In a field dominated by mostly male artists, saxophonist Mindi Abair rocked the stage last Saturday night at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa; all part of the “Grooves at the Westin Jazz Series.”

Mindi Abair, the only saxophonist to tour with rock legends Aerosmith since 1973, has also played with Bruce Springsteen, to name a few. Mindi mesmerized the crowd playing both newer and older hits with so much enthusiasm and energy many couldn’t help but come up to the stage to dance and sing. One of my favorite songs was “Flirt” which no one can pull that off better than Mindi herself! Such a beautiful lady…see for yourself: www.mindiabair.com

When I met with Mindi she was warm, sweet and classy and made you feel like an old friend rather than a newly met stranger. We talked about the different styles of music offered in the Coachella Valley. I mentioned my love for smooth jazz – but also rock n roll. She laughed and said “I like to think we are the rock n roll of Jazz…” And that they certainly were rockin’ down the Westin with a full house in attendance.

Living in Orange County and working in Los Angeles I have attended a lot of different concert venues. But the concerts at the Westin Mission Hills are by far the best for concert entertainment. It’s held outdoors on the Masters Plaza, with great food, wine and unbelievable ambiance among the golf course and Westin Grounds. There’s a couple more shows coming up, don’t miss them!

Before I sign off and get back to what I’m supposed to be doing (responding to fires), I have to mention who my real Rock Star is: Tracy Dietlin owner/publisher of the Coachella Valley Weekly. She knows my love for music, and I don’t know how, but I always seem to be ‘responding and reporting’ on these venues while meeting some really great people…

Thank you Tracy!

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

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