Stagecoach 2010: Are you ready for some country music?
What's the difference between Coachella and Stagecoach? It was clear, even before a note sounded at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio for the annual country music festival.
For starters, there are more styles of barbecue at Stagecoach than naval piercings at Coachella, which took place last weekend. And in what alternate universe could you imagine Coachella fans lining up the way Stagecoach enthusiasts are happily doing at the Soap Nation tent in hopes of snagging an autograph or a happy snap with one of the stars of "All My Children," "One Life to Live" or the other stars of ABC daytime TV dramas who are hanging out here this weekend?
In those and numerous other ways, there was no mistaking the widely disparate look and atmosphere at the two events.
Coachella fans pretty much hate anything that smacks of merchandising; Stagecoach-goers can't get enough, and this year there are more vendors than ever, selling not just cowboy hats and boots, but all the accessories. Still, some fans wanted more.
"I'm so bummed," one woman was overheard saying outside the Elusive Cowgirl boutique fashion booth, "that they're not doing tattoos!" But another woman just around the corner had only two requirements to get her day going: "I need alcohol, and some shade!" she told her fest-mates.
The former was clearly easier to come by. But with the thermometer tipping only into the mid-80s by midafternoon, Stagecoach is off to a ridiculously temperate start.
-- Randy Lewis
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Photo: Stagecoach fans rest up for music. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times