By Patte Purcell

It has been my pleasure to produce unique smooth jazz events for the last 7 years in the desert. We’ve had the privilege of building a great list of guests who are 45 plus, sophisticated and fun. Last January we took a turn in a new direction with “Jazz at the Mansion” a 420 friendly party. It was a smashing success. Over the last year we held private industry parties at art galleries and more. 2017 was a great year.

In 2018 we are stepping it up to a new level with a ‘mini festival’ with 3 National acts in 3 separate areas. We are holding this private industry event at Venus de Fido in Palm Desert on Monday Jan. 22, from 4:20 to 7:20.

As you walk in the door you are greeted with a huge marble foyer where famed international blusion recording and performing artist Deanna Bogart will be performing at the Grand piano in her boogie woogie style. Deanna is a multiple national blues award winner and travels the globe performing at festivals and cruises. She will knock your socks off.

As a Palm Desert resident Deanna has graciously agreed to perform for us. She is also an amazing performer on saxophone as well. She also plays a mean guitar just to round it out. Deanna will get your heart pumping and has a few surprises in store for you with some guest Jammers.

As you walk further into the event you will hear the smooth jazz and funky stylings of national recording artist Rick Parma and his band. There are tables (open seating) and a dance floor. So wear comfortable shoes.

Rick plays the sax and sings. His band brings it and is one of the best dance jazz bands in the business. Rick will be joined by some of our local favorites as guest performers including Michael D’Angelo, Alex Santana, Khea Emmanuel, Cat Lyn Day and Kelly Mc Daniel, just to put the icing on the cake. Get ready to party!

As you get a little further you will find a sponsors room with some of the best medical marijuana products on the market. If you are a licensed medical marijuana patient with a doctor’s recommendation you will receive complimentary samples from the sponsors.

Feel free to spend time learning about new products and services in the industry.

Time for a little break? Why not cruise out to “The Garden” the outdoor area with open table seating, heaters, and the amazing sounds of top jazz artists ‘Amsterdam Connection’ from (guess) Amsterdam. There you can sit and relax and have complimentary appetizers while listening to Naomi Adriaansz on sax and Tim Weaver on jazz harmonica. Their latest CD produced by legendary Paul Brown is up for song of the year in the Netherlands. They are on the A List circuit on their tour. A great jazz duo that will also join in for the jam.

New Leaf Catering will be serving “Seasonal small bites” to our guests. There is complimentary iced tea and Kangen water for all guests.

In addition to all of the music and sponsors there will be tours of the amazing spa and facilities at Venus de Fido, including the magical Himalayan salt room. It’s the only facility where you can bring your pooch for grooming while you get some pampering of your own. There is a restaurant (indoor and outdoor), a shop, and a fitness area with some unique spa treatments.

Do you have to have a medical marijuana rec to attend? No, but you do if you want to receive any of the complimentary samples. (Bring cash for incidentals no change available).

So, how do you get an invitation to such a fabulous party you may ask? You have to be on the list.

How do you get on the invitation list? Text your name, email, and who referred you to 1-702-219-6777. We’re hoping to grow these parties in 2018 so spread the word.

We’d like to thank our list of participating sponsors

New Leaf Catering ‘A selection of seasonal small bites”

Coachella Valley Weekly

Left Handed Infusions, Cannabis Sushi

PSA Organica

OG Collective

The 420 Kitchen and Sensi Chews

CITIDANK Dispensary Cathedral City

Grid Iron Bio Nutrients

So Cal Clone House

Coachella Valley Collective (Vape Experience)

Melissa Etheridge’s “Know Label” Cannabis Wine & Cannabis Beer (tinctures)

Desert Hot Springs Inn “Soak and Toke”

Debra Granillo, Braid Bar

Desert Canna Consulting & Desert Canna Hope

Caviar Kids

Juicy Juicy- Bullet Proof coffee with CBD or THC