Stagecoach is California’s Country Music Festival, the cousin of Coachella, also founded by Paul Tollett. Going into it’s 7th year, Stagecoach’s growth is faster than Coachella’s!
Attending both Coachella and Stagecoach, I got to see the dichotomy of the two music festivals over back to back weekends. My preconceived notion of a Country Music Festival dissipated as I entered the event. The sight of people dancing on top of RV’s, music blaring, line dancing, and friendly folks was captivating. Cowboy hats and boots were practically an afterthought!
The onsite vendors and games, sponsored by PlayStation and Toyota, catered to the younger crowd and the Honky Tonk Dance Hall seemed to be a favorite of the teens. The Half-Pint Hootenany was even staffed by girl and boy scouts. The grounds artistic recreation of the old West displayed colorful stagecoaches, teepees and tents.
As for the music, the lineup range included country legends such as Wanda Jackson, to top new artists like Luke Bryan. I was stoked to see one of my favorites perform, Crystal Gayle, and enjoyed the energy of Tyler Farr. Tyler Farr gave the crowd a show, singing lyrics “Jesus Died for Me” to chanting “Drop it Low” to “California Cowgirl”.
Jason Aldean was the last performer on Main Stage and it seemed all 55,000 event goers were there in that moment! His sound, the lighting, and the performance were a great ending to Saturday’s lineup.
Stagecoach ends tomorrow Sunday, April 27 with finale performance by Luke Bryan on Main Stage. If you are still thinking of catching the fest this year, be sure to saddle up asap!
For more information, visit Stagecoach Festival.
Check out our Concert Photography of the festival by Mike Danenberg: