Indio’s first “Outdoor Living Room” event, featuring country music, is scheduled for January 15

Office Kovacs’ “Colossal Cacti” art installation stands center stage on the festival grounds at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California on April 12, 2019. Three of the cacti are on loan to the city of Indio for public display.

The city of Indio is gearing up to host its first event at its evolving Outdoor Living Room on January 15 from 6-9 p.m.

Tentative plans to hold different shows, concerts and dance events at a future amphitheater located 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. It would improve it and expand it in such a way that we could have these events downtown – at least one a month.”

Although the amphitheater has yet to be built, the city will kick off its free monthly “Take Center Stage” events with a country night that will include music from the Sarah Winchester Band, DJ/host Big John Miller, dance classes line dancing, a boardwalk area, cornhole tournament, board games, children’s activities, plus a BBQ and local beers and sweets for purchase.

The event will also include a ribbon cutting for the premiere of the city’s latest art installation: the “Colossal Cacti” sculptures from the 2019 Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

The original installation featured seven giant cactus sculptures. The city recently reached an agreement with Goldenvoice, the company that organizes the festival, for a long-term loan of three of themwhich are 14, 17 and 20 feet high.

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

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

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

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

This article originally appeared on Palm Springs Desert Sun: Downtown Indio’s First “Outdoor Living Room” Event Set for Jan. 15