National Finals Rodeo has swept into town once again and while tickets to the huge occasion at the Thomas & & Mack Center (through December 15) are hard to come by, there are plenty of rodeo-themed occasions and c and w performances all throughout the valley this week. Here are some of those musical minutes and some other entertainment options to balance out your weekend.
TANYA TUCKER This nation favorite has actually been a superstar because the age of 13 and the release of “Delta Dawn.” This rodeo season she’s singing all her hits at the Golden Nugget’s display room on Friday night, part of the downtown gambling establishment’s strong country lineup this weekend including John Michael Montgomery on Saturday and Ray Wylie Hubbard on Sunday. December 7, information at goldennugget.com. 6LACK The emotional vocalist and songwriter simply teamed up with Fifth Consistency’s Normani for the single “Waves.” The East Atlanta artist’s present trip lands at the Pearl at the Palms Friday night. December 7, information at palms.com. GEORGE STRAIT The King of Country’s Strait to Vegas series at T-Mobile Arena, which started with 6 shows in 2016, has actually been the most significant “residency” on the Strip for the last 3 years and will continue into 2019. Strait brings unique guests Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen to his Friday and Saturday reveals at T-Mobile. December 7-8, details at t-mobilearena. com. VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS VS. DALLAS STARS Capture the Knights versus destiny Sunday at T-Mobile before the group hits the roadway for a four-game swing; they will not be back on Vegas ice until December 20. December 9, details at vegasgoldenknights.com. SQUIRREL NUT ZIPPERS Wrap your weekend with the Squirrel Nut Zippers’ “Holiday Caravan,” using the band’s insane jazz-folk-punk blend to originals and Christmas tunes. Shanda & & The Howlers open Sunday at Brooklyn Bowl on the Linq Promenade. December 9, info at brooklynbowl.com.