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April 13, 2012 | Randy Lewis and Todd Martens
Inside his mini-mart in the desert town of Indio, store manager John Stafford is busy stockpiling caffeinated drinks. Monster and Red Bulls mostly. He knows from experience that he'll need plenty this weekend. Tens of thousands of visitors will descend upon the desert region beginning Friday for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. "Cigarettes and energy drinks," Stafford said. "They need to stay awake out there. " Fans and bands may need an extra stamina boost this year.
April 11, 2012
When: Friday and April 20. Where: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio Info :
March 27, 2012 | By Todd Martens and Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Local politicos and music mavens on Monday applauded Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival promoter Goldenvoice's decision to purchase 280 acres of land surrounding the stages for its annual concert event in Indio, Calif. The purchase of the Eldorado Polo Club and three surrounding ranches will enable the Los Angeles-based, AEG-owned concert promoter to increase its Coachella presence and perhaps add jazz, blues and Latin concerts to its schedule. "With them purchasing this, the sky is the limit," said Indio Mayor Glenn Miller.
March 12, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Baby boomers' snoring has breathed life into the sales of mouth pieces, clips, strips, nose sprays and specialized mattresses. Now home builders have heard the roar. A so-called snore room is the latest offering from Del Webb, which builds communities for people 55 and older. Buyers whose marriages are plagued by a spouse who snorts, grunts and wheezes while he or she sleeps can opt for an adaptable bedroom plan marketed as the "owners retreat" at Sun City Shadow Hills in Indio.
January 27, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
An outbreak of a deadly virus has horse trainers and owners in Riverside and Orange counties fearful for the health of their animals. On Tuesday, a horse at the Empire Polo Club in Indio was euthanized because of complications from equine herpes virus-1. At Rancho Sierra Vista in San Juan Capistrano, 16 cases of the disease have been identified since Jan. 11 and one horse had to be euthanized. Both sites have been placed under quarantine by state veterinarians. No horses are allowed to leave or enter, and caretakers must take sanitary precautions.
January 11, 2012
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Empire Polo Grounds Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival with the Black Keys, Radiohead and Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, April 13-15 and 20-22 (Fri.) Gibson Amphitheatre Foster the People, July 1 (Thurs.) Hollywood Palladium Snow Patrol, May 8 (Fri.) The Music Box The Joy Formidable, March 14 (Thurs.); Lucero, March 21; Delta Spirit, May 11 (Fri.) Nokia Theatre Martina McBride, Feb. 14; Lenny Kravitz, Feb. 16; KTWV The Wave's 25th Anniversary show with Toni Braxton, Feb. 19 (Fri.)
May 2, 2011 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
A college logic professor I once had liked to use a TV commercial for Country Time lemonade as a case study in the way savvy marketing people can create an illusion of authenticity with the right choice of words and images. The same idea, it turns out, can be applied to the musicians at the fifth annual Stagecoach country music festival over the weekend in Indio. In the ad, a white-haired grandpa in suspenders and a casual, open-collared shirt sat in his rocking chair on the back porch of an old house watching young children frolic on the lawn on a hot summer day. To the rescue comes a smiling mom holding a tray with glasses of ice-cold Country Time, a concoction of powdered chemicals and whatnot with little or no actual lemon juice.
April 29, 2011 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Country music fans may well experience déjà vu in the desert for the 2011 Stagecoach festival. All this year's headliners are making return appearances, with Kenny Chesney topping a Stagecoach bill for the third time come Saturday. "We'd have him every year if he'd do it," said Paul Tollett, the Goldenvoice promotions chief overseeing the third straight weekend at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio after Coachella two weeks ago and the Big 4 metal festival last weekend. Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood, the marquee names who close the show Sunday, are back for their second Stagecoach dates, as will be rocker-turned-country singer Darius Rucker, making his return engagement Saturday preceding Chesney on the Mane Stage.
April 17, 2011 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
Those who think the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has lost some of its luster in its 12th year, whether because of sell-out crowds, ticket prices or increased competition in the festival market, have not met college-age Yorba Linda residents Michael Burke and Riley Dahlson. The two are skilled in the art of trespassing, and after two years of sneaking into the Indio grounds, Coachella — which concludes Sunday night — persuaded them to go legit. "We owed it to them," said Dahlson, a music fan who shelled out for a ticket that topped $300 after service fees.
April 14, 2011 | By Steve Appleford, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The way Keith Morris holds a microphone is not designed for comfort. He grabs it with one or both hands, elbows locked at rigid angles, and lunges with each syllable as he shouts with epic fury. The eyes bulge, his knees buckle. At 55, the delivery of this punk-rock originator has only intensified with age. In a small rehearsal room on the outskirts of Eagle Rock, Morris is pacing the floor impatiently, much as he did as the founding singer for Black Flag, then for three decades with the Circle Jerks, and now in a new band with an abrupt name — Off!
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