Zac Brown Band will headline Banc of California Stadium

Grammy Award-winning eight-piece country group Zac Brown Band will bring its Roar With the Lions Tour to Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Oct. 24 with special guest Riley Green.

Tickets go on sale at noon Friday, Feb. 28 via LiveNation.com.

ZBB is known for hits like “Chicken Fried,” “Keep Me In Mind,” “Toes,” “Sweet Annie,” “Loving You Easy” and “Colder Weather.” The band also likes to mix things up and blur genres by collaborating with non-country artists like Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews Band, Skrillex, Andrew Watt, Lil Dicky and the late Soundgarden and Audio Slave vocalist Chris Cornell. ZBB also has a large collection of Academy of Country Music Awards, CMT Awards, CMA Awards and iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Before officially releasing its sixth studio album, “The Owl,” last September, ZBB embarked on a lengthy tour that brought the group to FivePoint Amphitheater in Irvine for two sold-out nights in July. So far, the record has produced two singles, “Someone I Used to Know” and “Leaving Love Behind.” The band’s frontman also surprise-dropped a solo album titled, “Controversy,” last year that leaned more heavily into the pop realm with a bit of R&B and even rap sprinkled in.

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5 moments from the 2020 Grammys that people will be talking about

The Grammy Awards 2020 expected to celebrate music and musicians, but the day’s tragic news — that Los Angeles basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter were killed in a helicopter crash — cast a long shadow over the event at Staples Center, the place where Kobe worked his magic as a Laker.

The show, however, did go on, and there were many winners, as well as many of the performers offered praise to Bryant during the course of the show.

There was also one big winner — Billie Eilish, the talented L.A. teen picked up 4 big trophies, sweeping the major categories — but that meant that these categories went to the same artist, which is a disappointment if the goal is to honor the wide range of talent on hand at the event. We bet Eilish would agree.

These are the most memorable notes from what is dubbed “Music’s Biggest Night.”

1. Kobe Bryant tributes: The basketball legend’s death inspired tributes from Lizzo and Alicia Keys at the start of the show, and the surprising loss of such an iconic Los Angeles figure inspired feedback from viewers about the performances and subtle shoutouts to him throughout the show.

2. The fashions: The outfits were eye-catching — there was so much pink! — and one of the most talked-about ones belonged to Ariana Grande.

3. The performances: While some of the artists went big like Lil Nas X, who brought in K-pop stars BTS and rap legend Nas, and Tyler, the Creator, who brought out Boyz II Men, Charlie Wilson and dozens of Tyler clones to dance and shake their wigs, a few other artists, like Billie Eilish, who stunned with a low-key performance, and Demi Lovato, who shed a tear while singing, offered much more low-key but equally powerful performances. Oh, and H.E.R. and Gary Clark Jr. with the Roots were both on fire in their performances, as was the Nipsey Hussle tribute with John Legend, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, YG and probably a few more.

4. OK, not every single performance was a winner: Jonas Brothers performed — you probably forgot though, huh? —and Aerosmith aimed to resurrect its earlier resurrection by Run-DMC and it did not walk the way it might have had both these legends just done something else.

5. Diversity disappointment: While we have all kinds of respect for hometown hero Eilish, the 18-year-old took home a huge handful of awards that could have been spread around to other equally deserving artists such as Lizzo, Lil Nas X, H.E.R., Lana Del Rey, Vampire Weekend and Ariana Grande.

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Kanye West premieres debut opera ‘Nebuchadnezzar’ at Hollywood Bowl: Here’s what it was like

Kanye West premiered his debut opera “Nebuchadnezzar” at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday with rapper Sheck Wes in the title role — and it was as strange and occasionally awesome as you can imagine.

This, mind you, was not an opera that most people even knew existed a week ago. But when Kanye gets an idea, he goes for it, and so here we were for an opera based on the Old Testament Babylonian king with whom Kanye apparently feels a great affinity.

In an interview last month, West compared himself to Nebuchadnezzar, saying he saw similarities between himself and the old king.

This year, Kanye started holding Sunday Service performances on his Calabasas spread and brought the gospel-influenced hip-hop-and-praise show to Coachella on Easter Sunday. His album released in October is a gospel hip-hop record titled “Jesus Is King,” and the biblical opera follows in that vein.

So, let’s talk about what went down on Sunday at the Bowl, where the performance was set to begin at 4 p.m., with gates opening at 1:30 p.m., and, of course, neither of those things happened.

Early arrivals were kept outside the amphitheater while the performers — Sheck Wes, West’s Sunday Service choir, singer Peter Collins, and the group Infinity’s Song, continued rehearsing the show.

When I walked up at 4 p.m., choir members were in the parking lot behind the Bowl being distributed fresh pairs of West-designed Yeezy Boost sneakers to go with their all-cream or unbleached muslin-colored outfits.

Inside the gates half an hour later, crew members were spreading fruits and vegetables — Old Testament crops such as pomegranate, grapes, walnuts and persimmons — over a 20-foot long table.

And in the seats, people waited.

And waited. And waited.

Around 5:30 p.m., West tweeted a photo from backstage of Chance the Rapper and his entourage stopping by to wish him well. Tweets from the fans in the seats were mostly of the “c’mon and start this thing already” variety.

Finally, at 6:14 p.m., the choir filed on stage, some of them marching up and across a riser that looked like a giant sandstone croissant, the rest filling in the front of its open curve.

The musicians started to play and Wes, clad in purple robes in contrast to the choir’s pale hue, started to flail and scream around the stage. The choir sang what sounded like “misery” over and over.

Apparently Nebuchadnezzar is not well.

West, who never appeared on stage, narrated the text drawn from the Old Testament book of Daniel, from somewhere in the wings. Narrated while also live-tweeting a dozen photos of the yellow-highlighted Bible passages he was reading. Because, of course, he was.

The story, for those of you who may need a refresher, tells of Nebuchadnezzar conquering Jerusalem and bringing many of its people back to Babylonia. We saw choir members dragging other limp actors off the stage to demonstrate this.

The long table of colorful fruits and vegetables — purple cabbages really pop seen at a distance — gets rolled out along with one covered in grilled meat including lamb. Captives sit at the table to feast but one person, Daniel, is not down to dine at the king’s table, we are told.

Nebuchadnezzar starts to have dreams that freak him out. A guitarist strolls in stage along with a woman who sings in an operatic style.

Lyrics were few, or hard to decipher, with most of the singing seeming to be tones and harmonies, often quite lovely.

As King Neb dreamed, he sort of rolled back and forth across a rising and falling line of white-clad performers, one of several standout moments of stagecraft from director Vanessa Beecroft, who also collaborated with West in his fashion shows among other projects.

The king orders his soothsayers and astrologers and magicians to interpret his dream and when they can’t he throws a tantrum and orders their deaths.

Daniel is brought in to take a shot at it and “shew” the king the meaning of the dream, and while we admit to giggling at the use of the word “shew” over and over, that helped us to peg his likely Bible of choice to the King James translation.

Daniel nails the interpretation while the Sunday Service choir sings with truly impressive beauty.

What’s this now? Nebuchadnezzar orders a golden statue of himself — it’s rolled on stage and is pretty cool to see, an actor inside the shiny gold fabric atop the tall pedestal. He orders Daniel’s friends from Judea — Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego — to worship it.

They refuse, of course, and now we get the famous Bible scene where they’re thrown into the furnace. Nebuchadnezzar then freaks out and forgives them.

Soon he really loses his mind — and can we pause for a moment to praise Sheck Wes’s commitment to going nuts on stage? — goes into the wilderness to eat grass for a few years, and finally realizes that Daniel was right — glory to God, not any old king — and they all live happily ever after.

This last bit comes with not only the choir and actors on stage — probably 200 people or so right there — but also another 150 or 200 extras in matching costumes in the aisles of the bowl.

As Nebuchadnezzar’s soul is saved they all raise their arms aloft and West from offstage asks everyone to do the same. It’s an impressive sight actually, though really probably not what anyone would have thought they’d be doing at the Bowl on Sunday.

And that — after 55 minutes on stage (and live-streamed on Tidal), making this possibly the shortest opera in recorded history — was that.

At times, it seemed like there might not have been enough rehearsal time. As when West intoned, “And the king fell on his face!” — and then delivered the line two more times until Wes got the message and actually fell more or less on his face.

So was it actually an opera? Let’s say it’s more a choral performance art piece.

Was it something most Kanye fans are going to want to buy an album of? Uh, not so much. “Jesus Is King” has sold OK so far but there are far more comments of the “I like the old Kanye” variety on social media.

Does it show a Nebuchadnezzar-like sense of new-found humility in West himself? Hard to say.

But was it an event? Oh, absolutely it was that, and one the likes of which few but West would ever dream so wildly like Nebuchadnezzar to create.

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50 photos to celebrate Gwen Stefani’s 50th birthday

It’s Gwen Stefani’s birthday y’all!

The Southern California-native, singer-songwriter, No Doubt frontwoman, noted solo artist, fashion designer and current judge on NBC’s “The Voice” turns 50 on Thursday, Oct. 3.

Take a trip down memory lane with these 50 photos that showcase various stages of Stefani’s life and career. Happy Birthday, Gwen!

Stefani was born in Fullerton and raised in Anaheim, where she joined her big brother Eric’s ska band, No Doubt, in the mid-’80s. The band was signed to Interscope Records in 1990, but didn’t really hit it big until the release of its third album, “Tragic Kingdom,” in 1995. It was the band’s brutally honest songwriting and Stefani’s bleeding heart delivery with songs about her breakup from No Doubt bassist, Tony Kanal, and the empowering female anthem, “Just a Girl,” that thrust Stefani and the band into the spotlight.

The band earned a slew of accolades including Grammy, American Music and People’s Choice Awards and they even performed at the Super Bowl Half Time Show in 2003 with Shania Twain and Sting. In all, No Doubt has released six albums, its last being 2012’s “Push and Shove.” Stefani has also had a lucrative solo career, having released three albums and one holiday album. She did tour on her third solo album, “This Is What the Truth Feels Like,” and that included two sold-out nights and The Forum in Inglewood and closing down the beloved Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine in 2016.

In 2003, she launched her fashion line L.A.M.B. Since then, she’s dabbled in high fashion and released several fragrances including her popular Harajuku Lovers fragrances, which became highly collectible since the bottles were designed after herself and her backup dancers.

In her personal life, Stefani married Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale in 2002 and the couple had three sons — Kingston, Zuma and Apollo — however, the couple divorced in 2016. Stefani met her current beau, country singer Blake Shelton, while the pair were judges on NBC’s “The Voice.” They’ve been going strong for a couple of years now and have even collaborated on songs like Shelton’s “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” and the title track to Stefani’s 2017 holiday album, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas.” 

After taking a hiatus from the show, Stefani is back for the 17th season of “The Voice” alongside Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend. The show airs at 8 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC. Stefani will also be returning to Las Vegas with her “Gwen Stefani – Just a Girl” residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. She has a slew of dates scheduled for October and November and just announced more in February and May 2020.

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The Rolling Stones rise to rock the Rose Bowl

When The Rolling Stones announced in early spring that their spring tour dates, including a planned stop at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, had been canceled because singer Mick Jagger needed heart surgery, a whole lot of fans surely wondered whether this was it.

It, as in the end of the legendary English rock band, which made its U.S debut in San Bernardino.

It, as in the end of the music that defined the ‘60s, grew perhaps even stronger in the ‘70s, and provided the soundtrack for multiple generations of music lovers.

  • Mick Jagger performs during The Rolling Stones’ No Filter Tour at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Rolling Stones perform at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena during their No Filter Tour on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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  • Robert Downey, Jr., announces that NASA named a rock on Mars The Rolling Stones Rock beforeThe Rolling Stones performed at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena during their No Filter Tour on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Rolling Stones perform at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena during their No Filter Tour on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Rolling Stones perform at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena during their No Filter Tour on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Rolling Stones perform at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena during their No Filter Tour on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Mick Jagger performs during The Rolling Stones’ No Filter Tour at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Ronnie Wood performs during The Rolling Stones’ No Filter Tour at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Mick Jagger and Keith Richards perform during The Rolling Stones’ No Filter Tour at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Rolling Stones perform at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena during their No Filter Tour on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Mick Jagger performs during The Rolling Stones’ No Filter Tour at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Rolling Stones perform at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena during their No Filter Tour on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Mick Jagger performs during The Rolling Stones’ No Filter Tour at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Rolling Stones perform at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena during their No Filter Tour on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Mick Jagger performs during The Rolling Stones’ No Filter Tour at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Mick Jagger performs during The Rolling Stones’ No Filter Tour at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards perform during The Rolling Stones’ No Filter Tour at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Rolling Stones perform at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena during their No Filter Tour on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Rolling Stones perform at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena during their No Filter Tour on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Rolling Stones perform at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena during their No Filter Tour on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Rolling Stones perform at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena during their No Filter Tour on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Rolling Stones perform at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena during their No Filter Tour on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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The Rolling Stones, including the core four of singer Jagger, guitarist-singer Keith Richards, drummer Charlie Watts, and guitarist Ronnie Wood, made up that canceled date on Thursday night in Pasadena, and if you looked past the wrinkles on their septuagenarian faces you could have easily shaved decades off their ages so powerfully did they perform.

In a set that slotted 19 classic Stones tunes into two hours on stage, the band thrilled the packed stadium from the raucous opener “Street Fighting Man” to the completely satisfying “Satisfaction” that closed out the encore as fireworks exploded overhead.

Oh, and actor Robert Downey Jr. came out before the show to announce that NASA had named a rock on Mars after the band — more on that in a bit.

The show on Thursday was part of the band’s No Filter tour, which kicked off in Europe in the fall of 2017 — even before Jagger’s health scare the band toured at a leisurely pace befitting its stature and age.

But maybe a little extra rest between gigs is the secret to a long career, for as “Street Fighting Man” slipped into “You Got Me Rocking” — the song off 1994’s “Voodoo Lounge” the most recent number they played — the Stones performed with power and passion throughout the set.

“Tumbling Dice” ended with Jagger, 76, strutting the length of the ramp, clapping his hands and exhorting the crowd to join him.

He paused at the end of it to acknowledge the honor bestowed on the band by NASA through Downey — a rock dislodged by the Insight lander on Mars last year had rolled a bit across the Red Planet’s landscape, and the brainy wags decided to announce its name as Rolling Stones Rock on Thursday.

“NASA has given us something we’ve always dreamed of, our own rock on Mars,” Jagger said. “Can’t wait to put it on the mantelpiece.”

Highlights of the first half of the show included “She’s A Rainbow,” the 1967 number that’s one of the prettiest songs in the Stones’ catalog, and on Thursday the winner of the fans’ request vote.

Add to that the loveliness of an acoustic mini-set that brought the four Stones to the secondary stage at the end of the ramp — Jagger announced they’d be off to the 50-yard line as they walked out — where they played the country rock-influenced songs “Sweet Virginia” and “Dead Flowers.”

While Wood, the baby at 72, plays most of the lead guitar on stage, at times Richards, 75, takes the prominent role as he did on the back to back pairing of “Sympathy For The Devil,” still ominous all these years later, and “Honky Tonk Women,” where his opening riffs still thrill with the rawness of the Chicago blues that inspired so much of the band’s early work.

Jagger apologized to the crowd for having to postpone the earlier date, then joking that it had inconvenienced the Stones too: “We’re missing Thursday night’s turtle races at Brennan’s,” he said.

(He also claimed they’d wandered Hollywood Boulevard, looking for their star on the sidewalk, which they couldn’t find. But … do we believe that?)

But mostly he and the band — which also includes such stellar longtime sidemen as bassist Darryl Jones, keyboardist Chuck Leavell and backing vocalist Bernard Fowler — stuck to the hits, playing songs they’ve done hundreds of times with the enthusiasm of brand-new favorites.

After Jagger introduced the band with a handful of random superlatives — Wood was dubbed “the Picasso of Pasadena,” Watts, 78, was announced as drummer and “Greenland’s new economic adviser” — Richards took center stage for his traditional two songs on vocals, on Thursday, “You Got The Silver” and the always fantastic “Before They Make Me Run.”

When Jagger returned to the mic the back half of the night sizzled with songs such as the slinky dance-rock of “Miss You,” featuring Jones’ disco-fied solos on bass, the great blues-rock of “Midnight Rambler,” which saw Jagger on harmonica and Wood on guitar having a blast together, and “Jumping Jack Flash,” one of many big crowd-sing-alongs of the night.

After “Brown Sugar” closed the main set the Stones returned for a pair of encore numbers, starting with “Gimme Shelter” which feature backing vocalist Sasha Allen wailing alongside Jagger.

“Satisfaction” is a song they may have played more often than any other, but on Thursday you’d never have guessed it, all of these legendary gents grinning and laughing, still having fun, still in good health, all these years after they arrived.

The Rolling Stones

When: Thursday, Aug. 22

Where: The Rose Bowl, Pasadena

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A$AP Rocky discusses Swedish jail experience at the Real Street Festival in Anaheim

Rapper A$AP Rocky, who was jailed earlier this summer in Sweden, made his post-release return to the stage Sunday as the final act of Real 92.3 radio’s inaugural Real Street Festival in Anaheim.

His performance had been uncertain for most of the summer following his arrest for assault and the Swedish authorities’ refusal to let him leave the country before a trial.

But after two days of hip-hop stars and up-and-comers on the two stages outside Honda Center, the lights went dark at 10:40 p.m., revealing A$AP Rocky, rapping in silhouette behind a scrim  to the roaring cheers of the crowd to packed the festival grounds.


A$AP Rocky headlines day two of the the Real Street music festival at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Sunday, August 11, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

When the curtain dropped two songs later Rocky appeared wearing a head-covering mask that made him look something like a crash-test dummy, a costume repeated on the 30 or so dancing on stage with him.

Fifteen minutes in he hadn’t said anything about his legal issues in Sweden though he had brought Tyler the Creator to perform with him, further whipping the crowd into frenzied excitement.

Then he addressed his situation.

“Rocky is home!” Tyler shouted at the end of the song.

“Y’all know how happy I am to be here right now,” Rocky then said. “While I was away — hold the mosh pits a minute, this is a sentimental moment — what I experienced was crazy. I’m so happy to be here right now.

“That was a scary humbling experience  but I’m here right now,” he said. “God is good. Hip-hop never looked so strong, we’re a big strong community.”

“This my first performance since I been out,” Rocky said after a second song with Tyler. “When I was locked up we used to play the radio and I heard my brother A$AP Ferg’s song all the way in Sweden. I want to hear that song.”

“I’m happy my brother’s home now,” Ferg said at the song’s end, before launching into a second song together.

After a trio of songs with a third guest, the rapper Drizzle, A$AP Rocky, who had grinned happily throughout his set, thanked the crowd once more for its support during his recent travails.

“I just want to say one more time I’m so … happy to be here,” he said. “I know y’all was praying for me. I’m gonna  need you to keep praying for me.

“God’s will I won’t be found guilty — I find out on Wednesday.”

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Stagecoach 2019: From Tom Jones’ soul to Diplo’s after party, here’s what happened Sunday

Another Stagecoach Country Music Festival is in the rearview mirror and wow, the last day was a trip.

The night wrapped up with a Stagecoach first — producer Diplo threw an after party in the Palomino Tent a week after he played his second set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last weekend.

It was jam-packed with special guests, including the much rumored Lil Nas X/Billy Ray Cyrus collab “Old Town Road” to close the night.

But before that, Jason Aldean closed out the Mane Stage, following a day of entertainment that included a bubbly set from Lauren Alaina, but we didn’t see Jordan Davis or Mark Chesnutt, who both had to cancel last minute due to illness.

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Check out the photos of all of the artists who make it to the festival Sunday.

And the best set of the festival may have been Sunday night, courtesy of Sir Tom Jones, who gave a vocal master class and a history lesson to the fans.

Before Old Dominion took the stage, celebrity chef Guy Fieri showed up to introduce them. He had a busy weekend passing out tequila, beer, tacos and more to fans over at his Guy’s Stagecoach Smokehouse. There were plenty of demos, too.

We also caught up with Goldenvoice about the Every One program and how it was used during Coachella and Stagecoach.

Take a look back at all of our Stagecoach coverage and check out our photo galleries from the festival.

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Stagecoach 2019: Jason Aldean gives a strong finish to the 13th annual country fest

Singer-songwriter Jason Aldean has become a Stagecoach Country Music Festival staple. He performed at the very first fest back when it was a two-day affair in 2007. He came back in 2010 for an earlier daytime set and headlined for the first time in 2012. He headlined again in 2014 and, like his peer and Friday night headliner Luke Bryan, he has now headlined Stagecoach a total of three times.

His sets are always strong, energetic, filled with all of his radio hits and he’s nothing if not consistent. He’s a solid and reliable performer and only further proved that Sunday night as he blasted out his hits including “Take a Little Ride,” “When She Says Baby,” “Any Ol’ Barstool,” “Tattoos on this Town,” “Amarillo Sky” and “Lights Come On.”

He is never really chatty in between songs but did introduce his single “Drowns the Whiskey,” which he did with fellow country artist Miranda Lambert. He also covered Brantley Gilbert’s “My Kinda Party” and played his latest single, his album title track, “Rearview Town.”

  • Country artist Jason Aldean performs on the Mane Stage as he closes out the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Sunday night April 28, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Country artist Jason Aldean performs on the Mane Stage as he closes out the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Sunday night April 28, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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  • Country artist Jason Aldean performs on the Mane Stage as he closes out the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Sunday night April 28, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Country artist Jason Aldean (center) performs on the Mane Stage as he closes out the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Sunday night April 28, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Country artist Jason Aldean performs on the Mane Stage as he closes out the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Sunday night April 28, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Country artist Jason Aldean performs on the Mane Stage as he closes out the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Sunday night April 28, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • A fan sings along as country artist Jason Aldean performs on the Mane Stage as he closes out the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Sunday night April 28, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Country artist Jason Aldean performs on the Mane Stage as he closes out the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Sunday night April 28, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • A country music fan watches Jason Aldean on a big screen as he performs on the Mane Stage to close out the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Sunday night April 28, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Country artist Jason Aldean performs on the Mane Stage as he closes out the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Sunday night April 28, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Country artist Jason Aldean performs on the Mane Stage as he closes out the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Sunday night April 28, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Country artist Jason Aldean performs on the Mane Stage as he closes out the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Sunday night April 28, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Country artist Jason Aldean performs on the Mane Stage as he closes out the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Sunday night April 28, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Country artist Jason Aldean performs on the Mane Stage as he closes out the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Sunday night April 28, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Country artist Jason Aldean performs on the Mane Stage as he closes out the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Sunday night April 28, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Country artist Jason Aldean performs on the Mane Stage as he closes out the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Sunday night April 28, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Country artist Jason Aldean performs on the Mane Stage as he closes out the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Sunday night April 28, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Country music fans watch as Jason Aldean performs on the Mane Stage as he closes out the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Sunday night April 28, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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Old Dominion’s first time at Stagecoach was back in 2016. It was an early day set in the blazing sun and the quintet only had one single anybody knew, “Snapback.”  Now, the band is huge and has an arsenal of songs that fans sang loud and proud on Sunday evening, including “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart” “Written in the Sand,” “Make It Sweet” and the cleverly written “Song for Another Time” that features titles from a myriad of familiar Top 40 tracks. It was also a lot of fun to dance along to the bouncy single “Hotel Key.”

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Throughout the weekend, the men turned in stellar performances, however it was the ladies on the Mane Stage that definitively brought the fire. Cam was so lively and entertaining on Saturday night and “American Idol” runner-up Lauren Alaina had the audience in the palm of her hand from the start of her sunset performance on Sunday.

The 24-year-old has certainly proven she’s much more than just a reality TV singer. She’s scored several radio hits that fans went wild for at Stagecoach, including “Road Less Traveled” and her latest single, “Ladies in the ’90s” went over huge as she gave shout outs to artists like Reba McEntire, Britney Spears, Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, Christina Aguilera and more.

Since she is a newer artist, she was also smart to insert some really fun covers and medleys like Guns ‘N Roses “Paradise City” and a medley that included Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” “The Middle” by Zedd and Maren Morris, Shawn Mendes’ “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” “Everybody” by Backstreet Boys, “Brand New Man” by Brooks & Dunn and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” by Shania Twain. She also brought up probably one of the best audience members to sing and dance along to her song “Next Boyfriend.” Not only did he know all of the lyrics, he had some sweet moves, too.

Over in the Palomino, Tom Jones may have been an unlikely candidate for Stagecoach, but delivered one of the best sets of the festival. The set times were a little wonky upon arrival due to Mane Stage opener Jordan Davis and Palomino performer Mark Chesnutt dropping off day-of-show due to illness.

However, it all worked out and SiriusXM Spotlight Stage performer Mitchell Tenpenny, who is known for hits such as “Drunk Me” and “Alcohol You Later,” got a better, later time slot on his stage, however he made the ultimate flub and announced that he was at Coachella rather than Stagecoach. He did quickly take ownership of his error and if he keeps cranking out hits like he has, I’m sure the Stagecoach overlords will forgive the slip and he’ll end up on the Mane Stage in the future.

Stagecoach Country Music Festival

When: Sunday, April 28

Where: Empire Polo Club, Indio

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Stagecoach 2019: Twitter applauds Diplo’s after party with Lil Nas X, Sam Hunt and Cam

The Stagecoach Country Music Festival ended with a dance party to remember courtesy of Diplo, with special guests Cam, Sam Hunt, Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X, on Sunday, April 28.

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Diplo might be the hardest working man in the desert —  he played both weekends of Coachella, as well as a surprise Do Lab appearance with his side project Major Lazer and a Day Club party in Palm Springs during Coachella while doing a residency in Las Vegas.

The rain didn’t stop the party, which continued on to several spots throughout the Empire Polo Club, including the Craft Beer Barn. People alo took to Twitter to give their seal of approval to the EDM producer.

Reactions were positive, ranging from pleasant surprise to life-changing bliss.

This is what they are saying:

If you know anything about me you know how much I fricken LOVE Billy Ray Cyrus and tonight we saw him LIVE I love stagecoach I love late night with diplo please spread my ashes at the empire polo club

— Cece Bamburg (@cecebambi) April 29, 2019

Laughing at the fact that my mom saw diplo at stagecoach

— samantha (@samibarra0) April 29, 2019

popular opinion #stagecoach edition:

diplo had the best set.

— van (@_IvanAlex) April 29, 2019

The party raged on at various spots of the Empire Polo Club, like at the Craft Beer Barn where people were singing along and dancing to a Jumbotron:

You know it’s lit at @Stagecoach when @diplo has got the crowds raging at the jumbotrons. #Stagecoach #Ragecoach pic.twitter.com/mLYLzrc673

— Luis Mendoza (@mightymendoza) April 29, 2019

this just changed my life @Stagecoach @diplo @billyraycyrus @LilNasX pic.twitter.com/Zh0xM7eHci

— lyss (@lyssdog) April 29, 2019

This @diplo Stagecoach set was the best thing that’s ever happened to me

— YBM (@MylesParrish) April 29, 2019

Well that was game changer! What a way to end Stagecoach 2019! @diplo

— Jovani Duarte (@JovaniDuarte) April 29, 2019

Diplo didn’t have to go that hard, but he did @Stagecoach

— xtine (@christylorelly) April 29, 2019

Diplo at stagecoach… I dig it

— Kori Meacham (@korimeach) April 29, 2019

Wow! @LilNasX @billyraycyrus & @diplo closed out #StageCoach in the best way possible! Best weekend in a long time-I’m sorry but I can’t ride no more ✌🏽

— Ashley Fujimoto (@ashfuji805) April 29, 2019

@diplo neon moon into Blow your whistle 👌. Awesome set at #Stagecoach

— Grady Green (@GradyGreen78) April 29, 2019

I’m at Stagecoach and Sam Hunt came out with Diplo, what a time to be alive..

— Markie LePino (@markiestarkie) April 29, 2019

What do you after helping close out Diplo’s set? Take a group photo:

Theres only 1 horse missing in this photo! Thank you @diplo for having us! What an incredible night! @LilNasX #oldtownroad #stagecoach pic.twitter.com/8OJjrZw8EN

— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) April 29, 2019

Here’s a little behind-the-scenes of the last guest appearance of the night:

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🐎🐎🐎 @lilnasx @billyraycyrus

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And this person who left the party too early and regretted it:

Billy Ray got brought out by Diplo at stagecoach to preform Old Town Road right after I left. This is my life. I’m sad.

— Breasy (@breassssy) April 29, 2019

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Stagecoach 2019: Rain doesn’t ruin Diplo’s guest-filled dance party

Electronic dance music artist Diplo hosted the first-ever Stagecoach Country Music Festival after party following a headlining set by Jason Aldean over on the Mane Stage.

As Aldean wrapped up his turn, large drops of rain began to unexpectedly fall from the sky. The quick bursts of rain didn’t stop thousands of fans from making their way over to the Palomino Stage where Diplo was set up with turntables behind a fort of hay bales, sporting a sweet multi-colored country-western Nudie suit with a cowboy hat.

Though the crowd size was impressive and spilled out of the large tent, it didn’t hold a candle to the audience Lynyrd Skynyrd drew to that stage the evening before. However, another thousand or so patrons gathered over near the Craft Beer Barn to watch the action on the jumbo screen and buy up whatever beer was left after a three-day party weekend.

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Diplo’s hour-long set included a mix of traditional and current country music as well as some R&B, hip-hop, pop and rock ‘n’ roll music. He came out with AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” and blasted into Avicii’s “Hey Brother” and “Cotton Eye Joe” from Rednex.

Country legends Brooks & Dunn got two songs placed in the set which people roared along to, including “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” and “Neon Moon.” Dan + Shay and Rascal Flatts were smashed in between Nelly’s “Ride With Me,” The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army,” Jay-Z’s “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” and House of Pain’s “Jump Around.”

Diplo brought out Saturday night Mane Stage performer Cam to perform their new single, “So Long,” which went over well with the country crowd. Saturday headliner Sam Hunt also dropped in for “Body Like a Back Road” and at the end of the set, Diplo invited up Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X to perform the much buzzed about single, “Old Town Road.” The song has been on everyone’s radar since it landed on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts simultaneously. Billboard had pulled it from the country chart citing that it didn’t have enough elements of today’s country music to warrant the charting.

It’s clear that the festival as a whole did not agree with Billboard’s decision as both Kane Brown and Luke Bryan had the song playing as a warm up before they hit the Mane Stage on Friday and the fans danced and sang along. “Old Town Road” sounded pretty great live and was a fun closing moment for Stagecoach 2019.

Stagecoach Country Music Festival

When: Sunday, April 28

Where: Empire Polo Club, Indio

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