By Mariana Uribe
It’s difficult to tell before an afternoon show begins at Coachella whether or not a crowd has accumulated at any given tent because they are trying to secure a good position for the upcoming show or merely secure a spot in the shade to protect them from the swelling heat. When singer/songwriter Kristian Mattson took the Gobi stage at 3pm on Saturday, it was clear that even the concert-goers sprawled out on the grass were there to listen to a raw and passionate folk performance from an extremely talented solo act, and Mattson delivered. While any other solo singer/songwriter at Coachella act faces the threat of being drowned out by the sound of neighboring stages, The Tallest Man on Earth held his own, captivating the overheated crowd with a no-frills performance – just the man, his guitar, and a visible love for the music. While he didn’t tell long stories between each song, interacting with the crowd as he does at more intimate venues, Mattson did manage to get a sentence or two to introduce the song and give background to an audience that was more than willing to listen and ready to sing along. Mattson often thanked and blew kisses at the audience, clearly overwhelmed by the love and thanking the audience for “being so sweet” to him. He closed out the evening with “Thrown Right at Me,” performed with rumored girlfriend Amanda Bergman. It was, fittingly, a very sweet performance.
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