Thousands of country music fans were greeted at Indio’s Empire Polo Club by triple-digit heat to attend the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, which is billed as “country music’s biggest party.”
The three-day festival treads on the heels of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on the same grounds and ran this year from Friday through Sunday, featuring more than 60 artists including Luke Bryan, Kane Brown and Chris Stapleton.
The Compton Cowboys were returning for a second year as a special guest to share their story and experiences with festival goers. And Nelly was scheduled to make an appearance Saturday night.
Los Angeles Times staff photographer Allen J. Schaben has photographed Stagecoach since the second festival in 2008 and takes us around the cowboy-hat-studded landscape this weekend along with his son Evan.
See photos from last year’s Stagecoach here: “One photographer reveals the magic of Stagecoach’s country legends”
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