When Palm Desert’s popular Concerts in the Park series debuts at 7:30 p.m on May 2, concertgoers will be rocking to the electro-pop vibe of BERLIN featuring Terri Nunn.
“To say we’re thrilled to present BERLIN in a free concert for our residents and visitors is an understatement,” says Vanessa Mager, City of Palm Desert Management Analyst who is responsible for the concert series. “BERLIN has earned multiple gold and platinum album awards, and Terri Nunn was ranked by VH1 as the eleventh most influential woman in rock. How exciting is it that they’re kicking off our Palm Desert Concerts in the Park series?”
While known for the Academy Award winning song “Take My Breath Away” from the movie Top Gun, BERLIN first made its mark in the early 80s when the band emerged out of L.A.’s synth pop scene. BERLIN’s current music remains true to their groundbreaking sound and Nunn’s signature vocal style, while exploring and making a statement on contemporary electronic dance music. Currently, Nunn is recording a new BERLIN studio album with her original band members and co-writers, John Crawford (bass) and David Diamond (keyboards).
BERLIN, of course, is just the first of five concerts presented in Palm Desert’s Concerts in the Park series. Shows continue every Thursday evening in May at 7:30pm. The concerts pack in big crowds at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park Amphitheater who have come to expect to see rousing performances by best-of-their-genre bands from around the world. Here’s how the rest of the series shapes up:
The Mighty Untouchables, May 9
This San Diego based group is guaranteed to please concert goers with their extensive and diverse collection of material. The Mighty Untouchables offer everything from Motown to classic rock, along with Latin, country, current pop hits and much more. If you’re looking for a show where you can get up and dance to tunes you know and love, this is the one.
Yachty by Nature, May 16
Kick back and enjoy one of Southern California’s hottest yacht rock bands. From Michael McDonald and Hall and Oates to Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs and Christopher Cross, Yachty by Nature lays down a smooth groove that will make you feel as if you’re experiencing the glory days of sunny California in the late 1970s.
The Fancies, May 23
With a repertoire of Americana, bluegrass and country songs, The Fancies is a band that is sure to get you on your feet! Their show combines original material along with their fun and infectious covers of songs by the likes of The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, Bob Dylan, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams.
Britain’s Finest, May 30
Britain’s Finest delivers the complete Beatles experience, covering the band’s history from the early days and their Ed Sullivan performance to their final concert on top of the Apple Records building. You may have seen Beatles tribute bands in the past, but you’ll love the high energy and enthusiasm of Britain’s Finest.
While the music is the main draw at each of the concert, you can round out your evening by enjoying the culinary offerings from the food trucks that will be parked on-site. Concertgoers are also encouraged to bring picnic baskets along with blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the shows. Alcoholic beverages and smoking are prohibited at Civic Center Park, however.
Palm Desert Civic Center Park is located on the northeast corner of San Pablo Avenue and Fred Waring Drive (Map). For more information on the Concert in the Park series, please call Palm Desert Visitor Services at 760-568-1441.