Downtown Indio’s first “Outdoor Living Room” event is scheduled for January 15th

The city of Indio is preparing to host its first event in its evolving “Outdoor Living Room” on January 15 from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Tentative plans to hold various shows, concerts and dance events at a future amphitheater at Smurr Street and Miles Avenue in downtown Indio were first announced in November.

At the time, city manager Bryan Montgomery said, “The park is basically there now. That would improve it and develop it so that we can have these events downtown – at least once a month. “

Although the amphitheater has yet to be built, the city will launch its free monthly “Take Center Stage” events with a country night featuring music from the Sarah Winchester Band, DJ / Emcee Big John Miller, dance lessons. online, a ‘promenade’ area, cornhole tournament, party games, activities for the kids, plus a barbecue and local beers and sweets for purchase.

The event will also include a ribbon cutting to preview the city’s latest art installation: the ‘Colossal Cacti’ sculptures from the 2019 Coachella Music and Art Festival.

The original installation featured seven giant cactus sculptures. The city recently made an agreement with Goldenvoice, the company that organizes the festival, for a long term loan of three of them, which measure 14, 17 and 20 feet.

For the inaugural “Take Center Stage” event, the City of Indio is collaborating with Desert Theaterworks, so after the barbecue, attendees are invited to the theater production of “Always, Patsy Cline” at 7:30 pm at the Indio Performing Arts Center.

In a statement, the city noted that out of excess of caution and in order to follow public health guidelines, people over the age of 17 planning to attend will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within last 48 hours. . Everyone should wear masks, unless they are actively eating or drinking.

“Take Center Stage” will take place in a fenced and fully lit area. Participants are advised to dress for the weather, the occasion, and wear appropriate footwear for walking and dancing on an uneven surface.

Eliana Perez covers the east of the Coachella Valley. Contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter @ElianaPress.