Festival producer Goldenvoice announced an attendance figure for its Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals this month that is larger than the population of Coachella Valley.
Arrests dropping during all three festival weekends for Coachella and Stagecoach.
Police made a total of 171 arrests over two Coachella weekends, down from 235 last year. They made 124 arrests during Stagecoach, down from 174 last year. During all three weekends, the majority on alcohol- and drug-related charges — and, most popularly, underage drinking.
More than 80,000 people paid for entrance into the sold-out Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival each weekend. An estimated 45,000 people paid to get into Stagecoach Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
Law enforcement from across Southern California are tapped to be on the grounds — including the four police departments in the valley (Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indio and Palm Springs) and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Here’s the recap of arrest numbers, from Indio police:
The Atlanta Georgia-based Zac Brown Band closed out the 2013 edition of Stagecoach Sunday night with their 2008 chart-topping hit, “Chicken Fried,” a fun loving, down-homesy tune about the simple pleasures of Southern living.
The group’s captivating hour and forty minute set served up some tantalizing string work by fiddling phenom Jimmy De Martini.
De Martini just killed it, especially on “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” a song the band dedicated to Charley Daniels, who performed Sunday afternoon at Stagecoach.
The Charlie Daniels Band opened to a very appreciative and energetic crowd Sunday night in the Palomino tent.
It was filled to the brim with fans dancing in the crowd and on hay bales. A beach ball was even being thrown around.
For 76-years-old, Charlie Daniels can still fiddle like crazy.
During the first weekend of Coachella, half of Hollywood shows up in the Coachella Valley to hit the show or the associated parties. At Stagecoach, though, the celebrities are more likely to be on stage than in the crowd.
There’s some recognizable solo artists who sneak up on some fans as part of a band: Kenny Loggins played Sunday with his Blue Sky Riders, and Norah Jones played Friday with her The Little Willies.
A few actor-turned-singers also made the 2013 lineup with their side projects: Continue Reading
They do it for any number of reasons; to keep the romance of the American cowboy alive, for the love of performing or the elaborate cowboy get ups. Whatever the reason, it’s been a fun 35 years of making music for cowboy band Riders in the Sky.
The four-man, Nashville-based band brought their zest for the west to a crowd jazzed for their four-piece harmony and comedy.
Ranger Doug strummed the guitar, Too Slim stroked the bass, Joey the Cowpolka King provided the accordion and Woody Paul fiddled. .
Their work with Disney and Pixar helped them earn two Grammy Awards, making them the only cowboy band to have won the distinction, let along twice.
The record-breaking heat wave kicked it up another notch on Sunday — breaking Stagecoach records for the second day in a row.
It hit 107 degrees at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, where more than 45,000 people have crowded in for the Stagecoach Festival.
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.”
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.
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.
Ashton Kutcher got into a violent melee with security at the Stagecoach country music festival, according to TMZ.
Kutcher was in the VIP area Saturday afternoon to check out Nick 13 and Dwight Yoakam when a woman approached him to say, “Hi” and shake his hand, according to sources cited by TMZ.
“We’re told that when Kutcher went to greet the woman, security intervened and shoved the two of them … and chaos ensued,” according to TMZ.