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December 13, 1992
Kevin Thomas, give it a rest about colorization. Of course John Ford never expected "Stagecoach" to be colorized (TV Times, Nov. 29). Ford never expected any of his films to be shrunk to TV size, cut for time, commercialized in the middle or, yes, colorized. But is colorization the evil that deserves the overwhelming vilification of so many reviewers in the media? Colorization can bring new life to films that people, especially teen-agers, won't watch. Perhaps a colorized showing of a classic like "Stagecoach" might squeeze out another showing of something like "The Castaways on Gilligan's Island."
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April 27, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Jason Aldean's purest, most Jason Aldean-ish song -- and therefore, perhaps, the one that got the biggest response during the singer's headlining set Saturday at Stagecoach -- is "1994," from his album "Night Train. " A ready-made crowd-pleaser set at the perfect beer-hoisting tempo, it's got crunching hair-metal guitars, a bouncy hip-hop beat -- and lyrics made up in large part of the titles of songs by another country singer, Joe Diffie. Aldean is a bro-country veteran with huge hits stretching back to 2005, five years before Luke Bryan (who'll close Stagecoach on Sunday)
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April 26, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
INDIO -- It didn't take long Friday for Stagecoach -- the three-day country-music jamboree set to run through Sunday night at the Empire Polo Club -- to differentiate itself from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which took over the same sun-scorched setting for two weekends earlier this month. "I kind of think of this next one as if Rachel Maddow and Ann Coulter went on a blind date -- with an open bar," said Hayes Carll, introducing his song "Another Like You. " The wry Texas-based singer-songwriter was only a few tunes into his early-afternoon set on the Palomino Stage, but already he was injecting a shot of politics that Coachella, with its entitled-hippie vibe, seemed to lack this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
“I don't know if we're a country band,” widely lauded singer and songwriter Jason Isbell said during his set Saturday at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio. “But I'm a country person and I wrote all these songs, so I guess we're a country band.” That issue typically arises in various guises throughout the run of the three-day festival, as acts that draw upon rock, R&B, hip-hop, country, bluegrass, folk, soul and other strains vie for fans' attention. The salient point of Isbell's admonition was that when anyone brings a genuinely great song to the table, the labeling becomes irrelevant.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Jeff Bridges will pick up his guitar again for Southland performances next month at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles and at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, and he'll be joined at both by his band, the Abiders. Bridges will play the El Rey on April 25, then heads to Indio for his Stagecoach performance the following day, wrapping up a tour of five Western states with a dozen stops. He'll be drawing from his 2011 major label album, “Jeff Bridges,” as well as from some of the material he sang for his Oscar-winning role as washed-up country singer Bad Blake in the 2009 film “Crazy Heart.” His tour opens April 1 in Folsom, Calif., but at Folsom Lake College, not Folsom Prison.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below.
Veterans and newbies coexist peacefully, if sometimes noisily, at Stagecoach, where aspiring youths and occasionally oldsters looking for fresh horizons get spotlight time in the early going, before the tried-and-true acts take over in the evening. Florida Georgia Line, the group from - surprise! - Florida and Georgia just won the title of new artist of the year at the recent Academy of Country Music Awards, and got a shot on the Mane Stage in front of the majority of festival attendees.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The scene in the early hours of Stagecoach 2014 invites a philosophical inquiry of Socratic dimension: Which came first: the deluge of country songs about girls in Daisy Dukes, or the deluge of girls in said Daisy Dukes? Perhaps that historic first song, whichever tune it was that warrants blame for the outpouring of one-dimensional celebrations of imagined rural life that barely run skin deep, was inspired by some real-world situation. Even so, the subsequent assembly line response from the Nashville songwriting community no doubt has fueled the sea of cutoff jeans that constituted part of the official uniform of at least half the country music audience today in Indio.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2010
Reporting from Indio The old gag about people who brag about loving both kinds of music — country and western — gets a twist at Stagecoach. Out in the desert, the annual festival serves up both kinds of country music: that which sells, and everything else. Fest-goers generally fall into one camp or the other, and even though it often feels that the gap between is a great divide, there's not a hint of rivalry among these groups that otherwise rarely intersect. The majority, predictably, plop down their blankets and lawn chairs — the kind with the built-in, beer-friendly cup holders — in front of the Mane Stage, where on Saturday the lineup was topped by a couple of contemporary country's more pop-driven acts, Keith Urban and Sugarland, and Sunday by the hard-charging likes of Toby Keith and Brooks & Dunn.
OPINION
August 31, 2003
Re "Stagecoach Crash Kills Horse, Hurts Riders at Knott's," Aug. 21: As an engineer I am appalled by state regulators' rationale for not investigating the stagecoach accident at Knott's Berry Farm. I'm guessing that they don't consider the stagecoach a mechanical ride because it has no motor, but it is a mechanical device nevertheless, and a brake failure is a mechanical failure. By the same standard, the ship rigging accident at Disneyland that led to the current amusement park laws would not have been considered worthy of investigation except for the tragic death and injury it caused.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2012 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
INDIO - The Stagecoach Country Music Festival moved into its seventh edition this weekend, and even though that's young by festival standards, Stagecoach has become enough of a cultural force that participants and fans are beginning to use it as a yardstick on their lives, like penciled growth marks scribbled on a family's kitchen wall. Acts that once were low in the ranks have sprouted up to the top of the heap, some elder members of the musical family have passed on, a few estranged relatives have returned to the fold, and new blood is welcomed into the mix with each succeeding year.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Eric Church performed Friday night at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival before a wall built of several dozen amplifiers. Or at least they appeared to be amplifiers: With the singer's nickname "Chief" emblazoned on them in place of the amp maker Marshall's iconic logo, the large black boxes were almost certainly stage props -- a visual expression of the guitar-band intensity Church was promising in a headlining set that opened with his song...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The pendulum, as pendulums do, has swung, a realization that couldn't be more apparent than at the opening day of the 2014 edition of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio. One long-guiding principle of country music is that women constitute the majority of the listening audience, and do most of the buying of country music. With a few exceptions that have proved the rule, male performers outnumber women, and how and what they sing about provides a window into the hearts and minds of the women they're singing to. In the 1990s and 2000s, we heard a lot from men who were striving to be the good guy: Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Clint Black and others wrote and sang songs expressing various facets of a persistent theme about wanting to be better men, even when they failed to live up to their own expectations.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
It felt like a scene from the ABC series "Nashville. " Before a modestly sized crowd Saturday afternoon at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, Holly Williams performed an assured set of no-frills country tunes that might've won the approval of her late grandfather, the pioneering roots-music giant Hank Williams. Then she gave the Mane Stage over to Danielle Bradbery, who after introducing herself as "Season 4 winner of 'The Voice'" proceeded to cover Katy Perry's "Roar" for an audience considerably larger than Williams'.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Michael Nesmith's name is far more often associated with the Monkees than the birth of Southern California country rock. Yet the former rock sitcom star played a key part in a 1960s scene when long hair and cowboy boots all a sudden made sense together. Nesmith blended rock and country music alongside artists such as Linda Ronstadt and Gram Parsons. Much of it happened at the Troubadour, where the hybrid sound was taking shape. "Linda would come play, the Dillards, [Roger] McGuinn would come play, [David]
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The scene in the early hours of Stagecoach 2014 invites a philosophical inquiry of Socratic dimension: Which came first: the deluge of country songs about girls in Daisy Dukes, or the deluge of girls in said Daisy Dukes? Perhaps that historic first song, whichever tune it was that warrants blame for the outpouring of one-dimensional celebrations of imagined rural life that barely run skin deep, was inspired by some real-world situation. Even so, the subsequent assembly line response from the Nashville songwriting community no doubt has fueled the sea of cutoff jeans that constituted part of the official uniform of at least half the country music audience today in Indio.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Set times for the 2014 Stagecoach Country Music Festival have been released by promoter Goldenvoice, which means festival-goers can now start figuring out whether to bypass newcomer Easton Corbin on Friday afternoon to catch Lynyrd Skynyrd playing at roughly the same time across the grounds at the Palomino Stage. Or if they'll have to sacrifice “American Pie” singer-songwriter Don McLean as the sun sets on Saturday to take in Pistol Annies member Ashley Monroe's performance at that same part of the day. One of the most impressive stretches of the entire weekend kicks in Sunday afternoon on the Palomino Stage, starting just before 3 p.m. when rising Americana duo Shovels & Rope performs, followed by “Twang Guitar King” Duane Eddy at 3:50 p.m., then veteran rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson at 4:55 p.m., country-rock pioneer (and part-time Monkee)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2009 | Steve Harvey
There is almost nothing to suggest the wild, frontier past of Onizuka Street in Little Tokyo. Nothing to suggest that it once was traversed by racing stagecoaches in the 1850s, "with passengers and drivers yelling, and wheels often locked hub to hub to bring up a cloud of dust," as recounted in the history book "Nuestro Pueblo." Onizuka, formerly named Weller Street, is now a sedate one-block stretch of road, renamed for Ellison Onizuka, the astronaut who was killed in the 1986 Challenger explosion.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2008 | Randy Lewis, Lewis is a Times staff writer.
The Stagecoach country music festival returns for its third year next spring with a lineup topped by Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley and Kid Rock among dozens of country, bluegrass, folk and roots-rock performers who will rendezvous in Indio, Calif., once again. Chesney, who was one of the headliners for Stagecoach's inaugural outing, is returning, while McEntire, Paisley and Kid Rock will be making their debuts at the festival. The event expanded from two days in 2007 to three days last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
At one point during a recent day I spent with Eric Church while reporting a feature story on the country singer, Dwight Yoakam's "Honky Tonk Man" came on the radio in the van that was taking us to "Jimmy Kimmel Live. " Church stopped talking to listen to the song, then threw out a bit of Yoakam trivia: The video for " Honky Tonk Man ," he said with obvious respect, was the first country clip shown on MTV. Now Church is putting his admiration into action. The younger star announced Wednesday that he'll team with Yoakam for a North American arena tour this fall, a victory lap of sorts behind Church's album "The Outsiders," which debuted at No. 1 in February with sales of 288,000 copies -- the year's biggest sales week so far. PHOTOS: Concerts by The L.A. Times The trek is scheduled to launch Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2013 | By August Brown
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Empire Polo Club Stagecoach Country Music Festival, April 25-27 (Fri.) Shrine Expo Hall Steve Aoki, Nov. 15 (now) El Rey Theatre The Mowgli's, Dec. 11 (Fri.); the White Panda, Dec. 7 (Sat.) Fonda Theatre Darkside, Jan. 25 (Fri.); the Aquabats, Dec. 7 (Sat.) The Wiltern Panic! at the Disco, Feb. 16 (Fri.); Amanda Miguel y Diego Verdaguer, Nov. 15 (Sat.)
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