Get your country shows fix during NFR in Vegas

Cowgirls and cowboys, dust off those boots and get ready for a hog-killin’ time. Las Vegas is the place to be for country music fans when the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo comes to town Dec. 5 – 14, 2013.


Catch cowboy comedian Rodney Carrington when he performs his hilarious songs at 9 p.m. Dec. 5 – 14 at the MGM Grand. Tickets start at $108.

Country Superstars offers audiences the chance to hear iconic country music stars as performed by tribute artists at the V Theater inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The show also has a live band and the singers bear uncanny resemblances to the real country stars. Performances are at 6 p.m. nightly, dark Sundays. Tickets start at $44.

Terry Fator will be performing “Country Christmas” in lieu of his usual show through the end of December. Terry and friends are celebrating the holidays with country versions of Christmas favorites, including “Winter Wonderland” and “Sleigh Ride.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday. Tickets start at $85.

Nashville Unplugged brings hit songwriters together Dec. 5 – 11 at The Quad on the Las Vegas Strip for a night of storytelling and entertainment. Grammy Award-winning songwriter Paul Overstreet and renowned music writer Danny Myrick are scheduled to perform. Between the two, they have written songs for Randy Travis, Blake Shelton, Marie Osmond, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Glen Campbell, among others. Tickets start at $20.

Country music sensation Clay Walker is performing at The Venetian at 10 p.m. Dec. 6 – 7. Walker has sold more than 11 million albums and has almost a dozen No. 1 singles including “Rumor Has It,” “What’s It to You” and “This Woman and This Man.” Tickets start at $63.

Country music artist Dierks Bentley performs at 10 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Palms. He’s sold more than 5 million albums worldwide with his unique style of bluegrass influences and rock ’n’ roll energy and has been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards. Tickets start at $68.

The cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman Ron White brings his blue collar comedy to The Mirage at 10 p.m. Dec. 6 – 7 and 13 – 14. Tickets start at $89.

Country superstar Shania Twain headlines The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Dec. 7 – 14 during NFR. “Shania: Still the One” takes fans on a musical journey through Shania’s life and career. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $80.

Listen to some of your favorite country music songwriters perform and share their stories during “Whiskey & Words” at 10 p.m. Dec. 7 at The Lounge at the Palms. The Nashville-style artists include Bridgette Tatum, Jason Matthews and Phillip White, along with special guests. Tickets for the series are $12.

It’s Rodeo Week at the Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at 10 p.m. Dec. 9 – 15 with comedians “Cowboy” Bill Martin, Quinn Dahle and Rob Sherwood. Brad Garrett is scheduled for special appearances Dec. 9 – 10.  Tickets start at $46.

Grammy-nominated recording artist Chris Young performs at the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay at 9 p.m. Dec. 9. Young recently released his fourth album, “A.M.,” which includes his hit single “Aw Naw.” Tickets start at $29.50.

The American Country Awards will air live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center from 8 – 10 p.m. Dec. 10. Country music star Trace Adkins and NASCAR superstar Danica Patrick will host the annual awards show. Fans can head over to the official awards after party featuring Parmallee and DJ Silver. Doors open at 9 p.m. The cost is $15 and you must be 21 or older to attend.

Spend an evening with Aaron Lewis Dec. 11 – 14 at Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The former frontman for the rock band Staind, Lewis refashioned himself as a country singer with his 2011 EP “Town Line.” Performances are at 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $50.

Free shows:

Damsel and LoCash Cowboys perform Dec. 5 – 14 at the Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone at MGM Grand. Neal McCoy joins the live entertainment Dec. 9 – 14. Performances are from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 5 – 8 and 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dec. 9 – 14.

The Mirage Race & Sports Book is hosting the 19th annual Rodeo Vegas event at 10 p.m. Dec. 5 – 14. The following country music artists scheduled to perform are Dustin Lynch (Dec. 5), Josh Thompson (Dec. 6), Casey Donahew Band (Dec. 7), Craig Morgan (Dec. 8), Brit Stokes Band (Dec. 9 – 10), Justin McBride (Dec. 11), Daryle Singletary (Dec. 12), Jerrod Niemann (Dec. 13) and Easton Corbin (Dec. 14).

South Point Hotel is offering several country acts in the South Point Showroom while the rodeo is in town. Susie Dobbs performs Dec. 5; Billy Childress Dec. 6 – 8; Cody Johnson Dec. 9 – 11; and Aaron Watson with Wolf Creek Dec. 12 – 14. Shows start at 9:30 p.m., midnight and 2 a.m.

Chad Freeman and Redline will have audiences shaking their boots ’til the cows come home Dec. 5 – 7 from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Tropicana Lounge inside Tropicana Las Vegas.

Also at the Tropicana Lounge, Luke Kaufman will be performing songs from his 2010 album “Cowboy Baller” Dec. 12-14 from 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Country music group Gold Rush Country is performing at the Monte Carlo’s Rodeo Corral at The Pub from 9 p.m. to midnight Dec. 6 – 7 and 13 – 14. Rodeo Corral also offers line dancing from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Dec. 5 – 14 and karaoke from 9 p.m. to midnight Dec. 5 and 8 – 12.

Looking for a touch of the holidays while in town for NFR? Well, head on over to the 1st Street Stage at the Fremont Street Experience for “Country Christmas,” a live musical revue of country holiday favorites, such as “Hard Candy Christmas,” “Blue Christmas” and “Redneck 12 Days of Christmas.” Other holiday favorites and country hits will be performed, including “Redneck Woman,” “White Christmas” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” Performances are from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday through Wednesday.

While the rodeo is in town for about a dozen days, country fans can head over to the Fremont Street Experience for its 12 Days of Country. The rowdy lineup includes Las Vegas favorites Fairchild, Sam Riddle, Jimmy Ray & Cyndi Cantrell’s Black Train, Southern Stue and VooDoo Cowboys. It runs nightly through Dec. 15.

For those who don’t have a chance to make it out for NFR, in April award-winning country music artist Blake Shelton will co-host the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Sharing in the hosting duties is Luke Bryan, named Entertainer of the Year by the academy. Billed as “Country Music’s Party of the Year,” the awards will be broadcast live starting at 5 p.m. April 6, 2014. Shelton has hosted the past three years; Bryan hosted once before.