INDIO—For the third weekend in a row, the Palm Springs desert area hosted another music festival designed to delight the masses; set in the stunning back drop of this little slice of the desert known as the Coachella valley on the Empire Polo Grounds. Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton would headline each night starting Friday and did not disappoint.
Over 60,000 country music fans descended upon the town of Indio for Stagecoach 2015, April 24-26. Headliners appearing on the MANE stage included Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Sara Evans, The Band Perry and husband and wife stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. The weather, unseasonably cool, was a welcome respite for fans.
The Palomino and Mustang stages were for fans who wanted a more intimate experience with the bands; these were standing room only areas and held far fewer people under a circus like tent. These giant tents were the unofficial “Rock Zone.” It was a rowdy crowd bursting at the seams to watch ZZ Top, Gregg Allman and George Thorogood and the Destroyers.
Sitting on a hay stack in the Palomino stage were Kristopher and Kimberly Rosa from Santa Monica, a married couple who never imagined going to a country concert. “I loved seeing the Outlaws, ZZ Top were electrifying, I didn’t know this festival could rock,” said Kristopher.
Dierks Bentley and The Band Perry did an exceptional job of getting the crowd involved during their respective sets. Bentley kept the energy level high making the immense polo field feel like a much smaller venue. BBQ and chili contests made the area smell like one gigantic delicious restaurant, the mood of the concertgoers seemed light and jovial.
Concert promoter Goldenvoice did a great job of accommodating the disabled patrons and made every possible effort to keep the fans cool including the many “cool zones,” where you can drink water and refill, misting stations, tents to help shield the sun, medical personal helping those who have had too much to drink or something of a emergency nature.
In the RV area it seemed like one giant celebration of country music’s finest, while still maintaining a feeling of camaraderie among the concertgoers.
Stagecoach 2015 sold out for the fourth year in a row, seems to improve every year and the general feeling of the patrons we spoke to is see you in 2016. After such an exhilarating weekend the only thing left to say is YEE-HAW!