Stagecoach is no Coachella, but the annual country music festival still has its share of celebrity guests.
A few of them are already confirmed to attend this weekend’s three-day event in Indio, Calif.
Last year, we spotted Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson East and “Walmart Yodel Kid” Mason Ramsey on the festival grounds. In 2017, Bradley Cooper showed up to the Empire Polo Club to film scenes for this year’s smash hit “A Star is Born.”
This weekend looks to be no exception. Here are the celebrities who are (or will be) at the festival.
Rita Wilsons’ husband, Tom
Rita Wilson drew an impressive early afternoon crowd to the Palomino Stage for her set on Saturday. Several hundred fans — and actor Tom Hanks, who happens to be her husband — were treated to a heartfelt set, including the song “Throw Me A Party” that she wrote while battling breast cancer. Several fans yelled “I love you” from the audience. Think Tom is jealous?
Jessie James Decker and Eric Decker
Former NFL player Eric Decker was spotted backstage before his wife, Jessie James Decker, performed on the Mane Stage on Saturday.
Where wasn’t Bret Michaels ahead of his Palomino Stage headlining set on Friday at Stagecoach? He spent a good hour in the press area giving interviews, posing for photos (yes, Bret, we do think you have a modeling career ahead of you. Inside joke. Trust us, it was funny.) and shaking hands, giving hugs and generally being an all-around cool guy. At a time when many musicians and celebrities are severely limiting press access at festivals, this was a remarkably fun hour. But he wasn’t done yet.
Michaels then headed over to Guy’s Stagecoach Smokehouse to meet with the Mayor of Flavortown himself, Guy Fieri. Soon after he will move one tent down to deliver his set.
Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright
Reality stars and engaged couple Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright from “Vanderpump Rules” were at Stagecoach Friday donning the “look;” denim, bandanas and boots. The two were at the Estee Lauder party in Palm Springs earlier in the day. “Stagecoach, we have arrived,” Taylor said in a video posted to Twitter.
This is the first year that Neon Carnival, a late-night party with its own Ferris wheel, will activate at Stagecoach. Founder Brent Bolthouse told The Desert Sun “Leonardo DiCaprio’s coming back because he loves Neon Carnival so much.” Bolthouse is planning a few Western-themed surprises for the occasion. Think: a mechanical bull and “more whiskey than tequila.”
The Neon Carnival is also expected to host some of the 49ers, according to organizers. NFL players including Cj Beathard, Erik Magnuson and Max Mcaffery are all expected to attend.
Also expected to be in attendance at Neon Carnival is actress Nina Dobrev, known for her role on the TV series “Vampire Diaries.” She was at Coachella, too. But she’s not the only blood-sucking celeb. Bolthouse told The Desert Sun, “We know half the cast of ‘Twilight’ is coming.”
Nina Dobrev’s boyfriend Grant Mellon posted a photo of him boarding a private jet, tagging “Stagecoach Festival” as the location. In another post, Mellon tags singer Tyler Rich. Rich’s Instagram story shows him hanging out with Stagecoach performer Brett Michaels.
“90210” actress Arielle Kebbel posted a photo midday Friday, tagging the location as Palm Springs with the hashtag #oldtownroad, hinting to followers she’ll be attending the festival. Kebbel also starred in the TV series “The Vampire Diaries” and films such as “The Grudge 2.”
Amanda Stanton, Blake Horstmann, Becca Tilley
Stagecoach is shaping up as a “The Bachelor” reunion this year. Amanda Stanton, who recently split from “Bachelor” alum Bobby Jacobs, posted a photo and Instagram story from La Quinta on Friday. One of the videos on Stanton’s story shows her journey to the Coachella Valley, joking about how three girls have eight suitcases between them.
Blake Horstmann posted a photo on his Instagram account Friday, captioning the image, “Let’s see what this stagecoach thing is all about.” Becca Tilley posted an Instagram video of what appears to be a country club, titling it “To Palm Springs.” Robby Hayes also re-shared Kelsey Owen’s video to his Instagram story, Taylor Bryant and Juliette Porter are also tagged in the video, showing the journey to Stagecoach.
Singer, actress and DJ Brandi Cyrus posted a video to her Instagram story with friends Nikki Ferrell and Rebecca Slaughter, with a Stagecoach sticker and saying, “whole squad ready to roll.”
In between posts promoting fiancé Tyler Rich’s new single, “Leave Her Wild,” Sabina Gadecki updated followers on her journey from New York to Palm Springs for Stagecoach. Cutting it close to make it to Stagecoach in time to see Rich’s set, Gadecki asks followers “Who’s meeting me to shotgun beers!!!?”
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