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    Emo Orchestra is coming to Palm Desert with Hawthorne Heights in November
    • June 28, 2023

    Emo and orchestra music fans will have the opportunity to sit side by side for the Emo Orchestra Tour, which is making its only Southern California stop at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert on Thursday, Nov 9.

    Tickets for the show go on sale on Friday, June 30, at 10 a.m. at

    The event spanning several states will showcase a full orchestra performing classic emo hits. Special guests Hawthorne Heights will be joining the orchestra on this run. Hawthorne Heights is also bringing its Is For Lovers Festival Tour to Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Aug. 26. That tour is traveling across the country this summer and features various lineups. The Oak Canyon roster includes Alkaline Trio, Sleeping with Sirens, Bayside, Thrice and more with Hawthorne Heights at the helm.

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    However, Emo Orchestra, which is being presented as a partnership between the McCallum Theatre and Pioneertown’s Pappy & Harriet’s, is a different kind of event that is inviting guests to formally dress up like they’re attending an orchestral performance or dress down like they would an emo show. Promoters are promising to deliver on the cultural crossover of both genres.

    Each show will include a playbill for the performance designed like a punk rock zine for attendees to take home. The VIP experience includes a meet and greet with the conductor and arranger Evan Rogers and Hawthorne Heights, as well as a copy of the sheet music for Hawthorne Heights’ song “Ohio Is For Lovers” signed by the band.

    Ben Mench-Thurlow said in the press release that Emo Orchestra was designed to be family-friendly and to appeal to a broader audience of music fans.

    “The addition of the orchestra adds a cool texture and depth to these nostalgic hits and may also expose fans to instrumentation they’re less familiar with in a new setting. And orchestra lovers will experience what they enjoy with an exciting twist,” Mench-Thurlow said.

    ​ Orange County Register