Stagecoach Saturday Honky-tonk

Rodney Atkins ~photo Pat Krause
Story and photos by Pat Krause
Story and photos by Pat Krause

Stagecoach Saturday April 25th had some of the top names in country music on the Mane Stage. Jana Kramer and Phil Vassar played in the afternoon. Rodney Atkins led off the night session with Dierks Bentley following him. The final performance of the night on any stage was Lady Antebellum. The crowds all headed to the Mane stage to listen to them.

Some of the early performers were Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants, Westbound Rangers, Honky-tonk Angels Band,Justin Townes Earle, and Sons and Brothers followed by Nick 13. Legendary Suzy Bogguss played on the Mustang Stage at 4. The Lone Bellow followed her on the Palimino Stage. Another Fan favorite Marty Stuart played at 5:30 and he brought out his wife to sing with him and his band. Dwight Yoakam was the last performer on the Palomino Stage for the day.

It was a really hot day as temperatures climbed to over 100. Fans found shady areas like the Toyota World of Wonder area where they were teaching line dancing. Others found the BBQ area where they were having a BBQ cook-off. There were a few areas for shade and others just camped out on blankets and enjoyed the sunshine. None seemed to mind the heat.

I noticed several small children on Saturday making it a day out with the family. There is the Half-pint Hootenanny where kids have something special just for them to enjoy the event. The crowds were fewer this year as there were strict restrictions on camping with no car camping at all. Security had a big presence at this festival hoping to keep down arrests for drinking.