Stagecoach 2015

Fan and singer Clare Dunn ~photo Pat Krause
Story and photos by Pat Krause
Story and photos by Pat Krause

It’s hard to believe that this is the 9th Stagecoach event, and that it has become one of the topmost country music festivals in the U.S. The event brings in the highest country stars along with stars from yesteryear and stars from a diverse type of music for all to enjoy. That is what makes this event so different from other festivals, the diversity of the music. Country, Blue Grass with fiddles, Harmonicas and accordions, Country rock and even some rock and pop performers. Music for all as stage areas was filled for some of the most well known stars.

They just announced the top female vocalist of the year, Miranda Lambert, stole the show with her songs, ‘Short Shorts’ and ‘Lace Nylons’. She showed why she was chosen as the entertainer of the year. Miranda was the headliner for Saturday, and she followed Justin Moore and Dierks Bentley that had the crowd wanting more. Friday night’s performers were Jake Owen, and Kip Moore followed by Headliner Tim McGraw. Sunday night had top names, The Band Perry and Sara Evans followed by headliner Blake Sheldon, well known for his judging on the Voice. All these acts were on the Mane Stage.

The other Palomino stage saw stars like Gregg Allman, Mickey Gilley, George Thorogood, Oakridge Boys, Eric Burdon, The Time Jumpers with Vince Gill, Merle Haggard and ZZ Top that had the whole area filled to overflowing with people. People were finding space to dance outside the Palomino stage. Mustang Stage saw so many performers from some of the alternative types of music and many newcomers that are making a name for themselves in music, Balsam Range, Hot Rize; Steve Earle and Devil Makes Three to name just a few.

There is so much more to do and see at Stagecoach. There is the Honkytonks where people can hear new musicians, and DJs perform where they can also dance. The vendors were so numerous with a variety of foods offered, Clothes to buy, Hats and cowboy gear, Tattoo’s parlors with the real and fake variety, a place to make a personal tee-shirt and much more. There were water stations, shade areas and charging stations for cell phones and hay bales for people to sit and rest. It’s no wonder tickets sell out so fast for this event.