Hi-Desert Music News By Judy Wishart
08/01/2012 09:16PM ● Published by Denise Brown
Billboard Magazine has finally realized something that locals here have known all along. They have named Pappy and Harriet’s as one of the top ten Hottest Spots, Must Plays and Hidden Gems in the United States!
It has been nine years since Robyn Celia and Linda Krantz put on their first show with Lucinda Williams on November 15, 2003. I remember the day they gave me a flyer for that show while attending the Coyote Fest and I still have it. I cannot even begin to tell of all the great musicians I have seen there and want to thank them so much!
Warm wishes and bright healing light goes out to Eric Burdon who is scheduled to undergo back surgery as I write this. Another great I have seen play at Pappy’s and a warm and friendly human being, we love you Eric!
It has been 10 years since the passing of our beloved Fred Drake who was really the start of what has become our musical Mecca out here. A tribute CD is in the works with so many great musicians covering Fred’s songs. I was fortunate enough to get to meet Fred, who’s legacy still lives on. You can read more about Fred, The Rancho De La Luna, Ted Quinn and others in the upcoming book by Ruben Martinez “Desert America-Boom and Bust in the Old West.”
Kate Pierson of the B52s has opened “Kate’s Lazy Desert,” her Vintage Airstream Hotel in Landers. It sure looks cozy and a lot of fun. Kate was also spotted in town picking up a couple of Shari Elf T-shirts!David Newton of the English rock band Thee Mighty Lemon Drops, stopped by for a visit to Ted Quinn’s local music show with his new band, Thee Mighty Angels. Great to have you in town David!.
There Be Pirates! put on a swashbuckling show at the Yucca Valley Summer Concert Series and they got a great response from everyone. It was so fun to see so many people stay after the show to have their photos taken with the pirates!
Wally Ingram has been off to Japan to play the Fuji Rock Festival but will be home in time to play the Joshua Tree Roots Fest at the Joshua Tree Lakes on October 12-14. This year’s line up includes Sean Hayes, Amy LaVere and Shannon McNally and the return of our own Tim Easton! This festival is going to be amazing so get your tickets early.
It is almost time for another of my favorite things, the Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven Campout at Pappy and Harriet’s, September 13-15. Special guests this year include Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters) & the Dead Peasants and Gram Rabbit! Speaking of Gram Rabbit, they sure have been busy. They were mentioned twice in one week in the New York Times and have a new video out for their song “Desperate Hearts.The song was also featured in a Fruit of the Loom commercial that aired prime time during the Olympics! Not too shabby—you guys rock!
Debora Iyall (Romeo Void) returned to Pappy’s for a reunion show in June. I first met Debora in the 80’s when Romeo Void appeared on the rock and roll game show I worked for. We reunited again during an art show when she moved out here. She still has quite the spunk and spark and we are so happy for her in her new home, teaching career and marriage!
Zulluu has been creating quite a stir with his new video and his star party out at the Joshua Tree Lake Campground. With fire spinners and guitar from Clive Wright, you should catch them when you can.
Steve Lester and Boby Furgo have been working on a project entitled “My Secret Life.” Can’t wait to hear it.
There was also a reunion at the lakes from the Thrift Store All Stars! I spent many a Sunday night with them at Pappy’s and was so happy to see them reunite.
There are many more things happening in our desert community and you can check The Sun Runner’s website for more details.