Stagecoach

Photo courtesy of the artist Margo Price

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 Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30.

With Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell, Randy Houser, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jon Pardi, Maddie & Tae, 38 Special, Elle King, The Zombies, Rhiannon Giddens, Son Volt, Justin Townes Earle, The Blasters, The Cactus Blossoms and others.
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