Weekly concerts every Thursday in May

The City of Palm Desert is hosting a series of free, weekly concerts at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park amphitheater throughout the month of May. Featuring a variety of music, the concerts will be held every Thursday from 6:30 – 8 p.m. with some of the top acts from across the region performing. Plenty of free parking, food trucks, games for kids and more.

This season’s concerts offer a mix of styles from country to classic rock. The season starts on Cinco de Mayo with a performance by Santanaways, an electrifying Latin/blues rock band that pays tribute to Santana. Bandleader Benito Meschoulam’s uncanny similarities to Carlos Santana in appearance and playing style helps this band deliver its authentic vibe.

Other concert series performers include Flashback Heart Attack, a nationally acclaimed 80’s show from Orange County scheduled for May 12. Clad in flashy outfits and occasionally delivering a bit of choreography, Flashback Heart Attack nevertheless plays the biggest New Wave hits of the 80’s with precision and respect. It’s a high-energy show the audience will long remember.

Country takes center stage on May 19 when the Kelly Rae Band delivers crowd-pleasing tunes that will have concertgoers on their feet. Frequently booked at festivals, fairs and theme parks, the band plays a wide range of country music from Patsy Cline and George Strait, to Little Big Town and Carrie Underwood.


Wrapping up the season on May 26 is Legends of Classic Rock, a killer line-up of musicians who have previously played with White Lion, Ratt, Steppenwolf, Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, Quiet Riot, Great White, and Dokken.

While the music is the main draw, food and beverage trucks will be available each concert evening offering a variety of culinary offerings an hour before the concerts. Concertgoers may also bring picnic baskets along with blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the shows. Alcoholic beverages and smoking are prohibited at Civic Center Park. Families are encouraged to arrive even earlier to take advantage of the games and activities offered by Family YMCA of the Desert prior to the start of the concerts.

Palm Desert Civic Center Park is located on the northeast corner of San Pablo Avenue and Fred Waring Drive. For more information on attending the Concert in the Park series, visit www.DiscoverPalmDesert.com, or the VisitPalmDesert page on Facebook & Instagram.