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Staying 'Golden': Indio councilman suspends tax proposal for Coachella, Stagecoach

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Overheated Coachella goers get hosed down in the ‘Do Lab’ as temperatures top 100 degrees.

Activity has been suspended on a proposed ballot initiative that would have taxed admission to over 2,500 attendees of Coachella and Stagecoach, and sent future golden voices fleeing the fests of Indio. Goldenvoice President Paul Tollett said 2013 would be the last year for the music festivals in Indio if the ticket tax measure made it onto the ballot.

The Desert Sun published a statement by Indio City Councilman Sam Torres on Thursday that the now halted effort was "based on the desire to help bridge the gap in revenues that Indio, like cities across the state, have experienced due to the economic recession."

Said Torres in a city statement, "the potential for the music festivals to move out of the city exists, and if this should occur it would negatively impact the region; I cannot in good conscience allow this to happen no matter how dire the city’s circumstances...My sincere hope is that we can now move past this episode and I personally look forward to working to enhance relationships."


Public Enemy to headline Skid Row Music Festival on Sunday

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Chuck D and Public Enemy, The Real McCoy, and reggae artist Arise Roots, will put on a free concert for the residents of Los Angeles’ Skid Row district on Sunday, January 15.

This event, dubbed as both the "Operation Skid Row Music Festival" and the "Occupy Skid Row Music Festival", is a call to action for "the Hip Hop community to get actively engaged in social organizations and social movements," according to a statement issued by the organizer, Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN).

Pete White of LA CAN told KPCC that even though there will be famous rappers present, "it's not a show," explaining that in addition to music there will be speakers, poetry, conversation about social movements, and a "re-imagining" of some of the bleakest areas of our city. 

Originally publicized as a music festival starring a dozen or so classic LA rap acts agreeing to play for free (names like Cypress Hill, Kurupt from the Dogg Pound, Mellow Man Ace and Zzyzzx, King T, Rapper’s Rapp Group, Sir Jinx and General Population, OG Kid Frost, L.A. Posse, and the Egyptian Lover were bandied about), the sponsor-less, grassroots effort took a somewhat different musical shape as the play date approached. Chuck D and Public Enemy's involvement remained, despite a less robust supporting line-up.