If you are without a pass to the celebrated Coachella Music and Arts Festival or Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival (or even if you’re among the lucky ones who scored these golden tickets), you can rock out and have fun at local venues, some of which supplement their usual offerings with specialized programs.
Kick off Coachella fest at Ace Hotel & Swim Club. The kitschy resort offers a multimedia bacchanalia over both weekends (April 13-15, 20-22) of all that is “fresh, inspired, and strange in the desert.” Roadside Attraction brings together promising acts from world music and jazz, featuring young artists and designers who foster a creative synergy evocative of oddities plucked from the highways of the West. At night, rock out to DJ Day and other exceptional spinmeisters at Ace’s Amigo Room. 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 760-325-9900; www.acehotel.com
Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa invites you to heat up the party scene at a Caliente pool party. Soak up sun and fun with drink specials and a slick group of DJs spinning from noon to 8 p.m., April 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29. Purchase cool cabanas with flat-screen TVs, misters, mini-fridges, and more. All guests must be 21. Purchase a room on Saturday and/or Sunday nights of Coachella and Stagecoach weekends and receive two complimentary entries to the pool parties. Also, check out nighttime hot spots The Lounge and Rendezvous. Both feature entertainment on select nights. Add gaming action in the casino for a guaranteed good time.
Find live music, from indie to jazz to rock.
Mara Getz and Henry Franklin perform at Woody’s Burgers in Palm Springs.
Photo by Herb Koening
Blame It On Midnight
777 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs.
73098 Hwy. 111, Palm Desert.
73725 El Paseo, Palm Desert.
Las Casuelas Terraza
222 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs.
Melvyn’s Restaurant at The Ingleside Inn
201 W. Ramon Rd., Palm Springs.
Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace
53688 Pioneertown Rd., Pioneertown.
The Red Barn
73920 Hwy. 111, Palm Desert.
Starlight Lounge, Riviera Palm Springs
1600 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs.
Three-sixty North Lounge and Restaurant
360 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs.
Vicky’s of Santa Fe
45100 Club Dr., Indian Wells.
266 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs.
317 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs.