MIDDLE-OF-THE-WEEK MUSIC: Ever since the Coachella Music & Arts Festival extended to two weekends a few years back there's been a question hanging over attendees' heads: What to do if you're spending the whole week in the desert? You can sit by a pool and work on your tan, of course. (Quick aside: Does the phrase "working on one's tan" make you laugh? Because the sun is doing the work. You're relaxing with a magazine and a cold beverage. Truth? Truth.) You can see friends who've traveled in for Coachella. You can go watch one of our state's greatest industrial films at Shields Date Garden (it's called "The Romance and Sex Life of the Date," which is pretty easy to remember). You can visit The Integratron for a sound bath and a sonic experience.
But things are changing up 'round Palm Springs way. There's a new concert that's a complement to the Coachella weekends and it happens exactly between the two. That's a Wednesday -- there isn't a more between-y day of the week than Wednesday -- and the show is Tachevah, A Palm Springs Block Party. The date? As mentioned, it is indeed the Hump Day of that week, which is April 17.
ON THE ROSTER: Passion Pit is set to headline the indie-flavored festival, a jam which will also include Alf Alpha and The Pedestrians. Cost? Nada. Which is exactly the cost of going to see "The Romance and Sex Life of the Date," we'll add (yes, we want everyone to see this movie). Time? 5 p.m. Place? The Spa Resort Casino in downtown P.S.
Will this get you through the week, vacationers? It's a tribute, we think, to Coachella, when smaller events spring up near it (think of the Sundance Film Festival and Slamdance, for instance). But can it be long before Tachevah too grows and splits into two separate events? The desert, it turns out, is quite the fertile ground for all things music.