Earl Scruggs at Stagecoach

Earl Scruggs, who just turned 85-years-old, was probably the highlight for me tonight. I saw this while Reba continues to perform and Brad Paisley has yet to hit the stage.

Scruggs put on a bluegrass clinic (as usual) inside the Mustang tent. The tent was only half-full when I entered at 6:20 p.m. but it was packed when Scruggs went on at 6:40 p.m. A negative was that Little Big Town’s sound bled over but as soon as Scruggs and his high-powered band started, everything else stopped.

Scruggs and his band, which included sons Gary (who introduced a lot of the songs) and I believe Randy. Earl Scruggs performed the melodic “Stringline Cannonball,” the speedy fiddle and (of course) banjo “Soldiers Joy,” “Doing My Time” (where the audience clapping along to the beat), “Sally Goodin'” and others.

Earl Scruggs fingers are still as nimble as ever and he truly looks happy performing. Definitely check him out if you get a chance.



Lines updated

The bathroom and check I.D. lines I counted earlier? They’re wrong. By a LOT. Try at least more than a 100 people per line (and I’m not the best counter by any means). The lines are a lot worse here than Coachella, that’s for sure. Even the food lines look worse to me. 

As an example, and this is when Charie Daniels performed, there were at least 70 people in the bathroom line.

The shortest lines, if you plan on coming here Sunday, appear to be when you first get in the festival and there are restrooms to your left.  

Stagecoach and Coachella similarities and differences

Lets start with stage names.

Which, for the record, are Mane, Mustang and Palomino. For Coachella it’s Coachella, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi tent, Mojave tent and Sahara tent.

The audience at the Stagecoach Festival runs from young to old, which was the case with Coachella also, at least on Friday (Paul McCartney and Leonard Cohen definitely helped).

A lot of cowboy hats, cowboy boots and blue jeans (I even saw a confederate flag syled bra) are at the Stagecoach festival Coachella tends to bring more diversity (so much that I can’t actually think of a theme right now but I can tell you I didn’t see any confederate flags).

The lines to the I.D. check here run what look to be 70 to 80 deep. Coachella’s I.D. check was maybe half (but then again at Stagecoach you can take your beer anywhere unlike Coachella where you are stuck in certain areas).

Kidstown. There is nothing like this at Coachella.

Reserved seating. See above.

Stagecoach BBQ. See above.




Stagecoach festival and Darius Rucker

Darius Rucker is to the right of me (I’m in the press tent) and just performed “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” on the Mane stage. His band’s sound is really crisp and his vocals sound as strong now as on his album “Learn To Live.” On the way in I heard him singing the Hootie and the Blowfish hit “Let Her Cry” and now he’s on their hit “Hold My Hand.” I guess the thinking is if you have no idea about his country material you’ll definitely know these songs (and I can hear the audience singing along so he’s right).


Redneck Ninja at Folk Music Center Sat. Apr. 25


Saturday, April 25, 2009

Redneck Ninja Featuring Pat Brayer & John York


Patrick Brayer rose up out of the steeltown mire of Fontana California singing and writing, if not from, then about, a whole new dictionary of thought and word. His style has been called everything from Psychedelic Country, Catholic and Western, to Ezra Pound meets Hank Williams. His fans include the likes of everyone from Alison Krauss, Lyle Lovett, Leo Kottke, Ben Harper, John Doe, Alan Jackson, and Barry Lopez. As he always likes to say, “My songs lead a much more interesting life than I do, and I want to keep it that way.”


Through his work with The Byrds, Clarence White, Gene Clark, Rick Danko, and Nicky Hopkins, regional great John York has etched himself a permanent groove in the annals of American music. John currently has 5 CDs available. Arigatou Baby, Claremont Dragon, Sacred Path Songs, Clan Mother Songs (with Jamie Sams,) and Koto (with Yukiko Matsuyama.) The TV show “The Place Where I Am Dreaming” featured John’s artistic collaboration with his wife, artist Sumi Foley. Recently, John has composed and recorded music for the lyrics of Kim Fowley on West Coast Revelation.


Call (909) 624-2928 for concert times, ticket availability and more information.

Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Ave.,Claremont, CA 91711.http://www.folkmusiccenter.com/

OPEN MIC NIGHTS – Last Sunday of every month. (THIS Sunday, April 26!)

6:30p (sign-ups and doors @ 6:00)Bring your own instruments; soundman and PA provided.

Sunday set times for Stagecoach festival



(Above) Kenny Chesney–9:15 p.m.

Kid Rock–7:30 to 8:45 p.m.

Miranda Lambert–6 to 7 p.m.

Lady Antebellum–4:40 to 5:35 p.m.

Zac Brown Band–3:25 to 4:15 p.m.

Randy Houser–2:15 to 3 p.m.



Dale Watson–8:50 to 9:40 p.m.

Jim Lauderdale–7:40 to 8:30 p.m.

Knitters–6:30 to 7:20 p.m.

Poco–5 to 6:10 p.m.

Pure Prairie League–3:45 to 4:35 p.m.

Jerry Jeff Walker–2:35 to 3:25 p.m.

The Duhks–1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

James Intveld–12:40 to 1:15 p.m.



Hot Club of Cowtown–7:30 to 8:20 p.m.

Ralph Stanley–6 to 7:15 p.m.

Ricky Scaggs–4:25 to 5:40 p.m.

Peter Rowan–2:50 to 4:05 p.m.

Greensky Bluegrass–1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Saturday set times for Stagecoach festival



(Above) Brad Paisley–9:30 p.m.

Reba McEntire–8 to 9 p.m.

Little Big Town–6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Darius Rucker–5 to 6 p.m.

Danielle Peck–3:50 to 4:40 p.m.



Charlie Daniels Band–7:25 to 9 p.m.

Reverend Horton heat–6 to 7 p.m.

Kevin Costner & Modern West–4:45 to 5:35 p.m.

Lynn Anderson–3:35 to 4:20 p.m.

The Sacred Cowboys–2:30 to 3:10 p.m.

Maxim Ludwig and the Santa Fe Seven–1:35 to 2:05 p.m.

John Linn Band–12:45 to 1:20 p.m.



Earl Scruggs–6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Doyle Lawson–4:50 to 6:05 p.m.

The Infamous Stringdusters–3:25 to 4:25 p.m

Chris Stuart and Back Country–2:20 to 3:05 p.m.

Waddie Mitchell (and hosting all day) 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

The Kills rock the stage

Standing on the speakers The Kills’ guitarist
and lead singer Allison sang along to an edgier version of “URA Fever,” to open
their set.

From the start the crowd
was ready to jam, clapping along to “The last day of Magic.”

“Hello people that came to Coachella” she said.

I was also able to catch “Tape
Song”, “Getting down” and
“Alphabet Pony” before I had to leave for The Cure.

Zia Records purchases at Coachella

So I might have been a day
late, but in honor or Record Store Day I headed to Zia Records on Sunday.

The tent was over by the Gobi
tent and after Devendra Banhart’s set made my way to the store.

From what Wes tells me,
Virgin Record store use to occupy that space. This store is based in
Phoenix and also has locations in Las Vegas.

I was a little disappointed
to realize that had I gone in earlier I could have met some of the day’s acts.

Oh well.

But I bought three cds: Beirut and Dr Dog acts and then the
latest ep from Death Cab for Cutie.

Even though I was a day
late I still got a commemorative “Record Store Day,” plastic bag with my

Hollywood makes it to Coachella

Los Angeles may have been more than 120 miles away from the Polo Field
grounds in Indio but from what I hear and saw there was no shortage of celebrity

I actually had a few of my own.

In the first day I spotted
Kate Bosworth and I believe promoter Brent Bolthouse. I actually saw Bosworth
later on that night looking for a spot to catch Paul McCartney.

Also it was rumored that Ann Hathaway as well as Twlight actor, Robert Pattinson were there on Friday but I never saw them.

On Sunday my sister said she spotted reality star “Mystery,”
from the dating-advice show on VH1.

As I watched Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs I saw Alicia Silverstone
pass by and fresh off their
performance, Peter and John were seen making their way back to the VIP area.