As dusk fell on opening day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival’s second, and final, weekend on Friday, the dozens of palm trees that frame the Empire Polo Club began to glow purple.
Regardless of which act was playing on the festival stages, it was hard not to take in the sight of the purple trees blowing in the wind — one of many tributes to Prince, who died Thursday.
As expected, the barrier-breaking icon’s presence was felt across the festival he once headlined.
During Mavis Staples’ early afternoon set, the revered soul singer briefly paused when she heard the faint sound of the bassline of “Kiss” ring out from a nearby tent. She continued on before deciding to share her memories of the singer.
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