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Stagecoach 2016: After a Decade of Stagecoach, It's Time to Ponder What the Next Decade Should Bring

Stagecoach 2016: After a Decade of Stagecoach, It's Time to Ponder What the Next Decade Should Bring

Monday, May 02, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Stagecoach celebrated its 10th year in 2016. Since its 2007 debut, it’s become one of the most successful country-music festivals in the world, popular with locals and visitors alike.

But that’s not to say it doesn’t have room to improve.

Stagecoach has had some truly epic moments. I first attended St...

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Stagecoach 2016: Meet A. Rae and the Rescue Dogs, Featuring Two Orange County Girls on a Mission

Stagecoach 2016: Meet A. Rae and the Rescue Dogs, Featuring Two Orange County Girls on a Mission

Monday, May 02, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Alexa and Avery Roemer are two kids from Orange County with a passion: rescue dogs. They shared that passion with Stagecoach attendees through their band, A. Rae and the Rescue Dogs.

Alexa, 10, and Avery, 9, were born into a musical family. Their mother, Kelly Rae, leads the Kelly Rae Band, which als...

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Coachella/Stagecoach 2016: As the Festivals Grow, So Does the Job of Austin Whitney and the Americans With Disabilities Act Team

Coachella/Stagecoach 2016: As the Festivals Grow, So Does the Job of Austin Whitney and the Americans With Disabilities Act Team

Monday, May 02, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

In 2013, I covered Coachella and Stagecoach for the first time for the Coachella Valley Independent —but I had concerns about doing so. In the fall of 2011, I suffered a serious back injury. As a result, I am unable to stand or sit for long periods of time.

Thankfully, while on site during Coachella in ...

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Stagecoach 2016: Pokey LaFarge's Old-School Coolness Is a Day 2 Highlight

Stagecoach 2016: Pokey LaFarge's Old-School Coolness Is a Day 2 Highlight

Sunday, May 01, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

There are a lot of cool things to see at Stagecoach—and Pokey LaFarge was the coolest thing to see on Saturday afternoon in the Mustang Tent.

The St. Louis-born and -raised performer is a true roots-music enthusiast. He’s not a revival act; he lives and breathes vintage music from the ’30s and ’40s.

O...

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Stagecoach 2016: A Chat With Dale Watson, Honky Tonk Legend and Purveyor of Classic Country

Stagecoach 2016: A Chat With Dale Watson, Honky Tonk Legend and Purveyor of Classic Country

Saturday, April 30, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Dale Watson is a honky tonk hero and a legend of country music—in part because he wholeheartedly eschews the mainstream.

Originally from Birmingham, Ala., Watson now calls Austin, Texas, home. He owns a saloon there called the Little Longhorn Saloon, which is home to “Chicken Shit Bingo”—a weekly eve...

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Stagecoach 2016: Emmylou Harris Keeps It Simple—and Can Still Wow an Audience

Stagecoach 2016: Emmylou Harris Keeps It Simple—and Can Still Wow an Audience

Saturday, April 30, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

There are no bells nor whistles to Emmylou Harris does. Her show includes just guitars, bass, percussion—and stunning vocals.

This lesson was learned by those who stopped by her headlining performance in the Palomino Tent on Friday night at Stagecoach. For one hour, she mostly stood in the same place...

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