An appearance at Stagecoach may seem a bit of a stretch for lead singer and songwriter Kearny Nick Jones of psychobilly band Tiger Army, but the artist was right at home among country fans during his Saturday performance.
Unlike Jones’ three-piece gig, his solo act under the stage name Nick 13, allows him to completely submerge himself in the blue grass tunes of the 30s through 60s, eras of music he’s fascinated by.
“As the years went on, I found myself going further and further back to those years as a listener,” said Jones. “I’m just drawn to it.”
Nick 13 poses with reporter Beth Roessner
Playing at a country festival under intense conditions could be enough to throw a band off their game, but Rhode Island-based, folk duo Brown Bird showed fans a bluesy side of music.
The Americana-style band kicked off the final day of Stagecoach on the Mustang Stage. The two don’t consider themselves a country act–the almost-bluesy style or the ornate tattooing on both partners could be indicators–but as the hour-long set continued, the crowd steadily grew.
The heat of the desert wasn’t something they’re used to, admitted singer David Lamb, but the performance didn’t lag.
Rhode Island-based Americana band, Brown Bird, weathered the heat and showed the country fans they can fit right in. (Beth Roessner/The Desert Sun)
MorganEve Swain lent her female voice and effortlessly switched from stand-up bass, violin and cello, while her partner, Lamb stomped out simple-foot percussion and strummed the tunes.
The mercury slowly crept higher and higher and the line approaching the Stagecoach main entry grew longer.
Fans queued up outside of the main gates, seeking shade from a rot iron fence. The impending noon heat and high temperatures of the day were no deterrent for country music fans on the final day of the Stagecoach festival.
The past two days and heat may have taken a toll on some, but many fans were still in high spirits and anxiously awaiting the day’s lineup. Headliner Zac Brown Band was an act on many radars.
Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum talks with bandmates in their trailer backstage at Stagecoach at the Empire Polo Fields on Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Indio, Calif. (Marilyn Chung/The Desert Sun)
Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum wasn’t showing much of a baby bump when the band appeared this week on “The Voice.” That’s because the segment was shot in February.
Scott is heading into her seventh month of pregnancy and she said while sitting in the band’s air-conditioned trailer waiting for the opportunity to perform for more than 40,000 fans as Saturday’s headliner she’s having to compartmentalize her life.
This year I got a little brave – I decided to go to both Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festivals weekends.
For a split second I thought it might be too much, but it wasn’t.
Each weekend was such a different experience and had its own special moments.
DJ Alf Alpha performs at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs on March 30, 2013. (Wade Byars, The Desert Sun)
If you missed Alf Alpha
last week and our photos
and video from the Palm Springs block party
aren’t quite enough to satisfy your Alf Alpha needs, you can catch the Coachella Valley DJ on Wednesday evening at a free College of the Desert
Alf Alpha is set to perform at the artists’ reception for the annual COD student scholarship exhibition, which also serves as the closing reception for the Desertscapes exhibit. Continue Reading
We got some hints Monday from AXS TV’s broadcast schedule, but now we have details on when all your favorite country music artists will play Stagecoach 2013: Continue Reading
Have you heard of Coachella acts Dr. Schlomo and the GI Clinic, The Obesity Epidemic and The Chelsea Clintons?
If so, you or someone you know may have been fooled by “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Continue Reading
Fans raise their arms as Eric Prydz performs Sunday at Coachella. (Brian Indrelunas, The Desert Sun)
The closest I came to hearing Eric Prydz
‘s “Call On Me” performed this month was when a poolside DJ at the Ace Hotel
played “Valerie” by Steve Winwood
— despite the fact that I was at Prydz’s Coachella set from the beginning to the bittersweet end Sunday. Continue Reading
Thank God for second chances.
This time around, as the Red Hot Chili Peppers closed out Coachella, Anthony Keidis didn’t have enough sand in his lungs to “throw up a small sand box.”
The finale still wasn’t spectacular. There no holograms. There weren’t any surprise guests or or stand-out moments.
But in their fourth performance at the festival — assuming this year counts as two appearances — the famous lead singer showed off his familiar pipes. They brought their reliable energy and guitar riffs to the main stage.