The Stagecoach Country Music Festival had its second day at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Saturday and there was plenty of heart on display.
One of the biggest things that happened during the day was a special song and dance in the afternoon in the Honkytonk Dance Hall to honor the victims and the survivors of the Route 91 and Borderline shootings. Honey County performed a special version of the song “Country Strong” while 150 line dancers performed a routine created by Stagecoach dance captain Anne Marie Dunn, who is based in Rancho Cucamonga, and Kristal Lynn Konzen, a dance teacher at the Borderline.
On the stages, Sam Hunt made his headlining debut at the festival and with his genre-blurring set, gave the crowd a taste of what’s to come Sunday with Diplo’s after party.
But before Hunt, fans mobbed the Palomino tent to see Lynyrd Skynyrd’s farewell tour, which stopped at Stagecoach and brought the biggest crowd ever to the stage. Yes, it outpaced Skynyrd’s 2014 performance in the same spot. The band’s set included all of the hits, culminating in a giant “Sweet Home Alabama” sing-along before “Free Bird” took us home.
Check out photos of Hunt, Luke Combs, Cam and Lynyrd Skynyrd and all of the performers and fans we saw on Saturday.
We also spotted some celebrities at the festival, including Brandi Cyrus and Kellan Lutz. The Stagecoach fans who aren’t celebrities confronted a pop culture issue — “Avengers: Endgame” spoilers.
And while it wasn’t quite as sweltering as Friday, but Saturday brought some heat back to Stagecoach and concert goers tried to cool off.
One of the best places to hide from mean Mr. Sun? A hidden tiki bar. We went there.
We’ll be back at Stagecoach Sunday for the final day of the fest. Follow our team’s live updates from the field and see all of our photos and stories throughout the weekend.