PERFORMING ON THE HALF-PINT HOOTENANNY STAGE:
Friday, April 27 – Minor Emergency
Saturday, April 28 Julia Rizik
Sunday, April 29 Auburn Road
BY LISA MORGAN
Continuing the tradition of bringing the hottest new talent to the festival, Stagecoach 2018 has invited teen rockers Minor Emergency, singer-songwriter Julia Rizik and country-pop trio Auburn Road, to join the ranks of Half Pint Hootenanny stage alumni, Tegan Marie and Temecula Road as this year’s festival newcomers.
To kick off the 3-day festival on Friday, April 27 Coachella Valley’s Minor Emergency (Luke 12, Zoe 12, Brayden 13 and Jake 14) will take the stage. The foursome has already made a name for themselves by rocking favorite classic rock and Americana hits and playing venues alongside established popular Desert bands. In addition to rock n’ roll, Minor Emergency also have a deep love of country music. Brayden began their journey into that genre as a big country fan herself. In addition, Jake has recently taken on the standup bass which lends itself well to the classic country sound. Last spring, the band performed a country only concert to a sold-out crowd and can’t wait to see their country fans at this year’s Stagecoach festival. Minor Emergency continues to show their growing talent, as these genre-mixing tweens and teens perform frequently at venues of all size throughout the Coachella Valley with a set list that includes rock ‘n roll, classic rock, blues, Americana, and of course, country. Minor Emergency can’t wait to hit the Stagecoach stage and show the festival goers what a group of kids can do!
On Saturday, April 28, 17-year-old singer-songwriter Julia Rizik will captivate the stage. At the age of 14, while all the other kids begged their parents for trips to Disneyland, Phoenix, AZ native Rizik, pleaded with her parents to take her to Nashville, TN. Her mom and dad recognized her undeniable talent and agreed to take her to the home of the Grand Ole Opry, AmericanaFest and The Country Music Awards. All she wanted to do was sing at the iconic Bluebird Café and she made sure that she did. These trips became more frequent allowing Rizik to collaborate with like-minded Nashville musicians. While most of her peers were hanging out at the mall and having slumber parties, Rizik was staying up all night writing songs and paying her dues, she was the 2014 winner of the Arizona Teen Idol Singing competition and has performed multiple national anthems for sporting events. She will be performing on Good Morning Arizona on April 20, making her mark at Stagecoach 2018 and graduating from high school in May. Soon after she plans to embark on an exciting road to Nashville, expect to see her on more festivals and fairs this summer.
Closing out the weekend on Sunday, April 29 Pop-Country-Americana, teen trio Auburn Road will be sure to mesmerize with their stunning three-part harmonies. Alicia Paulson, Paxton Martin and Kristen Brown are life-long friends who are staying true to their country roots, but also daring to push the boundaries of the modern genre. With a tell-all, attitude-filled songwriting approach and feisty personalities they are sure to crash through the stereotypes with three voices that blend perfectly together. They self-released their debut Fancy in their senior year of high school, graduated, and have since been busy playing shows, writing and recording songs for their upcoming EP series Mustang Vol. 1 and Mustang Vol. 2. Taking the destiny of their career in their own hands they are funding the upcoming releases through their touring, merchandise sales and a preorder campaign on PledgeMusic (www.pledgemusic.com/projects/auburnroad).
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