Before you know it, April will be here again and those of us who love music will be headed back to the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio for one of our favorite musical taste-treats, Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival. But long before April, those who want to attend the three-day long event will need to plan ahead so that tickets can be procured and strategies can be set as to who/what to bring and where to stay. This year’s online box office opens promptly on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific. Stagecoach and the even bigger two weekends of Coachella Music Festival both sell out quickly, so don’t dilly-dally!
This year’s line-up even tops the great artists who have played in years past! New and old favorites like Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr., Trace Adkins, Lady Antebellum, and Dwight Yoakam will be joined by Hollywood hunks like Jeff Bridges and John C. Reilly (both highly accomplished musicians). And there will be music on all three stages on all three days, with the Mane Stage reserved for those performers with the largest numbers of fans.
With almost 60,000 visitors descending upon our fabulous Palm Springs Valley, it’s not just admission passes you have to think about. It’s also wise to plan ahead for your accommodations. There are all kinds of great places to stay, including the wonderful resorts in my neck of the woods in Rancho Mirage: The Westin Mission Hills, Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, and Agua Caliente Resort Spa Casino. For the more budget-minded, there are other options, such as the Holiday Inn Express or the Hilton Garden Inn, both also in Rancho Mirage. Thankfully, from my home and these nearby lodgings, it’s only a short 13.7-mile drive to the festival—give or take a tenth or two.
Stagecoach music festival is beloved by the loyal lovers of all things Western. So figure out logistics, don your cowboy boots and hats, and come on out next April. Look for me in my signature pink rhinestones!