Festival producer Goldenvoice announced an attendance figure for its Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals this month that is larger than the population of Coachella Valley.
My first and only other Coachella was 2010, which might as well have been called Crowdchella.
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
It’s music you can swim through.
That’s how MyCoachella.com contributor Crystal Chatham described bluegrass music as we walked into the Mustang tent to see Greensky Bluegrass.
I think of it as music I can’t stand still to.
When the bluegrass jam band got going, their pickin’ fingers revved, we both got what we came for. The five instruments made a sound so full and varied that the movers got to moving while the music filled the tent like sparkling blue water fills a Palm Springs swimming pool.
The Michigan quintet didn’t say much, but mentioned Stagecoach ended a series of California concerts they’d had a good time playing. They look like guys who have a good time whenever they have stringed instruments in-hand.
Anders Beck, who plays the dobro, or resophonic guitar, wondered aloud about California Westerns. The bad guys always wore black hats and the good guys white. Is that how it really is? he asked. Because I’ve always wanted a black cowboy hat.
“I’m not a bad guy,” he repeated a few times, to be clear.
Their fourth studio album “Handguns” is available at the on-site record store.