Give Me Five
By Arrissia Owen
Ace Hotel teams up with Origami Vinyl for three days of summer bliss
It’s a sweltering hot day, and you’re torn: Should you spend a lazy day lounging poolside, or hitting up stores to accomplish some retail therapy?
You’re even thinking about making the drive to Origami Music, the awesome Echo Park record store known for its support of local music and superb taste in tasty vinyl. You heard about its newest take, and you’re looking to procure rare Adam Ant 7-inch “Friend or Foe,” and maybe a little Born Against/Screeching Weasel split side to maximize your music aficionado cred.
Like peanut butter marrying chocolate, we’ve got one of those best-of-both-worlds events in mind for you. The three-day High Five Fest presented by Origami Vinyl at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs takes place Friday through Sunday, July 6 through 8. It’s hard to imagine anything more worth your time following the Fourth of July frenzy.
First, let us paint a picture. The Ace Hotel & Swim Club is a 180-room hotel spa and resort in a renovated mid-century modern motel. The building is a former Howard Johnson’s, within walking distance of downtown Palm Springs.
On July 6, Origami Vinyl pops up its tents to bring the record store to the raucous event throughout the event with nearly 1,000 new and used records crated up. To check out the mass of vinyl selections, Eskuche Headphones offers up a sweet little air-conditioned lounge with vintage record players and slick new headphones to sample the sounds.
But who would want to leave after record shopping, what with the action going down poolside. You could even grab your floaties, a boozy snow cone and hit the crystal blue water.
On July 7, the entertainment kicks into gear with a DJ set by Daniel Michichoff of the Long Beach surf-rock band Tijuana Panthers who jumped at the chance to spin a few of his favorites bands for Origami. He’s packing his crate full of David Bowie, Gang of Four, Orange Juice, Jonathan Richman and more.
“I’m not typically a DJ, but I am a record connoisseur,” Michichoff says. It’s a little daunting at first, he says. “But then I get excited and want to show people more of the music I like.”
Michichoff and his bandmates from the Tijuana Panthers missed out on the famed desert pool parties during their stint at Coachella last year, so he’s looking forward to a little desert downtime, he says. “This will be fun to mellow out,” Michichoff says.
Taking turns throughout the day with Michichoff are dub heads Peaking Lights, whose analog electronic dance music will translate into a cool playlist for the sun-baked people.
When the sun goes down, the party moves to the Amigo Room with a live performance by vintage analog synth masters Soft Metals along with DJ sets by John Famiglietti of HEALTH and goth popsters LA Vampires. To help revelers recoup the next day, feel-good popsters The Soft Pack and Pangea bring their hair-of-the-dog sonic assault for more fun in the sun.
This is the first official venture to the Ace for Origami Records, but it will hopefully not be the last. Origami owner Neil Schield first saw the hotel when he helped uber-hip shoe retailer Generic Surplus with its pop up store at an Ace event.
Turned out Ace Hotel owner Alex Calderwood is a fan of Origami and a new partnership was born. “I really love their aesthetic and vibe,” Schield says. Now he’s in the fold.
High Five Fest at the Ace Hotel Resort & Swim Club, 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 325-9900; www.acehotel.com/palmsprings. Swim Club day passes, $20. Admission is free. Lodging discounts available. 21+.