Head to the center lawn Jan. 21 to rock out to The Eagles Ronstadt Experience on opening night of this alfresco concert series.
Story by Marissa Kozma
Photography courtesy The Gardens on El Paseo
Sipping wine while swaying to some of your favorite songs underneath the starry night sky is the best way to support a good cause and give back to the Coachella Valley community. The philanthropic concert series, presented by Agua Caliente Casinos at The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert, returns Jan. 21 for its 25th year.
Every Saturday evening through March 11, audience members who reserve tickets in advance can enjoy covers of the greatest rock and jazz hits, as well as live music from other local talents on the center lawn. Beverages include chardonnay, cabernet, and soft drinks.
Last year, the concert series raised more than $40,000 in charitable funds. That giving continues, as proceeds from this year’s shows will support the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, Shay’s Warriors Life After Cancer, Voices for Children, Friends of the Desert Mountains, the Bianca Rae Foundation, Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine, and the Family YMCA of the Desert.
The lineup kicks off with two tribute shows in January. Rock out to chart-toppers from The Eagles and Linda Ronstadt Jan. 21 with Los Angeles–based cover band The Eagles Ronstadt Experience, featuring Randy Woolford (who has shared the stage with Jethro Tull), Dan Hill, Richard Young, Kim Woolford, Dan Haley, and Bill McDowell.
Then, “Go Your Own Way” to the Fleetwood Mac tribute Jan. 28, as Gypsy takes over the stage on the center lawn. The L.A. rock group was co-founded by lead vocalist Lisa McCormick, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Stevie Nicks, and keyboardist Yuko Tamura. The two formed the band after a chance encounter with Nicks and have studied the singer’s voice and mannerisms extensively.
Other shows feature local players Pulp Vixen, covering the top hits from the 1970s to today (Feb. 4); Journey Captured, paying tribute to Journey (Feb. 11); local country rockers Lisa Lynn & The Broken Hallelujahs (Feb. 18); R&B singer-songwriter and friends Eevan Tré & The Show (Feb. 25); smooth jazz artist Slim Man (March 4); and the locally loved John Stanley King Band, performing everyone’s favorite rock jams (March 11).
The concert series is hosted by Coachella Valley native James Johnson of Alpha Media, a radio broadcasting company based in Portland, Oregon. Johnson will present giveaways and games to keep audience members entertained all night long.
The 25th annual concert series at The Gardens on El Paseo runs through March 11 at The Gardens on El Paseo. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit thegardensonelpaseo.com.