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Magical Musical Moments on Tap at Palm Desert’s Concerts in the Park

Get ready for four weeks of free concerts and good times

Post Date:09/18/2017 3:01 PM


Amphitheater Oct 2015

Picture yourself situated on the expansive lawn of the Palm Desert Civic Center Park, the sun slipping below the mountains to the west, and the lights coming up on the amphitheater for a delightful evening of music. Enticing smells are wafting over from a nearby food truck. You’re surrounded by friends and family, children are playing and dancing near the stage, and all is good 

It doesn’t get any better than that. Or does it? Did we mention that this exciting concert experience is actually free of charge?

Since 1994, Palm Desert’s popular Concerts in the Park have been a gathering spot for residents and visitors alike. Held every Thursday evening in May and October, these concerts pack in big crowds at the Civic Center Park Amphitheater who come to see rousing performances by best-of-their-genre bands from throughout Southern California.

The Long Run

Finding the right mix of entertainment programming that will appeal to a variety of music lovers has been the responsibility of City of Palm Desert staffer Amy Lawrence for the past several seasons. She says there’s a lot to look forward to this fall.  

“My philosophy is to bring in a unique and eclectic mix of bands for the concert series that the community may not otherwise see around town,” Lawrence explained. “We aim for a really diverse line-up. And while each band is different, they do complement each other.”

The concert series kicks off at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 5, with a performance by The Long Run, an Eagles tribute band. Lawrence says she aims to book one tribute band each season because they are popular with concertgoers, and she always searches for the most authentic group possible that recreates both the look and sound of the original band. In the case of The Long Run, they’re known for really delivering on the vocal harmonies that made The Eagles famous.

Dustbowl Revival

The season will continue every Thursday in October. Other concert series performances include rootsy Americana from The Dustbowl Revival (October 12, pictured here), 70s and 80s soft “yacht rock” from Yachty by Nature (October 19), and R&B and pop by AMFM (October 26).

While the music is the main draw, you can round out your evening by enjoying the culinary offerings from the food and beverage trucks that will be parked on-site. As an alternative to food truck fare, 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 Visitor Services will be at each of the concerts with their pop-up mobile unit. While supplies last, commemorative Concerts in the Park jersey tees will be given away free of charge at the first two concerts--October 5 and 12. Staff will also be on hand to offer literature on local attractions, shops, restaurants and more.

Palm Desert Civic Center Park is located on the northeast corner of San Pablo Avenue and Fred Waring Drive. For more information on the Concert in the Park series, please call 760-346-0611, ext. 416.

Updated September 2017