Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival :: Indio, CA :: Day Three
Coachella Day 3
After a hard night’s sleep I began my last day in the desert with Shure Endorsers Babasonicos from Argentina. They charmed the crowd with their bravado and stage presence. After their set I hung out with them and had some lunch at the catering tent backstage. This was to be my first actual sit down lunch at the festival. Thanks to this, churro dude’s churros survived for a couple more hours. At lunch I talked with the Babasonicos sound engineers and I complimented them on how well the band sounded at the festival. They joked that it had nothing to do with them and all to do with the microphones that the Babasonicos travel with. After a couple of laughs they admitted that it actually does make their job a lot easier knowing that they could rely on a rugged microphone that holds a consistent sound.
It was fun to hang with them for a bit. Hanging with them is like hanging with cousins you haven’t see in a long while, a lot of jokes, teasing, but in the end it’s a great time. After filling my body with the first real lunch of my desert adventure, I head out to brave the crowds. I walked over to Mojave tent to check out Shure endorsers Mutemath. If you have never seen a Mutemath show I recommend you check them out. You will not leave disappointed. They are so talented it is absolutely ridiculous. I love how they interact with the crowd.
Luckily I was able to enjoy most of their set, since Matt and Kim, also Shure endorsers, were to follow on the same stage. After the Mutemath performance I went backstage but I missed them. Fortunately I did run into Matt and Kim who were warming up before their set. I walked and introduced myself and they greeted me with hugs and many thank you’s for all the gear we sent them. They asked me to thank Cory for hooking them up and for all of his help. They were so friendly. Great kids…
After wishing them good luck I went stage left to check out their show. Before their set the Brooklyn duo hyped out the crowd with Notorious B.I.G.’s “Where’s Brooklyn At?” playing in the PA. Aww yeah it was about to get bananas. A couple of songs in they played “Lessons Learned” to the delight of the crowd. It was especially delightful for one particular concert goer whom decided to make his own “Lessons Learned” video and streak naked across the stage. If you don’t know what I’m talking about please YouTube their video. It’s interesting to say the least. Even Erykah Badu decided to try it recently.
After the craziness I stayed to enjoy Julian Casablancas. He is better known as the lead singer of the Strokes. He sang many Strokes songs as well as songs from his solo work. This is where I ran into Gustavo Santaolalla, band leader for Argentine Dance-Tango group Bajofondo. Gustavo Santaolalla is an extremely talented musician, music producer and film composer. He has produced albums for many latin heavyweights such as Juanes, Café Tacuba and Julieta Venegas among many others. He also has produced the music for movies such as “Amores Perros,” “21 Grams,” “Motorcycle Diaries” and has won Academy Awards for his work on “Brokeback Mountain” and “Babel.” In other words he is no joke and he was a couple of steps from me enjoying the same show I was. I must have decent taste in music… :)
From there I made a quick stop at… yup you guessed it, Churro dude, and bought me a warm Churro before walking over to the outdoor stage to catch Phoenix. I couldn’t help it, it became my Coachella thing.
Everyone in the crowd sang along to “Lisztomania” as the sun disappeared behind the mountains. I will never forget the pleasant breeze that came through as I enjoyed their set. It was really cool to see them using their custom chrome mics that I saw in the office right before I came over to the festival.
Next up I joined Pavement on the stage for their performance. I got some great video with my flip cam of them performing from the stage. They rocked the Coachella mainstage with their KSM9’s. Earlier in the day I met Jeremy who is part of their sound team and he was very thankful that we sent them the KSM9s. Yeah!!!
I enjoyed my last two shows that night with Zoe’s FOH engineer Eduardo. We checked out Thom Yorke whom performed with Flea and Gorillaz from the FOH position. Without a doubt FOH is the best place to hear a show.
After three days of blasting music my body was done. I was sore from the first two days and knew that this day would only add to my pain. I still had to find my car in the middle of the desert and drive in the crazy traffic. It would take me almost 2 hours to get back to my hotel. Coachella was crazy, annoying, tiresome but amazing. I am glad I had the opportunity to attend and would do it again in a heartbeat.