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.