By Craig Michaels

We are a generation ambitious for adventure and seeking new experiences. On April 9 — the weekend before Coachella Fest — experience what it means to be untamed.

The rock opera “Untamed” is coming to the Palm Desert Amphitheater at Civic Center Park. The event begins at 7 p.m., and admission is free.

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The rock opera was birthed from and opens with the song “Untamed.” Aubrey wrote the song while working on her music career in Nashville in 2007, before returning back to the Coachella Valley to develop the rock opera.

“It’s a song about our generation,” she said. “I want this song to challenge a generation to pursue something bigger and greater — out of the box, out of the cage — literally, untamed.”

Driven by the live-action drama, this production is a heart-pounding journey of a happy-go-lucky millennial pursuing fun — no costs spared. Captivated, trapped and tamed into today’s increasingly intriguing and complex culture, he scrambles to navigate into an ever-changing, unknown, fragile future. After facing rapid-fire tension, the young man rises into a future of hope — untamed.

“Kara Aubrey shared her vision for the rock opera with me, and I was listening to the soundtrack and thought, ‘This is the story of my life; this is the story of so many young adults I know,’” said Ashley Moreland, social media manager for Untamed. “Kara has truly captured the experience of being a 20 to 30-something in today’s culture.”

“The millennial generation is at a critical point in determining our future,” Aubrey said. “Life is captivating. We are curious, and we are in this together. This ‘Untamed’ rock opera unfolds our story.”

Featuring a collective of Coachella Valley musicians, vocalists, artists and actors, the “Untamed” rock opera is a multimedia synthesis of chart-topping pop and edgy hard-rock music expressed through the dynamics of dance and drama.

Also involved with the event are local celebrities TLC from The Big 106.1FM and award-winning sportscaster Julie Buhler.

“I’m actually looking so forward to this,” TLC said in an on-air interview with Aubrey about the rock opera. “Looking forward to emceeing a little bit, walking around and saying ‘hi’ and mingling a little bit.”

While all ages are welcome, there will be a special zone for millennials to connect with other young adults in the Coachella Valley. Adding to the fun, is a raffle with prizes including iPad and iPods, gym memberships, resort restaurant gift certificates and personalized Untamed artistic furniture. Raffle tickets will be available at the event.

“More than a concert, you can expect an untamed experience,” Aubrey said. “From the rock opera production, to a plethora of surrounding interactive, artistic, and scientific exhibits, come experience what it means to be untamed.”

For more information, visit:

April 9, 7-10 p.m.
Free Admission
Palm Desert Amphitheater
Civic Center Park
43900 San Pablo Ave., Palm Desert

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