Final day of Stagecoach 2012


Story and photos by Pat Krause

The final day of Stagecoach Festival in Indio was on Sunday April 29th. All three stages were filled with entertainers. The Mustang stage held mostly bluegrass music with lots of fiddles and toe tapping music. Some of the performers on Mustang stage included Split Lip Rayfield, Uncle Monk, Greensky Bluegrass, The Grascals and The Del McCoury Band. The crowds were a bit smaller for these
bands but were so very important to lovers of that kind of music.

The Palomino stage brought out some top names in country music. The day started early at 1:00 with Elizabeth Cook, The Unforgiven’s at 2 and Joe Purdy at 3. Aaron Lewis had a day off from performing with the band, Staind. He performed solo singing some of the songs on his new CD including songs he wrote like Red, White and Blue.

Legendary guitarist Roy Clark followed at 5:30. He started his set with guitar music and singing, Yesterday When I Was Young. He told the audience that he wanted to let them know he “Could Git Er Done” when he brought out his fiddle and played Orange Blossom Special. The crowd went wild. Next came another music legend, Kenny Rogers. Kenny said he was only going to sing his hit songs for the fans. He got a rousing ovation after each song, especially Lucille ,You Decorated My Life and the Gambler. The tent was filled to capacity for both of these music icons. Fans like to hear hit songs rather than new ones.

Goldenvoice Company spared no expense when they brought some of the top names in country music to the stage this week end. The Farm and The Band Perry were the first to perform on Mane Stage. The beautiful and talented Martina McBride followed them. She played the harmonica for a couple of her songs. It was hard to find a place close to the stage as fans were eager to hear her sing. Crowds gathered around Mane Stage for the last two performers cheering loudly for each one.

The final two entertainers included female fan favorite, Sheryl Crow. She wowed the crowd with her songs. She took time to play the piano for one song as she is another multi talented performer. The ladies in the crowd got a real treat when heartthrob Brad Paisley took the stage. He used a lot of special effects when he entered the stage behind his band. This Country Music star has topped the charts with many of his hits.

There is more RV’s and camping at Stagecoach than at Coachella Fest. The crowds are a bit smaller too but that won’t last long. Stagecoach festival is rapidly catching up to Coachella Fest for fans, selling over 55 thousand tickets for this years Stagecoach.

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