BY: HEATHER EVERETT
This past weekend, a little taste of Nashville was brought to Southern California as country music’s biggest stars stole the show at StageCoach at the Empire Polo Club in Indio – the exact venue that hosted Coachella previously this month. This three-night event was headlined by the incredible trio Eric Church, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. The long list of performances also included top artists Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, and Florida Georgia Line as well as many other up-and-comers.
Despite the intense winds, all of the acts rocked the stage all through the night; and though all acts brought the party to the main stage, the highlight of the weekend was Luke Bryan, who closed out the festival as the final headliner. At his last Stagecoach performance in 2012, Bryan performed when the sun was still shining. However, in the last couple of years, Bryan has gained much more attention.
As always, he got the audience involved, asking “This is your last night. Are y’all ready to party your ass off with me?”
Florida Georgia Line, Bryan’s opening act on Sunday evening, also had a blast on stage, passing their fireball whiskey back and forth before starting their set. As they sang their newest hit “This is How We Roll”, the audience sang along, chanting the words with their hands in the air.
Not only were all of the sets incredible, but the entire festival was redneck crazy! From off-roading tracks and the Ferris wheel, to dance halls, shopping and multiple beer gardens across the grounds, the entire place was one big party. This weekend was definitely an unforgettable experience for everyone.
Almost each and every concert goer proudly wore an American flag printed item, their cowboy boots and cowboy hats. Belt buckles were a popular accessory, and even though the weather was a little cooler than usual, it was the perfect weather for tanning and getting some sun.
Overall, Stagecoach 2014 was a weekend of trucks, beer, and parking lot parties. If you are a lover of all things country, this festival is the perfect fit for you. And as Luke Bryan would say, “if you ain’t here to party you picked the wrong place!”