BY PATTE PURCELL
The weather was stunning; it was a comfortable 72degrees as guests started streaming into the 420 Jazz Soiree at Venus de Fido. Guests got the experience of a mini jazz festival with 3 different national acts in the house. As they entered, it was Blusion star Deanna Bogart who blew the audience away with her performance on the grand piano. A fun time, it included different artists who sat in and did a tune with her. Slim Man, Johnny Meza and others did a number much to the delight of the party goers. It was like a big house party!
The outdoor patio was popular with Gretje Angell with her pianist. Gretje also sings for the LA Opera and has a sultry voice perfect for a jazzy afternoon affair. Gourmet wood fired pizza oven from Mobile Wood Fired Pizza Catering made personal pizzas while Collectives, Dispensaries, and Hemp CBD products displayed their products for medical marijuana patients. SB Medical was on hand to write doctors’ recommendations for patients. This was a party for the legal medical marijuana community to get together to meet each other. Investors, realtors, and more were on hand to discuss, mix and mingle.
In the main ballroom it was the chart topping smooth Jazz Guitarist Blake Aaron with special guest saxophonist Michael Paulo (Grooves at the Westin) one of my personal favorites! The amazing Darryl Williams (Euge Groove, Dave Koz, etc) on bass (his own song hit #7 on Billboard the day of the show), my favorite Hans Zermuehlen on keys, and Dave Hooper on drums (Rippingtons). They were joined by an adorable and talented Kimaya (Hiroshima). She’s a powerful vocalist and a great entertainer.
We had two very special guest vocalists. Slim Man crooned ‘Faith in Us’ to the delight of his fans. Keisha D mesmerized the audience with ‘Summertime’ and had a great ‘scat’ session with Michael Paulo. She received a standing ovation for her number. The crowd danced and partied. The sound was perfection (Thank you Robert Pickett of Alec and Eden productions) and the lights were perfect for the beautiful room in purples and blues (Thank you Icon Productions).
The turn-out included some of the valley icons including Dane Skoff, Sheree Lillie, Maestro Dino Zonic, and more. Our great group of volunteers again did an amazing job. Thank you Mya Scamera, Mickey Jumapao, Ronda Mc Neil and the rest of these great ladies. Thanks to Christy Rucci for the great pictures of our guests!
Thank you to our sponsors:
Coachella Valley Weekly
Caviar Kids Collective
Desert Flower Delivery & Angel’s Edibles
Melissa Etheridge’s “Know Label” Cannabis Wine (tinctures)
Desert Hot Springs Inn “Soak and Toke”
Debra Granillo, DG Hair Stories & Braid Bar
Carlson ‘Total Harmony’ CBD Products
Green Miracle Healing