Monday, April 20, 2009
So I survived, and I live to tell the tale of another music festival experience. What an amazing trip! First of all, I love the desert since there are endless horizons and room for so much weirdness. Lauren and I started the weekend off by ditching the office get up's and driving to Borrego to stay at our friend's Grandma's house for the night. Back roads, no traffic, 4 pump up CD's... so great. Once we got in, we kicked off the weekend by jumping in the pool and getting settled in. We raced on the golf course, had guitar jam sessions, cooked and feasted on a delicious dinner, and danced under the stars all night. **Big shout out to Grandma: thanks for the sweet digs!** In the morning, we woke up to Strawberry Macadamia Waffles and Sausage to nourish our bodies before our intense day of festival festivities. We hit the road around 11 am to head to Indio to meet with friends before heading to the actual festival.
Once we pulled into La Quinta, we couldn't contain our excitement any more. We met up with the 91X staff at their pad for some daytime fun. Reunion's with old friends, beer on tap, BBQ, Rock Band, air conditioning, and an awesome crew made for a day full of sunshine and laughs. Because 91X was broadcasting live from their house, we got to watch interviews and meet some of the Coachella artists, indlucing Ida Maria, Michael Franti, & Spearhead. After a few hours, we packed our lunches, filled the coolers, and hopped in the car. It took us an hour to get to the festival, although it was only a couple miles away, but once we got there the party really started.
On our way in, we heard TV on the Radio, which sounded pretty chill. We opted to split our time between the main stage and the Sahara tent, where most of the big electronic acts were playing. We started our set with TRV$/DJAM, who played an incredible set of house/rock/rap mash up's, and featured special guest WARREN G! Afterwards, we explored the visual stimuli around the grounds, and enjoyed the Thievery Corporation show from the Heineken Beer Garden. From there, we perused around a bit more until we watched the SPECTACULAR M.I.A. show on the main stage. Concert goers rushed the stage at the artists request, and the visuals and dancers and M.I.A.'s outfits were all colorful and cool. After M.I.A. we decided to lay in the grass and meet some friends until we returned to the main stage area for The Killers. Although it was somewhat boring, the lead vocals were flawless. Halfway through we switched gears and headed back to the Sahara tent for my big highlight, MSTRKRFT. This show was mindblowing, filled with tight music and interesting characters. Large groups of hippies participating in group meditation, ravers clad in light up pacifiers and glow in the dark clothing, and phenomenal laser sets made for the perfect setting for this unbelievable finish to a great day. Post show, some late night munchies, golf ball hitting, and streaking ensued around the 91X house, concluding in a sea of about 20 bodies sleeping on the floor in one house.
Notable moments of the weekend: laying on the star lit golf course in a drum circle, the light box at the Sahara tent, the purple light display between tents at the festival- which we crawled inside of and got kicked out of, M.I.A. trash talking Amy Winehouse- rightfully so, but thanks for the main stage slot Amy!, the delicious PB&J's I survived off all weekend, and the 20 Jack in the Boxes in the desert that provided road nourishment. Next year: SAME TIME, SAME PLACE.