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Stagecoach 2017 Day 1: Best Live and Backstage Photos

Jerry Lee Lewis, Dierks Bentley and Jon Pardi lead off this year’s edition of the California festival

Jerry Lee Lewis

Rockabilly icon Jerry Lee Lewis hammers out a tune on the piano at the 2017 Stagecoach Festival.

Joseph Llanes

Like its pop and rock counterpart Coachella, the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California is a big tent for all things country and roots, ranging from mainstream heavyweights to underground Americana heroes. The 2017 edition opened on Friday, April 28th, with performances from Dierks Bentley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Maddie and Tae and soul revivalist Anderson East, among others. Rolling Stone Country contributing photographer Joseph Llanes was on the scene, capturing spectacular footage of this year’s crop of performers.