Popular Music Event Expanded into Two-Day Multi-Genre Festival in 2018

GRAMMY award-winner Jonny Lang and Jon Batiste & the Dap Kings will headline the Indian Wells Music Festival, a newly-expanded two-day music concert event to be held April 6-7, 2018 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The popular music event that has taken place in the Coachella Valley for the past two decades has been expanded into a two-day festival, incorporating more musical styles than before, under the new name for 2018.

Mindi Abair, a two-time GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist, and The Boneshakers will open the event on Friday, followed by The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Jonny Lang. On Saturday, California native Sandra Lynn will open the performances, followed by multi-GRAMMY award-winning Robert Cray Band and Jon Batiste & The Dap Kings.

The event will be held under the Indian Wells Tennis Garden shade structure, offering seating for 2,000 patrons. The Indian Wells Tennis Garden – home to the BNP Paribas Open, the largest men’s and women’s combined tennis tournament in the world – underwent a full site beautification project ahead of the 2018 event to showcase the venue in “Full Bloom.” The extensive project added palm trees, floral installations, pavers, plants and greenery throughout the Tennis Garden, reminiscent of a garden blooming to life in the springtime.

In addition to an impressive lineup of artists, the event will also feature an assortment of vendors offering food, wine, art and more. Reserved Table seating is available for each night, as well as two-day packages to ensure the same seats for both days of the event. 


“We’re excited to once again be partnering with the Indian Wells Tennis Garden team for this signature desert event,” said CV 104.3’s Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald, co-founder of Wendy Jayne Productions, Inc. “Our goal is to always up the experience for loyal patrons, and we believe we did that this year by expanding the event to two days and putting together an impressive line-up of talent. This year we kick-off “Music Month” in the desert, and what a way to start it off!”

“We are so proud to have the City of Indian Wells as our Title Sponsor,” added Raymond Moore, CEO, Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Tickets for the Indian Wells Music Festival will be available for purchase to the general public on February 1, 2018. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Box Office at (760) 200-8000 or visit www.iwtg.net.

The Indian Wells Music Festival is a presentation of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and Wendy Jayne Productions, Inc.

Jonny Lang is often considered one of the best live performers and guitarists of his generation. With a GRAMMY Award under his belt, Lang has performed with some of the most respected legends in music including The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith and Buddy Guy.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds have a quintessentially American sound that draws influence from the blues, R&B and rock ‘n roll. The band has had several Top 40 singles in addition to a Top 40 album in “Tuff Enuff.”

Mindi Abair’s career spans seven solo albums and countless collaborations.  She returns to the Coachella Valley in 2018 with the Boneshakers to electrify audiences with their brand of blues/rock/funk and jazz.

Jon Batiste is a globally celebrated musician, educator, bandleader and television personality. This piano virtuoso and Forbes 30 Under 30 nominee serves as the bandleader for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Artistic Director At Large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, in addition to performing nationally.

The Dap Kings recently joined forces with Jon Batiste after years of performing with the late Sharon Jones. The soulful retro sound of The Kings played on Amy Winehouse’s album “Back to Black.” and toured with her throughout the US.

Robert Cray boasts five GRAMMY Awards, a collection of W.C. Handy Blues Awards, and inclusion in the Blues Hall of Fame. A prolific singer, guitarist and songwriter, Cray has been entertaining audiences for decades.

Sandra Lynn is a California native and a rising star in country music. She is known for her upbeat and playful singles, including “Afterparty,” “Bar Hoppin’” and “Hey California.”

The Indian Wells Tennis Garden opened in March 2000 and is a world-class tennis venue home to the renowned BNP Paribas Open. The site features the newly-renovated Stadium 1, the second largest tennis stadium in the world. The 16,100-seat stadium underwent a full-scale renovation before the 2016 BNP Paribas Open that added more than 20 new dining options and completed re-constructed the concourse and suite level. The Tennis Garden also houses an 8,000-seat permanent Stadium 2 with three gourmet restaurants, including world-famous Nobu. The Indian Wells Tennis Garden features two 19,000 square foot shade structures, 28 world-class courts, 8 acres of exhibition space, a full-service, year-round tennis club, and 55 acres of outdoor parking.