Last week, when the Press-Enterprise/iGuide crew showed up in the desert, the aura was a little, well, cloudy.
The tone as organizers raced to the finish for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was markedly different in tone from previous years. Instead of answering questions about set lists and special surprise guest, staff faced questions of "who'll make it" and "are you bringing in replacements?"
The Icelandic volcano eruption stranded several artists bound for Coachella in London, Denmrk and other sites and their handlers were scrambling to find alternatives to get into the air amid the European travel shutdown.
This morning, as the sun rises over Empire Polo Fields and the RVs and big-rigs convoy in for the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, the atmosphere is clear and sunny. Guess there's some advantage to a festival comprised mostly of home-grown talent.
Organizers projected record ticket sales. As of late last night, the event was not a sellout and both one- and two-day passes were available, so healthy walk-up sales are likely.
It's a warm 56 degrees out here already and the high is expected to climb to near 90. Cool breezes have kept the heat in check out here the past few days, however.