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2019 CV Music Award Winners Best Song “Uproar” Performing at the Idyllwild Strong Benefit Festival Friday, August 16 at Brew Pub

By Noe Gutierrez

The Caxton album The Devil I Know is praiseworthy from top to bottom. Released in March of 2019, the record includes the song, Uproar, which won the 2019 Coachella Valley Music Award for ‘Best Song’. Their standing-room only album release show at the Date Shed in Indio, California was an epic performance showcasing why Caxton is one of the best artists of the last decade to be borne out of the Coachella Valley.

Christina Reyes (vocals and keyboards), Adam Surdin (guitar), Brett McLaughlin (bass & background vocals) and Brian Pelletier (drums) will reconvene this weekend for a performance at the 2nd Idyllwild Strong Benefit Festival on Friday, August 16, 2019 on the Brew Pub stage located at 54423 Village Center Drive. The band will also be generously donating 50% of all vinyl sales from this show to the cause so please visit their merch table and purchase one of their records.

Last year, the first Idyllwild Strong Benefit Festival raised over $40,000 to help rebuild the city after the Cranston Fire ravaged over 13,000 acres and displaced 7,000 evacuees.


We caught up with the band as they planned their return to the Coachella Valley and their Idyllwild performance.

On the Album and Release Show:

“We’re still on a high from the album release show! It was such a great night and the feedback on the album so far has been super-positive.”

On Winning the 2019 CVMA for ‘Best Song’

“We were thrilled when Uproar won ‘Best Song’ at the CVMAs this year. It means a lot to us to know that people are hip to the different vibe of the new album. We really love these songs and are looking forward to playing them this Friday at the Idyllwild show!”

On Idyllwild Strong Benefit Festival

“We heard about how successful the event was last year and how much money was raised for the fire/flood so we we’re excited to be a part of its second run.”

On the Future of Caxton

“As is our location situation, getting all of us in the same part of the same state at the same time can be tough so when we can all be together for a show, we play it. We’ll all be back in California for good next summer so expect more shows and more music!”

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