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Best Things We Saw at Coachella 2015

Colby Harder - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I had a chance this past weekend to visit the Coachella Music and Arts Festival along with our friends from PlayNetwork.  Coachella is a fantastic party and a chance for us, as music lover and those who bring music programming to our customers to come face to face with many of the upcoming artists that will shape the music industry in months and years ahead. 




Coachella is an amazing event that simply has to be seen (and heard) to be believed.  A showcase of some of the world's greatest acts from past and present, with over 9 stages and roughly 200 artists performing.  I came away from Coachella with an appreciation for the event as a whole, a new appreciation for many genres I had not always connected with, and a fantastic love for some of music's most innovative and talented new artists. 



Here's What we Really Loved in Coachella 2015:


Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires


We opened up our Coachella 2015 with one of the most inspirational shows of the weekend.  Charles Bradley is pushing 70 years old and was only discovered about 5 years ago.  Long working as a James Brown tribute, this man's voice is simply unbelievable and the passion that he brings to his shows and the love for the audience is only matched by his backing band the Extraordinaires, one of the tightest bands we saw all weekend.  Charles wrapped his set by walking into the crowd and delivering two dozen roses to ladies throughout the crowd.    http://thecharlesbradley.com





St. Paul and the Broken Bones


St. Paul and The Broken Bones is a seven-piece soul band based out of Birmingham, Alabama. The band is composed of Paul Janeway (vocals), Browan Lollar (guitar), Jesse Phillips (bass), Andrew Lee (drums), Al Gamble (keys), Ben Griner (trombone), and Allen Branstetter (trumpet). St. Paul and The Broken Bones formed in 2012.  This show was simply amazing, with the powerful vocals of Paul Janeway (St.Paul) leading the way.  Best described as a classic soul revival sound, the passion of St.Paul and his band was not lost on the crowd, even when Janeway attempted to jump the crowd barrier with the help of the bouncers.  He landed on his feet and the show went on with more passion than ever.  http://stpaulandthebrokenbones.com/



ACDC on the Coachella Stage

One of the highlights for me was to see the legendary ACDC on Friday night.  This would be the band's first live show since founding member Malcolm Young left the band.  Touted by some as a "test" of the band's ability to continue, I can tell you that their show, their demeanour, and their musical talents were out of this world.  You can tell this band's been working the road for more than 35 years.   The band's lead singer, 67 year old Brian Johnstone may be significantly older than the average Coachella fan, but you couldn't tell it from the energy he and his band mates brought to the show!.  www.acdc.com




David Guetta played Coachella's Sahara Tent


The world's #1 DJ played Coachella's Sahara Tent on Saturday night in a show that can only be described as mind warping!  Admitting early in the show that he was a little nervous and that Coachella was one of the world's three greatest shows, he didn't disappoint!  Nowhere else at the show did I see the energy and intensity as I saw in Sahara and Guetta played to the crowd brilliantly, backed by an epic lights and laser show backed by some big time sound and base that was literally shaking the ground 400 metres from the stage!  David Guetta was only one part of a huge electronic music component at the Coachella show, highlighting the rise of electronic dance music (EDM) in North American pop culture.  Guetta finished his set in style, inviting the Black Eyed Peas onstage to sing their epic hit "I gotta feeling" which was originally produced by Guetta. www.davidguetta.com



Many of the cutting edge acts we saw at Coachella 2015 will be included in upcoming PlayNetwork programming as part of the brand soundtracks of some of the world's leading restaurant and retail brands.


For more on the first weekend of Coachella 2015, check out the article below from Rolling Stone Magazine.