We'll just say right off the bat that we're one hundred percent sold on Stagecoach. The county music fest comes on the heels of Coachella, thrown in the same venue by the same production company just two weeks later and recycling its stages, structure and staff. But Stagecoach is very, very different from Coachella, and honestly, that's not such a bad thing. The vibe is more relaxed, the crowds are smaller and guys, you can drink beer at the stages. But comparisons aside, Stagecoach is a great event in its own right. Of course, it has its share of drunken dummies, but it caters to a surprisingly wide range of folks and books some pretty incredible talent. From smaller acts like Parker Millsap and Ben Miller Band to home-run headliners like ZZ Top and Miranda Lambert, the quality of live music at this fest is high, and almost everyone in attendance is actually there to see it. Which, sadly, is pretty rare and pretty refreshing these days at music festivals. This year was our first at Stagecoach, but it most certainly won't be our last; we're modern country music festival converts. Yeehaw!
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