Photo by Xochitl Pena for The Desert Sun
Roy Salazar, a beloved fixture of the Coachella Music Festival, passed away Saturday at the age of 104, according to the Desert Sun. Described as Indio, California’s oldest-living Mexican American pioneer, Salazar was recognizable to many Coachella attendees as his home sat adjacent to the festival grounds and he would frequently greet passersby, and even have a beer with them.
A former bartender who bootlegged whiskey during the Prohibition era, Salazar lived in his Indio, California home across from the polo grounds since 1960. In the early years of Coachella, his front yard would prove to be a popular spot for attendees to relieve themselves. Eventually, Coachella organizers employed a security guard to stand outside Salazar’s home, and in 2014, he was driven by golf cart and given a front row seat to Coachella’s sister festival Stagecoach.
When asked if he would ever attend the festival again, Salazar told the Desert Sun, “No way!” Nevertheless, he enjoyed his experience, adding, “It’s a bunch of crazy people … I like it.”