Nashville Unplugged Returns to Mandalay Bay Beginning Friday, April 21
Aaron Benward to Host Weekly Popular Country Music Series at Rhythm & Riffs
LAS VEGAS (April 17, 2023) – Grab your boots and buckles and get ready to boogie as Aaron Benward’s Nashville Unplugged presented by Mtn Dew returns to Rhythm & Riffs at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino beginning Friday, April 21. The complimentary 26-week live country music series is scheduled to entertain fans every Friday from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Nashville Unplugged will bring the heart of Nashville to Las Vegas, delivering some of country music’s most prominent singer-songwriters to perform and share “the story behind the song” of their famous chart-topping tracks. Featuring a rotating lineup of songwriters, Nashville Unplugged will give guests an original show every Friday night. Fans unable to attend a performance, or eager to rewatch their favorite artist, can stream both live and recorded performances via PickleJar – The Ultimate Live Entertainment App.
As the series’ host, award-winning singer-songwriter and creator of Nashville Unplugged Aaron Benward will welcome his Nashville songwriter friends to the Rhythm & Riffs stage weekly. Benward is a multiple ACM and CMA Award nominee who has sold over one million albums including ten No. 1 hits. In 2000, he released his first solo debut album “Imagine,” which featured the Billboard No. 1 hit “Captured.” He co-wrote and co-produced the theme song “It’s Our World” for Walt Disney’s “Monkey Kingdom.” Benward also has written several songs for television shows including ABC’s “Nashville,” Bravo’s “Project Runway” and Netflix series “The Ranch.”
Nashville Unplugged Introductory Lineup (Additional performers to be announced soon):
Friday, April 21 – Eric Van Houten and Matt Warren
- Singer-songwriter Eric Van Houten transports listeners to another place while enjoying his edgy and authentic country-rock sound. Matt Warren is an award-winning songwriter, with hit songs including Gary Allan’s “Learning How to Bend” and “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain).”
Friday, April 28 – Sinclair and Justin Wilson
- Singer-songwriter and producer Sinclair recently opened for Kacey Musgraves on her “Golden Hour” tour and has collaborated on various recordings with Daughtry and Better Than Ezra, among others. Justin Wilson is a well-known songwriter who has produced hit songs including “Drunk Me” by Mitchell Tenpenny and “Kiss You in the Morning” by Michael Ray.
Located in the center of Mandalay Bay’s casino floor, Rhythm & Riffs is the perfect spot to enjoy an impromptu country music performance and signature cocktails, beer and wine in a lounge-style atmosphere. Nashville Unplugged will take over the lounge each Friday night with complimentary admission for guests 21 and over. Additional information on the series can be found at mandalaybay.com.
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About Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is set on 120 lush acres featuring Mandalay Bay Beach, a tropical pool paradise with real sand. The Michelob ULTRA Arena, award-winning restaurants, exhilarating entertainment, unique shopping, Shark Reef Aquarium and the 2-million-square-foot convention center combine to make Mandalay Bay a captivating Las Vegas resort destination. The resort offers three distinct hotel experiences: Mandalay Bay with 3,211 luxurious rooms and suites reflecting a modern tropical ambiance; Four Seasons Hotel, a AAA Five Diamond hotel offering 424 rooms and suites; and the luxury all-suite Delano Las Vegas. Mandalay Bay is operated by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit mandalaybay.com, call toll free at (877) 632-7800, or find us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
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