Compton Cowboys, DJ of ‘The Bachelor’

Get the beer boots and koozies ready, y’all. It’s almost time for Stagecoach.

Featuring new music from festival artists Thomas Rhet, Maren Morris and Carrie Underwood released last month, anticipation is growing for the return of the California country music festival.

We’ve compiled a list of must-do activities at Stagecoach 2022, which is scheduled for Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1 at Empire Polo Club in Indio. From Guy Fieri’s cooking demonstrations to a set led by “The Bachelorette” contestant turned DJ Blake Horstmann, there’s plenty to enjoy beyond the main stages.

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As headliner Thomas Rhett would say, “don’t threaten us with having a good time”…

Get artistic at the Toyota Music Den

Toyota Music Den organizers are getting in touch with their creative side this year with live paintings of commemorative Stagecoach Festival posters. If you need a break from stopping by the scenes, head to this area for some fun, which also includes several Instagram-ready spots where you can “walk on the walls in the gravity-defying side shoot.” “, according to a recent tweet from Stagecoach.

Discover the Compton Cowboys

Clean California Compton Cowboys using horseback riding to inspire young people in downtown Los Angeles to seek a lifestyle outside of their neighborhood gangs. The famous group of black riders – Straight Outta Richland Farms, as the website states – is made up of longtime friends who aim to both influence young people and highlight “the rich heritage of African Americans. in terms of equine and Western heritage”. The Compton Cowboys are heading to Stagecoach for the first time this year, so be sure to say hello and take some time to learn more about the group’s history.

Guy Fieri takes Bret Michaels to flavortown at Guy's Stagecoach Smokehouse at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, California on April 26, 2019.

Direction Flavortown with Guy Fieri

Attention all “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and “Guy’s Grocery Games” fans, America’s (arguably) most enthusiastic chef has returned to Stagecoach. Savor regional barbecue favorites from across the country at Guy’s Stagecoach Smokehouse, which is a place to grab grub as well as a place to enjoy cooking demonstrations with performers Midland (April 29), LoCash (April 30 ) and Luke Combs (May 1).

The Ferris wheel at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio on Saturday.

Take a ride on the iconic Ferris wheel

We all know the sight of this festival staple after seeing some enviable social media posts from celebrities and friends. If you want to see the scenic vistas of Santa Rosa Mountain yourself (or if you’re just in for the Instagram post, we won’t judge), take a ride at an additional cost that has yet to be announced. Point: Don’t go at sunset unless you have the patience of a kindergarten teacher.

Shop till you drop

Need a keepsake to honor your Stagecoach experience? Country singer Nikki Lane is there for you at Nikki Lane’s Stage Stop Marketplace, a music-soaked shopping area that brings all the classic country styles from Nashville to Indio. The market features Lane’s vintage brick-and-mortar shop, High Class Hillbilly, as well as up-and-coming artists from around the country on the Horseshoe scene.

On Friday, festival-goers do the Watermelon Crawl, a well-known line dance, in the Stagecoach Honkytonk.

Hit the dance floor

Whether you have a strong desire to line dance or you’re just hot and need an air-conditioned break from the main stages, Honkytonk Dance Hall is your place. Dancers of all levels are sure to improve their skills in two round dance, line dance and country hoedown after an hour at this festival gem. But if you just want to watch from afar, that’s perfectly acceptable too. Point: Dancers who need a break from the Honkytonk but want to keep the party going can head to the Monster Energy Lounge and get a free can of the energy drink to get them moving on the trademark dance floor.

Jump in the driver’s seat

Get behind the wheel of a Toyota truck or SUV on the manufacturer’s off-road course, then join Ivan “Ironman” Stewart, Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee and 15-time champion race driver, with his team of professional drivers, for an “Off-Road Thrill Ride” accessible via the Toyota Music Den tent.

Enjoy a musical nightcap with Diplo

If you’re not ready for the end of the day, head to the Palomino Tent for the festival’s first jam session on Saturday night with rising country star Orville Peck starting at 11:20 p.m. On Sundays, head to the same location to enjoy Diplo’s Late Night in Palomino returning at 10:50 p.m. The beloved producer/DJ behind Morgan Wallen’s “Heartless” collab promises to have a few surprises up his sleeve.

Watch a reality TV personality DJ

It might be a bit of a niche for the average attendee, but those of us unlucky enough to be addicted to “The Bachelor” franchise know that Stagecoach has a reputation for causing a lot of drama for others. actors of “The Bachelor”. The infamous instigator of all this drama, Blake Horstmann (best known as Becca Kufrin’s 2018 “Bachelorette” season runner-up), is now – randomly – a DJ, and in a comedic twist of events, has been invited to DJ at this year’s festival. Catch him performing at Honkytonk Dance Hall on a yet-to-be-released date that we’ll be watching.

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