10 Best Spots to Enjoy Live Music in Palm Springs

Whether you're looking for a world class concert or a local dive with the desert's best up-and-coming musicians, there are plenty of live music venues to keep you entertained in Palm Springs.

If you're looking for a full-blown concert experience from some of the biggest names in music, large venues like the McCallum Theatre, The Show at Agua Caliente and the Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs are your best bets. At the McCallum in Palm Desert, you can enjoy concerts by jazz musicians, contemporary artists and orchestras. The Show, which opened in 2008, set the concert bar high when it hosted Billy Joel as its opening act. And the Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs consistently hosts big names like Shakira, The Beach Boys and Matchbox 20. 

Plenty of bars and lounges, like The Hood and the Red Barn, also feature live music after dark. Both Palm Desert venues are a stomping ground for local up-and-coming acts. In Indio, the very grounds that host the music mega-fest of Coachella are also home to the Date Shed, which has hosted acts like Bones Thugs-n-Harmony and Reverend Horton Heat.

If you're feeling nostalgic and want to relive the glory days of rock and roll, The Rock Yard at Fantasy Springs features cover bands every weekend, paying homage to rock and roll's finest.

Check out the full list of the desert's 10 best live music venues below.

From dance floors to foosball tables, the Village Pub has entertainment for everyone. For live entertainment lovers, the ground floor of this downtown pub is the place to be. Village Pub offers live music every night of the week, plus there's no...  Read More

Don't let the name of this bar confuse you: Hamilton's Sports Bar and Grill is actually a jack of all trades for nightlife. Live music, as it so happens, is one of Hamilton's specialties. From the bar or dining area, you can enjoy the various...  Read More


Opened in early 2013, Bar combines handcrafted cocktails and live music in downtown Palm Springs. The decor draws on downtown's signature modern style, but there's a hint of dive bar soul in these walls. From the lounge at Bar, you can enjoy...  Read More

It's not hard to miss this bar and music venue – it is, after all, a giant red barn. Despite the farm-inspired architecture, the venue doesn't feature much in the way of country music. Local bands - mostly rock, heavy metal and reggae - often...  Read More

The Empire Polo Grounds have seen the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna and Kanye West thanks to the annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival. In 2011, a year-round venue was opened on site in hopes of keeping the Coachella vibe alive...  Read More

Nostalgic rock and roll fans, rejoice! The Rock Yard at Fantasy Springs Casino has you covered on the weekends with free rock concerts by top-quality tribute bands. The Rock Yard is an open-air concert venue at Fantasy Springs Casino, and bands...  Read More

While Coachella Fest is a strictly seasonally event, The Hood in Palm Desert keeps the tunes and soul of the music festival alive all year long. This bar and music venue has made a name for itself locally by hosting both local and mainstream...  Read More

The McCallum Theatre offers something for everyone, from bluegrass bands and jazz concerts to musical theater and a "Woodstock for the kids." The sound system and acoustics can handle everything from rock bands to operas to orchestras, carrying...  Read More

The Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs is a flexible space for live entertainment, hosting everything from wrestling matches to Native American pow wows. Most often, the center is used as a concert venue for acts like The Beach Boys,...  Read More

In 2008, the Agua Caliente Resort Casino Resort and Spa opened The Show, its state of the art entertainment venue. Billy Joel was the first performer to hit this venue's stage, setting the bar high acts that followed, including Matchbox Twenty,...  Read More


Meet Marissa Willman

Marissa Willman moved to the Coachella Valley in 2001 and loves discovering the best that the desert has to offer. As a Palm Springs local, Marissa enjoys sharing her knowledge of this desert...  More About Marissa

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