What to expect at this year's Stagecoach: the Country Music Festival in Indio.
This new stagecoach has brought a completely new land to the city of Indio  The five-day Transformation of the massive Coachella Valley Stagecoach music and arts festival: Los Angeles-based Goldenvoice's California Country Music Festival is always shocking for people attending both events. In the installation art of Coachella, there are huge cowboy boots and a bronze – breaking horse. Clothing turns from flower crowns and H & M brand fashion to red, white and blue everything – including shirts, pants, bandanas and long flowing sashes with the US flag.
T-shirts send one completely different message than Coachella. One man was wearing a T-shirt with a picture of President Trump and the words "Dilly Dilly". Other t-shirts reflected the love of the Stagecoach crowd for drinking, with messages such as "Feeling Single, Double See" and "Beer- Drinkin & # 39; Babe."
A department store called Countryfried also reflected the country's fondness for self-determination: "Locked & loaded" and "We do not vote 911".
Other Stagecoach stores had names such as High Class Hillbilly, Trendy and Tipsy and True Religion with individual embroidery
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Coachella and Stagecoach, both in Indio's Empire Polo Club, are the biggest parties in the valley. Coachella maximized his permission for 125,000 people, while Stagecoach did not sell out its capacity for 85,000 people, including workers and guests.  And the attitude of the party is very different. The presence of cannabis was evident at both festivals, but it was no big deal on the two weekends Coachella. At Stagecoach, lead singer Fred McNeal of the Georgia Satellites, known for his hit "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" from 1986, said he smelled so much marijuana, "I think I get a lot of contact!"
Stagecoach has food and beverage areas on both sides of the Mane Stage called "Saloon North" and "Saloon South". On the grounds there is a Budweiser Country Club, a huge beer barn and a HonkyTonk Dance Hall. The attraction of the children, who are in the old Sahara tent in Coachella, is called Half-Pint Hootenanny.
The owner of True Religion offered a beer to a customer and said, "It's as important as the music: cold beer!" 19659008] This has not changed in the 12-year history of Stagecoach. But the style of the country has changed. There are now much more modern country and much less niches, roots Americana.
The Mustang tent, which showed various species of bluegrass, has gone the way of the buffalo on the American plains. The Palomino is now the only "alternative" country space and does not offer oldies rock as in previous years, with bands like the Animals or the Zombies.
It showed the southern rocks of the Georgia Satellites and Molly Hatchet, a successor to Lynyrd Skynyrd and the traditional land of Joshua Hedley, who was wearing an old-style Nudie suit, and Tanya Tucker, the former teenage star who wore white hair, white pants and a white T-shirt with a US flag.
Tucker, after a tumultuous romance with the late Glen Campbell in the 1980s, cleaned up her appearance at the Betty Ford Center, announcing that she had been with her for nearly 50 years, performing a handful of past # 1 hits. But one of their biggest cheers came when video cameras Stagecoach and chef Guy Fieri were in the audience, while Tucker sang her revealing hit "Strong Enough to Bend"
The first volume of the day at Palomino, Banditos, was The Day which comes closest to the old country. The six-piece band with three singers, three guitars and a bass showed elements of garage rock and honky-tonk with beautiful vocal harmonies and hook-filling songwriting, especially on "Fine, Fine Day".
The New Festival Set Featuring a small SiriusXM spotlight stage in front of the Mane Stage and the higher-priced seating and standing areas, the up-and-coming country artists can play 25-minute sets on large screens from the back of the Mane from stage audience space, as well if she's watching Mane Stage Acts.
Jade Bird had the chance to light up her set at 12:45 pm a rousing version of Johnny Cash's "I Bey Everywhere". The Australian Morgan Evans was able to come out of the shadow of his new bride Kelsea Ballerini, who had a Manestage five hours after him. Morgen Wallen of Sneedville, Tennessee, added Rap to his spotlight set while also announcing his southern heritage in The Way I Talk. Jordan Davis of Shreveport, Louisiana, closed the spotlight stage segment at 15:50. with Country Radio-friendly songs like "Slow Dance in the Parking Lot."
Then the stage was taken down and Randy Bachman Protégé Lindsay Ell started the Mane Stage shows. At 5 pm, former American Idol contestant Chris Lane mixed original country tunes with rock-pop covers like Bon Jovi's "Living On A Prayer" and NSYNC's "Bye, Bye, Bye", which was written by Nashville songwriter Chris Janson with his originals and Billy Joel's "Piano Man".
The new format and expanded space had no apparent impact on viewer trends. Neither Bird nor the Banditos had a large audience in the early afternoon. The more important element was the cooling weather. As the sun went down, crowds on both sides of the polo area grew larger. The air-conditioned HonkyTonk Dance Hall attracted dancers' homes, especially line dancers, to DJs.
But maybe a performer was affected by the extended festival space. Child actor Leapin & # 39; Louie, who calls himself "the best cowboy laundry Twirler in the world", had to ask sponsors in the Half-Pint Hootenanny from organizations like the Children's Museum of the Desert and the Academy of Musical Performance (AMP) , to get closer to his stage to "double my audience". The half-pint Hooteny was so far away from the rest of the festival action that there was no walk-in traffic.
before Leapin & # 39; Louie began his "Wild West Spectacular", a wave of black smoke erupted from the camp grounds. The Riverside County Fire Department said three RVs were "in flames" involved, but they were quickly wiped out.
The AMP band, Minor Emergency, had a chance to play the Half-Pint later in the day. 19659008] The late headliners were Jake Owen and Florida Georgia Line. Keith Urban leads the Saturday mane stage bill, while land rocker Dwight Yoakam is the headliner over Jason Isbell and the 400 unit at Palomino.