Dillon Francis just finished up in the Sahara Tent. After thanking the crowd, he said this is his hometown and that his parents are here (in the tent). Does that rate cool parent points?
Kenny Chesney’s latest offering from his newest album “Welcome to the Fishbowl” features a quick shout-out to the desert.
On “El Cerrito Place,” the third single from this album, Chesney sings:
Somehow I wound up in the desert just after daylight
Where the Joshua Trees grow that little place you always liked
These pioneer town people ain’t got too much to say
And if you ever were here baby they ain’t givin’ you away
It is easy to assume that Chesney, already a three-time Stagecoach performer (2007, 2009, 2011), had a hand in crafting the tune given he’s spent so much time in the desert. The song was actually recorded by another artist three years before Chesney ever set foot on the Mane Stage.
Mandolin player and vocalist Paul Hoffman hits his pedal board barefoot as Greensky Bluegrass performs on the Mustang Stage on Sunday, April 29, 2012 during the final day of the Stagecoach country music festival at Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. Other band members include Anders Beck on dobro, Michael Arlen Bont on banjo, Dave Bruzza on guitar, and Mike Devol on the upright bass. Crystal Chatham, The Desert Sun
This was the scene in lots 14D and then 14B this afternoon as a trio of men were selling armloads of unofficial black screenprinted Stagecoach t-shirts for varying amounts of $10 to $20. The shirts featured the Stagecoach name, pictures of some artists, and a full lineup. Official festival t-shirts sold inside the venue were tagged at $25 each. Goldenvoice tried to crack down on unofficial merchandise during the past weeks’ Coachella festivals (1 & 2).
Walking out of the festival grounds right now and I have already been asked four times if I would sell my festival wristband. I’m curious how people without bands made it that far into the grounds?
– UPDATE –
By the time I made it to parking lot 14D, I’d been asked to give away or sell my wristband 12 times.
As temperatures hit 104 degrees (according to my iPhone, anyway), festival officials are helping to curb heat-related issues by cooling off the crowd.
Before Band of Skulls took to the Coachella Stage, personnel were seen spraying water into the front layers of the crowd and even brought a bucket of bottled water over for the fans.
At Coachella right now? You missed one heck of a drum solo in Palm Springs…
Career drummer Alan Diaz and Barry Baughn’s blues band performance of an old Meters tune ‘Fire on the Bayou’ at Shanghai Red’s.
Check out this video I shot of the show last summer. Drum solo at the 7-minute mark. Hold on to your hats!
They play a three sets every Friday and Saturday. Drum solo? Gotta’ wait until the end of the second set.
The sun starts to go down as festival-goers walk past La Grande Wheel ferris wheel, April 20, 2012 during the first day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival’s second weekend at Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. The wheel will be on site for Stagecoach next weekend as well. Crystal Chatham, The Desert Sun