The desert is always brimming with talented musicians, and it becomes a live music mecca this time of year with the arrival of bands and DJs from all over the world.
Many of these performers hit non-festival stages between concert weekends and play shows in intimate venues. Go see the string of stellar recording artists scheduled to appear at the legendary Pappy & Harriet’s outdoor stage in Pioneertown, including neo-psychedelic Caribou on April 9; songstress Jenny Lewis on April 14; trip-pop masters Jamie xx and Jon Hopkins on April 16; and Hivern Discs featuring electronica acts John Talabot, Pional, and Marc Pinol, also on April 16 at the indoor stage.
Also check out Tachevah: A Palm Springs Block Party, slated midway between the two Coachella weekends on April 15 outside the Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs. This free, four-hour celebration of indie music features a Coachella headline artist and unsigned local bands selected for the event through fan votes and three preshows. This year, the third edition of Tachevah is expected to draw more than 12,000 people. Buzz trolley rides to nightclubs and restaurants are available following the show.
Practice your dubsteps at LED Day Club, presented by New Era Cap, the two-weekend dance festival taking place April 10-12 and 17-19 poolside at the Hilton Palm Springs and featuring the hottest DJs around, including Skrillex, Chromeo, and Chvrches.
LED Day Club
Photo courtesy LED Presents
Live & Wild
It’s no secret that the parties dotting the valley during Coachella are as exciting as the festival itself. Here’s the list of venues that offer live music year-round and some of the best bashes during festival season.
ACE HOTEL & SWIM CLUB
This hipster haven boasts eclectic, poolside DJ sets during the day and live music in the Amigo Room at night. Keep your ears out for Ace’s own Coachella-themed events, such as the popular Desert Gold weekend and Do-Over Sundays.
701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs
From art shows to lively DJ sets and burlesque shows, this edgy downtown hangout offers diverse activities every night of the week to an über-cool crowd. Coachella parties are scheduled to take place indoors and on the new patio outdoors.
340 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs
Deep in Coachella fest territory, this seriously rocking Indio den packs a full house as a righteous concert destination for local and touring acts.
50725 Monroe St., Indio
HACIENDA CANTINA & BEACH CLUB
This versatile, 8,000-square-foot venue is center stage for a variety of daily parties, but the best ones are by the pool with electrifying DJs sets. The Hacienda has a few events in store in conjunction with Coachella. Stay tuned.
1555 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs
THE HOOD BAR AND PIZZA
A desert rock favorite, this neighborhood joint is known to host rock music acts that dive into impromptu jamming sessions, and open-mic nights when everyone can unleash their inner rock star.
74360 Hwy. 111, Palm Desert
The quirky, colorful hotel grounds are the perfect backdrop for this hotel’s legendary Vegas-style pool parties. Expect great times at its signature Desert Weekender Coachella event.
1800 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs
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