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Stagecoach 2017 Friday Photos (Jerry Lee Lewis, The Zombies, Kurt Vile, more)

The highlight was easily Jerry Lee Lewis, the 81-year-old fiery rock ‘n’ roll pioneer who played to the Palomino tent at his Stagecoach debut. After being brought to the stage in a wheelchair, Lewis walked out with assistants flanking him. Wearing a white suit, Lewis sat down behind the glossy black Yamaha piano and played with verve. Early in the set, if you closed your eyes, you wouldn’t have thought he showed his age at all. And at the end of “Great Balls of Fire,” Lewis even did a leg kick. The only disappointment was that he ended his set more than 20 minutes earlier than scheduled with a finale of “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” As he stood up from the piano, he shooed away his assistants and with the aid of a cane, walked off the stage on his own while the crowd cheered, and then started chanting “Jerry! Jerry!” It was like an episode of “The Jerry Springer Show” without any punches being thrown. via Los Angeles Daily News

Now that both weekends of Coachella are over, Stagecoach has taken over the Empire Polo Club in Indio. The mostly country festival’s lineup includes the likes of Willie Nelson, Margo Price, Cyndi Lauper, and more. Friday saw performances from The Zombies, Jerry Lee Lewis, 4AD-signee John Moreland, Son Volt, Justin Townes Earle, The Sadies (who were joined onstage by Kurt Vile), The Blasters, The Cactus Blossoms, Rhiannon Giddens, and others. Check out pictures in the gallery above.

Stagecoach continues today and Sunday; see the set times. Some sets are available to stream via Pandora, too.

photos by Andrew Jorgensen, Chris Miller, Erik Voake, Everett Fitzpatrick, Jesse Fulton, Michael Drummond, and Mitch Brown, courtesy of Stagecoach

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