw influence from artists all over the world, and discover amazing music daily. Being a DJ and producer, I find that sharing great music is rewarding and exciting. My goal in the months to come is to introduce you to all kinds of new artists and new sounds.

This month’s theme is “Summer After-Party.” The hottest season is coming to the end, and the tracks I’ve featured are perfect for chilling out with friends—or getting close to someone you love. I enjoy tracks that take me for a ride, and feel like a journey. I’ve packed this mix with big beats, deep vibes and just enough funk to make you want to dance.

You can hear all these tracks and more when I play the Coachella Valley Independent Release Party, hosted at Clinic Bar and Lounge, on Wednesday, Oct. 16! Stay FRESH and enjoy!

Enjoy the fresh mix below!

  • Chris Malinchak, “So Into You”
  • Aimlo, “UH OHHH”
  • Anna Paul, “Cold Heart” (produced by Vanilla)
  • Miguel, “Adorn” (Oliver Nelson Remix)
  • Patrick Baker, “Blissed Out” (Club Edit)
  • Cyclist featuring Maiko Watson, “Shine”
  • Breakbot, “Easy Fraction” (Yaaman Remix)
  • All Night Shoes, “Like This”
  • Disclosure, “You and Me” (Pat Lok “Homies Wear” Remix)

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You know where Anthony “A.J.” Araiza, aka DJ Aimlo, will be every third Saturday (including Saturday, May 18): Along with Pawn, he’ll be DJ’ing at Bar, 340 N. Palm Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs. DJ Aimlo, 28, works as a mail carrier, and now lives in La Quinta; he’s been a CV resident all his life, and grew up in Indio. Things kick off at Bar at 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. To learn more about DJ Aimlo, visit dj-aimlo.com, where you can find links to his Soundcloud, Facebook and other WWW pages; for more on Bar, visit www.facebook.com/Barwastaken.

What was the first concert you attended?

It was in 1991 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. MC Hammer was the headliner, and Boyz 2 Men and TLC were the openers. I was 6.

What was the first album you owned?

Dr. Dre's The Chronic. Looking back, I was probably a little too young to own that album at the time.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Right now, I'm really into Toro Y Moi, Disclosure, Tame Impala, Rhye, Danny Brown, and a lot of bass-driven electronic dance music.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

I really don't get what all the kids are raving about today—e.g. Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, Avicii, Steve Aoki. I love electronic dance music, but some of the more popular stuff, I just can't get into.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

It would have to be Portishead. I saw them once before at Coachella and was so blown away that I would love to see them again.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Female British pop. I really love AlunaGeorge, Amy Winehouse, and Lily Allen. There’s a quirkiness to their writing that I don't hear much of here in the States that I love.

What’s your favorite music venue?

Locally, I would say the Date Shed. They have an awesome sound system. Otherwise, I (liked the now-defunct) Knitting Factory in Los Angeles. I don't go to many shows, to be honest.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

The first thing that comes to mind is "Can't Get You Out of My Head" by Kylie Minogue. But seriously, I always have the theme song from The Andy Griffith Show in my head. Not exactly lyrics, but I can't stop whistling at work.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

DJ Shadow. Prior to hearing Endtroducing, I really didn't put any thought into how the music I was listening to at the time was made. When I found out that album was made entirely with samples of old records, it blew my mind. It completely changed the way I listened to music. At the time, I was really into hip hop, downtempo, acid-jazz, drum-and-bass, and house, which was all sample-based music. I didn't really think about how the music was made. After hearing and learning how Endtroducing was made, I had to have a sampler and turntables.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

Michael Jackson: "Michael, did you, or did you not …?"

What song would you like played at your funeral?

Santo and Johnny, "Sleep Walk." It gives me chills every time I hear it.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Avalanches, Since I Left You. It was made using more than 3,000 samples and is absolutely genius, in my opinion.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Jai Paul, "Jasmine." (Scroll down to hear it.)

Published in The Lucky 13