Photos: Desert Gold Weekend 1

With so many things going on in the Indio Valley, during the spring season, it’s easy to forget to take a break. Each day I made my way over to the historic Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. The place was literally an oasis that was rocking to the DJ’n of Pangea Sounds for the better part of the afternoon. The Ace Hotel was a prime location between the multitude of events and for the people who just wanted to relax.

When you arrive, you will be greeted by a gracious host staff that will assist you in whatever you need. Pool side is where I spent all of my time. This is the 13th installation of Desert Gold which is a part of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival weekends. including live performances by Sudan Archives and Esty; resident DJs Pangea Sound and Chulita Vinyl Club; a Future Classic night and with Desert Gold mainstay The Do-Over returning for their annual Sunday throwdowns. Los Angeles-based Analog Culture Collective In Sheep’s Clothing will take over The Amigo Room at the hotel, curating nightly DJs as well as a beverage program inspired by the former In Sheep’s Clothing hi-fi bar. Ace Hotel & Swim Club will also unveil its new, large-scale mural on the Commune wall from artist Kris Chau.

I’ve never had so much fun just sitting by the pool and enjoying live music and performances. My favorite was Sudan Archives. She performed with her band that uses live violins in their enthusiastic performance. The set went on as she performed all of her hit songs while people sang along and danced to the music while in the pool.

It was a very friendly environment, and it was a relief to being in the house almost exclusively for the last two year mostly due to the COVID 19 pandemic. I would strongly encourage anyone to add this to the checklist to visit while you’re in town for the Coachella Music and Arts Festival for Weekend two because round two of the festivities will Thursday, April 21st through the 24th.

I’ll see you there.

Photos Courtesy of: Cameron Strand

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