By Dianne R. Davis
Photos by Dianne R. Davis or Burt Davis unless otherwise indicated.
T Mobile Arena Area – Go Early and Have Some Fun Before Garth Brooks World Tour Performances
The recent Garth Brooks World Tour event was my first time to visit T-Mobile Arena which opened in April, 2016. Wow was I impressed. The 20,000-seat venue, located on the Las Vegas Strip between New York-New York and Monte Carlo is a joint venture between AEG and MGM Resorts International. Toshiba Plaza an adjacent two-acre outdoor entertainment space, features performance stages, a variety of video screens and other interactive content and display areas.
The arena is a total entertainment package containing a wide variety of luxury suites, private loge boxes and a wide variety of restaurants and bars. It will host a wide variety of entertainment and sporting events. It will be the home for the new Las Vegas NHL hockey team.
There will be a great deal of activity preceding and following the July 2 - 4 concerts in The Park and Toshiba Plaza surrounding the T-Mobile Arena just as there was for the late June concerts.
Did I mention the lovely ladies?
Photo credit: Ira Kuzma Photos
Maybe these lovely ladies will be back again
Who will ride the bull next week?
In the three hours leading up to each concert, The Park and Toshiba Plaza will host a yippin’, yee-haw good time. As guests make their way to the arena, they will encounter strolling entertainment, live music, models, décor and a buckin’ (mechanical) bull. Beverage specials will be available at various locations including Beerhaus, The Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York and Double Barrel and BLVD Plaza at Monte Carlo. The activities include:
The Tony Marques Band
Live bands performing on the two stages in Toshiba Plaza
The Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York will feature live entertainment including Tony Marques Band, DJ Darren, Jim Buck and The District . Their performance s will continue until 1:00 AM. Games contests and promotional giveaways will be facilitated via strolling entertainers.
Drink Specials - Think they finished that drink?
A post show fireworks display on July 2, 3, & 4. The Beerhaus in The Park, Whiskey Down at MGM Grand, and and Double Barrel at Monte Carlo will all feature country themed entertainment after the concerts.
It was great fun meeting rodeo champs Trevor Brazile, Luke Branquinho, and Tuf Cooper
Garth Brooks World Tour – A Love Fest of Garth & Country Western Music
Garth Brooks World Tour. That's what they call it, but it is in fact a marvelous party that everyone loves. I was one of close to 20,000 people in the new T Mobile Arena on June 24, 2016 for the opening of Garth's world tour and his welcome back to Las Vegas.
I admit that I could only name one of his songs – Friends in Low Places. But I was ready to enjoy the concert. After all, with all the millions of album sales, the guy has got to be good, right?
I loved the concert. I am now a Garth Brooks fan. This guy gave 150% to his audience members and they gave back 200% in appreciation. I'm on the wrong side of social security age so I wore the comfortable tennis shoes. Good call because I, along with everyone around me, stood for most of the show. And I waved my hands in the air along with everyone else. Regrettably, I didn't know the lyrics, but most of the fans around me did.
There's a lot of sing along, much arm waving, and more than two hours of standing while Garth entertained us. But more than that, there's a whole lot of love going back and forth. Garth does what he has said he sets out to do. Connect with the audience, give love and receive it, make it a family party.
It's no wonder he is the biggest selling solo artist in history. (136 million albums)The party included award winning country artist Trisha Yearwood, Garth's wife, and the on-stage musicians who have been with them for many years.
Mitch Rossell was warmly welcomed
The fans showed their love for Karyn Rochelle
The opener, Mitch Rossell, was graciously received by the loving crowd as was country artist Karyn Rochelle who also sings backup for Garth. The songs they both shared were the stuff that country western is all about – stories about real folks struggling with life, love, and relationships.
And then there was the man himself, dressed in black with guitar and black hat. “You are here to have a great time.” That's what Garth told us and boy did he make it happen. He got thunderous applause when he said, “When I go to a concert, I come to hear the old stuff.” Clearly, he delivered on that promise. He's got more than enough songs in his repertoire to keep it going.
Trisha Yearwood got the same love and respect during her segment. She gave the audience a laugh with her confession referring to her glitzy jacket that, “I have never been this sparkly, in my life, but it is Vegas.”
Garth's encore included audience requests, held up on home made signs which I'm told are standard at his concerts. Coming back for the encore, he bid farewell to those who might have to leave and told the others, “I think we're gonna be here for a while.”
Before the show ended, the musicians and back-up singers returned for the final number. As we filed out, the chatter was upbeat, the audience clearly feeling they had been somewhere special. They were lined up both inside and outside the Arena to purchase a shirt a hat, a CD, a memory of one heck of a Garth Brooks party.
I haven't listed the songs he sang. Just be assured that if you are a fan, he did some of your favorites. If you don't know the songs, not to worry, you will have a heck of a good time at the Garth Brooks World Tour at T Mobile Arena. Go now and get your tickets.
Garth will entertain audiences at T Mobile Arena on Saturday, July 2 through Monday July 4. Tickets are $85 inclusive. For information, check out www.axs.com or call 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849) or the T Mobile Arena. Garth Brooks World Tour also includes stops in July in New York City , San Antonio, Texas, and Bossier City, Louisiana.