This week, Las Vegas returns to its country western roots as the city hosts the Wrangler National Finals rodeo at the Thomas and Mack Center at UNLV, December 2-11. As cowboys, cowgirls and rodeo fans celebrate all over town, there is one property that should be on the radar of all NFR entrants: Golden Nugget. The resort hosts many rodeo-related events, including a large concert lineup with some of country music’s biggest stars.
Jo Dee Messina kick off on December 2. After releasing her first single, “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” in the late 90s, the Massachusetts native landed two Top 10 hits on her debut album, then continued to climb the charts steadily. . In 2001, Messina won another top of the charts, “Bring On the Rain”, a duet with Tim McGraw. With over 16 songs in the top 40, nine No.1 hits and over five million albums sold, the country singer has built a reputation as a champion of women’s empowerment by starting her own label and releasing his most personal album to date, 2014, is me.
It was a song that took the country artist John Michael Montgomery– which performs on December 4 – from famous artist to national star. After parting ways with duo Montgomery Gentry, the Kentucky native released his first solo single “Life’s a Dance” in 1992, then took an upward trajectory with over 30 hit singles on the Billboard country charts and the recording of 10 studio albums. Mega hits like “I Love the Way You Love Me”, “I Swear”, “Be My Baby Tonight” and “I Can Love You Like That” have all reached number one on the Billboard charts.
Long-time country music veteran December 5 Ray wylie hubbard takes the stage with his band to sing his signature blend of country, folk and blues. While the Oklahoma native began his career in the late 70s, it was in the late 90s that new generations began to discover his outlaw country music. Fans should expect Hubbard to perform some of his new music from the 2020 Co-Starring album.
Another seasoned country music star takes the stage on December 6. With over 50 years in the music industry, Ronnie milsap, the blind singer and musician has never let his disability get in the way of his love of performing. Ray Charles was said to have heard Milsap sing and play the piano and told the young artist he could hear the music inside him, thus sealing his fate as one of music’s biggest stars, including the combination of classic country tunes with soul blues resulted in nearly 40 No.1 hits, over 35 million albums sold and a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Another country artist with over three dozen singles that made it to the Billboard charts, Tracy laurent takes the Golden Nugget stage on December 7. His honky-tonk musical style has helped him reach number 1 on the singles charts eight times with hits like “Sticks and Stones”, “If the Good Die Young”, “Time Marches On” and “Find Out Who Are.” your friends.
Although there is no more country – and therefore American – than rodeo, the Canadian native Terri clark has enjoyed great success in the United States since the mid-90s and continues its country music reign with six No.1 singles including the mega hits “Emotional Girl”, “If I Were You” and “Poor Pitiful Me “. With the holiday season in full swing, fans might qualify for this gig when Clark performs a few songs from his first holiday album, 2020’s It’s Christmas… Cheers!
Speaking of seasons, seasoned country star John Anderson has spent over four decades in the music industry producing 60 country singles and continues to produce albums as The Introspective Years of 2020. Heavily influenced not only by country music but also by rock ‘n’ greats roll like Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones, Anderson’s unique vocal and guitar skills made him a country music star with # 1 singles like “Wild and Blue”, “Straight Tequila Night” and “Money in the Bank.” Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014, the old statesman will take the Golden Nugget stage on December 9.
NFR Closing Festivities Favorite Country Music Songwriter Turned Performer Jamey johnson, occurring on December 10. After co-writing hit songs for big names like Trace Adkins, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, the Alabama native made his singer debut with his single “The Dollar” from his debut album. same name. In 2007, Johnson hit it hard with a victory at the Academy of Country Music for Song of the Year with “Give It Away”, followed by another victory for Song of the Year in 2009 with “In Color. “. In 2012, Johnson landed a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album for his fourth studio album, Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran, where he teamed up with country stars like Emmylou Harris, George Strait. and Vince Gill in a critically acclaimed dedication. to the country music of the great Cochran.
In addition to the concerts, NFR fans can experience Golden Nugget’s country fashion roundup by stopping by the property’s retail store, Style & Trend. A wide assortment of country western accessories and clothing will have people watching the rodeo from head to toe – we’ve highlighted some popular pieces throughout this feature. If even more styling and smoothing is needed, head to the Golden Nugget’s spa and salon to inquire about special treatments.
More Golden Nugget Events:
In the Grand Foyer, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. every day, the barrels will sign autographs.
Meet at the Grand Event Center for a free NFR viewing, starting at 6 p.m. December 2-11.
Nightlife: Party and enjoy live music December 1-5 and 8-12 inside the Rush Lounge with bands such as Brett Rigby Band and Wolfcreek.
Get free boot polish at the Crown Royal boot polish stand, located across from the Ice Bar.
Free shuttles will operate from the Carson Tower to the Thomas & Mack Center.
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For an overview of some of the country-themed products available at Golden Nugget, click here.
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