Billy Joel opens The Show

Posted February 5, 2009 in

Despite a tanking economy and sky high unemployment rate in California, a local Indian casino decided to roll the dice and add a new $76 million entertainment venue to its property. 
The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage will hold its Grand Opening on Feb. 12 with a sold out performance by Billy Joel. 
“Our top priority in building The Show was to create an entertainment experience like no other,” David Fendrick, COO for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla, said in a prepared statement. “It’s one thing to build a top-notch facility, but it won’t mean anything if you don’t put world-class entertainers on the stage. We’re doing both.” 

Landing Joel for a rare, intimate Inland area gig—upcoming SoCal dates with Elton John are at arenas—was quite a coup. The Piano Man had a busy 2008 with the 30th Anniversary deluxe reissue of his career-defining The Stranger album, all-star final concerts at New York’s Shea Stadium and Barack Obama campaign stops alongside Bruce Springsteen. 

With a 2,000 seat-capacity, The Show provides a contrast to other IE casino rooms like Fantasy Springs Events Center in Indio (4,500), San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino’s Yuhaviatam Room in Highland (2,500) and Pechanga Theatre in Temecula (1,200). 

  In addition to Joel, Agua Caliente has lined up matchbox 20 (Feb. 13) and Martina McBride (Feb. 14) during the first weekend. Other music performers include: Chicago (Feb. 20), Tony Bennett (March 6), Puddle of Mudd (March 7), the Moody Blues (March 27), Melissa Etheridge (April 2) and Trace Adkins (April 3). Comedians Lisa Lampanelli (May 15), Jay Leno (June 12) and Frank Caliendo (July 17) round out the schedule.

–George A. Paul 


Billy Joel at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa, 32-250 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage, (800) 585-3737, or  SOLD OUT


A closer look at The Show  

-Venue is 86,000 sq. feet 

-4 levels: orchestra, loge, mezzanine, balcony 

-12 luxury suites with plush chairs (most are 24” wide/larger than average), bottle service and gourmet catering available 

-42” legroom between seats in each row (more than standard) 

-125’ from stage to furthest seat in house 

-Assisted listening system for the hearing impaired 

-Environmentally friendly qualities: cooling system is from ground up, allowing for a reduction in energy costs; wall fabrics made from highly recycled fibers; structural steel and translucent panels consist of high percentage of recycled material; pebble rock floor has low volatile organic compound paint and epoxy resins that reduce harmful emissions.


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