War Paint takes over the mainstage as headliner at Desert Daze, Mecca, Calif. (VT Photo)

REPORTING FROM MECCA, CALIF. — Twenty minutes past Indio, Calif., and a mile off the highway, a hand-painted sign on a dirt road directs you toward Desert Daze. Add four stages, four food trucks, two beer gardens, art installations, 40+ security guards and 42 bands to this site that doubles as duck-hunting grounds during the off-season and you have the makings of a California music festival. D...


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