This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!
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Back In Black
April 18, 2015
Back in Black
Among the early bands that we checked out were Azealia
Banks, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, George Ezra, War on Drugs, Interpol,
Alabama Shakes and Lykee Li. They were all pretty decent but to my mind two
really stood out, George Ezra and War On Drugs. Neither were all that familiar
to me, but both won me over with amazing performances that had me hooked and
wanting to see much more from both.
Ezra is yet another British singer-songwriter with a
bright future, he has already conquered England where he debut CD topped the
charts and produced seven top ten hits there. It will be a more difficult task
in the US, where tastes are more pop-oriented but his first single here, “Budapest”
was well received and the crowd seemed very familiar with it, so there is hope.
One of the things that I love about Coachella is the
attention that they pay to the arts, with various artists chosen to create
large artworks that are found throughout the grounds and even at the campground
site. Some of them this year were wonderful including a large roving caterpillar
that cruised the grounds on day one, only to be replaced by a huge butterfly on
day two. Both were present during the final day.
There was a large interactive building called “Corporate
Headquarters” with three floors that was populated by dronish Hippos in suits
who carried on meaningless tasks throughout the festival while bemused
spectators peered through the glass windows, it was fascinating to watch and
was a great art piece.
In addition to the art, Coachella provides a number of
areas that replicate popular nightclubs with amazing lightshows, the most
popular DJs spinning and a crazy vibe that could only be found here. The
Do-Lab, the Heineken house and more provided club kids with every opportunity
to get their freak on, these were in addition to the Sahara tent which featured
EDM music exclusively and almost always was packed with masses of writhing
For the older folks such as myself, we were treated to
some classic rock in the evening in the form of classic-rock radio staples
Steely Dan and the night’s headliners rockers AC/DC. The concert literally had
something for everyone. Steely Dan sounded fantastic and while I am not sure
many in the crowd knew what to make of them, they were most likely curious as
to what their parents…or grandparents perhaps might have enjoyed.
AC/DC was another story altogether as there were many in
the crowd there to see them specifically and the AC/DC fans decked out in
classic AC/DC t-shirts ran the gamut of ages from teens to grey-haired rockers
still sporting their greying pony-tails and tattoos. The show itself was
fantastic as the band proved that they can still dominate the stage and bring a
house down. They played both their greatest hits and cuts from their brand new
CD which seemed to hold up pretty well.
About Us- We are Kathy Kilroy and Michael Blades and this blog was created to document our summer travels around the nation in 2006 and we have opted to continue posting to keep our friends and family informed of our lives. We each have lived in Key West for over 20 years and met and were married here in October, 2003.