This year’s National Finals Rodeo from December 6-15 will be serving up some of country music’s biggest and smallest acts. There are already 31 musical groups scheduled to perform at different venues all around Las Vegas. We are going to discuss every single one of them so you know which bands are worth seeing and which you should avoid.
Florida Georgia Line – December 5,7,8 & 11 – Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Hotel
Florida Georgia Line is one of the biggest names in country music. They are performing for four nights during the Las Vegas NFR so there will be plenty of chances to catch them multiple times if you are a fan.
Reba, Brooks & Dunn – December 5, 7, 8, 12, 14 & 15 – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Brooks & Dunn is a country music do that had hit songs in the 1990s. They retired in 2010 but then decided to come back and now they perform in Vegas with Reba McEntire and their show is very highly praised.
Ned LeDoux – December 6 & 7 – Silverton Casino Hotel
Ned is the son of country music singer Chris LeDoux and he sold over six million albums and recorded 36 albums. Ned is trying to make his way in the country music scene and released his first album last year titled, Sagebrush. He should put on a great show!
Jo Dee Messina – December 6 – The Showroom at Golden Nugget
Jo Dee Messina is a huge country music singer, she has six number one singles on the Billboard country music charts. She was the first to have three number one singles on the same album. She will be playing her biggest hit and any country fan will enjoy her show.
Brett Rigby Band – December 6-15 – Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall
Brett Rigby is a local Las Vegas talent that performs all over Las Vegas weekly. You can check him out every single night at Sam’s Town Hotel.
Scotty Alexander – December 6 & 7 – Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que
Scotty Alexander is a relative unknown in the country music scene but he is slowly growing a following. He released a new EP in 2018 and country music fans should be aware of his rising presence.
Aaron Watson – December 6-11 – South Point Showroom
Aaron Watson is great country music veteran, his 2015 album reached number one on the country music charts and his single, Outta Style, was a top ten hit on country radio. He should be an absolute pleasure to watch.
Rodney Carrington – December 6-15 – David Copperfield Theater at the MGM Grand
Rodney Carrington combines music and comedy into his routine. If you are looking to get a good laugh after any night of the rodeo make sure you go and catch his act.
George Strait – December 7 & 8 – T-Mobile Arena
George Strait is an absolute legend of the country music world. He has already solidified his position as one of the greatest country music acts of all time so you do not want to miss this incredible concert.
Tanya Tucker – December 7 – The Showroom at the Golden Nugget
Tanya Tucker had her first country hit at age 13 and she has not lost a step since then. She has a loyal following all over the country and she should put on a great show at the Golde Nugget.
Ron White – December 7, 8, 14 & 15 – Terry Fator Theatre at the Mirage
Ron White is a well-known stand up comedian who is best known for being a member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. If you are looking for some good laughs then you should certainly check him out one of the nights in Las Vegas.
Chad Prather – December 7 – Treasure Island Theatre
Chad Prather is another stand-up comedian who is relatively new to the comedy scene in general. He went viral in 2015 for his YouTube series called “Unapologetically Southern” which brought him a good amount of fame. Since then he has developed his stand up routine and he will certainly be good for a laugh or ten.
Chris Heers – December 8 & 9 – Silverton Casino Hotel
Chris Jeers is a relative unknown in the country music industry. He should put on a great performance though and you could find yourself becoming a new fan.
John Michael Montgomery – December 8 – Golden Nugget
John Michael Montgomery is one half of Montgomery Gentry which is a huge country music act. He will be performing hits from all of his years in the country music scene and it will be a great show.
Rob Staley Band – December 8 & 9 – Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que
The Rob Staley Band is an unknown musical act but they mainly play saloons all over the United States. They are trying to make their way in the country music scene and one day they could be playing stadiums.
Charlie Daniels – December 9 – The Showroom at the Golden Nugget
Charlie Daniels is best known for his number one hit, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” At the age of 81 he still puts on a great show as he has been performing for over 50 years. This is a show that you do not want to miss out on.
Tracy Lawrence – December 10 – The Showroom at the Golden Nugget
Tracy Lawrence has been active in country music since 1991 and has one number one hit song called “Sticks and Stones.” Lawrence is still going at age 50 and many country fans will enjoy his talent at the Showroom.
Reckless Kelly – December 10 – Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que
Reckless Kelly has been a band since 1996 and they have had trouble finding mainstream success. They had their biggest success with their latest album, “Sunset Motel”, and they could become a huge success if they keep grinding.
Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan – December 11 – Golden Nugget
Both of these women are daughters of country music Hall of Famers. They decided to team up and record an album together and now they tour around the country together. These two will have incredible stories about country music and great songs as well.
Dale Watson – December 11 – Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que
Dale Watson is an American country music outsider. He refuses to try and make mainstream music and wants to remain authentic to his fans and critics. He has become a fan favorite with a lot of fans but he does not have a huge following.
Gregor Ross – December 12 – Silverton Casino Hotel
Gregor Ross is a small time country musician from California. He will be performing one night at the Silverton and he should put on a great performance.
John Prine – December 12 – Westgate International Theater
John Prine is a two-time Grammy-winner that often mixes his music with humor and social commentary. With this he has become a country music icon and continues to play and please in front of huge crowds.
Cody Johnson – December 12-14 – South Point Showroom
Cody Johnson is a country singer from Texas and his last album, “Gotta Be Me”, debuted at number two on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart. He is extremely talented and should put on a great show for all country music fans.
Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band – December 12 & 13 – Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que
Chancey Williams is a former saddle bronc rider turned country artist. He has a small country fan following but getting to hear his rodeo stories will make the performance worth it for sure.
Lonestar – December 12 – The Showroom at Golden Nugget
Lonestar is a huge country music group with 9 singles that have reached number one on the Hot Country Songs chart. They will be putting on a great performance at the Golden Nugget and if you are a fan you should certainly check them out.
Colt Ford – December 13 – The Showroom at Golden Nugget
Colt Ford is a former professional golfer turned country rapper. He has a huge cult following that love his style of music and if you are a fan you should check out his performance.
Randy Brown – December 13-15 – Vell Pavilion – Silverton Casino Hotel
Randy Brown is a very talented R&B musician and he had a string of charting songs back in the early 1980s. He still has some fans all around the US and if you are one then you should not miss out on the chance to see him.
Jamey Johnson – December 14 – The Showroom at Golden Nugget
Jamey Johnson is a very talented country singer that did not get into the country scene until the age of 30. He has co-written singles for Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, Trace Adkins, George Strait, James Otto, Joe Nichols and Jessie James Decker. Certainly an artist worth checking out.
Gary Allan – December 14 & 15 – The Joint at Hard Rock
Gary Allan has had 26 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart so this is a band that you do not want to miss out on.
The Arnie Newman Band – December 14 & 15 – Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que
The Arnie Newman Band is a relatively unknown band from Anaheim, California. They put on a great show. They do not have any of their own music so they will be playing some great covers that all country music fans love.
Sierra Black – December 15 – South Point Showroom
Sierra Black is a Las Vegas native that has a residency in Vegas. She is slowly making a name for herself in country music and she is someone that all country fans should look out for.
Who do you plan to see at the 2018 NFR in Vegas? Let us know in the comments.