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February is the month for love—and there’s plenty of love to go around at fantastic events throughout the month.

The McCallum Theatre has numerous events you’ll love in February. At 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 19, classical organist Cameron Carpenter and his electric International Touring Organ will take the stage. I interviewed Cameron two years ago, and not only is he a brilliant organist (with a rather unorthodox appearance compared to many other organists, starting with a Mohawk); the story of his electric organ is pretty remarkable. Tickets are $27 to $77. At 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23, Broadway singing sensation Linda Eder will be performing. If Eder’s name doesn’t ring a bell, check out her impressive performances from the Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde on the interwebs. Tickets are $37 to $87. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, you’ll get to see one of the talented women shown in the documentary 20 Feet From Stardom: Lisa Fischer. She has toured with Nine Inch Nails, Chris Botti, The Rolling Stones and many others. Tickets are $37 to $77. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert; 760-340-2787;

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino has a busy February; here are just a few events from the awesome schedule. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3, R&B and hip-hop star Nelly will perform. Nelly has accomplished a lot in his career, with diamond and multi-platinum albums, big awards, successful acting gigs and a stint as a judge on CW’s The Next. Tickets are $39 to $79. Continuing on with R&B in the month of love, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, Charlie Wilson will perform. He’s had 10 No. 1 singles, and 11 Grammy Award nominations … without a win. Consider surprising your sweetheart with this show as an early Valentine’s Day gift. Tickets are $39 to $59. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, crooner Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will appear. Just a warning: Frankie Valli shows often sell out! Tickets are $29 to $59. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio; 760-342-5000;

Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa has some fun shows on the calendar. At 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16, soft-rock duo Air Supply will be performing. It’s close to Valentine’s Day, so you could take your sweetheart to the show if you love him or her … or maybe if you don’t. Tickets are $40 to $60. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17, comedian Sebastian Maniscalco will be performing. Maniscalco has a lot of funny jokes about his family life, as well as every-day idiots you encounter in life; one of his more amusing bits is about how he had to start shaving at a very early age. Tickets are $65 to $95. Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995;

Spotlight 29 is set for a fantastic February. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, the folk-rock duo America will be performing. Chances are you’ve heard “A Horse With No Name” in a film, television show, commercial or video game. America is highly influential to many artists, while Fountains of Wayne; James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle; and Ryan Adams (just to name a few) have recorded with America. Tickets are $25 to $45. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, former Chicago vocalist Peter Cetera will sing. A great documentary called Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago recently appeared on Netflix. Not surprisingly, Peter Cetera’s contentious departure from the band is widely discussed, although he did not participate in the making of the film. Tickets are $45 to $65. Spotlight 29 Casino, 46200 Harrison Place, Coachella; 760-775-5566;

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace is rocking in February. At 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15, country-rock band Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight (below) will be performing. Back in November, I hosted Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight at The Hood Bar and Pizza—and it was fantastic. Mick has a great repertoire of country-rock originals that are fun, funny and sometimes sad. The band has a new record coming, and you’ll want to see this show. Admission is free. At 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16, Los Angeles rock band Valley Queen will take the stage. This is a band on the rise. NPR and the rock zine Stereogum have given this band a lot of props for an original sound with influences such as Fleetwood Mac, Patti Smith and others. Admission is free. At 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb., 22, Southern California country-rock band Calico the Band will be performing. When I think of Pappy’s, I think of Calico the Band: The group’s sound is perfect for the high-desert roadhouse scene. Admission is free. Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown; 760-365-5956;

The Date Shed is back! After going dark last summer and mostly through the season, the venue is again holding events, even if the venue’s website doesn’t show any. At 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9, it’ll be a night of local rap music when J. Patron (above right), Thr3 Strykes, Provoked and Thoughts Contained will be performing. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through Eventbrite. The Date Shed, 50725 Monroe St., Indio; 760-775-6699;

The Purple Room Palm Springs has some top-notch entertainment in February that’s perfect for a romantic date night out. At 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9, Crissy Collins, known for her roles in Tyler Perry’s films, will be appearing. She’ll be performing an evening full of love songs! Tickets are $30 to $35. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, dance-music star Debby Holiday will sing. Who can ever forget her 2004 smash hit “Half a Mile Away”? Tickets are $25 to $30. Michael Holmes’ Purple Room, 1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 760-322-4422;

The Copa Room has a couple of notable events in February. At 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9, comedy-and-music duo Amy and Freddy will be performing. The Copa regulars have appeared on America’s Got Talent and have shared the stage with Kathy Griffin, Mary Wilson and the Supremes, Bea Arthur and many others. Tickets are $25 to $45. At 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16 and 17, jazz vocalist Spencer Day will be performing. You might remember Spencer Day from Star Search back in 2002-2003. Since then, he’s released five albums; his most recent, Angel City, was crowd-funded through Indiegogo. Tickets are $35 to $55. Copa Palm Springs, 244 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs; 760-866-0021;

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Peter Cetera left the band Chicago in the summer of 1985 to embark on a full-time solo career—and success followed him.

A year after leaving Chicago, his song “Glory of Love” became a No. 1 hit after appearing on The Karate Kid Part II soundtrack—and the success did not stop there.

Cetera will be stopping by Spotlight 29 on Saturday, Feb. 18.

In 2016, Chicago was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Many Chicago fans hoped there would be a reunion for at least one evening at the ceremony—but Cetera and the band could not agree to terms, and it didn’t happen.

Cetera said he doesn’t have a formula when it comes to writing successful songs.

“I wish I had a formula for success,” Cetera said, “because I’d be more successful than I am now if I had one. I don’t really know. I love what I do, and I think I write from the heart, and I think people can feel that.”

Cetera has produced eight of his own albums. Fun fact: He also produced an album for ABBA member Agnetha Faltskog.

“Back during the ‘Glory of Love’ era, I went over to Europe, doing some TV shows,” Cetera explained. “I was in Sweden and performed for the queen’s jubilee. That’s where I met a guy from a record company over there who introduced me to Agnetha Faltskog. He called me up later and was curious if I would consider producing her next album. I said, ‘Yeah, let’s go!’ It was a lot of fun. I went over there, and we got the material together and brought her over to the States to record. That was the last time I could get her back here, because she has a fear of flying.”

While Cetera was older than most of the artists being shown on MTV in the 1980s, he found a lot of success, both with Chicago and as a solo artist, thanks to the music video. Looking back, however, Cetera said he isn’t a fan.

“I hated it, to be perfectly honest,” he said. “I think it’s been proven: Little by little, it takes away from the music itself and puts more emphasis on theatrics. I think what you see now in music is exactly that: It’s based on how many dancers and what kind of moves you have onstage rather than paying attention to the music.

“Toward the end, we made some fun videos, and they were great. But basically, it was kind of a pain. It probably helped sales, I would say. The MTV thing kind of lost its way, and it was good while it lasted.”

Cetera, like his former bandmates, thought he would never see Chicago inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“I knew somewhere in the bowels of their very evil hearts, there was some kind of vendetta keeping us out,” he said. “I thought that would continue, and it did continue for years. It wasn’t until they saw a loss of interest in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They had to get some interest back into it. They decided to have this open fan vote, and when they did, we won by an overwhelming majority. It kind of proved a point, I think.”

Cetera talked about the two Chicago albums he thought were the most important.

“The very first album is obviously groundbreaking and brought us to the forefront in music,” he said. “I think Chicago 17 was very important, because it brought us back to the top.”

Surprisingly, Cetera said he’s not a fan of classical music or jazz music—even though Chicago incorporated elements of each into its sound.

“I was never a jazz or classical person—I wanted to rock ’n’ roll,” he said. “I am still not a jazz person or a classical person. I respect that music, but I don’t play it. I was sort of forced into playing that, and it wasn’t my forte. I never really cared for it.”

If you’re hoping for new material from Cetera anytime soon … prepare for disappointment.

“I’m working on absolutely nothing,” he said. “I’ve done more concerts this (past) year than I have in years. I’ve been busy doing that. When I get through with this, we’ll see.”

Peter Cetera will perform at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, at Spotlight 29, 46200 Harrison Place, in Coachella. Tickets are $45 to $65. For tickets or more information, call 760-775-5566, or visit

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