Country singer Blake Shelton (Warner Bros. Records)
With Coachella just ending, it’s now time to get ready for California’s Country Music Festival, Stagecoach.
From April 24-26, you’ll find some of the biggest acts in country music at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif.
Founded by Paul Tollett in 2007 and presented by Goldenvoice, The Messina Group, and Moore Entertainment, the festival has become the highest-grossing country music related festival in the world.
Almost like the country version of Coachella, the festival allows on-site camping and will also have various attractions.
When you think of country music, even if you aren’t a huge fan, a handful of musicians come to mind. You’re likely to find them performing at the festival.
On day one, audiences can catch Grammy and Academy of Country Music Award winner, Tim McGraw. With 10 of his albums reaching number one on the Top Country Album charts, McGraw is a fan favorite. Not only has he gained fans with his music, but his venture into acting with roles in The Blind Side, Friday Night Lights, Flicka, and Country Strong, have all made him even more well-known.
That same day showcases Jake Owen, who released his debut album “Startin’ with Me” in 2006 and received his first number-one hit with the title track to his third album “Barefoot Blue Jean.”
Also taking the stage will be Kip Moore, Merle Haggard, Kacey Musgraves, Parmalee, Steve Earle, Lydia Loveless, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, and more.
Day two features country superstar Miranda Lambert. Having gained fame as a finalist in 2003 on the show Nashville Star, Lambert has since been honored by the Grammys, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and the Country Music Associate Awards.
If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t recognize the name, you will definitely recognize the beards. ZZ Top will be another headliner for Saturday’s show along with Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Gregg Allman, The Devil Makes Three, Old Salt Union, and Mac Davis, to name a few.
Last, but certainly not least, the final night of the festival features musician and TV personality, Blake Shelton. Already a favorite of country music lovers, Shelton has quickly become a fan favorite as one of the judges on the popular TV show The Voice, in which his teams have won four out of the seven seasons.
Widely known for their hit song, “If I Die Young,” the popular trio The Band Perry, composed of siblings Kimbery, Neil, and Reid Perry will take the stage. You’ll end the night with Sara Evans, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Jerrod Niemann, The Oak Ridge Boys, Hot Rize, Ben Miller Band, and Outlaws, plus more.
Bring your boots and cowboy hat to the The Honkytonk Dance Hall, located in the terrace as you enter the festival, to learn some dance moves from actual dance instructors and enjoy music from a live DJ. Dancing starts at 10 a.m. daily.
If you want to save your dancing energy for the live acts, you can hit up the Half Pint Hootenanny. Free-for-all-ages, you can expect some clean fun like leather crafting, face painting, western competitions, and whip cracking each day at 10 a.m.
A few things to remember if you plan to attend the festivities, you must wear your wristband at all times and will not be allowed entry without it. Additionally, there is no re-entry (with the exception of RV campers).
Day parking will be open at 9 a.m. while lobby/terrace gates open at 10 a.m.
Venue gates will open at noon all three days and the shows are expected to end before midnight all three days.
General admission passes retail for $269 while corral reserve seating passes cost $799. Passes for the corral standing pitt are sold out.
For more information, visit www.stagecoachfestival.com