Desert Daze Music Festival: A free alternative to Coachella for a good cause

By Laura Ferreiro

Everyone’s abuzz about the Coachella Festival this weekend and next, but did you know that a free festival is taking place just a few miles down the road in Palm Springs? If you didn’t manage to score Coachella tickets (or even if you did and you want to spend the entire week between the two festival weekends chilling with great bands in the California desert), check out Desert Daze.

The free 10-day festival organized by Moon Block Party runs from now until April 22 and features more than 100 bands playing on three stages including Dengue Fever, Akron/Family, Dead Meadow, Bleached, Crystal Antlers, Breakestra, Moving Units, Here We Go Magic, the Henry Clay People, Deap Vally, Pity Party, Electric Flower, Mini Mansions and more. It will also have live DJs, artists, handpicked local vendors, food trucks, workshops and more. It will be held at Dillon’s Roadhouse at 64647 Dillon Road in North Palm Springs from 4:00pm until 2:00am each day, and all ages are welcome until 10:00pm.

“It’s a great opportunity for so many beautiful artists to be showcased under the skylights of the desert,” organizer Phil Pirrone tells Music for Good. “It brings a certain energy and ethos and creativity that’s usually hidden and only appreciated by people in the know to a broad audience of all ages.”

Attendees are encouraged to make a $5 donation and any profits will go to the School of Arts and Enterprise in Pomona to help further high school arts education.

Visit for more information and a full schedule.

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