Local Music Spotlight

Kate London

Kate London

By | October 6, 2016 at 12:05 pm | No comments

By Morgan James Kate London is a name that you can expect to be hearing more of in the coming year. Her break-out song “Love Me Right,” reminds us just how infectious a well-crafted pop song can be. “Love Me Right” is incredibly polished for Kate London’s first...

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CV Open Mic Competition 2016 at The Block: Week 1

CV Open Mic Competition 2016 at The Block: Week 1

By | October 6, 2016 at 11:51 am | No comments

By Morgan James Over 100 people came out to join in on the fun as we kicked off our newest session of the CV Open Mic Competition 2016 at The Block Sports Bar & Grill in Cathedral City! Incredible music, a special comedic performance, and exciting audience giveaways from...

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Rob Lawrence

Rob Lawrence

By | September 21, 2016 at 1:40 pm | No comments

By Morgan James Rob Lawrence has a spirited nature, striving to enjoy the adventure of life itself, volunteering for causes near and dear to him, and self-expression through his music. Lawrence displays his big heart playing music for various charities supporting causes from...

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Mekons – Flying Spectacularly Under the Radar for Three Decades and Counting

Mekons – Flying Spectacularly Under the Radar for Three Decades and Counting

By | September 21, 2016 at 1:35 pm | No comments

@ Pappy and Harriet’s, Thursday, September 22nd, 8 p.m. FIRST COME FIRST SERVE "The most problematic times for the band were when we tried to play by the rules. When we just said, ‘Screw that! We’re just going to do what we want,' like make a record about lesbian pirates...

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Death In Pretty Wrapping – A New Project By Veterans Of Desert Rock

Death In Pretty Wrapping – A New Project By Veterans Of Desert Rock

By | September 15, 2016 at 5:35 pm | No comments

By Esther Sanchez "It is true that black is the color of death, but death does not always cause mourning. It can also be the beginning of new things, a journey into unexplored territory." Arthur Seay (guitarist HOBP, Unida, Apeshit, Death in Pretty Wrapping) Current and former...

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Miri Hunter

Miri Hunter

By | September 15, 2016 at 5:20 pm | No comments

By Morgan James Miri Hunter found herself inspired by our beautiful desert so much that a short trip to recharge turned into a new life full of the creative energy she had been hungry for. Listening to this skilled performer is like sneaking a peek at a mirror, then suddenly...

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Bri Cherry & The Boys: Music That Defies Expectation

Bri Cherry & The Boys: Music That Defies Expectation

By | September 15, 2016 at 5:18 pm | No comments

By Angela Romeo A perfect storm is a rare combination of factors – in this particular case the perfect storm is a wonder! Bri Cherry is that blend of unique soul of brain, heart, talent and beauty. Bri grew up in Orange County. Her childhood had the ups and downs of many...

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Peggie Perkins

Peggie Perkins

By | September 8, 2016 at 2:47 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell About 5 years ago I was at the Riviera to see Will Donato and Art of Sax and a vocalist sat in and blew my socks off with an acapella version of "At Last." The vocalist was Peggie Perkins, and I've been wanting to see her perform that song again ever since....

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Live Music and Art Collide at The Palms in Wonder Valley, CA — Son of the Velvet Rat with Special Guests:

Live Music and Art Collide at The Palms in Wonder Valley, CA — Son of the Velvet Rat with Special Guests:

By | September 8, 2016 at 2:45 am | No comments

Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 p. m. FREE "There’s a band from Austria, of all places, who we heard... It’s a husband and wife team called Son of the Velvet Rat. He’s got this great sexy, gravelly voice. He reminds me of this Dylan-esque thing. It’s beautiful melodies...

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Liquid

Liquid

By | September 8, 2016 at 2:42 am | No comments

By Morgan James Founded in 2010 in Riverside, Liquid has transformed their music as they have matured over the past six years and the band has grown into new members. Led down a path of self-discovery through life's trials, angst, and deep emotion, Lily's leading vocals...

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Dove Dances with Drum in Earth Moon Earth

Dove Dances with Drum in Earth Moon Earth

By | September 1, 2016 at 3:20 pm | No comments

Thursday, September 1st at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneer Town Palace, 8 p.m. By Lisa Morgan The legacy of the musically magic Evaro family continues to grow and evolve as Gabriella Evaro’s dove-like voice and empathically poetic lyric sense join forces with the unique...

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Hungry Hearts

Hungry Hearts

By | September 1, 2016 at 3:18 pm | No comments

By Morgan James Inhale rapidly, deeply, filling your lungs with the life of your surroundings... hold your breath... then exhale fully and release, heart pumping. That rush of potent ethereal magic you feel could very well be the after effects of listening to "You Know I...

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Rogue Ogre

Rogue Ogre

By | August 18, 2016 at 5:48 pm | No comments

By Morgan James Rogue Ogre is a band with a lot of heart. The trio plays live with a passion. Although they are a fairly new band (just one year old), these guys have racked up their show count by playing with many other popular local bands at venues such as The Hood, Club 5,...

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Joe “City” Garcia’s Urban Desert Cabaret Brings the Music Scene’s Best to Pappy & Harriet’s

Joe “City” Garcia’s Urban Desert Cabaret Brings the Music Scene’s Best to Pappy & Harriet’s

By | August 11, 2016 at 8:23 pm | No comments

Thursday, August 18th, 8 p.m. No Cover By Lisa Morgan You wouldn’t know it to look at him, even if his style and stature do subtly set him apart from the average high desert transplant. Joe Garcia’s quiet demeanor would never lend you to believe that this sought after...

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A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘n Roll: the Dichotomy of Lisa Lynn Morgan

A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘n Roll: the Dichotomy of Lisa Lynn Morgan

By | August 11, 2016 at 8:21 pm | No comments

By Tricia Witkower and Joni Wright Drawing inspiration from a plethora of music legends, Lisa Lynn Morgan is a well-versed local musician whose twang and sweet smile puts a twinkle in any country gentleman’s eye. In a stroke of pure luck, she was one of the first people I...

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Wild Sons

Wild Sons

By | August 11, 2016 at 8:13 pm | No comments

By Morgan James Photo By Josh DelGuidice What a treat! I was fortunate enough to catch a local show in Palm Desert where Wild Sons were performing. My intention was to stick around for only a song or two, yet catchy melodies and enthusiastic beats kept my feet gripping...

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Basson

Basson

By | August 11, 2016 at 6:17 pm | No comments

By Morgan James Photo By Michelle Jeffers I love rock music. A mellow, bluesy rock vibe just gets down deep and soothes my mind into oblivion with each passion filled note. If you have an ear for the sweet, heartfelt sounds of a bluesy rock vibe, you may already be a fan...

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BOZ SCAGGS AND MICHAEL MCDONALD

BOZ SCAGGS AND MICHAEL MCDONALD

By | August 11, 2016 at 6:15 pm | No comments

SET TO JOIN FORCES AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO IN OCTOBER Two of the most distinctive artists in music for the last four decades, Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald, are teaming up to deliver one night of incredible showmanship at the Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs...

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212 Band

212 Band

By | August 3, 2016 at 9:20 pm | No comments

By Morgan James 212 Band has been rocking the Coachella Valley now for 5 years, playing a mix of classic rock tunes at various popular venues throughout the area. Boasting an accomplished group of musicians who work hard and play hard, 212 has been nominated for multiple...

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High Lonesome – A Collective Musical High

High Lonesome – A Collective Musical High

By | August 3, 2016 at 9:16 pm | No comments

Coming to Pappy and Harriet’s Thursday, August 11, 8pm By Lisa Morgan There’s a special kind of magic that happens when four tenured musicians, each with productive recording careers under their individual belts, organically find themselves together and start making...

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The Dark Waters That Became Gospel: Lance Riebsomer’s Black Water Gospel

The Dark Waters That Became Gospel: Lance Riebsomer’s Black Water Gospel

By | July 28, 2016 at 5:10 am | No comments

By Lisa Morgan It is generally understood that some of the deepest heartache can manifest itself into some of the world's most incredible and timeless art and music. Pain and loss are two things that can level the playing field for every race, gender and faith. It's how we...

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DJ Swamp at ACE Hotel

DJ Swamp at ACE Hotel

By | July 28, 2016 at 5:00 am | No comments

Spinning at The Amigo Room in The Ace Hotel and Swim Club on August 3rd celebrating his newest record release. By Buddy Benson In 1996, a young, aspiring Ronald Keys Jr. entered the DMC US Championships for the first time as DJ Swamp. Up against the best in the nation, he...

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Will Kelly

Will Kelly

By | July 28, 2016 at 4:57 am | No comments

By Morgan James Photo Credit: Danielle Tinsley Photography Will Kelly is not only an outstanding vocalist who writes and performs inspirational music, but an upstanding human being with a passion for changing people’s lives. A unique perspective on the human condition...

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Desert Acoustic Sessions at Plan B Live Entertainment & Cocktails

Desert Acoustic Sessions at Plan B Live Entertainment & Cocktails

By | July 22, 2016 at 1:31 am | No comments

By Morgan James Sometimes in life you wander upon magic. Not a rabbit being pulled out of a hat hocus pocus or slide of the hand card trickery, but the magic of humanity as camaraderie. Music has long inspired a great many things and being involved in the Coachella Valley...

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Jon Delaire

Jon Delaire

By | July 22, 2016 at 1:22 am | No comments

Production Manager, Lighting & Sound Engineer, Jon Delaire, has a unique perspective when it comes to music. By Morgan James While the audience enjoys the show from their seats, musicians working their magic from the stage, Jon has carefully prepared the environment for...

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Fight Like a Girl

Fight Like a Girl

By | July 14, 2016 at 11:56 pm | No comments

By Morgan James When it comes to grungy girl rock with moody lyrics, reminiscent of 90's era Hole, East Valley band, Fight Like a Girl, kick into high gear and give music their all. With several songs to sample on Soundcloud, you can hear why this band is so popular in their...

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The Kathys

The Kathys

By | July 7, 2016 at 4:55 pm | No comments

By Morgan James Self-described as “ghetto wave, slacker goth, post jangle” The Kathys sure do have their sound and their audience figured out. Confident melodies and a fresh hip sound, I was pleased this week to be introduced to this relevant Indio based band comprised of...

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Desert Legend, Sean Wheeler and Friends Perform The Hood Bar in Palm Desert

Desert Legend, Sean Wheeler and Friends Perform The Hood Bar in Palm Desert

By | July 7, 2016 at 4:28 pm | No comments

Wednesday, July 13,  9pm - 1am  FREE SHOW by Lisa Morgan Desert rock icon, Sean Wheeler, featured in two documentaries on the desert rock scene recently, will be bringing a free show to the Hood Bar in Palm Desert, that fans internationally would travel miles and pay big...

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BRI CHERRY & The Boys

BRI CHERRY & The Boys

By | June 30, 2016 at 4:42 am | No comments

By Morgan James From a simple violin accent player to a visionary musical movement founder, Bri Cherry hopes to be a spark that incites worldwide personal growth. Her new project, BRI CHERRY & The Boys, has not yet officially kicked off, but looks promising in fulfilling...

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Venus and the Traps

Venus and the Traps

By | June 24, 2016 at 1:22 am | No comments

By Morgan James Venus and the Traps is an East Valley band, growing rapidly in popularity throughout the Coachella Valley and spilling outside its borders. A roller-coaster of emotion spitting from the tongues and fingers of these passionate musicians while their enthusiastic...

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Porsia Camille – Desert Songstress

Porsia Camille – Desert Songstress

By | June 24, 2016 at 1:20 am | No comments

By Esther Sanchez The Coachella Valley has become a notorious hub and breeding ground for artists of all sorts; one of the most underrated and least known on the scene is 21 year-old R&B vocalist and aspiring actress, Porsia Camille. Considering the sheer vocal talent,...

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Giselle Woo

Giselle Woo

By | June 17, 2016 at 2:11 am | No comments

By Morgan James Inspiring, award-winning, ultra-creative soul, Giselle Woo, has taken on the role of showcasing other talented musical artists as Music Director at KCOD, yet all the while continuing to strengthen and cultivate her own songs and performances. This incredibly...

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THE DEEP ONES

THE DEEP ONES

By | June 12, 2016 at 1:55 am | No comments

By Morgan James From Coachella Valley to Los Angeles, from backyard parties to big clubs and hotels, DJ crew The Deep Ones never disappoint with their powerfully entertaining stage presence and broad mix of musical genres which always hit the mark. The players hold an...

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Nashville Artists Headline Hope Fueled Benefit at Palm Canyon Road House in Palm Springs

Nashville Artists Headline Hope Fueled Benefit at Palm Canyon Road House in Palm Springs

By | June 12, 2016 at 1:52 am | No comments

On Thursday, June 16th, Palm Canyon Road House will host a benefit concert for the Soroptimist International House of Hope (SHOH) in Desert Hot Springs, a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 to provide recovery programs to women with substance abuse disorders. The concert...

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Blasting Echo CD Release Party for Uso-Tsuki Mendax

Blasting Echo CD Release Party for Uso-Tsuki Mendax

By | June 3, 2016 at 1:12 am | No comments

Saturday, June 4th at The Hood Bar and Pizza Celebrate with Icons of Desert Rock By Esther Sanchez Anyone involved in music knows how challenging it can be to form a band and keep it together for any length of time. Conflicting schedules, priorities, visions and...

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