Weekender: Vegas is going crazy about Cirque and going country for NFR

Las Vegas is going cowboy this weekend, as Wrangler’s National Finals Rodeo comes to town. Expect country musicians, blue collar comedians and rodeo-themed drink specials aplenty, so dust off your boots and get ready!

Shows and Concerts

Experience the sense of adventure of Cirque du Soleil's "KA" at MGM Grand.

In “KÀ,” Cirque du Soleil puts on an action-packed adventure inspired by Asian mythology. Unlike many other Cirque shows, KÀ has a distinguishable plot, opening with a raid that separates the Imperial Twins and puts them on a quest to fi nd each other again. It’s like a silver-screen kung fu marvel, except this is all happening in person. Shows are Tuesday – Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. in MGM Grand’s KÀ Theatre. Tickets start at $118.85.

Country superstar Shania Twain makes a triumphant return to the stage with her new show “Shania: Still The One” at Caesars Palace Colosseum. This is the start of Twain’s two-year residency at Caesars Palace. She will perform on Dec. 6, 8-9, 11-12 and 14-15.

Country music stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill start out their limited Soul2Soul engagement on Dec. 7 – 8 at The Venetian. Collectively, they’ve sold 70 million albums as well as won eight Grammy Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, 14 American Music Awards, seven People’s Choice Awards and 26 Academy of Country Music Awards – and this is the fi rst time in six years that they’ll be performing together in the United States. Tickets start at $95.50.

Las Vegas-based country-western band Cletus & Mexican Sweat plays Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Dec. 6 – 7 at 9 p.m., while rockabilly band The Whammy takes the stage Dec. 8 at 9:30 p.m. Admission to Cletus & Mexican Sweat is free, while tickets to The Whammy start at $20.

The Charlie Daniels Band, timeless and hugely successful country-rock artists, play the Golden Nugget on Dec. 9 – 10 at 10 p.m. nightly. Known for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “Uneasy Rider” and more, Charlie Daniels and his band have found great success on both the pop and country charts. Tickets start at $68.85.


Stand-up comic and singer-songwriter Rodney Carrington incorporates his hilarious brand of music into this comedy act. Since his debut album “Hangin’ with Rodney,” Carrington has released seven additional albums, starred in his own sitcom and co-starred with Toby Keith in the award winning movie “Beer for
My Horses.” Carrington’s run at the MGM Grand goes from Dec. 6 – 15 at 10 p.m., with tickets starting at $106.49.

Country comedian Bill Engvall will bring his trademark blue collar comedy back to the Treasure Island Theatre on Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $54.95, plus tax and service fees.

Fellow blue collar funnyman Ron White comes to The Mirage on Dec. 7 – 8 and returns Dec. 14 – 15. The cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking comedian has earned two Grammy nods along with gold and platinum certifications for his comedy albums, and he has been behind some of Comedy Central’s highest-rated one-hour specials. Tickets start at $85.94.

Special Events

Gilley’s Las Vegas at Treasure Island is ready for National Finals Rodeo, debuting the new Dusty Boot drink (spiced bourbon and Fever Tree ginger ale), along with a “Toughest Cowboy” competition on Dec. 6 at 10 p.m., and bikini bull riding on Dec. 9 at 10 p.m.

Public House Las Vegas is offering $3 PBRs, and special menu additions for NFR: Cowboy steak, BBQ half-chicken and bacon-wrapped oven-roasted pork tenderloin.

At Luxor, Tender Steak & Seafood’s specials include a $30 Crown Royal flight and a game meat tasting platter featuring Wyoming range-fed American bison rib-eye, Colorado Rocky Mountain elk medallion and Texas Hill-Country wild boar spare ribs for $55.

Senor Frog’s at Treasure Island, is offering two-for-one Crown Royal shots and $10 Crown Royal specialty cocktails, along with specially priced signature monogrammed Crown Royal bottle bags, meet-and-greets with rodeo stars for autographs, live country music on the weekends and Crown Royal souvenirs including hats, bandanas, flags, keychains, posters and more throughout NFR.