Coachella Crossroads, a new outdoor venue in the Coachella Valley near Spotlight 29 Casino, has postponed the two shows it had on its schedule out of concern over the coronavirus.
The 50-acre outdoor complex was scheduled to host a two-day Mexican Independence Day festival from September 17-18, and Miranda Lambert on September 25.
The outbreak of the delta variant of COVID-19 that has increased infection rates and hospitalizations in southern California was behind the decision, said Darrell Mike, president of the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, in a press release. The tribe built the venue near Highway 10 and its Spotlight 29 casino.
The two-day El Grito music festival on Mexico’s Independence Day was to be hosted by Ramon Ayala and the rapper Snoop dogg. The lineup also included Gerardo Ortiz, Los Rieleros Del Norte and different groups for each night. Tickets were $ 95 to $ 175, depending on the Coachella Carrefour website.
Country star Lambert has no other dates in Southern California on its calendar but will appear in Laughlin, Nevada on September 4, according to its website. Tickets for the Crossroads show were $ 80- $ 229.
The tribe’s statement said the venue would announce new dates and additional acts in the near future, but did not include instructions for ticket holders.
Toby Keith was the inaugural act when Coachella Crossroads opened in mid-May. The concert, which drew thousands of people, took place while the state was still under color-coded COVID restrictions. Coachella Crossroads was not required to adhere to these guidelines as it is located on tribal lands and Native American tribes have sovereignty,
Keith will be back in Southern California for an outdoor concert on September 17 at the Pala Casino Spa Resort in northern San Diego County.
Pala has other headliners booked for the fall, including Boyz II Men on October 8 and Daughtry on October 9.
Several other Southern California casinos have also booked live entertainment, ranging from cover bands, salon acts, and DJs to headliners.
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, a few miles from Spotlight 29 in Indio, Chicago, Little Big Town and George Lopez in September.
The show at Rancho Mirage’s Agua Caliente casino lined up performers ranging from Caifanes and Pat Benatar next week to Gabriel Iglesias in May.
The Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon will host Brian Wilson on September 16.
Chicago is also arriving at the Pechanga Casino, Resort & Spa near Temecula on September 19.
In most casinos, face masks are optional, but a few resorts, including Pechanga and San Manuel Casino in Highland, have stepped up their face covering advice since the rise of the delta variant.