KFI reporter Steve Gregory and digital director David Perez look for random adventures and events to cover, such as the Oscars and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
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About 80,000 people are expected at the Empire Polo Club for each day of the two-weekend festival, which starts Friday and runs through Sunday, then reprises itself April 19- 21. Both weekends are sold out.
During the 2012 festival, the first time it was expanded to two weekends with identical lineups, about 158,000 visitors to the
``We were happy with the outcome of the music festival last year and had a meeting (Wednesday) morning and said, OK, let's make this one better,'' said Jim Curtis,
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blur and the Stone Roses are Friday's headliners.
Here's a rundown on road closings in
-- Avenue 49 between Hjorth and Monroe streets.
-- Avenue 50 between Madison and Jackson streets.
-- Hjorth between avenues 49 and 50 and
Delays are expected on Washington, Jefferson, and Monroe streets and Highway 111 on those days.
Afternoon highs are forecast to be in the upper 80s through Sunday, with winds generally less than 10 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
``We obviously look for people to obey the rules,'' Guitron said. ``It's a city within a city,'' he said.''
People caught with illegal drugs or who have had too much to drink will be dealt with just as they would be any other day in
``They need to come and enjoy themselves, rather than spend time with the Indio Police Department and time in the county jail,'' Guitron said.
Paramedics will be standing by to handle any medical emergencies.
``It's a constant adjustment, a never-ending plan,'' Guitron said, referring to the logistics of managing big crowds.
``We're really excited because of street improvements, so as far as traffic we had minimal issues last year. They've done more this year, so we're excited to see how that's going to work out,'' Guitron said.
The two music festivals -- Stagecoach is held over the final weekend in April -- have a ``huge'' economic impact on the
``It's a big number for the entire valley, these three weekends. It's the music capital of the world right now,'' he said.
According to an economic impact analysis done last October by Development Management Group in
Past Coachella headliners include Paul McCartney, Jay-Z, Madonna, Prince, Kanye West, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.