by Coachella Valley | April 14, 2016 10:24 am
by Michelle Roe
In my search to find out what this Coachella thing, this momentous event, this life changing concert weekend is…I found that Coachella Music and Arts Festival is more than just about music. It is an interactive experience, a movement, a social media phenomenon.
It’s definitely more than just music. It’s an experience to feast all five of your senses. It also “takes a village”. Goldenvoice and all of the planners and I mean everyone…the staff, security, vendors, retail, customer service…want you to have a good time.
Everyone is happy and seem dedicated to making sure you are having the best time of your life. It’s the “Happiest Place On Earth” for adults… right now, right here- enjoy the moment. It’s a “high-fives” all around, people watching out for each other, cheers and smiles, “let me help you find directions to”, “it’s all good” kind of atmosphere. One great big Coachella Community.
Coachella has been a totally enlightening experience. It wasn’t so bad and I am not so fearful of this unknown” pit of pleasure” as it has been coined. It’s nighttime now, and as I mentioned, the festival has takes on a totally new flavor. The crowd is at maximum capacity, full of hot energy, ready for a lifetime concert experience, ready to party at one of the best gatherings on the planet. Fun, fascinating, festival madness.
As I leave, however, some dude, who’s had “one too many” walks up and shouts, “Mom, is that you…I didn’t know you were coming”…in some sad attempt at being funny.
Well, yes, newsflash. I am a mom. In fact, I’m pushin’ the big 5.O. But I’m a confident, mature woman who’s “wise enough” to watch, “hip enough” to hang, “game enough “ to even go…and I’ve just had the adventure of a generation.
I’ve surveyed the scene for future posterity, and I’ve just survived Coachella.
This guy is gonna’ feel like hell tomorrow. He’s gonna’ have to go to that pool party to splash off, cool down, and recover. But me, well, I’ll have a bit of the “Coachella cough” and stories to charm my grand kids.
I walk out with a smile on my face only to be greeted by “Ryan” the pedi-cab guy offering to speed me away in his chariot of “all good and happiness”. I realize that my feet hurt a little bit as I take his ride and sit back in his blinged out cab seat. I’m almost embarrassed as it glows and pulsates to a familiar sound.
But Ryan turns around and looks at me with a huge smile and says, “High-five…you just got called Mom.” I nod with a grin as he loudly spins, “We Are Family”. And as I make my grand departure, the crowd waves, gives me cheers and high-fives…just to make sure I come back again.
From the series Musings from a Coachella “First-timer Over Forty”
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