About the Desert Rock Series:
via Bruce Fessier for the Desert Sun
Seven months after the first call to artists, the Desert Rock at the IPAC series will come to a season finale Saturday with a concert utilizing the multi-venue Indio Performing Arts Center as a mini-festival.
Twelve bands, plus several fine artists and one multi-media performing and fine artist, will perform overlapping sets in a European festival format resembling the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. The evening starts at 7 p.m. with food and drinks for the all-ages event.
The series, presented by mydesert.com, sought to build a mainstream audience for the indigenous music culture that grew out of the desert rock generator scene of the 1980s and ’90s.
Concert goers were asked to recommend their favorite bands on mydesert.com, and nine artists, led by Pedestrians Vs. War Party, Evaro and Soul Opus, were asked to return on a bill headlined by Gram Rabbit.
This season finale will be viewed by talent scouts such as Paul Tollett, co-founder of the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals, Barnett English, founder of the Joshua Tree Music Festival, Dee Dee Michaels of Musical Affair Entertainment, and Christopher Cichocki, booking agent for the Date Shed in Indio, who also will exhibit his multi-media skills.
“The Coachella Valley is becoming a really great music scene with the Date Shed and the IPAC and our own festivals,” Tollett said.
A co-leader of Gram Rabbit, the one band on the bill that has played Coachella, said the scene is way different than when they arrived early in the last decade.
“It was just some musicians who barely knew each other with this idea to start a band in the middle of the desert,” said Todd Rutherford. “Some people could deal with it and others couldn’t. There’s a natural weeding out process.”
Lalli is expecting more than 400 people for this concert. The music starts at 8 p.m. in the 300-seat main hall with One11, the teen band voted the valley favorite band by Desert Magazine readers in 2010. Their producer, Ronnie King, currently recording with the Offspring, will sit in with them on keyboards.
They’ll play concurrently with Big Scenic Nowhere, a psychedelic hard rock band featuring Lalli and longtime colleagues Tony Tornay and Gary Arce in the 125-seat Village Theater, and the Palm Springs-based punk band, Accustomed to Nothing, in the 125-seat Cabaret Theater.
Live Performing Artists:
PEDESTRIANS vs WAR
YOU KNOW WHO
BIG SCENIC NOWHERE
ACCUSTOMED TO NOTHING
8 p.m.: One11 in the main hall; Big Scenic Nowhere in the Village Theatre
8:30 p.m.: Accustomed to Nothing in the Cabaret Theatre
9 p.m.: Desert rockers Dali’s Llama in the main hall; the punk band Half-Astro in the Village Theater
9:30 p.m.: The punk band You Know Who in the Cabaret Theater
10 p.m.: Psych rockers Gram Rabbit in the main hall; the reggae-rock hybrid Soul Opus in the Village Theater
10:30 p.m.: The desert rock band, The Hellions in the Cabaret Theatre
11 p.m.: The punk-inspired band Pedestrians Vs. War Party in the main hall; the harmonious high desert band Evaro in the Village Theatre
11:30 p.m.: Auto Modown, featuring Lalli on bass with his 16-year-old son, Dino, on guitar, in the Cabaret Theater
What: Desert Rock at the IPAC, presented by mydesert.com with co-sponsors The Heat 99.5 FM, the Coachella Valley Art Scene and the Desert Recreation District.
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, music starts at 8 p.m.
Where: The Indio Performing Arts Center, 45-175 Fargo Street, Indio
Tickets: $10 at the door
Information: (760) 775-5200 or the Desert Rock at the IPAC Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=154669614591098)