Las Vegas - Gigs, NFR, and George Strait

Casey Kearney Music

One of the most exciting adventures I have been on was my trip to play in Las Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo. (NFR) My husband, Scott, was able to go with me on this trip and we had the best time!

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The fun started the moment I got on the plane headed there. As I am walking through first-class to my regular people seat I see Ashley Mcbryde- the country singer- I'm a big fan. She is very recognizable and I was like aaaahhh! I didn't say anything to her just kept walking.

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At baggage claim there she was again with her whole band. I had just seen them play at the Opry in Nashville a few days before so I recognized all of them. She looked busy like they lost her luggage or something so I didn't speak to her, but I did go talk to her band.

They were super sweet and informed me they were there to open for George Strait. What?!? WE LOVE HIM. So that set a plan in motion at that moment. I started looking up tickets right there at the airport as I waited for Scott.

Scott, my dad, and the boys were hunting in Texas. My dad took the boys home while Scott flew to Vegas to meet me there.

Casey Kearney - George Strait

I was there to play several sets at Mandalay Bay and sing the National Anthem to open for the All In Barrel Race at the Orleans Arena. Top Barrel Racers from all over the country come to compete at this barrel race, it was cool.

I met a lot of super nice people at Mandalay Bay including Susie McEntyre, Reba McEntyre's sister. Her speaking voice and her singing voice sound identical to Reba, but she has earned her own success in the Christian music world. I played right after she did and it was an honor to meet her and her husband.

Casey Kearney Music - Susie Mcentyre

We were able to score some tickets to see the NFR which was exciting for both of us and our kids were super jealous.

There are thousands of booths set up at hotels all over Vegas. It is the ultimate in rodeo shopping. Clothes, jewelry, horses, decor, tack, anything and everything farm, ranch, and cowboy as far as the eye can see. It was a serious shopping overload.