An appearance at Stagecoach may seem a bit of a stretch for lead singer and songwriter Kearny Nick Jones of psychobilly band Tiger Army, but the artist was right at home among country fans during his Saturday performance.
Unlike Jones’ three-piece gig, his solo act under the stage name Nick 13, allows him to completely submerge himself in the blue grass tunes of the 30s through 60s, eras of music he’s fascinated by.
“As the years went on, I found myself going further and further back to those years as a listener,” said Jones. “I’m just drawn to it.”
Nick 13 poses with reporter Beth Roessner
Playing at a country festival under intense conditions could be enough to throw a band off their game, but Rhode Island-based, folk duo Brown Bird showed fans a bluesy side of music.
The Americana-style band kicked off the final day of Stagecoach on the Mustang Stage. The two don’t consider themselves a country act–the almost-bluesy style or the ornate tattooing on both partners could be indicators–but as the hour-long set continued, the crowd steadily grew.
The heat of the desert wasn’t something they’re used to, admitted singer David Lamb, but the performance didn’t lag.
Rhode Island-based Americana band, Brown Bird, weathered the heat and showed the country fans they can fit right in. (Beth Roessner/The Desert Sun)
MorganEve Swain lent her female voice and effortlessly switched from stand-up bass, violin and cello, while her partner, Lamb stomped out simple-foot percussion and strummed the tunes.
The mercury slowly crept higher and higher and the line approaching the Stagecoach main entry grew longer.
Fans queued up outside of the main gates, seeking shade from a rot iron fence. The impending noon heat and high temperatures of the day were no deterrent for country music fans on the final day of the Stagecoach festival.
The past two days and heat may have taken a toll on some, but many fans were still in high spirits and anxiously awaiting the day’s lineup. Headliner Zac Brown Band was an act on many radars.
The sweltering heat of the desert was subsiding on the final evening of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, but the crowd was still sweating.
Music fans were packed like sardines, shoulder to shoulder, at the performance of Social Distortion on the second Sunday of the festival, but many of them weren’t there to enjoy the punk-rock band.
Mike Ness lead Social Distortion on the main stage at the final weekend of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival. (Beth Roessner/The Desert Sun)
As lead singer Mike Ness performed a set riddled with the band’s hits, many attendants just stood there, some barely bopping to the tunes. While some were waiting for the following act, Vampire Weekend, many were waiting patiently for the headliner, Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Attendees of the final weekend of the Coachella Valley Music Fest show little dismay that they were unable to attend the first weekend.
Typically regarded as the better of the two with cooler temperatures and more surprises, there are still some who prefer the subsequent weekend.
“Silly people complain about weekend two,” said Eden Graham. “So what? You’re still getting the opportunity to attend.”
My first and only other Coachella was 2010, which might as well have been called Crowdchella.
This is what it was like getting out of Crowdchella (2010) after headliner Gorillaz on Sunday night, and the rest of the weekend felt just about as packed. (Brian Indrelunas, The Desert Sun)
Though my friends and co-workers who had been to the fest before complained, I didn’t know any better and secretly wondered if the long lines, general inability to move around freely (Heading from the Sahara tent to the Outdoor Theatre? That must’ve taken 20 to 30 minutes.) and hours waiting in the parking lot at night were merely a little bit worse than usual. Continue Reading
Metric performs during the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio on Friday, April 12, 2013. Michael Snyder/The Desert Sun
Canadian pride was evident when Metric, formed in Toronto in the late 90s, took the Main Stage for a hot afternoon set.
The band, fronted by Emily Haines, blasted through its radio-friendly hits “Breathing Underwater,” “Help I’m Alive” and “Gold Guns Girls” as the crowd showed off their homeland… A barrage of beach balls with “Canada” imprinted across the front bounced across the crowd… A group of fans hoisted a Canadian flag… And a group of guys dancing near the soundboard each sported a different color shirt with “Coachella eh?” emblazoned across the back.
Festival food at this year’s Coachella Music Festival goes far beyond hamburgers and fried things on a stick. Attendees are treated to a variety of food vendors, some serving up the unique flavors of the world.
Hungry music lovers can nosh on the staple sandwich from Greece. The gyro is served on a flat bread and slathered in yogurt sauce. Or, enjoy a signature Spanish dish, the paella. A vegetarian option is even available with chickpeas. If curry is on the brain, chicken schwarma may please the palate, or Asian barbeque is also an option. Italy is loosely represented with the cheese-topped pie, an easy meal for famished individuals. And, it wouldn’t be Southern California if tacos and burritos weren’t offered.
I’ll be honest; before relocating to The Golden State just over a year ago, I had never heard of Coachella Music Festival. When I learned earlier in the year that I would be attending the festival as a part of media, I was stoked. I would get the chance to attend a huge festival…for free.
Weekend 2 swiftly arrived. I packed a backpack full of essentials–hello, sunscreen!–and a cooler full of food and water that will be waiting for me when I make the hour and a half trek home.
Got something you’ve always wanted to ask Barry Manilow but never had the chance? Desert Sun reporter Bruce Fessier will be interviewing Barry soon in advance of his “Gift Of Love II” benefit concerts at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, and he’d like some help from the fans to generate additional questions for Barry.
Submit your questions ASAP to MyDesert’s Facebook wall. The questions that get the most “likes” will be selected to be passed on to Barry as long as Fessier deems them appropriate for his story. One question per submission and the questions must be received by 9 a.m. Wednesday. Watch for the story to be run in The Desert Sun and on mydesert.com toward the end of November.
In other Barry Manilow news, the singer will treat fans to a 17-performance run on Broadway in January.