Photographic evidence of the West Coast’s opening salvo in the 2006 U.S. music festival season: The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival from Indio, California.
Welcome back, my friends, to the line that never ends: The gates open on Day 1 of Coachella 2006.
The Outdoor Theater and some festival artwork. This shot was taken from a high vantage point in a Michael Christian sculpture that briefly served as a jungle gym for Coachella visitors.
A number of themed domes — including a Snow Dome, a Gnome Dome, and this Tree Dome — dotted the festival site, offering some relief from the heat and tired tootsies.
Violinists Eric Gorfain and Daphne Chen of Day 1’s opening act, the Section Quartet.
Catherine Wheel frontman Rob Dickinson during an inspired, completely stripped-down acoustic set.
The Zutons’ David McCabe, Russell Pritchard, and Abi Harding (left to right) generate some onstage heat.
Fan appreciation day: Big crowds were everywhere, like at the Zutons’ performance on Day 1.
It takes a temporary village: Fans mill about between performance venues and vendor tents on Coachella’s home turf, the Empire Polo Grounds.
Lyrics Born in the middle of a crunk rhyme as smooth as his clean-shaven face.
Imogen Heap and her pop-tronica gear, which could probably use a little pruning.
Infadels singer/guitarist Matt Gooderson and his trilby hat.
Gabriel & Dresden hold court in the Sahara dance tent as their alter ego, Dresden (left) & Gabriel (right).
Ted Leo on the sun-baked Outdoor Theater stage.
Sunbathe, stargaze, or rock out: At Coachella, you always have other options.
The three kinds of Coachella crowds: People, tents, and mountains.
Ladybug Mecca of Digable Planets.
Doodlebug of Digable Planets gesticulates as he pontificates.
Members of Mogwai begin their post-rock workout.