A Moment of History For Coachella
On a span of about 330-acres in Indio, California, there are 2 consecutive 3-day weekends in April that the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival leases the Empire Polo Club annually. 8 stages and close to 230 performers in a span of 6 days it's truly a mouthwatering experience. So its imperative that if you go you have your schedule planned to the "T" or just flow with where the sounds that you love are coming from. The first debut of the event was in 1999 skipped 2000 and has been a staple of the music culture ever since 2001. Founded by Paul Tollett and Rick Van Santen, they managed to gather a whopping 250,000 people in a two-weekend time span. Talk about a collective.
If I were to sit and name off all the amazing acts that were there I would be blue in the face, better yet I might catch a cramp from typing. Some of my personal favs were Yaeji, French Montana, Tash Sultana, Black Coffee, MØ, Niel Rodgers, SZA, XIE, and of course the Bey-utiful Beyonce. They were some pretty interesting pop-ups from the Yodeling WalMart Kid and Lil' Pump got to do a song with French Montana.
Bjork was the first woman to headline 2007, eight years after Coachella began in the arid desert. Lady Gaga was second to the stage after a whooping decade later. I think Kanye would say something along the lines of, "Imma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best performances of all time." Truly a sight for sore eyes with a full marching band arrayed with dancers and back up singers that mirrored a HBU(historically black university). Sauce, snazzy, and pizzazz just a few of words that come to mind. On the east coast the performance occurred a little after 1:00 am. Im sure a few hundred thousand stayed up to witness history in the making. The first time they requested "The Queen" she was busy pregnant with her gorgeous twins. So gracefully declining and letting Gaga take the reins, she came back this year and gave everyone what they were waiting for. The real question is what can we expect this upcoming week? There is still another performance afoot.