By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

“Grooves at the Westin” wrapped up an incredible series last Saturday night on Master’s Plaza at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage. The season, which featured four shows over seven weeks started on Feb 18th with incredible performances by Greg Adams & East Bay Soul with special guest saxophonist Eric Darius. Next up was Mindi Abair on March 4th with a stellar performance, her first at The Westin, once again showing why she is considered the smooth Lady of Saxophone. The third show of the series opened with Josh Vietti on violin and featured Rick Braun and an all-star band. Finally on April 1st with a full house, 80 degree temperatures and light breezes under the stars, Peter White, Michael Paulo and Greg Karukas knocked it out of the park with a winning performance for the final show of the season!

Few locations even come close to the setting that jazz fans experience when they attend “Grooves at the Westin.” Internationally renowned smooth jazz musicians perform in an intimate venue with a sophisticated yet relaxing atmosphere. Ticket prices are so reasonable, with $40 for GA, up to $85 which includes a VIP artist meet-and-greet reception.

I’m glad baseball season started the next day as I will need something to focus on until the October series is back as this is truly my all-time favorite events I look forward to attending. It’s one of the best music venues around and thanks to my dear friend and owner of the Coachella Valley Weekly, Tracy Dietlin, I’m right there front and center. The Coachella Valley Weekly is also one of the sponsors of this event. I also want to give credit to the producers at Apaulo Music and the incredible staff and employees at the Westin who are a first class act themselves with such warm hospitality and service.


Be sure to look out for the announcement of the Saturdays in the Fall when the series will return. If you haven’t been, this truly is a first class event held under the stars at Master’s Plaza where there’s not a bad seat in the house.