Local venue brings artists to the desert



Pappy & Harriet’s (Photos courtesy of Meghan S.)

A new venue has become a hot spot for artists and it’s right in the Coachella Valley’s backyard. Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown has hosted artists like Paul McCartney, Lorde and rock band The Kills. The local bar and grill is a local favorite with it’s saloon style atmosphere. The local desert in Pioneertown is nearly untouched making this venue a unique hot spot.

Pappy and Harriet’s has a long rich history. According to their website, the local hotspot has gone from a biker bar to a family favorite. Getting it’s name from former owners, Harriet and her husband Claude ‘Pappy’ Allen. After Pappy’s death in 1994 the venue changed hands several times until owners Robyn Celia and Linda Krantz bought it in 2003 wanting to bring back local music and restore the bar to it’s former glory. Under their management the bar has been drawing well-known musicians like Vampire Weekend, Glass Animals and Leon Russell.

Locals from the surrounding town are thrilled to see the boom in business for the bar and restaurant. In the Coachella Valley seeing our favorite artists usually involves a three hour car ride to Los Angeles but this new venue is only an hour away. Pioneertown is located in the mountains above Yucca Valley up Pioneertown Road. Tickets can be found on the Pappy and Harriet’s website (www.pappyandharriets.com) for a fraction of the price of a larger venue in LA. Fall in love with the high desert. The beautiful scenery, live music and unbeatable price points make the short drive worth it for COD students.

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