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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]
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Phish Festival 8 at Empire Polo Field in Indio
By Cathy Maestri
It’s pure coincidence, but it’s interesting that the Inland Empire and local desert are playing host to a pair of the country’s biggest marijuana-related music festivals. And there won’t be many people attending both.
Cypress Hill’s SmokeOut is unabashedly pro-pot; it billed itself as a music festival as well as a cannabis cup and medical-marijuana expo and drew an estimated 30,000 to the San Manuel Amphitheatre in Devore last weekend.
For those who weren’t there — or those who were and can’t remember — the two-day festival featured Cypress Hill playing its “Black Sunday” album in its entirety as well as reunions by the Goodie Mob and Geto Boys. The big deal at the hard rock/hip-hop/reggae/punk gathering was the Sublime reunion — or, at least, the reunion of Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson with new singer Rome Ramirez, and the onslaught of lawyers representing the family of the late Brad Nowell.
SmokeOut panels — yes, panels — included “Marijuana 101: The Higher Education of Pot,” “CelebStoners Speak Out for Cannabis,” “SmokeOut Musicians Session” and “Free the Weed: Legalization Now!”
This weekend, marijuana will simply be an unspoken part of the nouveau-hippie vibe as Phish fanatics descend on Indio for Phish Festival 8 at Empire Polo, site of the springtime Coachella and Stagecoach festivals.
The reunited Phish’s shindig sounds like it’s going to be pretty laid back; there will be art installations a la Coachella, plus a ferris wheel; more than 50 beers, including a special festival-only pilsner from Sierra Nevada; a horseshoe-pitching contest; a farmer’s market; and doughnuts shaped like the figure 8.
There will also be eight sets by Vermont’s finest eclectic jam band; two on Friday, three on Saturday (including its special Halloween set, in which the band covers a classic album as a musical costume); and three on Sunday, including the band’s first-ever full-length all-acoustic performance.
(When we checked the Phish Festival 8 web site, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album cover popped up… twice. An obvious choice for the mystery album? Or too obvious?)
Tickets are $199, plus a $1 donation to WaterWheel, for Friday-Sunday. Unlike Coachella, it looks as though the weather’s going to be perfect.
- Social Web