[dropcap size=”5″]B[/dropcap]artenders aren’t yet celebrities in the same sense as Chefs, but if you’ve been paying attention to cocktail culture over the past few years, there are a few names you’ll continue to hear. As the craft of bartending has continued to rise since the late 90s, the new revival can be traced to the teachings of one man, Mr Dale DeGroff.
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The sun is shining, the heat is rising and all your favourite bands are on tour. That’s right; it’s the summer music festival season. It’s the time when line-ups are so eclectic that Nine Inch Nails will share a headlining gig with Mumford & Sons at Lollapalooza and you wonder if Reptar will be the next big band to break through from Bonnaroo’s early time slots.
On day three of my 2013 Coachella experience, the desert finally got to me. I fought off dehydration with plenty of water; I fended away sunburn by lathering on the sunblock. It was the dry desert air that began sucking every bit of moisture from my eyes to the point I just had to close them to stop the burn.
Day two of Coachella’s second weekend had a lot to live up to following day one, especially the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The line up wasn’t as deep, lacking the early star power of Metric and Passion Pit, but that doesn’t mean it disappointed. The bands who were on, cashed in strong performances.
Just getting to Coachella had me wondering if it was going to be more trouble than it was worth. Two flight delays, a cancellation, one rerouting and an emergency landing in St. Louis – I was ready to be fetal. After a 24-hour day, I made it to Los Angeles. My Crew and I didn’t think it would take us another whole day to get to camp.
There wasn’t a hologram or a Daft Punk (in-person) showing at Coachella’s first weekend of the 2013 event. However, R. Kelly did make a surprise appearance with Phoenix, and Karen O tried to swallow a microphone; but not even a Sunday sandstorm could ruin the party. Don’t tell me any more spoilers or send me links to the webcast.