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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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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Stagecoach 2019: Photos of the performers and their fans on Sunday

The final day of the 2019 Stagecoach Country Music Festival is here and we’re out for one more day of country fun in the sun. Jason Aldean will close the Mane Stage Sunday night, but before him we expect to see Old Dominion, Lauren Alaina and Tom Jones. And after Aldean wraps, we’ll be at Diplo’s late night Palomino party.

  • Old Dominion’s Brad Tursi (left) and Matthew Ramsey (right) perform on the Mane Stage during the final night of 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)

  • Tom Jones performs on the Palomino Stage on the final night of 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 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey (left) and Brad Tursi (right) perform on the Mane Stage during the final night of 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)

  • Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey performs on the Mane Stage during the final night of 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)

  • Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey performs on the Mane Stage during the final night of 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)

  • Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey performs on the Mane Stage during the final night of 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)

  • Old Dominion’s Brad Tursi (left), Geoff Sprung (center) and Matthew Ramsey (right) perform on the Mane Stage during the final night of 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)

  • Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey performs on the Mane Stage during the final night of 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)

  • Guy Fieri introduces Old Dominion’s to the Mane Stage during the final night of 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)

  • Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey performs on the Mane Stage during the final night of 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)

  • Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey performs on the Mane Stage during the final night of 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)

  • Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey performs on the Mane Stage during the final night of 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)

  • Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey (left) and Brad Tursi (right) perform on the Mane Stage during the final night of 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)

  • Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey (left) and Brad Tursi (right) perform on the Mane Stage during the final night of 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)

  • Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey (left) and Brad Tursi (right) perform on the Mane Stage during the final night of 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)

  • Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey (center) and Brad Tursi (right) perform on the Mane Stage during the final night of 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)

  • Old Dominion’s Brad Tursi (left) and Matthew Ramsey (right) perform on the Mane Stage during the final night of 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)

  • Tom Jones performs on the Palomino Stage on the final night of 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 pair of women jokingly hold undergarments as Tom Jones plays on the Palomino Stage during the final night of 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)

  • Tom Jones performs on the Palomino Stage on the final night of 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)

  • Tom Jones performs on the Palomino Stage on the final night of 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)

  • Tom Jones performs on the Palomino Stage on the final night of 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 Tom Jones fans holds up an old record prior to his performance on the Palomino Stage during the final night of 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)

  • Tom Jones performs on the Palomino Stage on the final night of 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)

  • Tom Jones fans watch his performance on the Palomino Stage during the final night of 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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Stagecoach 2019: Tom Jones gives the festival the best music history lesson ever

Two years ago, Tom Jones was a spectator at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, watching Jerry Lee Lewis play a blistering set in the Palomino Tent. On Sunday night, the 78-year-old Welsh singer reminisced about that night as he performed the set of the festival in the same spot, putting on an hour-plus show that was perfectly tailored to the Stagecoach audience, full of deep blues, gospel nods and his biggest hits.

Jones’ set will go down in the annals of Stagecoach history as even better than Lewis’.

During the evening performance, which was steamy in the humid air that clung to the Empire Polo Club in Indio for the final day of the festival, Jones noted that some people questioned his country cred.

“I’m not from the city, I can tell you that,” he said.

  • Tom Jones performs on the Palomino Stage on the final night of 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)

  • Tom Jones performs on the Palomino Stage on the final night of 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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  • A pair of women jokingly hold undergarments as Tom Jones plays on the Palomino Stage during the final night of 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)

  • Tom Jones performs on the Palomino Stage on the final night of 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 Tom Jones fans holds up an old record prior to his performance on the Palomino Stage during the final night of 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)

  • Tom Jones fans watch his performance on the Palomino Stage during the final night of 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)

  • Tom Jones performs on the Palomino Stage on the final night of 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)

  • Tom Jones performs on the Palomino Stage on the final night of 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)

  • Tom Jones performs on the Palomino Stage on the final night of 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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Jones’ set was the best music history lesson Stagecoach could offer, with some Delta blues, cajun zydeco, modern funk, and plenty of showmanship. It was also a master class in vocals as Jones sounded better than any other person behind a microphone at the festival this weekend.

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While Jones is known for his Las Vegas residencies over the decades, a lounge act this was not. With a crunchy bluesy guitar riff and drums, the latter played by Jones’ musical director Gary Wallis, the icon opened his set with “Burning Hell,” a John Lee Hooker tune that Jones recorded for his 2010 album “Praise & Blame.”

Throughout the night, Jones dropped tidbits of stories about famous friends, like how he and Elvis Presley would get together in Las Vegas and sing gospel numbers for fun before going into “God’s Gonna Cut You Down,” or throw it back with some R&B and rock ‘n’ roll history when he did Little Willie John’s “Take My Love.” Little Willie John is from “Detroit City,” Jones told us.

Among the other standouts in his excellently curated set were his own huge hits, starting with “Delilah,” which got some zydeco flavor with a cajun rhythm and the addition of an accordion. It was a great twist on the Cole Porter classic about  about murdering a cheating lover.

The accordion stuck around for “It’s Not Unusual,” too, on which Jones nailed the vocals.

Other highlights included “Soul of a Man,” “Sex Bomb” and “You Can Leave Your Hat On.”

Part of the secret of Jones’ success was his incredibly tight band, which included a horn section complete with a sousaphone player. It gave a depth and life to the performance that so many others lack in the age of backing tracks. By the time he got to “I Wish You Would” to wrap the main set, the band was rambling on a groove reminiscent of the Allman Brothers.

Jones came back with his funky version of Prince’s already funky “Kiss,” before leaving us with one final story. Apparently, Jones and Little Richard are friends and talk on the phone sometimes. Jones told the “Tutti Frutti” singer about his son and grown grandkids and Little Richard suggested they form the Tom Jones Gospel Quartet, but they had to do one song. It was “Strange Things” and that’s how Jones ended the night before having his whole band come out for a bow and thanking the audience.

Next year, how about we see Jones at Coachella?

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Stagecoach 2019: Sam Hunt closes out the second night with a big ‘ol dance party

By the time day two headliner Sam Hunt hit the stage at the 13th annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival, the fans were ready to dance at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.

During an interview ahead of the festival, Hunt said he hadn’t played a show in about six months but was ready to get back out to party with his fans at the festival. For a first-time headliner, Hunt’s performance was solid. He came out hard with “Leave the Night On” and transitioned into “House Party,” during which his crew unleashed dozens of giant balloons into the audience, which promptly blew away in the gusty desert winds.

Not all of Hunt’s songs are bangers, though, and he did pick up his acoustic guitar and slow things down a bit with songs like “Take Your Time,” “Cop Car,” a song he wrote for Keith Urban, and he jumped on the piano for “Make You Miss Me” during his encore. The fans danced and sang all the “woah-oh-oh’s” they could in “We Are Tonight,” a song Hunt wrote that was recorded by Billy Currington.

  • Sam Hunt performs as he headlines the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Sam Hunt performs as he headlines the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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  • Sam Hunt fans watch as he performs as on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Sam Hunt performs as he headlines the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Sam Hunt fans watch as he performs on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Sam Hunt performs as he headlines the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Sam Hunt fans watch as he performs on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Sam Hunt performs as he headlines the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Sam Hunt fans watch as he performs on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Sam Hunt performs as he headlines the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Sam Hunt performs as he headlines the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Sam Hunt performs as he headlines the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Sam Hunt performs as he headlines the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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Though he’s not a traditional country artist since he mixes in elements of pop, rock, electronic dance music and R&B into his music, Hunt is a traditionalist at heart. He told the crowd he’d always tip his hat to those who paved the way within the country music genre and invited out fellow Mane Stage player Luke Combs to pay tribute to Brooks & Dunn with a cover of “Brand New Man.” Hunt also paid homage to the late Waylon Jennings with “Belle of the Ball.”

For his first Stagecoach appearance in 2016, Hunt surprised the audience by bringing out G-Eazy, Bebe Rexha and Snoop Dogg during his set, but this year he let his own material shine. After closing out with “Body Like a Back Road,” he did tell the audience he’d see them tomorrow, which might mean he’ll pop up at the festival’s first-ever official after party with EDM artist Diplo at the Palomino Stage after Aldean’s turn on Sunday.

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While Luke Combs is an incredible songwriter and his ascent has been a quick one, unlike Hunt he is country through and through. He reminded the Stagecoach crowd when he took the Mane Stage just before Hunt he played this same fest at about 2:30 in the afternoon two years in front of about 1,000 people.

  • Luke Combs performs on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Luke Combs performs on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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  • Luke Combs performs on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Luke Combs performs on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Luke Combs performs on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Luke Combs performs on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Luke Combs performs on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Luke Combs performs on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Luke Combs performs on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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Since then, he’s scored five No. 1 hits and racked up the awards and accolades for songs such as “Hurricane,” “One Number Away” and “She Got the Best of Me,” all of which he put in his Stagecoach set. He also earned his spot, second to headliner, on the Mane Stage in front of 80,000 fans. That fact wasn’t lost on him as he told the crowd “five or six guys on stage get to live their dreams every night” because they spend their hard-earned money to come see them perform at things like Stagecoach.

He’s been touring on this album for some time and hit the audience with a few new songs including “Reasons” and “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” and during the latter he stopped and shotgunned a beer.

  • Cam performs on the Mane Stage during the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cam performs on the Mane Stage during the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio on Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Cam performs on the Mane Stage during the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cam performs on the Mane Stage during the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio on Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cam performs on the Mane Stage during the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

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Singer-songwriter Cam has clawed her way up with time slots on the Mane Stage and finally landed herself the coveted sunset hour. The 34-year-old California native showed up in a colorful getup with lots of fringe and bedazzle not unlike a pack of Starburst. She opened with her single “Diane,” her fiery nod to Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” which she included near the end of her set as well. She’s always been bubbly, but on Saturday night she let her personality really shine, engaging with the crowd with more banter and confident interactions. She debuted Diplo’s new song, “So Long,” on which she guests, which dropped earlier this week and hinted that she might be over at his set on Sunday as well.

Before performing her first single, “My Mistake,” she told the crowd that the New York Times once called the song “sex positive,” which she took as a compliment. However, “…when women sing about sex it’s like a statement, but when a man sings about sex it’s just another Friday night,” she told the crowd.

“If you think sex isn’t as important to women as it is to men, than I gotta story about yo’ mama,” she added as the crowd cheered. She came out at the end of her set wearing a bedazzled cape to sing her big hit, “Burning House.”

  • Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Johnny Van Zant performs before one of the largest crowds ever seen at the Palomino Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Johnny Van Zant performs before one of the largest crowds ever seen at the Palomino Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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  • Johnny Zan Vant, lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd performs Saturday at the Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point in 2016. NICK AGRO, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

  • Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd performs before one of the largest crowds ever seen at the Palomino Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Johnny Van Zant performs before one of the largest crowds ever seen at the Palomino Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke and original member guitarist Gary Rossington (right) performs before one of the largest crowds ever seen at the Palomino Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Mark Matejkaperforms before one of the largest crowds ever seen at the Palomino Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Johnny Van Zant performs before one of the largest crowds ever seen at the Palomino Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd’ guitarist Rickey Medlocke, lead singer Johnny Van Zant (center) and original member Gary Rossington (right) perform before one of the largest crowds ever seen at the Palomino Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke and original member guitarist Gary Rossington (right) performs before one of the largest crowds ever seen at the Palomino Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Mark Matejka performs before one of the largest crowds ever seen at the Palomino Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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Meanwhile, Lynyrd Skynyrd became the new record holder for crowd at the Palomino Stage, with fans spilling out of the tent for tens of yards in every direction. The band even outdrew its 2014 audience at the same location. Part of the attraction could be that it’s a last chance to see Southern rock’s defining band, as a long farewell tour wraps this year. And unlike many Palomino players, Lynyrd Skynyrd held the crowd’s attention for the full set.

The 75-minute performance packed in the hits, including “Gimme Three Steps,” “That Smell,” “Simple Man,” “Tuesday’s Gone,” “Don’t Ask Me No Questions,” and “Call Me the Breeze” before ending with “Sweet Home Alabama,” during which the crowd danced and drowned out the band with their own singing. But what would Skynyrd’s final Stagecoach bow be without “Free Bird” as an encore?

Other earlier highlights included Lanco’s fun set with its hits “Greatest Love Story,” “Trouble Maker” and “Born to Love You.” Michael Ray had fans singing along to “One That Got Away” and Jessie James Decker got the Mane Stage going early with covers of Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” and Led Zeppelin’s “What Is and What Should Never Be.”

Stagecoach Country Music Festival

When: Saturday, April 27

Where: Empire Polo Club, Indio

Staff writer Vanessa Franko contributed to this report.

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Stagecoach 2019: Photos of the performers and their fans on Saturday

We’re back at the 2019 Stagecoach Country Music Festival for a second day of fun and music in the sun. Sam Hunt headlines Saturday night, but before he goes on we expect to see Lanco, Cam, Luke Combs and more.

  • Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Mark Matejka performs before one of the largest crowds ever seen at the Palomino Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd’ guitarist Rickey Medlocke, lead singer Johnny Van Zant (center) and original member Gary Rossington (right) perform before one of the largest crowds ever seen at the Palomino Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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  • Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke and original member guitarist Gary Rossington (right) performs before one of the largest crowds ever seen at the Palomino Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Johnny Van Zant performs before one of the largest crowds ever seen at the Palomino Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Johnny Van Zant performs before one of the largest crowds ever seen at the Palomino Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd performs before one of the largest crowds ever seen at the Palomino Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Johnny Van Zant performs before one of the largest crowds ever seen at the Palomino Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Johnny Van Zant performs before one of the largest crowds ever seen at the Palomino Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Mark Matejkaperforms before one of the largest crowds ever seen at the Palomino Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke and original member guitarist Gary Rossington (right) performs before one of the largest crowds ever seen at the Palomino Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Country music fans Haley Myerly, 17, and her sister Tyler, 23, both from Corona, wave their lighted cell phones as Cam performs on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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Stagecoach 2019: Luke Bryan brings Friday to a boozy finish

Headlining a major event like the Stagecoach Country Music Festival is no easy feat, let alone headlining that same fest a trio of times in its 13-year existence.

Singer-songwriter Luke Bryan, like many artists at Stagecoach, rose through the ranks. He played earlier day sets in 2008 and again in 2012 before finally landing his first headlining slot in 2014 alongside Eric Church and Jason Aldean, the latter of whom just so happens to be closing out this year’s fest on Sunday. Bryan came back in 2016 to headline with Church again and Carrie Underwood.

However, it wasn’t quite the third time’s the charm out in the desert Friday night. Bryan, though an undeniable talent with his boyish good looks, swiveling hips that would make Elvis Presley envious and an arsenal of radio hits to pepper throughout his set, still hit a few road blocks during his third headlining turn. The 42-year-old entertainer and current “American Idol” judge opened his set with “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” and had a lot of energy, which was apparently fueled by an undetermined amount of tequila shots and a few red Solo cups filled with beer. He breezed through its like “Light It Up,” “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” “Crash My Party” and “Play it Again,” as well as “All My Friends Say,” which could basically be the anthem for the long Stagecoach weekend.

Though he’s a pretty consummate performer, Bryan made a few strange, off-color comments about urine, the timing of his set being off, according to him, and there seemed to be some trouble with getting fellow Mane Stage player Cole Swindell out for the song they wrote with Florida Georgia Line, “This is How We Roll.” Bryan yelled for Swindell several times and as the song started up he came sprinting out with the microphone, which wasn’t on. Ah, the best-laid plans can still go awry.

That said, it was still a solid set and he did hit fans with a brand new song, “Knockin’ Boots,” which sounds a little like Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” with a doo-wop vibe.

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Swindell, who preceded Bryan on the Mane Stage, has such a great catalog of songs, and while his performances are always good, they’re not great. He just doesn’t have the stage presence that some of his peers make look so effortless. He has fantastic hits such as “Flatliner,” “You Should Be Here,” “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” and, the one that pulls at the heartstrings, “Break Up in the End,” that just about everyone in attendance sang along to.

Kane Brown played the Mane Stage last year but has definitely improved his stage show since. He made a pretty strong statement when he came out to Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” at sunset, a song that became shrouded in controversy when it hit 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 Brown disagrees (Bryan also had the song blaring before he came out on stage, too). Brown opened with a hit, “Baby Come Back to Me,” and delivered his single “What Ifs” without his co-singer Lauren Alaina, who plays the Mane Stage on Sunday. His set was also the first of the day where temperatures dipped below 100 degrees as the unforgiving sun finally sunk behind the mountains and a nice breeze kicked up.

Meanwhile, over on the Palomino Stage, Poison rocker Bret Michaels was ready to party. Michaels, who had been popping up all over the festival throughout the day and even did a barbecue demo with Guy Fieri at the Stagecoach Smokehouse and served tacos to fans, had so much enthusiasm. He let the giant audience that turned out to see him know how grateful he was to finally be playing Stagecoach and kicked off his fun-filled set with Poison’s “Talk Dirty to Me.” Though the rock songs were a few beats slower than usual, fans sill roared along to “Ride the Wind,” “Look What the Cat Dragged In” and a bluesier rendition of Poison’s take on the Loggins & Messina classic “Your Mama Don’t Dance.”

Michaels brought out male and female active duty military members, veterans and their families as he performed “Something to Believe In” and got the entire Palomino singing along to Poison’s power ballad, “Every Rose Has its Thorn.” He also did a new song, “Unbroken,” which he co-wrote with his daughter Jorja Bleu, and ended his set with a rousing rendition of “Nothin’ But a Good Time,” during which he brought out Fieri on stage to sing with him.

Other early day stand-outs included Ashley Monroe over in the Palomino, sweetly singing “Hands On You” and “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery covering George Strait’s “Check Yes or No” on the Mane Stage. Cody Johnson drew a nice crowd to the Palomino with songs like “Wild as You” and “Ride With Me.”

Stagecoach Country Music Festival

When: Friday, April 27

Where: Empire Polo Club, Indio

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Coachella 2019: Billie Eilish’s Weekend 2 set proves she’s the breakout star of the festival

The massive crowd stretched shoulder-to-shoulder from the Outdoor Theatre to more than a football field length away to see 17-year-old Billie Eilish perform her Saturday night set on the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Many sang along to just about every word of her songs.

Girls screamed when she addressed the crowd and Eilish’s presence summoned an incredible energy that kept people dancing in the crowd after the sun went down after a long, hot and windy day at Coachella.

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And Eilish seemed just as excited, and even a little shocked, to be there.

“I literally used to sit in my room and cry because I wanted this (expletive) so bad,” she told the crowd as many yelled back “I love you,” to the young musician.

Dressed in long loose black shorts and a black T-shirt, the singer performed on an almost bare stage with just a drummer on one side and her brother, Finneas O’Connell, on keyboard and bass on the other side.

Unlike last week’s technical difficulties, Eilish started on time and gave a set that was clearly one of the artistic highlights of the weekend.

  • Billie Eilish performs on the Outdoor stage during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio on Saturday, April 20, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Billie Eilish performs on the Outdoor stage during weekend two of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Saturday, April 20, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Billie Eilish performs on the Outdoor stage during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Saturday, April 20, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Billie Eilish performs on the Outdoor stage during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Saturday, April 20, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Billie Eilish performs on the Outdoor stage during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio on Saturday, April 20, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Billie Eilish performs on the Outdoor stage during weekend two of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Saturday, April 20, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Billie Eilish performs on the Outdoor stage during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Saturday, April 20, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

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She opened with “Bad Guy,” from her debut album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” and from there the singer took the crowd through some of her best known songs.

The Los Angeles became a rising star after uploading her song “Ocean Eyes,” which she recorded at home, on Spotify.

The song went viral and since then she has gained a passionate following for her music, which runs the gamut from dark pop, EDM and a bit goth. It’s minimal, yet rich and accompanied by a powerful voice that at times can seem like a whisper driven by the candid honesty in her lyrics.

These are qualities that have endeared her to her young fans.

“She’s different. Her beats and her songs, they just stand out,”  said 11-year Lola Champagne, of La Quinta, who waited along with her mom on the edge of the crowd to see her favorite singer.

“The fact that she’s (accomplished her goal) and she’s a great singer just makes you feel like you can do it,” she added.

The set included songs such as “When the Party’s Over,” “Wish You Were Gay,” “Bury a Friend,” “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” and “Ocean Eyes.”

And just like last week, Vince Staples joined her on stage to perform his verse on the song “&Burn.” As the song ended the Long Beach rapper hugged the singer and she smiled widely.

But it was the audience’s enthusiasm that really got to Eilish.

At one point near the end of her hour-long set, fans were cheering and yelling “we love you” so loudly that she had to stop singing for a while and even lowered her head into her hands and seemed to be wiping away tears.

“I promise you if I could stay up on this stage for the rest of my life I would. Forever,” she told the crowd.

“I feel like I’m not here. Like this isn’t real,” she added.

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