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.”
Towards the middle of Toby Keith’s set on the Mane Stage Friday, the Stagecoach headliner switched gears to pay tribute to country music legend George Jones, who died Friday morning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Jones, who had been hospitalized since April 18 with irregular blood pressure, was 81.
“He is the face of country music,” Keith told a cheering crowd.
Keith launched into two of Jones’ standards, “She Thinks I Still Care,” and the rockin’ “White Lightning.”
George Jones performs on Sunday, May 4, during Stagecoach 2008. (Michael Buckner, Getty Images)
Stagecoach will no doubt pay tribute today to country legend George Jones, who died this morning
at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure, according to his publicist. Continue Reading
As the sun sets on Weekend 2 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the countdown to Stagecoach begins! On Friday, the official Stagecoach Twitter account posted an Instagram photo checking off the days.
We’re now just over 100 hours away!
In the meantime, enjoy our playlist of Stagecoach 2013 artists:
A Stagecoach 2013 poster that lists Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum and the Zac Brown Band as headliners is circulating on Twitter, and we’ll find out if it’s the real deal at 8 a.m.
STAGECOACH 2013 LINEUP: See it as soon as we get it at this link.