The sound of silence has filled the entertainment venues of many southern California casinos over the past year, and not because they were stations for a Simon and Garfunkel tribute band.
When the region’s casinos determined what to bring back after the coronavirus shutdown in mid-2020, most focused on gaming, dining, and hotel stays, while other components of their business, entertainment in particular, as the live entertainment industry as the whole remained closed.
Only a few tribal-owned casinos in the area, Pala Casino Spa Resort and Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, offered limited live entertainment throughout the pandemic. They were able to do so because of their tribal sovereignty, which allowed them to set their own rules even when California outlawed large gatherings.
There are some casinos that haven’t announced their entertainment plans yet. Casino Pauma with its popular Pauma Pavilion and Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella with its Spotlight showroom have nothing planned at the moment, according to their websites, but that could change. And the San Manuel Casino hasn’t had big entertainment in years, but it will be back from 2022 with the opening of its new event center as part of its $ 550 million expansion.
But we see lineups big and small in some of the other casinos in the area. Here’s a look at what’s happening.
Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City
68960 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City. 888-999-1995, aguacalientecasinos.com.
The newest of the Agua Caliente Casinos has specialized in community events and smaller entertainment since opening in November. Agua Caliente Terraza recently announced its first major concert event with the band Haute Chile giving a free show in August. The show will be free, however priority seating is reserved for members of the casino’s players’ club.
Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage
32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage. 888-999-1995, aguacalientecasinos.com.
After shows were regularly postponed and canceled last year, the casino announced its “The Summer is On” concert series in its well-known showroom, The Show. Some shows, including Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo this weekend and comedian Jo Koy in early August, are already sold out.
- Theresa Caputo, July 24th
- Kevin James, July 31st
- Jo Koy, 6-8 August
- Hotel California, August 14th
- Caifane, September 3rd
- Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, September 4th
- Tower of Power / Average White Ribbon, September 11th
- Styx, September 18th
- Michael Carbonaro, September 25th
- Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, October 9th
- Old Dominion, November 12th
- Café Tacuba, November 26th
- Engelbert Humperdinck, December 4th
- Gabriel Iglesias, 5th-7th centuries May 2022
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio. 760-342-5000, fantasiespringsresort.com
The Indio casino has been running smaller outdoor shows for much of the pandemic with its tribute shows and Latin nights at the Rock Yard, but the casino is ready to host large-scale concerts again from September.
- Chicago, September 11th
- Little Big Town, September 17th
- George Lopez, September 18th
- America, Oct. 1
- Chaka Khan, October 2nd
- Gladys Knight, October 16
- Jason Bonham, October 23
- Daryl Hall and John Oates, November 6th
- Sebastian Maniscalco, November 13th
- Pitbull, December 18th
- Paul Anka, March 12, 2022
- Boz Scaggs, June 4, 2022
Harrah’s Resort Southern California
777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center. 760-751-3100, harrahssocal.com.
Valley Center Resort, which previously hinted at a return in the summer of 2021, has some notable performers on its website who will be playing the casino as early as August.
- 3 doors down, August 27th
- Dane Cook, September 4th
- Little Joe Y La Familia, September 11th
- The Brian McKnight 4, September 25th
- Tom Segura, October 29th.
- Bill Burr, December 10th
Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa
49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon. 951-849-3080, morongocasinoresort.com.
The Cabazon Complex It appears that some recurring smaller bands and artists play on the Sideline Stage on Fridays and Saturdays, including Eevaan Tre, Forward Motion and The Good Times Band, and will be bringing back musical headliners starting August.
- Jody Watley, August 19th
- Roberto Tapia, August 20th
- Ryan Hurd, August 22nd
Pala Casino Spa Resort
11154 Autobahn 76, Pala. 877-946-7252, palacasino.com.
Unlike other casinos in the region, Pala began offering outdoor entertainment at its Starlight Theater in the summer of 2020 after it reopened after being closed due to the coronavirus. Northern San Diego County Casino has only stepped up those efforts to position itself as an entertainment destination. The casino often hosts multiple shows between its Starlight Theater and its indoor event center on weekends.
- Danny Seraphine’s Take Me Back to Chicago, July 24th
- War, July 31st
- Stephanie Quayle, August 14th
- La Sonora Dinamita Con Vilma Diaz, August 15th
- Ramon Ayala, August 21
- The style, August 27th
- Bronco, September 19th
- Arnel Pineda and Bamboo, September 24th
Pechanga Resort Casino
45000 Pechanga Pkwy, Temecula. 877-711-2946, pechanga.com.
The Temecula complex, which canceled entertainment for the remainder of 2020 and early 2021 due to the pandemic, announced the return of the shows from mid-August.
- Hotel California – Greetings to the Eagles, August 20th
- Paris by night, August 22nd
- Sebastian Maniscalco, August 27th
- Chicago September 19th
- Air supply, Oct. 2
- Bell Biv Devoe, October 3rd
- Alejandro Fernandez, October 17th
- Theresa Caputo, November 14th
- Earth, Wind & Fire, November 21st
- Darci Lynne, November 28th
- Ana Gabriel, February 18, 2022
- Paul Anka, March 6, 2022
Soboba Casino Resort
22777 Soboba Street, San Jacinto. 951-665-1000, soboba.com.
The San Jacinto Resort doesn’t have any major bands or artists listed on its website, but does have Latin artists every Thursday, live bands every Friday and Saturday, and a live DJ every Friday and Saturday in his cabaret lounge.