Concert for Autism set for Nov. 14, 20

Benefit founder Josh Heinz, left, with his Blasting Echo bandmates Armando Flores, rear, and Dub Wallace, right, perform at the 12th Annual Concert for Autism in 2019.

On Nov. 14 and 20, Josh and Linda Heinz are hosting their 14th annual Concert for Autism, with all proceeds going to Desert Autism Foundation.

Both events will be accepting a suggested $10 donation at the door and are featuring talent from the Coachella Valley and surrounding areas. The shows will host a great mix of artists performing a variety of genres, including rock, blues, folk, reggae, country, Latin acoustic and alternative punk.

“Desert Autism Foundation is amazing. They use this funding to ease the cost of therapy for children dealing with autism. My wife and I both have a child that has autism, so we see it every day and understand the need for organizations like them,” said Josh Heinz.

Their warm-up show at noon on Sunday, Nov. 14, will be held at Coachella Valley Brewing Co. at 30640 Gunther St. in Thousand Palms. This concert will feature all acoustic performances.  

The show on Saturday, Nov. 20, will be the main event and will be held at Big Rock Pub at 79940 Westward Ho Dr. in Indio. It will start at 2 p.m.

Linda Lemke Heinz, left, assists a woman making a bid at the silent auction table. Silent auctions generate over half of the amount of funds raised for the Desert Autism Foundation at the Concert for Autism. Heinz is co-director of the event.

“We want to give all the talent an opportunity to showcase their skills and are thankful for all that expressed interest in performing for our cause,” said Josh Heinz.

Inspired by events he had seen created for other causes, Heinz decided to create the annual Concert for Autism. “With my love for music I figured, I could put on a show and collect door money and donations from a bucket, then give the proceeds to an autism organization,” he explained.

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