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Stagecoach Festival gets underway in Indio



The Stagecoach festival Ferris wheel was a popular attraction as night fell over Indio on Friday.
The Stagecoach festival Ferris wheel was a popular attraction as night fell over Indio on Friday.
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The Stagecoach festival Ferris wheel was a popular attraction as night fell over Indio on Friday.
Country rocker Brett Elderedge at this weekend's Stagecoach music festival.
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The Stagecoach festival Ferris wheel was a popular attraction as night fell over Indio on Friday.
The Stagecoach festival crowd as seen from high above the Indio polo grounds at dusk.
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The Stagecoach festival Ferris wheel was a popular attraction as night fell over Indio on Friday.
Pop country crooner Sara Evans at Friday’s Stagecoach country music festival
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The Stagecoach festival Ferris wheel was a popular attraction as night fell over Indio on Friday.
Pop country crooner Sara Evans at Friday’s Stagecoach country music festival
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The Stagecoach festival Ferris wheel was a popular attraction as night fell over Indio on Friday.
Country star Jason Aldean capped the first day of the Stagecoach music festival in Indio on Friday.
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The Stagecoach festival Ferris wheel was a popular attraction as night fell over Indio on Friday.
Country rocker Brett Elderedge at this weekend's Stagecoach music festival.
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The Stagecoach festival Ferris wheel was a popular attraction as night fell over Indio on Friday.
Stagecoach fans display a silk-screened poster of this weekend's Stagecoach festival in Inidio
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The Stagecoach festival Ferris wheel was a popular attraction as night fell over Indio on Friday.
Country star Jason Aldean capped the first day of the Stagecoach music festival in Indio on Friday.
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The Stagecoach Festival, Coachella Festival's country cousin, is in full swing this weekend in Indio featuring over three dozen country, bluegrass and country rock acts.

Friday was capped by performances by Jason Aldean, Alabama and Sara Evans who spurred some of the heartiest sing-a-longs of the evening. Like many contemporary country acts, Evans borrowed from classic rock ending her set with a raucous, countrified version of Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me." 

The festival includes Nashville superstars Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert alongside rising stars like The Band Perry and Eli Young.

The festival is rounded out by a diverse mix of country rock (Jayhawks, the Mavericks, Dave Alvin), bluegrass legends (Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury) and lots of left field choices including actor-comedian Steve Martin's bluegrass ensemble the Steep Canyon Rangers and a reunion by cult Inland Empire county rockers the Unforgiven.

About 55,000 people are expected to attend the 3-day festival. That's roughly 20,000 fewer each day than Stagecoach's cousin festival Coachella.

The Stagecoach wheels keep spinning' through Sunday night with a closing night performances by Cheryl Crow and Brad Paisley.