Concerts in the Park strike all the right notes
Free concerts in the park happen at 6 p.m. each Thursday night in October.
When the sun slips below the mountains to the west and the lights come up on the Palm Desert Civic Center Park amphitheater, you know you’re in for a delightful evening of music by some of the top acts from across the region. Held each spring and fall for 25 years, Palm Desert’s free Concerts in the Park series has become a “can’t miss” series of events for residents and visitors alike.
There’s a lot to look forward to this fall with plenty of favorite tunes inspired by bands we all know and love. The season kicks off with L.A. Sound Machine, the #1 Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine tribute band on the West Coast, which will have the crowd up and dancing on the lawn to fan favorites like “The Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” “Turn the Beat Around,” “Don’t Wanna Leave You Now,” “Conga” and more!
The show by L.A. Sound Machine is, of course, just the first of five concerts presented in Palm Desert’s Concerts in the Park series. Shows continue every Thursday evening in October at 6pm. The second concert features the Amanda Castro Band. Jazz singer Amanda Castro’s rich voice, energetic charisma and fun personality helps her bring music of the past and present back to life in a vintage, but still modern fashion. Amanda fuses Vintage Jazz, New Orleans jazz, Swing and Pop songs into a new musical experience.
Re-live your 1990’s memories with an evening of flannel-filled fun with a soundtrack of the greatest grunge, alt-rock, and 90’s pop-punk. Performed by world-class musicians, A FULL STRING QUARTET all surrounded in state of the art sound, lighting and multimedia. 90s ROCKSHOW performs ’90s alternative and grunge rock from Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Green Day, Blink 182, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Sugar Ray, Third Eye Blind, Red Hot Chili Peppers, REM, The Foo Fighters, Goo Goo Dolls, Oasis, and more.
Direct from Las Vegas…The Pack! Tribute to Dean, Frank, and Sammy. Relive the laughs, the songs..and the Dames! All the hits, all the comedy and all the memories as our stars take you back to the music, style, glitz and glamour of vintage Vegas!
Dead Man’s Party, the Oingo Boingo tribute band has been bringing you Boingo tunes live – the way you remember them from actual Oingo Boingo shows – for more than 18 years. This 8-piece band has been fashioned after the original Oingo Boingo line-up, featuring a three-piece horn section, guitar, bass, keys, drums and a front man so convincing that people sometimes believe that they are actually watching Danny Elfman himself!
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. New this year is a beer garden by La Quinta Brewing Co., offering up craft brews and wine which can be enjoyed inside the garden itself. Outside 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.