Maria Becerra of Coachella directs a festival-goer during Toby Keith's performance at Stagecoach. Denise Goolsby/The Desert Sun
Maria Becerra is working hard for her money during a month-long stint as a security officer at Stagecoach and Coachella Music and Arts Festival.
Becerra, 31, of Coachella – who had been unemployed – jumped at the chance to to work at the festivals, even though it was temporary employment.
She started April 7. Her final day is scheduled for May 10.
“The past two weeks I’ve worked 180 hours,” she said. “I work 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. – 16 hours a day. Some people work 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.”
Toby Keith performs on the Mane Stage at Stagecoach at the Empire Polo Fields on Friday, April 26, 2013, in Indio, Calif. (Marilyn Chung/The Desert Sun)
Trace Adkins, Hank Williams Jr. and Toby Keith, the final three acts Friday on the primary Mane Stage, were friends with George Jones, who died Friday and was honored through the day.
But, by the evening, the Stagecoach party was on.
Adkins planned his Stagecoach appearance with the thoroughness of one of his projects on “Celebrity Apprentice,” rocking the audience with “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and showing his true country colors on the plaintive “This Ain’t No Love Song.”