INDIO >> The final day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival featured some of the best weather and even better music performances to close out the eighth annual event that celebrated all-things Americana.
Nashville headliner Luke Bryan didn’t disappoint as Sunday night headliner with songs like “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” “Drunk On You” and “Drink A Beer” and was able keep a larger portion of the fans throughout his set thanks to the cool and calm weather. Fellow headliners Eric Church and Jason Aldean, who performed Friday and Saturday respectively, weren’t as lucky as they battled high winds that whipped sand throughout the festival grounds.
Byran thanked fans for singing along to “Drink A Beer” and just before performing “Suntan City,” proclaimed: “Y’all got me feeling like spring break out here Stagecoach. C’mon!”
Warming up the crowd before Bryan was Florida Georgia Line, who were actually in the audience for Bryan’s set, and they could do no wrong in the eyes of the Stagecoach fans.
From No. 1 hits like 2012’s “Cruise” to fan favorites like 2013’s “Round Here,” the energy never stopped for the young duo consisting of Tyler Hubbard from Georgia and Brian Kelley from Florida.
I See Hawks In L.A. was the first act on Sunday and played popular songs “Humboldt” and “Good and Foolish Time” to which the audience tapped their toes and nursed their first beers of the day.
Other acts who gave strong sets included veteran singer/songwriter John Prine (who has famous fans like Bob Dylan and Roger Waters) and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame star Wanda Jackson, considered the queen of rockabilly.
Early in the day, Charlie Worsham entertained the crowd by joking around in between songs, but seriously playing guitar and banjo solos flawlessly on the Mane Stage.
Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, the young trio of New Jersey brothers, showed off their musical prowess on the fiddle, banjo and guitar, impressing the audience with effortless bluegrass performances song after song on the Mustang Stage. The crowd screamed for more, to which they shyly obliged.
Asleep At The Wheel, also at the Mustang Stage earlier on Sunday, brought a solid and energetic performance that was well attended, with people dancing with partners and spinning around to their songs.
Blake Bolster, 27, of Canada said it was tough for him to pick a highlight for the day as he enjoyed every performance he caught, but said Bryan’s performance stood out because “he has a great stage presence.”
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