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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]
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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
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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]
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Coachella to expand to two weekends in 2012
By Cathy Maestri
With tickets selling out in under a week for April’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (and the comfortable capacity nearing 90,000) in 2012 organizers have announced there will simply be more Coachella — two same-as-possible, three-day-weekend events at Empire Polo in Indio.
“In an effort to try and accommodate everyone who wants to experience the festival, Coachella 2012 will be two separate events, held over two consecutive weekends. We will attempt to produce two identical festival weekends. That means same lineup, same art, same place, different people,” read an announcement on the festival website on Tuesday.
“We know many of you were unable to attend this year’s festival because passes sold out much sooner than anticipated. We were truly surprised by the overwhelming response and remain honored by your passion and enthusiasm.”
The solution is Coachella Weekend 1, scheduled for April 13-15, and Coachella Weekend 2, slated for April 20-22. Three-day passes (and the only chance to pay via an installment plan) will be available at 10 a.m. Friday through 10 p.m. June 10. For the sixth year, passes will be $269 plus service fees — which isn’t bad, considering the festival’s five stages host nearly 200 bands over the course of the event.
The as-yet-unannounced lineup is practically a moot point as the eclectic Coachella — modeled after Britain’s legendary Reading and Glastonbury fests — has a strong enough reputation as an event unto itself for fans to buy tickets. Previous headliners have included Radiohead, the Pixies, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Bjork, the White Stripes, Rage Against the Machine and Jay-Z. Any tickets that don’t sell next week will be released once the 2012 lineup is announced.
The early onsale via www.coachella.com is also designed to try to eliminate scalping and fraud seen at previous festivals. “We … know some of you purchased through non-legitimate sources and were inconvenienced, gouged or totally scammed. We hope that these changes will give everyone the opportunity to purchase directly from Coachella.com,” according to the website.
A source within Goldenvoice, owned by AEG, said the sixth edition of Coachella’s sister festival, the country-themed Stagecoach, will take place April 28-29.
For more information, go to coachella.com.
Photos by Cathy Maestri. Top, concertgoers gather at the main stage in the spring sun; bottom, Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine performs at one of the tent stages at the 2010 Coachella.