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Stagecoach 2017 isn’t Kenny Chensey’s first rodeo

Country star Kenny Chesney will return to headline the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio for a fourth time on Sunday, April 30. (Photo by Allister Ann) Country star Kenny Chesney will return to headline the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio for a fourth time on Sunday, April 30. (Photo by Jill Turnnell) Country star Kenny Chesney will return to headline the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio for a fourth time on Sunday, April 30. (Photo by Allister Ann) Kenny Chesney (pictured performing right alongside legend Willie Nelson to honor the late Merle Haggard in April) will return to headline the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio for a fourth time on Sunday, April 30. Nelson will also perform on Saturday, April 29. (Photo by Al Wagner, Associated Press) Country star Kenny Chesney will return to headline the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio for a fourth time on Sunday, April 30. (Photo by Allister Ann) Country star Kenny Chesney (pictured performing at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio in 2009) will return to headline Stagecoach for a fourth time on Sunday, April 30. (Photo by Dan Steinberg, Associated Press) Show Caption of Expand
Country music singer-songwriter and record producer Kenny Chesney is no stranger to the annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival. In fact, he was one of the headliners at the very first fest back in 2007 and he liked it so much that he returned in 2009 and again in 2011.
Though it has been six years since he’s set foot on the sprawling landscape of the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Chesney has certainly kept himself busy. He dominated Angel Stadium in Anaheim with his No Shoes Nation Tour in 2013, sold out the Rose Bowl in Pasadena with The Big Revival Tour in 2015 and rocked the Sleep Train (now Mattress Firm) Amphitheatre in Chula Vista with his Spread the Love Tour last summer.

However, none of that means that the eight-time Entertainment of the Year award-winner with over two dozen No. 1 singles to his name thinks that closing out Stagecoach for a fourth time on Sunday, April 30 is going to be a piece of cake.
“The thing about Stagecoach is the fans,” Chesney said via an email interview earlier this month. “They love music and all kinds of music. Not just the stuff you hear on the radio, but the deep-dive stuff, historic stuff, roots stuff – and it brings a real hunger and curiosity. So when we’re playing to those folks Sunday night, it sets a pretty high bar because I know they’ve seen the best of everything there is to see. And even with all that music, they cheer louder, sing along more and make us feel like we’re the first act they’ve seen all weekend.”
The 49-year-old entertainer has been winning over his No Shoes Nation legion of fans with cuts like “Summertime,” “Beer in Mexico,” “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem,” “I Go Back,” “Never Wanted Nothing More,” “Don’t Blink,” “When the Sun Goes Down” and more, but he’s also bringing new music to Stagecoach as his 17th studio album, “Cosmic Hallelujah,” dropped last October.  So far, the record has spawned a trio of singles including “Noise,” “Bar at the End of the World” and the No.1 single “Setting the World on Fire” which features pop star Pink.

Since he’s not doing one of his massive summer tours this year, instead opting to only play a couple of stadiums, arenas and a few festivals including Stagecoach, Chesney said that with the lack of dates, he and the band are putting an entire tour’s worth of energy into each gig.
“We played our first date of 2017 on the beach in Fort Lauderdale and every single person in the band hit that stage with so much hunger and so much passion,” he said. “Every note means so much, because there’s all that anticipation and missing playing for all these months wrapped up in it.”
Stagecoach Country Music Festival
With: Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Shania Twain, Cole Swindell, Randy Houser, Jerry Lee Lewis, Brett Eldredge, Kip Moore, Willie Nelson & the Family, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr, Cam, Los Lobos, the Zombies, 38 Special, Travis Tritt, Wynonna & the Big Noise, Elle King, John Doe and many more.
When: Friday, April 28-Sunday, April 30
Where: Empire Polo Club, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio
Tickets: Three-day general admission is available for $329 and C2 Corral Reserved Seating is $899 at StagecoachFestival.com . The Corral Standing Pit and C1 Corral Reserved Seating are sold out.

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