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2011 Stagecoach California Country Music Festival

Stagecoach Festival
Stagecoach Festival
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April has been a busy month for the desert city of Indio, California. In the past two weeks the city’s Empire Polo Fields have been the site of two huge music festivals, The 2011 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival, and “The Big 4” an all-star heavy metal concert featuring legendary bands Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica and Slayer. This weekend the polo fields will host another sold out music festival, the fifth annual Stagecoach California Country Music Festival.

Since its inception in 2007, the Stagecoach Festival has been the premiere Country Music Festival in all of North America. Unlike last week’s “The Big 4” the Stagecoach takes place over 2 days (April 30 – May 1) and features three stages with over 100,000 concertgoers expected to attend. The festival is known to host an eclectic array of Country artists ranging from old school legacy acts like George Strait and John Fogerty, to newer groups like Nickel Creek and The Zak Brown Band.

This year’s lineup will feature performances from Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Leon Russell and Darius Rucker from Hootie and The Blowfish. Kris Kristofferson was a last minute addition to the lineup when Loretta Lynn cancelled her appearance due to a recent knee surgery. With temperatures expected to reach into the 90’s this weekend, festival goers should plan on staying hydrated and spending a lot of time in the beer gardens.