Fest intentions: Music festivals rockin' the West Coast

Music festivals bring together legions of adoring fans whose collective heart beats faster in anticipation of world-class headliners taking the stage. When a yearning for unforgettable experiences blends with live performances on this scale, the result is an indelible and harmonic mark on concertgoers' musical memories. Take a look at the fests rockin' the West in 2017. Coachella When: April 14-16 and April 21-23, 2017 In a move that caused everyone's flower crown to collectively wilt, Beyoncé recently decided that maybe it wasn't the best idea to anchor the middle night of Coachella's back-to-back weekends while pregnant with twins. Thankfully, fresh from performing at the Super Bowl in Houston, Lady Gaga jumped in. And while there's sure to be a few fans still upset they won't get to see Queen Bey, replacing her with the "Poker Face" singer was an incredible save. The rest of the three-day bill still offers a premier lineup, including Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Future, Travis Scott, New Order, Dillon Francis and the XX. Empire Polo Club, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, coachella.com    Stagecoach When: April 28-30, 2017 Cleanup from six completely bonkers days of Coachella will barely be complete when glow sticks give way to cowboy boots, and the twang returns to the desert. Once again, some of country music's biggest names will headline each of Stagecoach's three nights: Dierks Bentley, Shania Twain and Kenny Chesney. But check the smaller font, and that's where things get really interesting. Living legends Jerry Lee Lewis and Willie Nelson will perform, and fans will also get to see Cyndi Lauper, The Zombies, Los Lobos and others embrace their country side. And, in the event that anything goes wrong, Kiefer Sutherland (scheduled to perform on Sunday, April 30) will be on hand to save the day. Empire Polo Club, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, stagecoachfestival.com    Lightning in a Bottle When: May 24-29, 2017 It took Lighting in a Bottle (LIB) a few years to find the right home, but it seems as if the nomadic gathering has finally located a perfect site in Monterey County. Founded and facilitated by the trio of L.A.-based brothers responsible for The Do LaB at Coachella, the "transformational" music festival features peripheral experiences including yoga classes, guest speakers and group meditation - all carefully orchestrated in a green-as-possible environment. With each passing year, LIB's list of compelling performers has grown. This year's lineup continues that tradition, showcasing Kaytranada, Bob Moses, Bonobo, Rüfüs Du Sol, Richie Hawtin, Bassnectar and Jhené Aiko. San Diego representation comes in the form of the B-Side Players and Israel Maldonado. Lake San Antonio Recreation Area - North Shore , 2091 New Pleyto Rd., Bradley, lightninginabottle.org   Bottlerock When: May 26-28, 2017 Set in the heart of wine country over Memorial Day weekend, this three-day festival is billed as the "first taste of summer." While the region's best wine and culinary offerings contribute to the draw, the main attraction here is the roster of headliners, which includes Maroon 5, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and Foo Fighters. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Roots, Ben Harper, Modest Mouse and Fitz & the Tantrums are also among the 80-some acts scheduled to play. Some of San Diego's best and brightest will also be on hand, namely Andra Day, Little Hurricane, Hirie and the Redwoods Revue. 575 3rd St., Napa, bottlerocknapavalley.com California Roots When: May 26-28, 2017 It has to be tough going up against two other major festivals (Lightning in a Bottle and Bottlerock) in the same general region on the same weekend. Time will tell if they fall so close to each other next year. Presented as "a movement" versus a music festival, California Roots is based on a foundation of reggae and roots, expanding beyond that realm with hip-hop and downtempo acts. So, while Rebelution, Soja, Iration, Yellowman, the Easy Star All Stars and San Diego's own Tribal Theory will take the lead this year, acts like Nas, Jurassic 5 and Thievery Corporation will be on hand to broaden the festival's already all-inclusive vibe. Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd., Monterey, californiarootsfestival.com Outside Lands Aug. 11-13, 2017 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of this three-day festival held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Featuring solar-powered stages, a recycling program, refillable water stations and workshops that educate attendees on organic food and farming, this Bay Area music and arts festival aims to be as eco-friendly and green as possible. Last year's diverse roster of performers included Radiohead, Lana del Rey, Ryan Adams, Major Lazer, LCD Soundsystem, Chance The Rapper and the first-ever festival performance from The Muppets' Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. (This year's lineup was not released before press time.) Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, sfoutsidelands.com   Burning Man Aug. 27-Sept. 4, 2017 Not a music festival per se, this event is a citizen-created, art-filled temporary city that exists for nine days and culminates with the ritual burning of a gigantic wooden effigy. What started as a few friends celebrating the summer solstice on a beach in 1986 has steadily grown into a cultural phenomenon that drew 70,000 participants to the desert last year. And while there are musical acts that do play during the decades-old gathering, the focus continues to be on the art of the event. 2017 attendees are being asked to create interactive rites, processions, elaborate images, shines, temples and visions that fall under this year's theme of "radical ritual."    Black Rock Desert, Nevada, burningman.org   FYF When: July 21-23, 2017 Boom. And just like that - FYF is all grown up. Founded in 2004, the one-time acronym-less "F--k Yeah Fest" has expanded into three days. Held in L.A.'s Exposition Park since 2009, the annual music-centric festival started as a one-day event across multiple L.A. venues...
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