Brian Culbertson plus Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers have just been announced as the talent lineup for the 2016 Desert Lexus Jazz Festival presented by the City of Indian Wells, a premier concert event in the Coachella Valley for the past 17 years will be held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Saturday, May 7. Abair, a two-time Grammy-nominated saxophonist, and The Boneshakers will open the evening at 7:00 p.m. followed by Brian Culbertson at 8:30 p.m.
Brian Culbertson grew up near Chicago, Illinois, loving genre-crossing jazz-pop artists such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago, and 2015 Desert Lexus Jazz performers Tower of Power. In 1994, Brian self-produced his debut album, Long Night Out, and 15 albums later he still continues to be a leading voice in contemporary jazz, funk and R&B. Culbertson has been in the studio writing songs for a new funk record, due out this September. Collaborations on the upcoming album include sessions with Chance Howard, St. Paul Peterson, Sheldon Reynolds and several more stars.
“I can’t wait to bring the funk to the Desert Lexus Jazz Festival for the first time!” said Culbertson.
In a career that spans seven solo albums and countless collaborations, Mindi Abair has made her mark on several genres, including jazz, pop, rock, R&B, soul, funk and more. The saxophonist/vocalist has made scores of friends along the way, including The Boneshakers at the Newport Beach Jazz Festival, when Abair hopped on-stage to perform with the band. The impromptu performance transitioned into a full-length album, Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers Live in Seattle, which was released on September 25, 2015.
“I can’t wait to come back to Indian Wells with my band The Boneshakers,” said Abair. “We are ready to give you a show you’ll never forget. The setting is amazing, and everyone in Indian Wells has made me feel so welcome for so many years that it feels like home, which always gives my show here a special magic.”
The event will be held under the Indian Wells Tennis Garden’s shade pavilion, offering seating for 2,000 patrons. In addition to music, the evening will also feature an assortment of food, wine and art. Reserved and Table seating is available and gates open at 5:30 p.m.
“I am thrilled to be partnering with the Indian Wells Tennis Garden team once again for this signature desert event, said CV 104.3’s Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald, co-founder of Wendy Jayne Productions, Inc. “We’ve started a great tradition of wrapping up music month in the desert. Desert Lexus Jazz has had strong support over the years, and we are excited to keep growing this event and upping the experience for our loyal patrons in 2016 and the years to come.”
Desert Lexus Jazz is a presentation of IWTG and Wendy Jayne Productions, Inc.
For more information and to buy tickets online starting February 18, visit www.iwtg.net or call the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Box Office at 760-200-8000, 800-999-1585.