Grab your Boots, Chaps and Cowboy Hats for the Kick-off Party for the National Finals Rodeo
Fremont Street Experience is calling all cowboys and country music fans to grab their boots, chaps and cowboy hats and head on over to the 26th Annual Downtown Hoedown — celebrating the return of the National Finals Rodeo – on Wednesday evening, Dec. 5. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. and showcases popular country music entertainment with free live concerts on three stages. All are invited to join in a downtown celebration and enjoy the feel good country music acts under the neon lights at the Fremont Street Experience.
The 26th Annual Downtown Hoedown will have everyone two stepping with its entertainment lineup that includes top country music talents Dustin Lynch, Uncle Kracker, Jana Kramer and Clay Walker.
26th Annual Downtown Hoedown performance schedule of the headliners:
· 6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. | Dustin Lynch on 1st Street Stage
· 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Jana Kramer on 3rd Street Stage
· 9:15 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Uncle Kracker on 1st Street Stage
· 10:40 p.m. – Midnight | Clay Walker on 3rd Street Stage
“The Annual Downtown Hoedown is a fun tradition that we look forward to hosting every year,” said Jeff Victor, president of Fremont Street Experience. “We encourage everyone to cowboy up and join us for the 26th anniversary with a night of country music’s most popular artists, as we truly have an incredible lineup this year.”
The 26th Annual Downtown Hoedown begins 12 Days of Country on Fremont Street Experience. To coincide with the National Finals rodeo, Fremont Street Experience will have additional nightly free concerts Dec. 5-16 featuring Country Superstars, Jimmy Ray’s Johnny Cash Tribute, Texas/Red Dirt Country Artist Phil Hamilton, Jason Sturgeon, Matt Stillwell, Sam Riddle and Fairchild.
The headliners for the 26th Annual Downtown Hoedown on Wednesday, Dec. 5 include:
Fueled by the smash hit, “Follow Me,” Uncle Kracker’s first album exploded onto the music scene in 2001. The release of his second album in 2002, which featured his biggest solo single to date, a remake of “Drift Away,” reached the top 10 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” while also setting the record for most weeks at No. 1 on the AC chart, remaining atop the format’s ranking for a remarkable 28 straight weeks. In 2004, Uncle Kracker collaborated with Kenny Chesney on “When The Sun Goes Down,” a country-pop crossover classic that reached No. 1 on its way to becoming RIAA gold certified. Uncle Kracker’s co-writing credits include such blockbuster hits as “Bawitdaba,” “Cowboy,” “Forever,” “Only God Knows Why,” and 2008’s #1 classic, “All Summer Long.”
Certain artists just seem to have an innate sense of what it takes to please an audience. Clay Walker is one of those artists. Walker made a name for himself on the competitive Texas honky-tonk circuit before graduating to success on a national level. He first topped the Billboard country singles chart in 1993 with “What’s It to You” and followed with his second consecutive No. 1 hit, “Live Until I Die.” Since then he’s placed 31 titles on Billboard’s singles chart including chart toppers “Dreaming with my Eyes Open,” “If I Could Make Living,” “This Woman and This Man,” and “Rumor Has It.”
Dustin Lynch got his start at the Bluebird Café, the world’s preeminent listening room for singers and songwriters, which has been instrumental in the development of Garth Brooks, Faith Hill and Kathy Mattea among others. Lynch visited the Bluebird several times a week to listen and learn about the mysterious art of creating songs from some of Nashville’s most important writers, and it was at their proverbial feet that he picked up key insights about the writing process. It wasn’t long before Lynch himself landed a performance spot at the famed venue and in 2011 he signed to Broken Bow Records. His self-titled debut album entered the US Billboard Top Country Albums and US Billboard Top Independent Albums charts at number 1. He has garnered two nominations from the American Country Awards for his January 2012 debut single “Cowboys and Angels.” Lynch has also been featured on USA Today as an “On the Verge” artist and on CMT’s “Notable New Music” list. Dedication and passion has made Lynch one of the most promising new artists of country music.
Singer, Songwriter and Actress Jana Kramer is best known for her role as the firecracker actress Alex Dupre, in the CW hit series “One Tree Hill.” Although a new comer in the world of country music, Jana is no stranger to the bright lights with her impressive string of movie and television roles, including recurring roles on hit shows such as “Friday Night Lights,” “Entourage” and “Beverly Hills 90210,” but she credits her recent break into the music industry as her most important accomplishment to date. Jana’s first single “Why Ya Wanna” from her self-titled debut album skyrocketed to number 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart early in 2012. The singer-songwriter is lighting up country music with her emotionally moving songs and sweet, country vocals, selling over 150,000 digital singles in the first six months. All eyes are on Jana as she boldly graces country music with a fresh, new sound and powerful new music.
Fremont Street Experience can be found online at www.vegasexperience.com.