Stagecoach Country Music Festival Day 2: In pictures

INDIO, CA – Day two of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival featured a dazzling headlining performance from Carrie Underwood, complete with several outfit changes and a surprise appearance from Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose during her set.

Her performance included many plays, including pyrotechnics and a choir.

Carrie Underwood performs at the Stagecoach Music Festival. (Renee Schiavone/Patch)

Underwood brought in Rose to perform two of his band’s hard rock classics, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City.”

Axl Rose joins Carrie Underwood on her Saturday night headliner. (Renee Schiavone/Patch)

Underwood, a self-proclaimed Guns N’ Roses fan, later thanked Rose on Twitter for “making this lifelong dream come true!!!”

Underwood’s set followed performances by the Osborne brothers, Lee Brice, Cody Jinks and others.

Guy Fieri films Carrie Underwood as she performs her headlining set. (Renee Schiavone/Patch)

The country-pop superstar was also among the Stagecoach artists who reacted on Twitter to the death of country singer Naomi Judd on Saturday, tweeting, “Country music has lost a true legend…sing with the angels, Naomi!!! We’re all sending prayers for the Judd family today…”

The Osborne brothers perform at the Stagecoach Music Festival. (Renee Schiavone/Patch)

Maren Morris, who performed on the Mane Stage on Friday night, tweeted: “Rest In Peace Naomi Judd. Honored to have seen ‘Love Can Build a Bridge’ just a few weeks ago.”

Guy Fieri was also present for the Underwood set and could be seen filming the country star from the photo pit. Earlier Saturday, attendees were able to enjoy his barbecue at the Stagecoach Smokehouse.
He was joined by chefs Kevin Bludso, owner of Bludso BBQ in Compton, and Chris Schobel, owner of Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse restaurant in Kihei, Hawaii, the Desert Sun reported.

The Stagecoach country music festival ends on Sunday with Luke Combs headlining after performances by The Black Crowes, Cody Johnson, Smokey Robinson and others.

Doors open at noon at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, with Flatland Cavalry’s first performance on the Palomino Stage beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Combs is scheduled to perform at 9:15 p.m. on the Mane Stage and the evening will conclude with a performance by Diplo on the Palomino Stage at 10:50 p.m.

Performances will be streamed on YouTube at www.youtube.com/stagecoach.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Gerald R. Schneider