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Alternative Rock

If you didn’t score a ticket to Desert Trip, don’t smash your guitar and hide in your closet. There’s some alternative rock waiting.

Leighton Ginn Arts & Entertainment

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The Joshua Tree Music Fest attracts local and international acts.

During the two weekends of Desert Trip, there are options that will give you “Satisfaction”, even if you can’t see the Rolling Stones live at the Empire Polo Club. Your best bet for a rendition of “Brown Sugar” is Spotlight 29 Casino for a free Rolling Stones Tribute performance on Oct. 6 . That will “Start You Up.”

Oct. 6-8 / Joshua Tree Music Festival
The 11th JT Music Fest is a family-friendly setting of music and more featuring artists of the newgrassy (progressive bluegrass) and folkadelic realms, including Tyler and The Shakedown, Mark Farina and Mokoomba. The event has a homey, family feel with local and international acts and artists.
2601 Sunfair Road, Joshua Tree

Oct. 8 / ZZ Top
It’s classic rock at its head banging best when the bearded crew from ZZ Top appears The Show at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa. The band lays claim as the longest running major rock group with original personnel still performing after more than four decades together.
32250 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage. 888-999-6551

Oct. 14-16 / Desert Daze
The fifth season of the Joshua Tree stop at the Institute of Mentalphysics claims to be not just a music festival, but a festival of music, culture, and celebration. Artists include Primus Television, Suicide, Washout Out, The Brian Johnstone Massacre, The Sonics, and more. Three outdoor stages, an indoor stage for alternative programs , interactive art installations, food trucks, and an indoor diner.
59700 Twentynine Palms Highway. Joshua Tree

Oct. 14 / Gerardo Ortiz
Appearing at Fantasy Springs Casino, Gerardo Ortíz has dominated the Regional Mexican charts for the last six years. Along with his Billboard Latin Music Award, his many accolades include eight Premio Lo Nuestro awards and four Platinum records.
84245 Indio Springs Parkway
Indio. 760-342-5000

Oct. 14 / Roberto Tapia
The famed Spanish singer brings a blend of regional Norteña music with hints of electronica and hip-hop at Spotlight 29 Casino. His most recent album, El Muchacho, features the hits, “La Carta Fuerte” and “Amor Perdido,” which reached the top of Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart.
46200 Harrison Place
Coachella. 760-775-5566