Just as Coachella has expanded its range in recent years to include more mainstream pop acts, the festival’s country cousin, Stagecoach, has moved beyond its country, bluegrass and Americana roots to also embrace classic and Southern rock. This year’s lineup has a pure-pop twist with appearances from such ’60s survivors as The Zombies and bubble-gum auteur Tommy James & the Shondells, as well as newly countrified city slicker Cyndi Lauper, who recently released Detour, an album of classic country covers. The headliners — Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney and a revitalized Shania Twain, apparently debunking rumors of retirement — don’t vary much from the sunny Nashville pop formula, but there are also flashes of shadowy, down-home intensity from Nikki Lane, The Sadies and Margo Price, not to mention such still-stirring prime movers as Willie Nelson and ever-rambunctious fireball Jerry Lee Lewis. Also Friday & Sunday, April 28 & 30.
With Shania Twain, Brett Eldredge, Kip Moore, Willie Nelson & Family, Maren Morris, Dan & Shay, Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Nikki Lane, Robert Ellis, Tommy James & the Shondells, John Doe and others.