Jon Batiste performs at the Outdoor Theatre during the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., April 20, 2024.

It was nothing but good energy and uplifting music during Jon Batiste’s set during Weekend 2 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

During Weekend 1, Batiste and the Britpop band Blur, who were performing at the same time (Blur on the Coachella Stage and Batiste next door at the Outdoor Theatre), saw less crowd reception after reports of Taylor Swift being in the wings of the Mojave tent during Bleachers’ set. This time, people came in droves to dance and sing along with the Grammy Award-winning Batiste and his unique blend of funk, rock, R&B, blues and soul with African-style percussion.

Batiste and his “congregation of spiritual movers” performed on a stage featuring a tree in the middle, a clothesline on the left, a recording studio on the right and a large utility pole. The production screen matched the theme, with landscapes that meshed with the furnishings.

The set started with “Tell The Truth,” a spirited classic R&B and rock ‘n’ roll tune, and was followed by the funky and melodic “Freedom.” He was then joined on stage by Nigerian singer Fireboy DML for “Drink Water,” which Batiste told everyone to do after the weather earlier in the day.



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