Benefiting the Architecture and Design Council for the Palm Springs Architecture and Design Center.

by Lisa Morgan

The fabulous Gand Band, the house band that has been packing them in at the fabulous Purple Room in Palm Springs, invites you to come party with them like it’s 1961. Join them at the newly-restored Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, for a party that celebrates the year of the building’s birth. ” Designed by E. Stewart Williams, the midcentury Modern building, which sparkles like a jewel box in downtown Palm Springs, is the prime setting for the event,” they share. “Guests will enjoy delicious 1961-inspired fare, a premium vodka martini lounge sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, beer by the Coachella Valley Brewery, vintage cars from 1961, and of course, live music by The Gand Band!”

The event will also host a 60s fashion show by William Miller of The Deja Vu Room – Vintage Clothing Boutique, along with jewelry and accessories by Matt Burkholz of Route 66 West. Put on your best 1961 inspired outfit, and dance under the stars. “Think Audrey Hepburn doing the Twist,” says Joan Gand, keyboardist, vocalist and spokesperson for the band. She also let us in on a little secret: The Original La Bamba, Trini Lopez, will be making a surprise appearance! All proceeds benefit the Architecture and Design Council for the Palm Springs Architecture and Design Center.

The Gand Band is a guarantee that this party, topping off the city’s renowned Modernism Week, will make the party happen for even the most weary of Modernism participants. Blowing in from Chicago, the retro blues, rock, jazz, funk encrusted troubadours have been pleasing crowds every weekend at the Purple Room. They regularly play music from the 50’s – 70’s (they promise, nothing newer than 1979…unless it’s a jam and they “work in a little bit of Highway to Hell”). But for this event, they have been studying the music of 1961, and will have a set list ready that will make you “Twist” with glee. You see it’s not just their stellar musicianship and knowledge of the music – it’s their energy! There is just no way NOT to love these musicians and their great music, which at any moment can be played atop a table by guitarist and band co-founder, Gary Gand. You can get a taste of them every Friday and Saturday night at the Purple Room, but you won’t want to miss this very special event:


PARTY LIKE IT’S 1961, Saturday, February 21st, 8pm-11pm

At Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center

300 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, California 92262

Tickets can be purchased at

Sponsored by TRIO Restaurant, the Purple Room Restaurant & Stage, Windermere Real Estate, Tito’s Vodka. Special martini lounges presented by TTK Real Estate Group and Yares Art Projects