Funk band War, known for such hits as “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “Low Rider” and “The World Is A Ghetto,” will perform an outdoor show before a socially distanced audience at Pala Casino, Spa & Resort’s Starlight Theater on Saturday, Sept. 19, according to a news release from the resort.

The September performance is part of Funky Funk Get Down – Big Grooves & Dance Moves concert series, which features funk, soul and R&B bands on some Saturday nights. It’s one of multiple concert series the resort has scheduled for its outdoor venue, with the others being its Superstar Imposter – Summer Tribute Series (tribute bands) on select Friday nights and its Domingos de Musica y Baile series (Latin entertainment) on select Sunday nights. The tribute series is already underway.

California is currently in Stage 2 of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s multistage reopening plan and things such as concerts and music festivals currently are not allowed until Stage 4. That stage is dependent on treatment methods becoming available for coronavirus. However, Southern California’s casinos located on tribal land have sovereignty to still put on such events.

Casinos have taken mixed stances on whether to host entertainment. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage and Harrah’s Resort Southern California all seem to be cautiously wading back into offering concerts. All three have shows listed on their websites in coming months. Fantasy Springs has already resumed its popular tribute concert series at its outdoor venue The Rock Yard.

Pala’s Riverside County neighbor Pechanga Resort Casino has taken a different approach, announcing that it had canceled its shows and concerts for the remainder of 2020.

In the news release, Pala says it will have guidelines in place that include requiring guests to wear face coverings and practice safe social distancing. Seats will be sanitized and set out ahead of time to ensure that people are properly distanced. Guests will need to have their temperatures checked.

Tickets for the War show are $30 general admission and can be purchased by visiting or calling 1-800-585-3737. Tickets can also be purchased by visiting

Below is a full list of Pala’s upcoming entertainment.

Superstar Imposters – Summer Tribute Series (8 p.m., select Fridays)

  • Queen Nation (Tribute to Queen) – July 10
  • Safety Orange (Sublime Tribute) – July 17
  • The Spazmatics with Special Guest Jazmine Rogers Band – July 18
  • Elton: The Early Years (Tribute to Elton John) – July 24
  • DSB (Tribute to Journey) –  Aug. 7
  • Yachtly Crew (Titans of Soft Rock) –  Aug. 21
  • Wayward Sons (80’s Rock Tribute) –  Aug. 28

Funky Funk Get Down – Big Grooves & Dance Moves (8 p.m., select Saturdays) 

  • Family Stone – Aug. 15
  • Rose Royce –  Sept. 5
  • War  – Sept. 19

Domingos de Musica y Baile (4 p.m., select Saturdays)

  • Dreaming of You (Selena Tribute) –  Aug. 16
  • Viva Santana (Santana Tribute) – Aug. 23
  • Mariachi Diva – Sept. 6

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