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05 Feb 2014
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Despite a series of personal struggles, the multitalented Rick Springfield is still going strong—so don’t be surprised if he draws a large, female-dominated crowd to Fantasy Springs at 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16. The Australian-born Springfield is most remembered for his 1981 hit “Jessie’s Girl.” The single from his album Working Class Dog was an instant hit; it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, was played in heavy rotation when MTV launched later that year, and won him a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. During a recent phone interview, Springfield discussed what made him want to play guitar. “I was living in England when I was a kid, and I went to one of those horrible Christmas shows where everybody’s kid gets up and does what they think is a song,” he said. “This kid went onstage with a guitar, and I fell in…
02 Feb 2014
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It’s February, and you know what that means: Love is in the air for Valentine’s Day, and it’s also the month of Modernism Week. Here are some local events during our shortest month. The McCallum Theatre is booked solid through February with a ton of events. Cesar Millan will be stopping by the McCallum at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9. Although his famous show on the National Geographic Channel, Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan, has ended, Millan is still sharing his techniques and wisdom in the field of dog-training; this live show should be a real treat (no pun intended) for dog-owners. Tickets are $45 to $75. Frank Sinatra Jr. (right) will be stopping by post Valentine’s Day, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15. Although the younger Frank may be best known as the victim of a famous kidnapping, he is a talented performer in his own right, and has…
24 Jan 2014
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Jane Lee Hooker is not your average blues band. The New York-based, all-women band features members of Nashville Pussy, Helldorado and Futurex—and they’re bringing their music to Pappy and Harriet’s on Saturday, Feb. 1. The members of Jane Lee Hooker are Tracy Almazan, aka High Top Tracy (formerly of Nashville Pussy and Helldorado); Tina Gorin, aka T-Bone (formerly of Helldorado and Bad Wizard); Melissa Houston, aka Cool Whip (sister of semi-local musician JP Houston); Hail Mary, aka Mary Zadroga (formerly of Wives and Futurex); and Dana Danger, aka Dana Athens. During a recent phone interview, both Almazan and Gorin said it seemed inevitable that they would share the same stage again. “Tracy and I were in Helldorado together in the late ’90s,” said Gorin. “We both played guitar in the five-piece band that was very heavy and guitar-driven. We bonded way back then, and we’re great friends, too. We knew…
27 Jan 2014
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A lot of great bands have come out of San Diego’s music scene—and one of the latest is reggae group Tribal Seeds, performing Saturday, Feb. 1, at The Date Shed. The band—consisting of Steven Rene Jacobo (lead guitar and vocals), Victor Navarro (bass), E.N. Young (keyboards and vocals), Tony-Ray Jacobo (keyboards and vocals) and Carlos Verdugo (drums)—formally came together in 2005. During a recent phone interview before a show in Fresno, Tony-Ray explained that he and Steven, his brother, were raised on reggae music; in fact, Tony-Ray’s first album purchase was Born Jamericans’ Kids From Foreign. “It started with me and my brother in 2003,” said Tony-Ray. “We were both in high school at the time, and we were just jamming in our garage. We wanted to take it seriously after a while, and we wanted to do it as a career. We decided to find band members who had…
13 Jan 2014
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In the 1990s, “third wave ska” brought the genre to new heights in terms of popularity—and San Diego’s Buck-O-Nine was one of the bands that enjoyed the ride. On Friday, Jan. 17, the band will be making a return performance to The Hood Bar and Pizza in Palm Desert, after playing there about a year ago. Ska—a Jamaican style of music that combines Caribbean elements with jazz and R&B—originated in the late 1950s. It found popularity in the United Kingdom in the late 1960s; in the late ’70s and early-to-mid ’80s, a second wave known as 2 Tone began with groups such as Madness, The Specials and The English Beat. During the ’90s, American bands created the third wave by combining it with a punk-rock sound. Buck-O-Nine started in 1991 in San Diego; frontman Jon Pebsworth became involved after answering a newspaper ad looking for a singer. During a recent…
08 Jan 2014
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Since Haunted Summer formed in 2012, the Los Angeles band has enjoyed virtual overnight success, including performances in famous Southern California venues like the El Rey Theatre. On Thursday, Jan. 16, the band will perform at another famous venue: Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. Haunted Summer starts with John and Bridgette Seasons. The longtime friends—now married—had played music together in other bands. Then came an opportunity that turned into their founding moment. “There’s a venue out here in L.A. called the Echo. They basically enlisted us to put together a cover band covering Animal Collective,” said John Seasons. “Long story short, I asked Bridgette, and that collaboration led to love—and led to the band sticking around beyond that one show.” John and Bridgette’s influences include Cocteau Twins, Björk, The Flaming Lips and Fleetwood Mac. Add in Bridgette’s theater background, and John’s exposure to all sorts of musical genres—his father is…
02 Jan 2014
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Now that the holidays are over, it’s time for a breather. During the month of January, the Coachella Valley is experiencing a slowdown in the number of music events—so it’s all about quality over quantity. Thankfully, there’s plenty of quality. The McCallum Theatre will host Shirley MacLaine at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19. MacLaine will be speaking about her experiences in Hollywood, her private life and her spiritual journey. Tickets are $35 to $75. Jazz vocal artist Patti Austin will be performing at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28. Austin, best known for her 1981 duet “Baby, Come to Me” with James Ingram, is a live delight. Tickets are $35 to $75. At 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1, Pink Martini will take the stage. The modern-day alternative lounge-music act has always had a feel good vibe and will definitely put on a fun show. Tickets are $35…
30 Nov 2013
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The month of December is full of holiday magic—and many of the local venues are bringing in great holiday-themed shows, along with other worthy acts. The Palm Springs Festival of Lights starts at 5:45 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. It’s a huge parade on Palm Canyon Drive featuring floats, marching bands and other special participants. Past guests have included the Budweiser Clydesdales, Snoopy and the Gang, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Attendance is free. 760-323-8276; www.psfestivaloflights.com. The newly formed Modern Men, the Coachella Valley Men’s Chorus, is holding an inaugural concert at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Temple Isaiah in Palm Springs. There will be a second performance at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. Tickets are $20. The chorus is also asking those who attend to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the LGBT Community Center of the Desert’s NestEggg Food Bank. Temple Isaiah, 332 W. Alejo Road,…