The Selecter, as my colleague Kate McGinty pointed out during weekend 1, is a band with some history. Singer Pauline Black — the woman Gwen Stefani cites as her prime influence — is 59.
But they fit right in at Coachella. Fans — most of whom never heard the band before, let alone Two Tone — loved them. And it showed in the best way Coachella fans know how: a mosh pit. A little at odds with peppy ska, but it’s the thought that counts.
The band ripped through a set that included hits like “On My Radio” and “Too Much Pressure,” but also indulged in some ska classics: “Train to Skaville” and “Carry Go Bring Come.”
All in all a fabulous show.
So it is an established fact that Coachella attendees tend to get decked out. This year, the de rigeur festival gear consists of a flowered garland and short shorts. At least for women.
But cars get festooned for the event, too. Especially since festival organizers encourage attendees to carpool and even offer prizes for the most creatively decorated vehicles. Just draw/paint/whatever the word “Carpoolchella” on your gas guzzler and make sure at least 4 people are riding along. You could win VIP passes to the festival FOR LIFE!
The Pedestrians may be at least a decade older than their Tachevah lineup-mates, but they were the band that got a still growing crowd into the festival spirit with their funkified, horn-fueled music.
The Pedestrians get the Tachevah crowd riled up. (Photo: Richard Lui, the Desert Sun)
At Tachevah, we’ve got world-class bands on stage, but you can be a rock-star, too. Just stop by the Desert Sun’s photo booth where we’ve got props and a fab photographer just waiting to take your portrait. We’ll post them all online tomorrow.
The Desert Sun is already set up down at the Tachevah site in front of the Spa Resort Casino. Gates open in about 45 minutes (at 5 p.m.) and the music starts soon after — at 5:45 with openers the Tribesmen. A horde of workers from Goldenvoice, Spa Resort Casino and Tachevah’s other partners have been working since early Tuesday to get the site ready.
Luckily winds have died down and it’s a lovely Palm Springs afternoon.
For all the details you need to attend Tachevah, read this.
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On Wednesday, the day of Tachevah, the print edition of the Desert Sun may look a little unfamiliar — or downright jarring, depending on your familiarity with the concert we’ve been planning for several months. Some of us, though, think it’s pretty cool.
See for yourselves:
A huge thanks to Phoenix-based Gannett designer Tricia Reinhold who created it. She was inspired, if we recall correctly, by vintage Swedish rock posters.
Tachevah, the first ever Palm Springs Block Party, is set to happen in less than 24 hours. Here’s all the crucial info you need to know to attend.
To answer one question a lot of you have been asking: Tachevah is an all ages show and admission is free. There will be two beer garden areas set up, but an ID check will be required to enter.
Please do not bring any lawn chairs, coolers, containers or other items. You will be asked to either trash them upon entry or take them back to your car.
Spa Resort Casino | 401 E Amado Rd Palm Springs, CA 92262 (see map below)
Free parking will be available at the Desert Fashion Plaza parking structure, the Prairie Schooner parking lot and the Spa Resort Casino lot. There will be signs posted around Tachevah to direct you to the parking areas. (see map below)
5 p.m.: Doors Open
5:45 p.m.: Tribesmen
6:30 p.m.: You Me & Us
715 p.m.: Pedestrians
8 p.m.: DJ Alf Alpha
9:20 p.m.: Passion Pit
We want you to tweet and Instragram Tachevah. Just make sure to use the hashtag #tachevah.
See you at sunset.
There may be 50-plus bands to see at Coachella, but most festival-goers also build time into their schedules to see the other sights — like the Do Lab, Ferris wheel and a host of small art installations.
Then there’s the swag.
Immediately inside the festival entrance is a huge tent marked “Merchandise.” That’s the place to be to score official festival t-shirts — there are many — and the latest and greatest T-shirts from bands performing the fest. Some are even customized for the event, like the Wu-Tang Clan t-shirt reading “Coachella ain’t nothing to F with.”
Me, I opted for a customized t-shirt that was screenprinted in front of my eyes by a really nice guy from Philadelphia who looked seriously tired.
Up next: Ride that ferris wheel.
Local residents who couldn’t get into this weekend’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival can buy tickets on Saturday for next weekend’s festival.
Coachella and Stagecoach music festival tickets will be on sale to locals today at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, while supplies last. The first weekend of Coachella started Friday.
Locals can buy up to two passes for the second weekend of Coachella – April 19-21 — and/or for the Stagecoach country music festival on April 26-28. Passes purchased online can also be picked up at the tennis garden, 78200 Miles Ave.
Passes are $349 for Coachella and $239 for Stagecoach, all fees included.
Glorious weather brought a cool vibe to the first day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, making it one of the most popular openings in the acclaimed event’s 14-year history. The main stage became a modern version of “Sing Along With…” thanks to such popular artists as Metric, Modest Mouse, the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs and Blur.