A new country festival in Pasadena; Live! Pomona Moves West – Orange County Register


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We’re two weeks away from the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which truly kicks off festival season in Southern California.

This year promises to be busy. We have lots of fun stuff to share with Coachella, Stagecoach, Desert Hearts, BeachLife, Cruel World and Just Like Heaven happening over the next two months.

And this week we marked our calendar for even more new festivals on the calendar, but they feature old friends.

On Monday, Goldenvoice announced the Palomino Festival is coming to Pasadena this summer. Wait, Palomino, like the alt-country/Americana scene at Stagecoach? Exactly. If you’ve ever been to Stagecoach’s coolest scene, this festival is for you, with Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson headlining, along with Jason Isbell, Orville Peck and more.

Then we discovered the beloved Viva! The Pomona Festival was getting a major upgrade and moving west to Dodger Stadium to become Viva! LA with Daddy Yankee, J Balvin and the one, only, Paquita la del Barrio.

Oh, and that’s in addition to the Do Lab announcing its Coachella 2022 lineup and Wonderfront in San Diego releasing its initial slate of acts.

And if you don’t like festivals, well, there were around 543 concert announcements this week, including one Roxy Music reunion at the Forum, Farewell to Elton John’s Dodger Stadium, Weird Al all over Southern California, Brad Paisley in Temecula and Irvinethe new Kaskade and Deadmau5 Kx5 project at the Colosseum, Twice at Banc of California Stadium and the Intimate show by the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Amoeba.

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Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson & Family will headline Goldenvoice’s first-ever Palomino Festival at Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on July 9. (Photo by Matt Masin, Contributing Photographer)

Ride in the Rose Bowl

The new Palomino Festival is coming to Brookside at the Rose Bowl this summer with an impeccable lineup of alternative country and Americana. See the full lineup and find out how to get tickets.

In this April 2019 file photo, J Balvin performs on stage at Coachella during the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. J Balvin is one of the headlining artists at the Viva! LA Music Festival on Saturday, June 25. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Go west, young festival

Live! Pomona becomes Viva! LA for a special event at Dodger Stadium featuring J Balvin, Daddy Yankee, Becky G, Ivy Queen and more. Find out how to get tickets and see the full lineup.

An acrobat descends to the crowd on the Do Lab stage during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 14, 2019. Do Lab has just announced its lineup for the 2022 edition of the festival. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

DoLab is back

The Do Lab is one of the cornerstones of the Coachella experience. See who you can hear playing as you cool off with the water cannons. (Hint: an artist went viral 11 years ago.)

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Can’t Feel the Heat is an unofficial Coachella podcast (courtesy of Can’t Feel the Heat)

To agree

Our latest episode of the Can’t Feel the Heat podcast traces our days at Coachella, from can’t-miss early acts to who to catch at the end of the night. Plug into Apple Podcasts, Spotify Where embroiderer.

Gwen Stefani will perform at the Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival in San Diego, November 18-20. The three-day event also features Zac Brown Band, Kings of Leon, Young the Giant, Noah Cyrus, Fitz & the Tantrums and more. (Photo by Rich Fury, Getty Images for Spotify)

A musical marvel

Wonderfront returns to the San Diego waterfront in November with Gwen Stefani, Kings of Leon, Zac Brown Band and more. See the initial programming.

Musician and songwriter Taylor Hawkins’ new solo album, KOTA, will be released on November 11th. Hawkins is best known for his work as the drummer for Foo Fighters. KOTA features Hawkins on lead vocals and nearly every instrument. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

In your honor

The music world has been rocked by the death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins last week. I wrote a little about Hawkins’ musicianship and pure love of rock ‘n’ roll.


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