|Official Stagecoach 2017 festival|
Goldenvoice just announced the line up for the 2017 edition of the Stagecoach Festival or "California's Country Music Festival" as they are sub-titling it. I've been going for several years, now and I highly recommend the experience, particularly in direct comparison to Coachella, which is essentially a non-starter unless you have artist level passes. Staqgecoach works with three stages instead of five, and basically the main headliners have no direct competition. The main attraction for me is the third stage, or the "Americana" stage, which usually has the majority of the non mainstream country acts worth seeing.
The down-bill line up is particularly strong this year, and I'm not just saying that because homegirl Margo Price is playing Saturday. If you look at the bottom lines of the poster you've got Cowboy Junkies, Terry Allen, Brent Cobb, Tommy James and the Shondelles, John Doe, Son Volt, Justin Townes Earle and The Zombies. That's in addition to Los Lobos, Cyndi Lauper and Willie Nelson getting headliner status this year.
I encourage people to give Stagecoach a try if they are "over" Coachella.