Concert promoters Goldenvoice announced the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival lineup Thursday night.
The festival takes place over two weekends, April 12-14 and 19-21, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. Roughly 80,000 people are expected to attend each weekend.
Normally, the announcement is of little consequence to the Peninsula, save for the lucky few who manage to score tickets.
However, this year, three bands who are on the Coachella lineup — Grizzly Bear, Bat For Lashes and Beach House — are scheduled to perform in Big Sur around the same time of the festival.
There's also some indication that more Coachella acts could be on the way to the Peninsula.
We know Scott Grover, general manager of the Golden State Theatre in Monterey, has a few offers to host Coachella artists at his venue in April. Contractual obligations prevented him from revealing any of the artists before Coachella's official announcement.
"As soon as that lineup gets officially announced and tickets go on sale, we can (announce)," Grover told The Herald. "The offers we have right now are four really diverse acts on the main stage that will have an entirely different audience for us."
Shortly after the Coachella lineup was announced, I took to Twitter with the question "Can we expect a few of these bands to perform in Monterey?"
A few minutes later, I got a reply from @GoldenvoiceSF, the Bay Area sister company to Los Angeles-based Goldenvoice.
"We're working on it," said the folks from Goldenvoice-SF, in response to my question.
So let the rumor-mongering begin.
Here's what we do know:
Grizzly Bear performs Monday and Tuesday, April 15-16, at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur. Beach House performs Wednesday, April 17, at the same venue.
Both events are sold out.
Bat For Lashes performs at 6p.m. Friday, April 19, also at Henry Miller. Tickets are $72 and available through folkyeah.com.
Now, let's focus on a couple of Coachella bands that have been here before and why they may or may not be likely candidates for a return show.
I'll even tack on some odds of each band's likelihood to perform locally some time around Coachella.
· Red Hot Chili Peppers: In July 2011, just before the release of their new album and in preparation of a world tour, the Red Hot Chili Peppers hosted what was likely the best-kept secret show in the history of secret shows, at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur.
GO! Magazine editor Mac McDonald was one of the fortunate few who was invited to the concert. He had no idea who he was going to see until he arrived.
"It was kind of surreal. We were standing there looking at each other in disbelief, saying 'I can't believe I'm here with 300 people watching the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Big Sur,'" said McDonald.
The band's bassist Flea owns a home in Big Sur. During the concert, he was quoted saying, "Anybody who knows where I live, now's a good time to rob me. Because, you know, I'm here."
Even with those local connections and that history, it's doubtful a band of their stature, which routinely fills large arenas and stadiums worldwide, would trek back up to the Peninsula to perform here. The Peninsula's biggest venue, the Monterey County Fairgrounds, holds 10,000 people maximum.
Sounds like a long shot to me.
Odds: 1,000 to 1.
· the xx: English indie pop band the xx played Henry Miller Library in mid-2010.
Since then, the band has become a big player on the outdoor festival circuit. It's good standing is evident at this year's Coachella festival, where the band is billed just below Saturday night's headliner Phoenix.
With its new album released in late 2012, the band has enjoyed a brighter spotlight and is likely to have outgrown a Big Sur tastemaker set.
Then again, who can resist the glorious redwoods in spring, and a chance to perform at the coolest venue on the west coast?
Odds: 500 to 1.
· Band of Horses: Indie-rockers Band of Horses performed at Henry Miller Library in late-2010. It released the album "Mirage Rock" in late 2012.
A return to the Peninsula, be it Big Sur or perhaps a venue like the Golden State Theatre, would be a cool move for everybody.
Odds: 100 to 1.
· Lou Reed: To my knowledge, Lou Reed has never performed on the Monterey Peninsula. Any savvy readers who care to correct me are invited to do so.
Reed is a legacy artist who would fit in at any of the Peninsula's big venues, be it the Monterey County Fairgrounds, the Golden State Theatre or Henry Miller Library.
Heck, I could even see him playing the Sunset Center in Carmel.
This is pure speculation on my part, but if I had to select one Coachella artist who is most likely to cruise up the coast and perform in my backyard, Reed would be the one.
Odds: 50 to 1.