by Nicole Acevedo
Out in the country, they?re always ready to have a good time. The same is true for Las Vegas, so kick on yer leather boots, strap that silver buckle and top that noggin? with that good ol? cowboy hat and get ready to sway those hips and kick them heels to the top hits of the today?s hottest country music superstars. This isn?t a fancy karaoke, and certainly not a lip-syncing look-alike contest. These tribute artists rock the stage with an amazing five-piece band singing and performing to you live. They are so talented that you quickly forget you are watching a tribute show.
Country tribute artists that can be seen performing in the show include Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Cody Collins and more. A country duo was the opening act as the audience found their way to their seats before the show. When the show began the band immediately played the popular hit ?Turn On The Radio? and soon ?Reba? was on stage getting the crowd excited. I was amazed at her performance! She looked and sounded exactly like Reba McEntire and by the time the fourth song began, ?Consider Me Gone?, I felt like I was watching Reba herself in concert! The inflections in her voice and her mannerisms on stage were a mirror image.
The next performance that night was ?Ronnie Dunn? from the well-known country group Brooks & Dunn. He sang popular hits such as ?Play Something Country? and ?Put A Girl In It?. He also performed Dunn?s hit single from his solo career, ?Bleed Red? amidst a stunning red-lit background and a single white spot light. The crowd was really energized during the performance of ?Big & Rich?. Popular hits include, ?Comin? To Your City?, ?Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy), and their #1 single in 2007 ?Lost In This Moment?. These exciting performers really engaged the crowd with their blend of country, rock and funk musical style. They did not hesitate to get into the crowd to encourage the audience to get up and dance. At one point we were somehow persuaded into doing a slow motion wave!
?Reba?, in her sparkling black jacket, came back on stage accompanied by ?Dunn? and together they sang the well-known heartfelt duet ?If You See Him, If You See Her?, with a luminous blue light surrounding them coupled with a sky of shimmering violet light. The next song, she called ?My song with an attitude.? Also known as ?Fancy?, this is one of Reba McEntire?s greatest hits. Before she began singing ?Little Rock,? she tells the audience that there?s nothing better than singing a happy song about divorce. And during her performance of the popular hit song, she walked through the audience and gave a man an accusing eye as she sang, ?Why Haven?t I Heard From You??
Of course it cannot be said that these performances would be the same without their accompanying five-piece band, which includes piano, electric & acoustic guitar, Fender steel guitar, electric bass, and drums. We got an introduction of these amazing musicians and short solo performance from each. Without these talented musicians, the show would merely seem like a fancy karaoke. The final performance of the evening was ?Cody Collins?, lead singer of the well-known country music group Lonestar. He rocked the stage with a plain black t-shirt, dog tags, and jeans, singing with one of Lonestar?s greatest hit singles, ?What About Now?? as well as, ?Walking In Memphis?. He also performed songs from his solo career, which included ?The One Thing?.
I have to say, even though I?m admittedly not a country music fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire musical performance and highly recommend Country Superstars at the Golden Nugget, not only to the die hard country music lovers, but to anybody looking for a fun night of live concert entertainment.