Why Should People High Five Each Other More Often at Coachella?

Nate Jackson
Jason Eppworth giving a high five down low.
Jason Eppworth giving a high five down low.Smack!...Smack!....Smack! "Woooo! Coachellaaaaaaaahhh! Gimmie five!"

That's the sound of a loud, burly Kentucky man high-fiving his way through the sunburned Sunday crowd on weekend one of Coachella. Though he appears to be just another dude with a GA wristband, right now he's feeling more like one of the beloved performers of Indio's massive, three-day festival. Not just because he sorta looks like Action Bronson. It's because of the rapid swell of energy he's giving and receiving as he walks through the crowd. Standing about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, with a husky, country boy build, truck driver Jason Eppworth's thick brown beard glistens with sweat. He sports a backpack, blue shirt, and a matching backwards University of Kentucky hat.

Just up ahead are his two truck driving compatriots--a wiry, fit black dude with glasses named Maurice "Bull" Bullard also from Kentucky and Rob Record, another large mountain man from Nashville with a heavy beard, backwards hat, Slayer shirt and sunglasses. The three 20-somethings with syrupy southern accents form a loose conga line as they roam through the festival collecting high fives from a blur of endless festival goers. For the last three days, they've been trying to high five everyone they see at Coachella. Literally. Everyone.