Fans of early emo bands such as Good Charlotte, Jimmy Eat World, and Rites of Spring have been bringing their kids to emo shows, Mench-Thurlow said. He’s including a primer on orchestral instruments and who’s playing them in playbills throughout this tour.
“We want to encourage youths to play string instruments,” he said. “My hope is, a kid sees this violin player and thinks, ‘I’ve never heard a violin player. Violin players are awesome!’ And they’re going to go to the merch table and see a little emo skeleton-branded guy playing a violin, and will be able to take that home, and that’s going to catapult them to be a violin player.”
Elin, who is Moresco’s wife, is also excited about promoting certain McCallum shows to Pappy + Harriet’s fans. She grew up in New York attending Broadway musicals and listening to eight-track tapes of a certain Palm Springs superstar with personal and professional ties to the McCallum. One of her dreams is getting Barry Manilow to follow Paul McCartney’s 2016 show into Pappy and Harriet’s.
“If I have anything to do with it, he will!” she said. “I was like, if I don’t see Barry Manilow before he dies, I’m going to kill myself!’ I love Barry Manilow.”
Emo at the McCallum
What: Emo Orchestra featuring Hawthorne Heights
When: 7 p.m. Nov. 9
Where: The McCallum Theatre, 73-000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert
Available at: https://www.mccallumtheatre.com/index.php/shows/2023-2024-season/emo-orchestra
Cover Photo Credit: Hawthorne Heights photo by Ron Valle.