Generations of musical history have unfolded on the grassy acres of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, this week marking two decades of action in Indio, Calif. The show has evolved in surprising ways since it began as a desert setting for the best alternative rock, hip-hop, and EDM of the moment. No single timeline could contain its full story, but some moments have been especially meaningful, and co-founder and president of promoter Goldenvoice Productions Paul Tollett helps weigh in on how the festival evolved.

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