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13 Nov 2019
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Fans of A Tribe Called Quest are familiar with the group’s genre-melding sound—including creating rap beats using jazz music. The Midnight Hour, the latest project from Ali Shaheed Muhammad, a founding member of ATQC, offers a similar sound—just without the rapping. Muhammad has joined composer Adrian Younge for this new jazz-fusion group that will move and groove you in the ways the jazz bands of old could do. On the group’s self-titled debut album, Muhammad and Younge are surrounded by a full orchestra, and have a few special vocal guests on duty. Stand-out tracks include the instrumental “Black Beacon” and the lead single “Questions,” which features CeeLo Green on vocals. The Midnight Hour will perform this Saturday, Nov. 16, at The Alibi Palm Springs. “Ali and I met when I was working on a project for (hip-hop group) Souls of Mischief,” Younge said during a recent phone interview. “I was…
31 Oct 2019
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It is now officially fall in the Coachella Valley, which means the weather’s getting colder—and the entertainment is getting hotter. Here are some November events worth noting. The illustrious McCallum Theatre features some premium entertainment this month. Rock icon Melissa Etheridge, known for hits “Ain’t It Heavy” and “Bring Me Some Water,” takes the stage at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14. The Oscar and Grammy winner is touring in support of her most recent album, The Medicine Show. Tickets are $85 to $105, and are very nearly sold out. As we inch closer to the holidays, the arrival of A Christmas Story: The Musical will be most welcome. The songwriters behind Dear Evan Hansen and La La Land have transformed the cult-classic film into a stage show that “will shoot yer eye out, kid!” Catch it at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26; and 2 and 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27.…
01 Nov 2019
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For years, the Synergy Music and Arts Festival—or, as everyone calls it, Synergy Fest—has been a day when the community gathers to enjoy bands, check out some art, and become immersed in all that the valley’s talent has to offer. This year’s eighth-annual Synergy Fest will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Dateland Park in Coachella. Gabby Armenta, the director of Synergy Fest, said the festival has always been focused on building community. “Synergy Fest started with an idea of wanting to bring more art and more music to the city of Coachella,” Armenta said. “There wasn’t really much of that back then, around 2007. The founders of Culturas Music and Arts (the organization that produces Synergy Fest) decided to gather our friends and family and see what we could do. It started off with the idea of painting a mural that is located on Shady Lane in front…
08 Oct 2019
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Faith Prince is the very definition of a Broadway legend. She’s won a Tony Award—for Best Actress in a Musical, in 1992, for her role as Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls—and has been nominated for three others. She also has four Drama Desk Award nominations, and earned the New York Nightlife Award in 2012 for Outstanding Musical Comedy Performer with Jason Graae in The Prince and the Showboy. In other words, she has nothing left to prove—yet she says she’s still learning and tackling new challenges. Prince will perform at the Purple Room at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1. During a recent phone interview, she talked about making the move from New York to the West Coast. “I’m very beholden to New York and will always honor it,” she said. “It helped me discover who I was as a human, but there is a time to let go and…
02 Oct 2019
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If the current state of political affairs is not enough of a horror show for you, head to the Tack Room Tavern in Indio on Saturday, Oct. 26, for the eighth annual Indio TerrorFest. It promises to be wild, ghoulish, terrifying and spectacular. During a recent interview, event organizer Paul Zepeda explained that this year’s theme is classic monsters. Think Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, The Mummy, Wolf-Man, etc. The stages/event areas are appropriately named, including Dr. Frankenstein’s Lab, Phantom of Tavern, Monster Squad and the Area 51 Lounge—with the latter, a photo-booth area, named after the Facebook joke event aiming to raid Area 51. If you leave home without having dinner, fear not: The Tack Room kitchen will be open all night. Additionally, TerrorFest will offer three dance floors: one inside the Tack Room, one by Polo Pizza, and the third outside, with offerings ranging from classic rock, dance music and…
26 Sep 2019
According to the Los Angeles Times, L.A is the cultural center of the universe. As a result, the Coachella Valley, being two hours away (plus or minus, depending on how fast you drive), naturally experiences some trickle-down cool; if a star explodes in L.A., we are going to experience some of the blast. Whether or not you agree with the Times … we can all agree there is much fun to be had this October across the Coachella Valley. Fantasy Springs is offering a unique comedy event that you won’t want to miss. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short will bring their “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t” tour to Indio for an evening of laughs and stories, with special guests Paul Shaffer, Della Mae and Alison Brown. Unbeknownst to many, Steve Martin is an accomplished banjo player, winning a Grammy in 2010…
17 Sep 2019
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Louis Fonsi is best known for his smash hit “Despacito,” which as of now has been viewed 6.4 billion times on YouTube. Yes, that’s correct: 6.4 billion, with a “b.” It’s sure to be one of the songs he performs during his show at Fantasy Springs this Friday, Sept. 20. Despite this amazing success, during a recent phone interview, Fonsi came off as humble and grateful, crediting his collaborator on the song, Daddy Yankee, as well as Justin Bieber, who is featured on a popular remix of the song. As of this writing, that version “only” has 648 million-plus YouTube views. Of course, the Puerto Rico native is known for much more than “Despacito.” In fact, he said some of his fans aren’t quite sure what to make of the song and the direction of his new album, Vida. “Oh, they miss the more romantic songs on my past albums,…
15 Sep 2019
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When was the last time you listened to a song by Booker T. and the M.G.’s? Thanks to infectious piano grooves, flowing bass lines and plucky guitar riffs that just make you want to boogie, Booker T. dominated the ’60s with his group’s instrumental soul jazz. Now 50 years later, it’s worth getting to know the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, a group that’s developing its own modern brand of soul jazz—and making it funky. The group will be performing at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace this Thursday, Sept. 19. The trio’s first album, Close but No Cigar, was released in 2016 and reissued in 2018. Live at KEXP! was also released in 2018. While the DLO3’s drummer slot has been in a state of flux, every song released by the DLO3 features Delvon Lamarr’s lightning fingers on the organ and fast feet on the bass-organ pedal, and Jimmy James shredding…

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