By Rebecca Pikus

Summer in the Desert belongs to us again! The Exciting, Original Event “A Summer Music Festival” offers a 6-week series of Live Music Events along with an Exhibition of amazing Music Art! Many Musicians are also Artists — and many Artists are also Musicians! So what could be a better combination!

Leslie Jean Porter Gallery has put together a great line-up of Musical Performers & DJs ready to animate the Dance Floor!

Wed. May 20, 7-11pm:  ROCK N’ ROLL

Wed. May 27, 7-11pm:  DISCO

Wed. June 3, 7-11pm:   JAZZ

Wed. June 10, 7-11pm:  ROCKABILLY, LINE DANCING

Wed. June 17, 7-11pm:  DRUM CIRCLE

Wed. June 24, 7-11pm:  DJ SPIN-OFF

In addition, an Exhibition of Music-Themed Art opens Wed. May 20 – June 30 at the LJP Gallery.  The Art Curator is yours truly – Rebecca Pikus!   The creative genius for all the eclectic gallery shows is Leslie Jean Porter, of Paris, France, Beverly Hills/Los Angeles, & Palm Springs — Leslie is an Award-winning Filmmaker, Producer, Director, Photographer,  Writer, Documentarian, Fashion Icon, & Fine Artist!  There will be an amazing collection of Paintings, Sculptures, Photography Art, & Music Artifacts available for viewing and purchase:

MARIO PIKUS — Music Paintings & Vintage Guitar Sculptures

GARY KOTT — Modern Guitar Sculptures

STEVE CONNELLY –  (“Spirit of the King”) Elvis Paintings from his Palm Springs Series

SIMEON DEN – Iconic Photography: Stevie Wonder, Warren Zevon, Barbara McNair

PETER PALLADINO:  Iconic Photography:  Skye Ferriera


The Kick-Off for the Music Event will be Sat., May 16, 7pm-12am:  UNDERGROUND ELECTRONIC, with DJ JAY CUE from Palm Springs & L.A. , Spinning Electronic & Techno — (18 yrs old & up)

All Music Events will have Open Bar (over 21) (hosted by Crater Lake Vodka & Coachella Valley Brewing Company), Refreshments, — Music, Art, Dancing!  Couldn’t ask for anything better – to use a California word: Awesome!

A Summer Music Festival -Leslie Jean Porter Gallery, 68703 Perez Road, Artpark Bldg. A-16, Cathedral City, Ca 92234,, Email:

  • Peter Palladino

  • Mario Pikus - Red Guitar

  • Gary Kott

  • Steve Connelly