Stagecoach 2019 Day 3: Jason Aldean Pays Tribute to Route 91 Victims, Lil Nas X Performs 'Old Town Road'
The final day of the 2019 Stagecoach Festival was a rollercoaster ride of emotions for festivalgoers and performers alike. While acts like Lauren Alaina, Jimmie Allen, Abby Anderson and Adam Hambrick made their debut at the festival, veteran artists Jason Aldean and Old Dominion shared their gratitude at being back and playing the Mane Stage.
Here’s the rundown of timestamped Day Three highlights in the desert at Stagecoach 2019.
1:45 p.m. Abby Anderson’s star power shined brightly during the singer’s festival opening set. She had those in attendance dancing along to covers including Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” as well as her original material like feel good new single “Good Lord” and the tongue-in-cheek “Naked Truth.” A charismatic performer, Anderson’s energy was contagious, and her engaging set was one of the most memorable at the SiriusXM stage.
2:30 p.m. Singer-songwriter Adam Hambrick shared his songwriting prowess throughout his set on the SiriusXM stage as he performed popular country songs he penned, including Justin Moore’s “Somebody Else Will” and Dan + Shay’s “How Not To.” His unique blend of country songwriting and pop production impressed on catchy summer anthem “All You, All Night, All Summer” and his infectious debut single “Rockin’ All Night Long.” With a soulful voice that mesmerized the afternoon festival crowd, Hambrick said he loved the way the genre tells stories. “Country music was the first thing that ever had an impact on me,” he confessed.
3:22 p.m. Newcomer Jimmie Allen commanded the SiriusXM stage as if he was headlining Stagecoach, and it’s only a matter of time until he does so. The singer powered through technical difficulties to deliver one of the most engaging performances of the festival weekend. Midway-through new single “Make Me Want To,” he asked the crowd to sing along. “I know it’s a new song, but do you feel like singing?” Moments later the festival grounds erupted in a sing-along, to which even Allen looked surprised. The energy only continued from there.
Later, Allen brought out Anderson for a stirring duet of “Shallow” from A Star Is Born before kicking off “Best Shot” acoustic, which included him segueing into a snippet of Coldplay’s “Fix You.” Additional highlights included a cover of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” while singing in the audience for the anthemic “Underdogs.” “We’re all out here chasing something. You keep chasing it and don’t you quit. You be good to people and you work hard,” he stressed.
5:15 p.m. Danielle Bradbery has grown into a confident performer since winning The Voice in 2013. Her set on the Mane Stage showcased her powerhouse vocals as she sang a slew of songs from her catalog, as well as covers of “Shallow” and Carrie Underwood’s “Last Name.” “Did you all hear me butcher that last note?” she asked after performing the Underwood hit. While songs like “Messy” and “Worth It” showcased her vocal range, feel-good track “Sway” had the audience dancing along as she commanded them to “sway to the left and sway to the right.”
6:20 p.m. Lauren Alaina’s star power was evidenced by her comical and poignant set Sunday evening. With a slew of cover songs that demonstrated her vocal range, it was her self-penned tunes that left the greatest mark. Several songs into her set, the Georgia native brought up a male fan in the crowd to dance along to “Next Boyfriend" -- Zach, while donning a fanny pack, sang, danced and twerked to every line of the song. “Zach, you know every word of the song, except you made it, ‘My next girlfriend,’” Alaina marveled. “This doesn’t happen often. They don’t usually come up and know the words. I’m living my best life.”
Her memorable set including back-to-back hits “Road Less Traveled” and “What Ifs” as well as a powerful performance of “Three,” where Alaina got visibly emotional seeing a young girl in the front row sing along to every word. “I dreamed up this dream in the backseat of my parents’ car and I dreamed up dreams like playing on this stage, playing at Stagecoach,” she said. “I cannot believe that I am here. If you have a dream, do it. You can be whatever you want to be.”
7:40 p.m. Old Dominion barely stopped to take a breath during their 60-minute hit-laden set on the Mane Stage. Their energy never wavered as they performed previous singles “Hotel Key,” “Written in the Sand,” “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” “Song for Another Time,” “Snapback” and “Break Up with Him.” After playing their latest single, “Make It Sweet,” which the band wrote and recorded the same day, frontman Matthew Ramsey thanked the crowd for their support and their latest chart topper.
“Right now, it’s the No. 1 song in the country,” he told the crowd. “I cannot think of any other place to play a song when it’s No. 1 than right here at Stagecoach. There is no feeling like this. I mentioned earlier about how the last time we played here, there were a lot less people and how much our lives have changed. I just can’t stress enough how important you are to us and how amazing it is that you pack in here like this. To allow us to come here and share our music is more than we can ever dream of.”
9:40 Headliner Jason Aldean closed out the festival with his unique brand of country. His hit-laden country-rock set included fan favorites from his decade-plus catalog branching back to 2005’s “Hicktown” as well as “Amarillo Sky” and “Johnny Cash,” all the way to current single “Rearview Town.”
One of the more emotional moments of the festival was when Aldean acknowledged the victims of Route 91 Festival. “Last time I saw some of you guys, we got a little cut off,” Aldean told the crowd before playing “When She Says Baby.” The song was the one he was performing when a gunman open fired on the Route 91 Festival crowd in 2017. At Stagecoach, it served as a powerful moment that silenced the crowd.
Soon after, Aldean kicked things up a notch with high-energy tracks “My Kinda Party,” “Dirt Road” and “She’s Country.” “Stagecoach is supposed to be one big party,” Aldean said. “The party is pretty good, but I think it’s time we kick this bitch into overdrive. What you think?” With screams from the 80,000 in attendance, he did exactly that.
10:55 Following Aldean’s headlining performance, Diplo closed out the festival with his hour-long late-night set at the Palomino tent. With rumors of several surprise guests, thousands of country fans flocked to the stage where the DJ remixed some of the genre’s biggest hits. Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus drew the biggest screams when they joined Diplo to perform the live debut of the DJ’s latest remix of “Old Town Road.”
“Let me tell you, it’s a country song,” Diplo asserted ahead of performing the track. Additional surprise guests included Cam, who performed their new country collaboration “So Long,” and Sam Hunt, who performed “Body Like a Back Road.”