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August 25, 1988 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
Stagecoach Ginny held onto the reins as she drove the Wells Fargo stage down Main Street in the typical small-town, hands-in-pocket parade at the 66th annual Red Bluff Round-Up. Stagecoach Ginny is Virginia Fellingham, 64, for 30 years a full-time professional stagecoach driver for the San Francisco-based banking company. She has driven a Wells Fargo stagecoach in more than 3,000 parades and rodeos. Fellingham and her team of horses were as calm as the quiet sea as they headed down Main Street.
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ENTERTAINMENT
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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BUSINESS
July 12, 1994 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an age when theme parks are judged by their latest roller coasters or computerized simulators, a perennial favorite at Knott's Berry Farm is an anachronism. The stagecoach ride--an enduringly popular attraction that features authentic vehicles pulled by real horses--draws guests willing to stand in line for the opportunity to travel in the style of the previous century.
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.
NEWS
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2011
Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood are all veterans of the Stagecoach Festival, colloquially regarded as "the country Coachella. " But their megastar wattage gets a nice underpinning this year from grizzled veterans such as Kris Kristofferson and Leon Russell and edgy youngsters such as Phosphorescent and the Punch Brothers. Empire Polo Grounds, Indio. 1 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $149. http://www.stagecoachfestival.com.
OPINION
March 18, 2005
When last seen leaving California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was aboard a sleek jet, not a stagecoach. But under an anachronistic provision of the state Constitution, ratified in 1879, the governor is stripped of his powers the second he leaves California. The lieutenant governor assumes full authority until the chief executive returns to the state, even though the No. 2 is often a member of the opposition party, as is the case today.
NEWS
July 31, 1994 | Kevin Thomas
The approaching centennial of John Ford's birth is being marked by a UCLA Film Archive retrospective calling attention to his monumental achievement, but if you have cable you can watch this compelling 1939 classic, one of Ford's most beloved and finest achievements. Character is revealed against considerable action as passengers aboard a stagecoach travel through dangerous territory.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2008 | Geoff Boucher
Time to book a hotel room in Indio. The next Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be April 17 to 19 and its country cousin, the Stagecoach Festival, will be the following weekend, April 25 and 26. No word on the talent lineups yet. Why is Coachella being held a week earlier next year? AEG Live, the concert promotion company that became a partner in the event in 2001, is also the corporate engine these days behind the grand old New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which will be held April 24 to 26 and April 30 to May 3. For logistical reasons the decision was made to avoid overlap.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2000 | MATT SURMAN
The Stagecoach Inn Museum is seeking volunteers interested in learning about the history of the Conejo Valley and possibly becoming museum docents. Training includes information on early cultures and lectures by experts on the Chumash and the pioneers. Upon completion of the course, students are invited to act as docents for the museum. Docents lead tours, help with the museum's elementary school program or work in its store for two three-hour shifts each month.
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
July 11, 1999
* The Conejo Valley Historical Society will hold its 35th annual Fiesta Del Triunfo benefit dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Spanish Hills Country Club, 999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo. There will be music, dancing and a tribute to top volunteers of the Conejo Valley. Proceeds will benefit the Stagecoach Inn Museum. $70. Reservations: 495-8317 or 495-8774. Restaurant Group to Host Golf Benefit * The Ventura County chapter of the California Restaurant Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2008 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
The West, wild or otherwise, and the way it has played on the imagination of composers is the idea behind the Pacific Symphony's American Composers Festival this year. Does that mean the great outdoors? Yes. Cowboys and Indians? Of course. Might we also include a 13th century British astronomer and Olivia Newton-John? It's a free country.
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.)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Eric Church , Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan will headline the 2014 Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, festival organizers announced Thursday. They top the three-day bill scheduled for April 25-27 that's heavy on freshmen and sophomore country acts including Hunter Hayes, Brantley Gilbert, Easton Corbin, Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice and Dustin Lynch. But deeper into the lineup, which will be spread across three stages, are veterans such as Loretta Lynn, John Prine, Brenda Lee, Michael Nesmith, Asleep at the Wheel, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Duane Eddy, Shelby Lynne and Crystal Gayle, who is Loretta Lynn's sister.
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