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One of the biggest festivals in the country, let alone California, is half way through as the Coachella Music and Arts Festival smashes through its first weekend with plenty of great performances and even a few surprises.
Scheduled for this past and upcoming weekend (April 13-15, 20-22), plenty of music’s tops performers were booked for the lineup including Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, whose much anticipated performance didn’t fail to impress as the two west coast rappers were joined onstage by a life sized and very real looking Tupac “hologram.” The deceased rapper’s likeness joined his former compatriots for two of the legendary mc’s hits, “Hail Mary” and “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted.”
Then, as quickly as you can say “I knew he was alive, my mom saw him in Jamaica with 50 Cent,” the shirtless rapper disappeared into nothingness.
The hologram, for those of you drooling over the thought of being that much closer to your very own Star Trek-ish Holodeck, was actually produced by using a very well known optical illusion involving mirrors and a well placed image exactly as magicians have been doing since the 19th century.
Plenty of other notable performances as well as several art centric exhibitions were strewn across the Coachella Valley desert which included acts such as Florence and the Machine, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys and At the Drive-in, along with plenty, plenty more.
Coachella continues its assault on pronounceable music, as well as the senses, this upcoming weekend.