Over the Coachella Fest weekend there were many things to do.  Local artist/socialite (jk on the socialite part), Kylie Knight, made sure she took up the opportunity to explore as many events as possible.  Desert Daze , in particular, was a stand-out for Kylie as it left her left her high, dry and  starry eyed.

Read Kylie Knight’s recap below to see what Desert Daze was all about.  All photos submitted by Ken Foto.

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DAZED AND CONFUSED:

An 11-Day Music Festival Condensed Into an All-Day Music and Art Experience

By Kylie Knight

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The month of April came quickly. Shedding our sweaters we broke out our bikini tops in celebration of the spring, our humble desert filtering out the cold remnants of a dying winter, we prepared for the sequence of events to come. With numerous concerts and events planned in such a short amount of time, I knew of a handful of events I would be sure not to miss.

Our desert indifference became engulfed in excitement, we could feel it in the air, it was thick and drippy. Slowly leaking through our mountain passes it pooled into a conglomerate of confused brethren circling the desert valley searching for something worth seeking(not sure if it was ever found, or worth finding, but the journey is sometimes more important than the destination anyway).

Thousands of travelers sought refuge underneath our desert sky, wrapped in a celestial blanket, comfort came easy for concert goers, most of who came for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and yes, Coachella is two weekends long now which gives you double the chance to see all the cool acts your friends bragged about seeing without you, but there were a few of us who had heard good things about another desert festival on the horizon, we had been watching it brew and cultivate, and for those few adventurous ones who were interested in something different and new, there was Desert Daze.

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Last April Desert Daze began as an 11 day experimental music festival hosted at historic biker bar Dillon’s Roadhouse in Desert Hot Springs, CA. This seemed to me an astonishing feat in itself. Yet even more amazingly this year Organizer Phil Pirrone decided to condense the event into an all-day music and art festival, and also decided to expand and move the festival to Sunset Ranch in Mecca, CA.

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With over 20 acts performing on three stages I was interested in seeing the end result with my own eyes, and also excited to arrive and explore the ranch oasis, which  I had heard good things about.  The ranch was also available as a campground for concert goers who had a choice of camping by the lake which made for a surreal experience.

The festival was complete with many different pop up shops of clothes and handmade artifacts, there were various painters working on art, two large stages with all the fixings, there was a bar to wet your whistle, a crowd that couldn’t stop dancing, and friendly faces by the lake who would become your new neighbors for the day. The weather was perfect, and despite a few mosquito bites I found myself to be really enjoying myself, and actually really proud of the end product.

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The acts ranged from psychedelic rock, noise, world music, blues, and rock and roll. One of my favorite performances of the night was by headlining band: Tinariwin, who came all the way from the Sahara desert to groove with us.

“Hosting Tinariwen under the desert sky was a surreal experience and a dream come true,” organizer Phil Pirrone relates to me after the festival.

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Another act worth mentioning is local hometown heroes Slipping Into Darkness who opened the festival and set the tone for the mood to come. Bands like War Paint and Chelsea Wolfe left everyone starry-eyed, while bands like Golden Animals and The Entrance Band left everyone pulsing.

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desert daze indio, 2013

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The night carried on in good spirits and the festival ended sometime near 2 in the morning, which at the time, seemed too soon. I asked organizer Phil Pirrone his thoughts on the festival and he said, “we loved having the festival at Sunset Ranch and look forward to doing it again next year. We’ll be announcing what’s next very soon.”

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There truly does seem to be something very special that draws visitors to our humble valley, not sure what it is yet, and maybe they don’t know either, but for some reason  I’m proud of it all the same.

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all words by Kylie Knight

all photos by Ken Foto

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