Sweet Home Indio

If you live in the Coachella Valley perhaps you were in attendance at the Take Center Stage event held last night in Old Town Indio. If you missed it, do look for future events, as this one was charming and reminded me of the movie, one of my favorites, Sweet Home Alabama. It had the old town charm and feel of a small country town. Trust me, there is a water tower near the event that I want to climb up and recreate one of the scenes from that movie, but sadly refrained. My eyes darted everywhere trying to take in all the activity. In front of the stage was a group of line dancers moving in unison as the music played. Also, just behind the dancers was a group of people playing in a cornhole tournament. In my head, I could hear the opening licks to said Lynyrd Skynrd tune playing on loop as we wandered around. It really was nice to see people having a good time.

I still need to edit all photos and video.

This event had been on my radar as soon as I had seen the post from Sarah Winchester indicating that she would be the first performer for this inaugural event. Indio Mayor, Waymond Fermon, spoke to the crowd just before she and the band hit the stage. The Mayor introduced a new art installation as well, The Colossal Cacti. I wandered over there to check it out, but what really caught my attention was all the shadows just behind the cacti.

Playing in the shadows.
Okay, so we had fun making shadow figures when they turned the stage lights on 20.

While we were over viewing the cacti, Sarah and the band started their performance. It had been almost a year since I have seen any live music, other than my husbands band, and let me tell ya’ I was excited and I hurriedly walked to the stage area to find a spot to place my chair so that I would not be in anyone’s way.

Her first set included several of my favorites. Okay, this is just me, and I love country music, and well all music as long as it has a good beat. Sarah, if you haven’t seen her perform, is a ball of contagious energy that makes a person such as me with two left feet, want to get up and start dancing. By the way, drummer Alex Eckhoff did an awesome job leading the rhythm section on that cool kit that he has. It was nice to see his familiar face and hear those familiar beats.

I have 20 minutes of footage to go through still. Little note, I left in the clip of the other photog getting in front of me with his camera on it’s big stick. However, it did give me a chance to get the drummer at the end of the cover of Jacked Up so thank you dude for getting in my way.

One thing I must mention is that the sound mixer for this event did a top notch job! The bands sound was clean and crisp and balanced. Just perfect for me and my sensitive eardrum. Who ever you are, kudos! Also, kudos to the City of Indio, as it seemed to be a complete success. DO check out the City of Indio website for future events.

Thank you, dear reader, for the visit! Where ever your travel take you this week, may you get there safely!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. ZeroSpace says:

    This is amazing. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you. I need more events like this in my life πŸ™‚

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