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R&B legend Etta James dies at 73 in Riverside hospital
Radiohead, Black Keys, Dr. Dre and Snoop to headline Coachella
Florence + the Machine, Bon Iver, Madness and dozens more slated for identical lineups on two April weekends. [Watch]
Turn your clocks back one hour
Fox adds Jeffrey Osborne; Paul Rodriguez with Los Lobos
Comic and Grammy-winning band team to raise money for Cesar Chavez statue. [Watch]
Fox promoter Cathy Rigby adds reprise of Peter Pan role to lineup
B.B. King, Pat Benatar, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience and "The Matchmaker" also added to lineup. [Watch]
Identity electronic festival moved from Devore to Hollywood Palladium
Sept. 4 show to feature Pretty Lights, Steve Aoki, Crystal Method, Pete Tong and more. [Watch]
Kaskade headlining two-day Nocturnal Wonderland at National Orange Show
Lineup features Avicii, Dirty South, Fedde le Grand, Sebastian Ingrosso and more. [Watch]
Crystal Method, Pretty Lights set for Identity Festival's Devore stop
General admission tickets $20 this weekend only. [Watch]
Partial fall lineup announced for Fox Performing Arts Center
Kenny Loggins, Jon Secada, Leon Russell, Dr. John and Howie Mandel [Watch]
PBS making cuts to staff; KVCR-TV remains local affiliate
Rascal Flatts' Flatts Fest to feature Sara Evans, Justin Moore in Devore
Luis Miguel, Rascal Flatts to play San Manuel Amphitheater
Judas Priest brings farewell tour to Devore
Tickets on sale Saturday for Oct. 22 show. [Watch]
Coachella to expand to two weekends in 2012
Tickets go on sale Friday; lineup has not been announced. [Watch]
Kirk Whalum added to Friday's Bob James show at the Fox
Upcoming shows include Weird Al Yankovic and Peter Frampton. [Watch]
Kris Kristofferson to replace Loretta Lynn at Stagecoach
Kanye West dominates final day of Coachella with powerful statement
Meanwhile, Duran Duran -- yes, Duran Duran -- gets hip and symphonic as eclectic festival closes. [Watch]
Festival is the big star on the first day of Coachella 2011
Tardy Cee Lo Green has his set cut short; arts shine. [Watch]
Sore throat doesn't deter Burt Bacharach at Fox Performing Arts Center
Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, Kanye West headline Coachella 2011
Chemical Brothers, Cee-Lo, PJ Harvey and more on Indio bill. [Watch]
Riverside Art Museum features Members’ Mini Exhibition
Palin's daughter announces engagement; Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston back together
Lindsay Lohan to go to jail for 90 days: the "teachable moment"
Rock the Bells Festival set for National Orange Show Events Center
Review: Indio's 2010 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival entertainers stranded by airport problems in Europe and the United Kingdom
Whitney Houston's comeback tour filled with problems
Eagles to reunite; band to perform at Ontario Citizens Bank Arena
2010 Coachella Music Festival includes some rule changes this year
Riverside's Fox Performing Arts Center opens; renovation finished
Abbey Road 2.0; recording studio best known as the musical home of the Beatles
CBS canceling "As the World Turns"
Storied soap will vanish from television. [Watch]
U2 brings massive crowd to the Rose Bowl
Fans estimated at 96,000. [Watch]
Phish Festival 8 at Empire Polo Field in Indio
Three-day festival begins this weekend. [Watch]
U2's Rose Bowl show opened with Black Eyed Peas
The night was a surprisingly intimate romance between the crowd and Bono. [Watch]
U2's Phoenix show includes McCain family in audience
Tour dazzles with huge claw containing lights, speakers and a circular video screen dropping into the middle of stadiums. [Watch]
Live Nation's latest bargain -- a club pass
Sure, there are a couple of catches, but it could turn into a great deal. [Watch]
OK, so now we feel sorry for Kanye
Near-tears apology on 'Leno' followed by word that Obama apparently called West a 'jackass.' [Watch]
Grace Corbet Kisner
Festival is the big star on the first day of Coachella 2011
By Cathy Maestri
The 2011 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival opened in Indio on Friday with a few more logistical kinks ironed out, a more comfortable festival ground and more spectacular art installations. Which was good, because most festivalgoers (who included Paul McCartney and Leonardo DiCaprio) seemed to have a great experience despite a lack of spectacle onstage. And the only ones who seemed at all unhappy were a few of the performers.
Case in point– Cee Lo Green, who’d performed at the festival as part of a “Wizard of Oz”-costumed Gnarls Barkley. His set time at the tightly booked festival was 4:50 p.m., but he left the crowd baking in 90 degree-plus heat for half an hour — and then, explaining he’s just landed, started griping about having to play a shorter set.
After realizing after three songs that he really wasn’t going to get any more time (nobody wants to tell the notoriously difficult Ms. Lauryn Hill that her set’s going to get cut) he did Gnarls’ “Crazy”; griped some more before doing his own hit, the original, uncensored version of “Forget You”; and griped again before getting in a few seconds of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” — but at the appointed end of his set, the plug on the audio was pulled and he stomped off while his band kept going.
Next on the main stage, Hill (who started 15 minutes late) came down hard on her sound crew at the start of her set, but it was everything Cee Lo’s wasn’t — lively, engaging, funky and soulful, with a big brass section and some of that Coachella-at-dusk magic, too. Hill was clearly in charge, directing her band and the audience, waving her arms, jumping up and down — and this despite being apparently well into a pregnancy. Hill doesn’t have the range she used to, but her lower register is appealingly earthy. The crowd hopped along with “Doo Wop (That Thing).”
The main stage then got moody with the dark, lugubrious, danceable cool of Interpol and the punk-blues experimentalism of the Black Keys.
Those needing a break from the main stage could find it at the Mojave Tent, where the cartoonish Aquabats put on a gleeful ska-flavored extravaganza that featured a hydraulic lift for the Bat Commander (Christian Jacobs); visits from giant inflatable friends; a battle with a giant lizard an evil caveman (who also had to wrestle with his pants, the seat of which had ripped out; a Chinese-style dragon (which looked more like a long, fluffy dog).
The Aquabats crowd may not have been the biggest of the festival, but it was clearly the most enthusiastic — there was even a crowd surfer on a surfboard. (No surprise that Jacobs is a co-creator of the popular children’s show “Yo Gabba Gabba.)
It’s a lazy, but effective, way to sum up Swedish electropop star Robyn’s high-energy, dance-heavy set– Lady Gaga meets Toni Basil. Nosaj Thing was the perfect chill-out segue between Robyn and another late-to-the stage set, this time by dance wizards the Chemical Brothers.
The Arcade Fire headlines Saturday’s festivities; Kanye West is big name on Sunday.
Pictured: One of the fesival’s light/art exhibits; Cee Lo Green; the Aquabats’ Bat Commander.
Photos by Cathy Maestri