By Lisa Morgan

It’s not just Coachella Music and Arts Festival flooding our valley with sound and energy.  Several other locations are host to live music and parties, celebrating the one thing this world, as a whole, can stand in unity for ~ our universal love of music.  Granted, we all have our favorites and our dislikes, but as a whole, we can understand each other in regard to the overall importance and presence of music in our lives.

For the first time, Goldenvoice is giving a very special nod to four of our valley’s local bands.  Each of these artists threw their electronic hat into the arena with a performance video, along with over 80 others, vying for the position to be featured in the Tachevah Palm Springs Block Party, Wednesday, April 17th.  The Pedestrians, You Me & Us, and the Tribesmen were the well deserving artists awarded with the opportunity to perform along with Alf Alpha, all who will hopefully garner recognition and future gigs from the music moguls of Goldenvoice.  The event starts at 5pm, with free admission, at the Spa Casino and Resort in Palm Springs.

Long time desert rock guru, Alfredo Hernandez, of Yawning Man and Kyuss fame (among others) is hosting a Pre-Coachella Fest party at Level 2 Nightclub in Cathedral City.  This was a project that Alfredo, an understated genius who played on Queens of the Stone Age’s first album, started back in 2003.  He created this event in hopes of presenting local bands to people coming into town for the big Coachella Music Festival.  Originally, the event was held at the old Pompeii Nightclub (now reformed into Glory of God Ministries).  With Alfredo’s insane touring schedule, the “annual” event was put on hiatus for a spell.


This year, the event is being billed as “Kinky Sancho’s Musical Construction Presents Hernandez Garcia California Sangria Dream Fest”, and is going to be an intimate night of face melting desert rock as only Alfredo can pull together.  Thursday, April 11, Fatso Jetson, Whiskey and Knives, Kaleidoscope, Lakota and Waxy will be helping you wash down Alfredo’s world renowned sangria that he’ll be mixing behind the bar in between sets.  Thursday, April 18th, Ultra Electric Mega Galactic, Yawning Man, Hot Beat Pu** Fiend, Blaak Heat Shujaa and The Freeks will rock your head space.  Alfredo’s alter-personality, DJ Habanero, will be mixing it up from the DJ booth as well.

Both shows are $10 at the door, are 21 and over and will most assuredly be epic in the truest form of the word.  Level 2 Bar and Lounge is located 67-555 Hwy 111, Cathedral City (760) 328-6834.  Be sure to get there early as space is limited.  While you are sure to hear the devastatingly good music from miles away, being up close and personal with these insanely talented musicians is priceless. And let me not fail to mention that people from all over the world are asking for Alfredo’s Sangria.