The Gardens’ 24th annual Concert Series kicks off Jan. 22 with the Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac tribute band Gypsy in a show benefiting Guide Dogs of the Desert.
Story by Emily Chavous
Photography courtesy of The Gardens on El Paseo
You deserve a night out. What better way to mix things up than gathering safely with friends outdoors for a few splashes of wine and an alfresco concert? Set against the scenic backdrop of strobe-lit palms and starry skies, live music takes over the center lawn at The Gardens on El Paseo every Saturday night, January 22 to March 12.
For eight tuneful evenings, The Gardens’ 24th annual Concert Series, presented by Agua Caliente Casinos Rancho Mirage, pairs a groovy band with a worthy cause. Since its inception, the series has raised more than $1 million for an array of Coachella Valley charities. Musical stylings range in genre from jazz and classic rock to Top 40 and bluesy country.
The series kicks off January 22 with the Los Angeles–based tribute band Gypsy in a one-hour show benefiting Guide Dogs of the Desert.
Fronted by Lisa McCormick, alongside her team of world-class musicians, Gypsy performs all your favorite songs from Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac. McCormick co-founded the group with keyboardist Yuko Tamura after bonding over a shared love of Nicks and actually meeting the Grammy Award winner in person. Not to mention, the duo realized that McCormick happens to look and sound a lot like the reigning queen of rock.
Tickets, priced from $15 for general admission to $35 for VIP, include either two or four glasses of wine and reserved seating. VIP ticketholders get to kick back in comfy Adirondack lounge chairs in the first and second rows. Wine service begins at 5:15 p.m., and the music starts at 6 p.m.
This high-energy show supports Guide Dogs of the Desert’s mission to provide mobility, companionship, and independence for blind and visually impaired individuals. Founded in 1972, the local nonprofit has served more than 800 people, uniting them with canine pals who help to address their personal needs — boosting confidence at home and on the go — at no cost to them.
Next up, the January 29 show features Journey Captured and benefits Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert. Stretching into February and March, the Concert Series also includes Chris Farmer, Eevan Tre, Slim Man, Lisa Lynn & The Broken Hallelujahs, Pulp Vixen, and John Stanley King.