Fantasy Springs Resort Casino reschedules postponed concerts for fall

Friday 8th May 2020

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio has announced a number of new dates for shows and concerts originally scheduled for the spring and summer that were postponed due to concerns over the novel coronavirus.

Many of the planned concerts, by artists such as Chaka Khan, Pitbull and Daryl Hall & John Oates, have now been rescheduled for September and beyond.

Daryl Hall & John Oates - Rescheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Tickets range from $79, $99, $139 and $169.

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening - Rescheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Tickets are are $29, $39 and $59.

Fantasy Springs is one of many casinos across Southern California that is closed due to the novel coronavirus, but it plans to put on shows possibly as early as August, with Little Big Town being its first show on Aug. 14.

Michael Felci, public relations manager for the casino, said the casino's current focus has been on crafting a reopening plan, although no date has been set.

"Our executive team and the tribe are working on that to make sure the health and safety precautions are in place so we can open up sooner, rather than later," Felci said.

Felci said the casino was continuing to proceed with booking new artists with a plan that things will reopen at some point.

Gov. Gavin Newsom included concerts as part of phase four of his multi-phase plan for reopening California, and that stage is contingent on treatment, meaning it could be anywhere from months to more than a year away. Most of Southern California's casinos, however, are on tribal land, which gives them a measure of sovereignty and the state's regulatory laws generally do not apply to them.

Felci said that once Fantasy Springs does start to reopen, it will likely reopen in phases, starting with things like the casino and restaurants, and smaller entertainment venues like LIT and The Rockyard. Casino officials will see how things go in those spots before opening up the Special Events Center where big concerts are held.

No plans have been announced for the hotel reopening, but a spot check of Fantasy Springs' hotel booking system on Friday, May, 8, showed rooms available beginning May 25.

Felci said it was too early to say what precautionary measures the resort will take when it starts to present concerts again, but noted that they could look different when they do happen.

"I think there's going to have to be a lot of precautionary things in place for when we do resume concerts," he said.

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