Inaugural Event: Rock the Ribbon, Tuesday, October 4th 5 p.m.
In Support of Desert Cancer Foundation’s Paint El Paseo Pink

By Lisa Morgan

There has been a lot of buzz around the desert about the complete remodel of a new restaurant, bar and live music venue at Indian Springs Golf Club. Rumors became facts when the official sign went up announcing the new business: Big Rock Pub. Bands have already been sending in their press kits by the droves in hopes to play at the club that is rumored to be “something our desert has never seen before,” and the recent job fair was a huge success.

During a recent hard hat tour of the renovations, club owner and visionary, Ken Hanna and staff, showed members of the media and city government the exciting and ambitious plans underway. Those plans include a stage that rises up out of the ground for live entertainment, giant television screens for showing sporting and music events, beautiful long bars inside and out, and an entry way that will blow your mind with a…. oh wait…I’m not supposed to tell you that part. I guess some things you’ll just have to see to believe. There will definitely be a large display of Rock and Roll memorabilia, and the menu will be to die for. Created by Mitch of Mitch’s on El Paseo, it is creative, fresh and social media worthy, not to mention delicious. Ready yourselves for an avalanche of food selfies when this kitchen starts delivering (make sure to #dineinrockout).

Hopes are high that all will be in place for a smooth and awe inspiring inaugural event at the club on Tuesday, October 4th. Big Rock Pub will host a kick-off party for Desert Cancer Foundation’s Paint El Paseo Pink. The event on that Tuesday, appropriately named “Rock the Ribbon” will provide a place for early registrations to the Paint El Paseo Pink event October 8th, and registrars will be able to pick up their extremely pink, commemorative event t-shirts.


Partnering with Desert Cancer Foundation was an easy choice for the team at Big Rock Pub and something owner Ken Hanna has been doing for a while now. Not long ago, he lost a brother to cancer. “I’ve been vacationing here for years, and now that I’ve become a business owner in the Valley, my family and staff have encouraged this new partnership, and we are all excited to host Rock the Ribbon, and many more events in the future,” shared Hanna. In addition to hosting this initial event, Hanna has also donated autographed guitars, all of which represent the artists of Desert trip. These will be auctioned on EBay to raise additional funds for DCF. In addition, Hanna has shared that portions of the sales of all memorabilia sold throughout the year will go to the cancer charity.

Rock the Ribbon will encompass the following elements:

Happy Hour Specials on food and beverages

Live Bands from 5:30 – 8 pm
5:30 p.m. – D-Tension, graduates of AMP
6:00 p.m. – Minor Emergency, graduates of AMP
7:00 p.m. – The Refills

Live Remotes with the Eagle 106.9 and KCLB from 3 pm to 7 pm

Photo opportunities using special SnapChat filters and backgrounds

Donation of $20 for a chance to win a $1000 Shopping Card from Grayse El Paseo, donated by Kelly Gray

Registration and T-Shirt Pick up for Paint El Paseo Pink, the fun walk set for October 8 on El Paseo

Special Auction: 6 commemorative guitars, signed by the superstars of Rock & Roll who are appearing at Desert Trip! (Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and The Who.) This auction, going live on EBay from October 1-10, will be open to anyone to bid on these priceless collectibles! 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Desert Cancer Foundation.

Rock the Ribbon is sponsored by The General – Air Conditioning & Plumbing, Signarama, FG Creative, Big Rock Pub, Alpha Media, and Indian Springs Golf Club.

For more information on this amazing event, visit, or check out the event on Facebook.

The club is located at 79-940 Westward Ho Drive, Indio, CA (760) 464-6773