Stagecoach 2017: Kip Moore gets rowdy with fans at sunset

When Kip Moore turns his snapback hat backwards, he means business.  The 37-year-old singer-songwriter was ready to get wild during his Mane Stage performance at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio on Saturday.

Going on at sunset, just as Mother Nature provided her own breathtaking light show painting the sky various shades of pink, purple and orange, Moore kicked off his set with “Wild Ones.” Fans flooded into the front-of-stage corral and roared along to his hit “Beer Money” and a countrified cover of Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle.”

“I love being here,” Moore said during an interview in the backstage artist compound before his turn. “It’s one of those festivals that there’s so much hype around it that you find the different kind of energy in the crowd so I’m stoked to be back.”

Moore made his Stagecoach debut back in 2015, performing on the first night of the fest on the Mane Stage just before Jake Owen and headliner Tim McGraw.

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2017. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2017. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2017. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2017. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore performs on the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kip Moore stands for a portrait behind the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Kip Moore stands for a portrait behind the Mane Stage Saturday April 28, 2017 on the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. (Photo by Will Lester-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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“I love that sunset time slot,” he said, cracking a smile. “They’re not overboard drunk yet so it’s a good slot. They’re not there yet, but we’ll get them there, I know how these things go.”

The exclusivity of a Stagecoach appearance is something Moore takes seriously as he noted that he tends to change up his set – sometimes on the fly – based on what he’s feeling from the crowd.

“I’ve never been one of those that sticks to the same exact set so I’m definitely paying attention to what the vibe of the crowd is,” he said. “I feed off of what they’re giving me.”

Moore said he was stoked to be on the same bill as country music legend Willie Nelson, who performed on his 84th birthday in front of a massive crowd at the Palomino Stage, and genre icon and one of his biggest crushes, Shania Twain.

“Shania, she used to be my girl,” he said with a  laugh. “It’s going to be neat to see her tonight, it’s nice to see her out playing again.”

Last month, Moore got his chance to play radio DJ as he hosted the weekday, midday show on KKGO Go Country 105.1 FM, an experience that he said he had a lot of fun doing and he also got to debut his new song, “More Girls Like You.”

Whereas his last album, “Wild Ones,” was more about going out, getting rowdy and having a good time, “More Girls Like You” has more sweeter sentiment. Moore said it’s a reflection of him becoming more open to the idea of settling down and eventually having children.

“I’m hoping that the new record will be out by early August,” he said. “I’ve been working on it so much and we shot a bunch of videos for it to put out throughout the summer so we’re ready and we’re excited.”

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Stagecoach 2017: Everything that went down on Friday

Nearly a decade ago, Dierks Bentley was playing the Mane Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in the bright sunlight just after another up-and-coming star named Taylor Swift. But on Friday, Bentley was the king of the festival as he headlined the opening night of the festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. We have photographic proof.

Before Bentley’s headlining set there were plenty of other notable performances, including sets from Cole Swindell and Elle King, who both joined Bentley during his show.

Long before Bentley took the Mane Stage, 19-year-old Bailey Bryan opened Stagecoach 2017 with songs off her brand new EP. Bryan told reporter Kelli Skye Fadroski about what it was like to play Stagecoach and what happened when she saw some fellow performers backstage.

Away from the Mane Stage, which draws the largest crowd at Stagecoach, there was a lot of really great music between upstarts and legends.

The highlight was easily Jerry Lee Lewis, the 81-year-old fiery rock ‘n’ roll pioneer who played to the Palomino tent at his Stagecoach debut. After being brought to the stage in a wheelchair, Lewis walked out with assistants flanking him. Wearing a white suit, Lewis sat down behind the glossy black Yamaha piano and played with verve. Early in the set, if you closed your eyes, you wouldn’t have thought he showed his age at all. And at the end of “Great Balls of Fire,” Lewis even did a leg kick.

The only disappointment was that he ended his set more than 20 minutes earlier than scheduled with a finale of “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” As he stood up from the piano, he shooed away his assistants and with the aid of a cane, walked off the stage on his own while the crowd cheered, and then started chanting “Jerry! Jerry!” It was like an episode of “The Jerry Springer Show” without any punches being thrown.

Even more fans were on hand to see the Southern rockers in 38 Special deliver an hour of hits that included the rousing “Rockin Into the Night,” “Caught Up In You” and “Hold On Loosely” as well as ’80s adult contemporary ballad “Second Chance.”

Earlier in the day, The Zombies performed a harmony-laden stellar set that included newer material as well as classics such as “She’s Not There” and “Time of the Season.”  Singer Colin Blunstone introduced another track, “I Want You Back Again,” as a cover of Tom Petty’s cover of a Zombies song. The band also performed a cover of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles “You Really Got a Hold on Me,” which might have made Stagecoach history as the first Motown cover.

Check out all of the photos of the performers from Friday.

Other highlights of the set included “Hold Your Head Up,” which became a hit for Argent, the band Zombies founder and keyboardist Rod Argent formed after the Zombies’ demise but was actually co-written by Argent and original Zombies bassist Chris White. While introducing the song, Argent said when people sing along to the chorus, they usually sing the wrong words, “Hold your head up, woah,” and implored the audience to sing along correctly with the real lyrics: “Hold your head up, woman.” The crowd happily obliged.

On the nearby Mustang Stage, Son Volt had an electrifying set that didn’t have as many fans as it richly deserved as Jay Farrar and company played a rip-roaring set. Earlier in the afternoon, Anderson East brought some soul to Stagecoach –  complete with a horn section –  with a batch of songs that included an impeccable cover of the Faces’ “Stay With Me” and a crowd sing-along to “I Can See Clearly Now.” However, there was no sighting of his girlfriend and former Stagecoach headliner Miranda Lambert.

It was all part of the Stagecoach vibes. If you want to know what it’s like to really be at the festival, take a look at our photos on the ground. Also, Stagecoach is very different from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which occupies the grounds for the previous two weekends. However, both festivals share a love of Korean barbecue tacos.

If you’re at Stagecoach, here’s where you can get free stuff. Everybody loves free stuff. And if you’re not at Stagecoach, you can follow us all weekend long on Snapchat and Instagram or on our Stagecoach live blog.

Get ready for Saturday night, when Shania Twain makes her Stagecoach debut.

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