Local Palm Springs Music Scene
Palm Springs is a resort getaway for elites in the winter and a scorching hot desert in the summer. In the 2010 Census the metropolitan area had a population of over 358,000. Sonny Bono, who had hits with Cher, was mayor of Palm Springs from 1988 to 1992 and went on to serve in Congress. Other famous residents have included Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore. The history of the Palm Springs music scene has included Brian Setzer and Queens of the Stone Age. The main campus is College of the Desert. The local scene is covered by The Desert Sun. The area's biggest event is the annual Coachella Festival every spring.
Palm Springs Music Acts
Jarrod Radnich * Quasje * Stars Above the Ocean * Undiscovered Poets * Priscilla Cortez * California Celts * The Morning Birds * Big Scenic Nowhere * Sara Groban * Yawning Man *
Even though Palm Springs has historically been a getaway for Hollywood celebrities, in recent years it has been a migration destination for L.A. residents looking for more affordable homes. As a result, the music scene has grown in the desert. The Coachella Festival and other entertainment events such as the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival has helped give the area a higher profile.
Keeping up to date on Coachella Festival is always a top concern in the Palm Springs area. Palm Springs Life is an online publication that reports on the local scene and news about Coachella Festival. The publication also writes about local artists, which have included Local Natives, Biffy Clyro and Io Echo. It's a local resource for residents as well as tourists for finding things to do in Palm Springs.
Several music festivals are being planned for 2014 in Palm Springs. The festivals will cover a broad range of music from jazz to electronica. Some of these events include the Women's Jazz Festival the first week of April, Opera in the Park at Sunrise Park on April 6, Block Party Downtown April 16 and Stagecoach Country Music Festival the last week of April at Empire Polo Grounds in Indio.
Bono and The Edge of U2 visited the Palm Springs international Film Festival on Jan. 5, 2014. They accepted the Sonny Bono Visionary Award and appeared as speakers at a Q&A session. The band has had experience mixing filmmaking with music as far back as the Rattle and Rum film in 1988. The prestigious award usually goes to a musical director, but for the first time goes to musicians. The award is for the band's songwriting of "Ordinary Love" for the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Some of the venues with reputations for supporting local bandsd include McCallum Theatre, Date Shed, Red Barn, Hamilton's Sports Bar and Grill and Village Pub. Cover bands are regularly featured at The Rock Yard at Fantasy Springs.