The country crowd is taking over this palm tree city of Indio,CA with a purpose! Country has once again come to town. You see young and old alike strutting their best cowboy hats and boots, settin up camp sites & parking the RV's, and of course taking time to sit back & have a cold beverage. Restaurants & hotels are booming as well. Gates open at noon both days & once that happens GA ticket holders make a mad dash to stake their ground to spend the day listening to an array of artist's. Sat on the Mane stage they will be greeted with Stealing Angels sharing their strong harmonies. Following with great sounds & bravado will be Steel Magnolia, Chris Young, Darius Rucker and closing out the night will be one of the three headlining acts, the ever entertaining crowd pleaser, Kenny Chesney. What a way to round out the day. On the Palamino stage one can enjoy the day and unique sounds of Secret Sisters, Rodney Crowell, and country music legend Mel Tillis. To cap off this set will be the music icon Kris Kristofferson who joined the line to replace Loretta Lynn who is recovering from knee surgery. Do you think this is enough music for one day? It will fit the bill till Sunday when we start all over. There are "rumblings" of a surprise artist appearance but I had not heard anything today. It was a day of driving, picking up tickets & credentials & getting the lay of the land for Saturday's adventure. This will be a music fest for everyone to become family and have a good time. I did remember to pack two very important things: sunscreen & patience.