About Us

MyCoachella.com is dedicated to covering the desert music scene – from Pappy and Harriet’s to The Date Shed and everything in between, including the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival.

The Gang

Lifestyles & Entertainment Editor Michael Felci has attended Coachella since 2003, and covered it since 2006. Favorite Coachella moment: A double shot of the White Stripes and Iggy Pop on the main stage back in ’03.

Entertainment reporter Bruce Fessier has covered the desert music scene for over 30 years including every Coachella and every Stagecoach. He didn’t turn in his bio, so any personal details about his life will forever remain a mystery.

Denise Goolsby (@denisegoolsby) is a So Cal native whose musical tastes are mostly country-inspired. Her first live concert: Linda Ronstadt in the mid-70s. She’s been reporting for The Desert Sun since 2003 and is pretty sure her collection of iPod songs would put most people to sleep.

Kate McGinty (@TDSKateM) is a music lover from the Midwest. If you don’t like Jack’s Mannequin or Fitz and The Tantrums, she won’t trust you. Win her heart with a veggie burger and a vintage U2 tee.

My name is Xochitl Pena (@TDSXochitlPena). I cover the city of Palm Springs for The Desert Sun. My first concert was the super-hunky George Michael in eighth grade. I was in eighth grade, not him. I guess I’m giving away my age a bit, but is there really an age limit to loving Wham?

Digital Project Manager Brian Dearth likes music. He once played drums in a band named after his cat, Mr. Slam. He’s covered every fest since 2007 and plans to see every band that begins with V at Coachella 2013.

Liz Kelly NelsonAssistant Managing Editor/Digital Liz Kelly Nelson (@lizkellynelson) grew up listening to punk rock and ska and playing drums in a really remedial garage rock band. An equal opportunity music fan with faves including from The 13th Floor Elevators, The Ramones, Neil Young, Desmond Dekker and Run DMC, she’s a big fan of Coachella’s ever-eclectic lineup.

Beth RoessnerBeth Roessner (@bethroessner) grew up on the north coast, in a city that was built on rock ‘n’ roll — even though that makes it structurally unsound. In an attempt to be an adult, she traded in band T-shirts for cardigans and blue hair for a desk job, but the rocker still lives within.

Lynn LieuLynn Lieu has been covering the indie music scene since 2007, the same year she attended her first Coachella. Don’t expect to see too much of her at the main stage because as they say, “If a tree falls and no one is around to hear it, a hipster would buy the soundtrack” — so would she.

Tatiana SanchezTatiana Sanchez is the Indio and Coachella reporter for The Desert Sun. A native of San Francisco, Tatiana is a hardcore Giants and 49ers fan, though she has yet to master her Kaepernicking (working on it). Previous concerts include Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys (don’t judge), but never Coachella!!! That is, until now.

The Photogs

These are the talented photographers behind the lens slugging it out in the photo pit to capture all the great images on mycoachella.com. Clockwise from top: Marilyn Chung, Jay Calderon, Omar Ornelas, Crystal Chatham and Richard Lui.