Shania Twain’s new music, Willie Nelson’s birthday and everything that happened Saturday – Orange County Register

Shania Twain started her inaugural performance at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival with fireworks and kept the explosiveness going all night Saturday with her headlining set that included new music.

And how was the personable diva going to celebrate after she left the stage? With a big bag of dill potato chips. Check out the photos of Twain performing at Stagecoach.

Before Twain brought down the house – or, more appropriately, field – there were parties going on all over the place. Stagecoach has a vibe all its own, from the RV campground to off-roading in the back of the festival. We chronicled some of the things that only happen at Stagecoach.

Another thing that was unique about Stagecoach 2017 was the crowd of thousands that celebrated Willie Nelson’s 84th birthday in the Palomino Tent. Nelson played his biggest hits and the send ended in an all-star jam that included a fair amount of the performers who played the stage earlier in the day, such as Jamey Johnson, John Doe and Margo Price. Oh, and then Neil Young showed up to jam on the harmonica after the crowd sang ‘Happy Birthday” to Nelson.

Oddly enough, Nelson wasn’t the only birthday boy on stage Saturday. Tommy James, of Tommy James and the Shondells, celebrated his 70th birthday with a set on the Palomino stage in the early evening. Packed with hits, the performance was a fun romp that opened with “Draggin’ the Line” and ended with a “Mony Mony” dance party. During the latter, James maneuvered his way off the stage to shake hands across the hay bale barrier with fans in the front row. Earlier in the performance, a glitch of some kind that seemingly involved an acoustic guitar led to James telling a knock knock joke and the crowd serenading him with “Happy Birthday.” Other highlights included “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Crimson and Clover.”

More favorites from the Palomino Tent were the rollicking Margo Price as well as John Doe, the latter of whom dropped…

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