Unfortunately, I have stumbled across some information that, according to my own personal code of ethics, prevents me from enjoying the Festival this year.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is organized by Goldenvoice, a company bought in 2001 by Concerts West, a subsidiary of AEG (Anschutz Entertainment Group), headed by Philip Anschutz. And this is where my problem lies, at the top. Philip Anschutz maligns himself heavily against my own interests, having used to his wealth to:

(1) Support Colorado's 1992 Amendment 2
(2) Fund The Discovery Institute
(3) Bankroll the Media Research Center and the Institute for "American Values"

I don't really expect everyone to have problems with the things he's done or the people and causes he's connected with, but I do. Maybe there are others who feel the same way, so I feel obligated to let you all know. I wonder if some of the artists coming to the Festival this year would care to know about something like this.

Peace.

sources:

http://www.allbusiness.com/services/...4569802-1.html

http://old.mediatransparency.org/story.php?storyID=218

http://www.fundinguniverse.com/compa...y-History.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Anschutz