Starting from the very beginning of my Los Angeles adventure was the Stagecoach Music Fest 2013. Imagine 50,000 of your closest country music loving friends gathering together in the desert of Indio, California to frolic under the blue skies and fiery hot sun while two-stepping the days and nights away to an endless list of legends in the Country Music world. Some of my favorites were Toby Keith, Thompson Square, Trace Adkins, Zac Brown Band, Don Williams, Dwight Yoakam, Hank Williams Jr, Lady Antebellum, Lonestar, Charlie Daniels Band, Charley Pride, Darius Rucker and Dierks Bentley. UN-believable! The key to survival is to douse yourself in sunblock and drown yourself in water, staying far far away from alcohol. Booze + 113 degree heat = serious trouble. Food and retail vendors galore. Misting spray machines, water fountains and random water gun angels throughout the field. A rare patch of shade. Spectacular people watching. Prepare to sweat a LOT and be covered in dirt. An impressively well behaved crowd as compared to Coachella where everyone is drugged out of their skulls. For someone who is there to fully enjoy the live music I would say, pace yourself and plan carefully according to lineup schedules. Note to those interested in attending, advance sale tickets are available as early as June for the following year and you better reserve a hotel room as soon as possible unless you have desert connections or want to sleep in your car. Yes, I’m a bit of a concert freak but it was a totally outstanding festival of live country western music and I had a blast!