Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council to celebrate 10 years of Art Tours

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JOSHUA TREE, CA – The Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council (MBCAC) and the arts communities surrounding Joshua Tree, from Morongo Valley to Wonder Valley – including Landers, 29 Palms, Yucca Valley and Pioneertown – are proud to announce their premier arts event of the season, a gala celebration party heralded as “The Hwy 62 Art Tours: A Celebration of a Decade.”  This gala party will celebrate the opening of the tenth anniversary of the renowned “Hwy 62 Art Tours”.  The gala party is jointly hosted by the MBCAC and the Hi-Desert Cultural Center, as the region’s two largest arts organizations are teaming-up to celebrate the Council’s launching of the Art Tours’ opening weekend on Friday, October 21st at 7pm.  A no-host bar and social hour will open at 6pm where participants may view a visual montage of the Art Tours artists’ works.

This gala celebration will be held at the Center’s state-of-the-art Blak Box Theater and will include many special musical performances by “Hwy 62 Love Songs” album artists.  Showcasing the region’s talent will be Jarrod Radnich as he debuts an excerpt from his latest composition: ARMAITA: “La Vendetta Dell’ Angelo” Piano Concerto in E Minor; Canadian singer/songwriter JP Houston;  and French folk/pop duo, Yard of Blondes.  Intertwined with the live performances will be video performances of “God is Good” by Victoria Williams and Vic Chessnut and “Hwy 62 Love Song” by Tim Easton. Adding to the evening’s entertainment will be the unbelievable acts of performers from Zircon Wish Circus as they entertain the gala attendees during the social hour and provide a preview of Saturday evening’s performance event.

A special awards presentation to the winner of the 10th Anniversary Hwy 62 Art Tours logo contest will be given, enhanced by exciting commentaries from former Arts Council presidents including Andy Woods, Chuck Caplinger, Gretchen Grunt, Mita Barter, current President, Ted Quinn, 2011 catalog designer Candacy Taylor, and Cultural Center President Jarrod Radnich.

Tickets are only $10 and include a complimentary light dessert buffet.  This gala event is open seating and all proceeds mutually benefit the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council and the Hi-Desert Cultural Center.  Seating is limited to only 200 persons and is filling fast, so purchase your tickets in advance by calling the Cultural Center box office at 760.366.3777 or by visiting their website


GREAT NEWS FOR SEASON PACKAGE TICKET HOLDERS! Should your schedule change and you find yourself needing to attend a performance on a different date — if you give the Box Office at least 48 hours notice prior to your ticketed performance, management will attempt to exchange your ticket for a different performance of the same show!