Wesley Gainey is one of the people in the Coachella Valley who creates opportunities for local creatives. When he’s not performing himself, he’s booking bands from various genres, and even comedians, to play at the Coachella Valley Brewing Co. taproom, where he serves as manager. Gainey is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are his answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
Probably Raffi at (the University of California, Riverside) as a toddler, but on my own, Lollapalooza ’97 at Glen Helen Park with Tool, Snoop and The Prodigy.
What was the first album you owned?
I had a lot of hand-me-downs from my older brothers, but the first album of my choice was Another Bad Creation, Coolin’ at the Playground Ya Know!
What bands are you listening to right now?
My Pandora tends to be set to either Soul Coughing, Mac Miller or ’70s funk.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
Beyonce. Not that I think she’s bad or untalented, but the music never really stood out to me above any other relevant R&B/pop acts.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Either Jimi Hendrix, Amsterdam ’67, or DMX at Woodstock ’99.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
French alt pop. I love Mathieu Boogaerts.
What’s your favorite music venue?
The Boogaloo Stage at the Joshua Tree Music Festival. You can often find me on the bridge that goes over the stage. (Side note: R.I.P. to the Elbo Room in S.F.)
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“It’s a good thing that I’m not a star, and you don’t know how lucky you are. Though the record may say it, no one will play it, ’cause sad songs and waltzes aren’t selling this year,” “Sad Songs and Waltzes,” by Willie Nelson (cover by Cake).
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Probably Beastie Boys. Musically and creatively, they showed that genres aren’t required. Hardcore, hip hop, instrumental funk? You can put it all on one album by one band if you want. Creativity, willingness to experiment, and pushing boundaries is what, to me, makes art interesting.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
I would ask Andre 3000 if he would please make another Outkast album with Big Boi.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” but inevitably, someone is gonna put on “Big Tokin.’”
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Abbey Road, the Beatles.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
Because everyone can use a feel-good song, I’ll say, “Crazy ’Cause I Believe (Early Morning Sunshine)” by Len.