Coachella’s Modern Mosaic


Below is a news summary by Katelyn Long, an Entertainment Management student at Missouri State University.

(from The Wall Street Journal, April 17, 2012) Coachella has been an event that is known for being able to recognize and identify new talent, and offer audiences a wide array of musical guests that vary from Afrobeat band Egypt 80 to folk rock group Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. The distinctive mosaic of musicians only adds to the joy that Coachella brings to its audiences. This year, Coachella has been extended to include an additional three-day weekend of the same line-up of 140 plus acts.

The first weekend of Coachella proved that rap is still intertwined into the fabric of modern music. Although rap was not as prominent at Coachella this year as it has been before, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and 50 Cent joined a hologram of late Tupac Shakur to end opening weekend on Sunday evening.

Electronic dance music made an appearance at last weekend’s show proving that, although mainstream audiences are still underappreciating the genre, it is a force to be reckoned with in the future. In fact, there was even a tent devoted to the genre that was rarely less than overflowing during the event.

When sextet Radiohead took the stage Saturday night, they veered away from playing their newest music to play a standby classic of theirs “Karma Police.” The crowd went wild for the song, continuing the chorus even after the band had stopped playing.

At Coachella, mainstream approval is not as much of a prevailing factor as it has been in previous years. For example although a prominent mainstream band, the Black Keys, was performing on the main stage, many audience members flocked to the exceptional performance by M83 on a different stage. When DJ David Guetta took the stage in the electronic dance tent, the number of attendees surpassed those who attended when Bon Iver took the main stage. This transpired even though the Black Keys and Bon Iver are the most recent Grammy winners for Best Alternative Rock Albums, proving, once again that Coachella audiences are more and more enamored by the mosaic of music that is Coachella.