Phantogram gave Southern California fans another night to fall in love with an intimate outdoor performance at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs on Thursday.
Just a few hundred fans caught the special poolside show under the stars, which was part of a glamorous celebration for Palm Springs' newest hotel in the heart of its growing downtown. Phantogram's Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel rocked it with dazzling light show and infectious hits like “Black Out Days” and “Fall In Love.” Both tracks are off the duo's latest album “Voices,” which dropped just last month.
Prior to the hour-long set by New York electro rockers, hotel, city officials and even reality show celebrity Audrina Patridge — of MTV's “The Hills” fame — broke guitars in classic Hard Rock fashion to mark the hotel's official grand opening. The desert Hard Rock is the hotel chain's 11th standalone hotel, officials said.
Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs plans to be an integral part of the party scene in April, the desert's biggest month that draws music fans and celebrities alike for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, with pool parties and special musical appearances.
While Phantogram isn't on the Coachella lineup (the duo played the festival in 2011), that doesn't mean the Carter and Barthel doesn't have love for the desert.
“How could you not love Palm Springs?” said Carter, the morning after the late-night party as he stepped outside in the 82-degree desert weather. “We live in New York and after playing in Canada and some other cold places, this is paradise.”
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