Miranda Lambert Brings The Heat To Sin City With Her Velvet Rodeo Las Vegas Residency
Lambert’s Velvet Rodeo Las Vegas Residency offers a fresh look into her career as a performer, a singer, a songwriter, and at the core of it all, a lover of country music.
Miranda Lambert; Photo by Tyler Conrad
Rhinestone cowboy boots, leather fringe jackets, and black Stetsons flooded the streets of Sin City on Thursday, December 7, signaling that Miranda Lambert would be taking the stage for yet another night of her Velvet Rodeo Las Vegas residency.
This show is held at the Bakkt Theater located inside Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino, a setting that offers a balance between the intimacy of being up close and personal with artists and an electric ambiance that fills the room of lively fans, meaning there are no bad seats in the house.
As the audience headed into the theater, they were greeted with a bright blue screen that featured a pair of pistols and angel wings. This graphic honors Lambert’s most well-known tattoo, which also inspired the logo for her Pink Pistol boutique located in her hometown of Lindale, Texas.
Kicking Things Off With “Actin’ Up”
At around 8:20pm, Lambert made her way onto the stage donning her first eye-catching outfit of the night. She shined especially bright under the lights thanks to her black rhinestone cowboy hat, and dazzling fringe dress, which was made complete with her sparkling silver cowboy booties.
The evening kicked off with a high-energy delivery of “Actin’ Up,” from Lambert’s latest, 15-track album, Palomino. Throughout the nearly 90-minute show, Miranda Lambert created an unforgettable experience that showcased an elevated version of her performing abilities through the use of pyrotechnics, captivating graphics and a lightshow unlike any other. The heat didn’t just come from the pyrotechnics though. Fans were also greeted with Lambert’s fiery stage presence as she blazed through her 23-song setlist featuring tracks from her debut album, Kerosene, all the way down to her most recent collection, Palomino.
Lambert instantly felt vicious energy from this group of fans, which she made sure to point out at the start of the night as she said, “Yall are loud for a Thursday, I like it!” She followed through on her promise to match this energy with songs like “Kerosene,” “Geraldene,” “Only Prettier” and “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” and as a result, the high spirits and fun presence led Lambert to lose one of her large hoop earrings on stage.
Miranda Lambert Delivered Everything From Weekend Anthems To Moody Ballads
One of the most memorable moments of the evening came during Lambert’s lively performance of “Tequila Does.” With this tune, she ushered in a true “thirsty Thursday” celebration alongside fans who raised their cups to the track and danced alongside Lambert and the plucks of her guitar players.
In addition to the upbeat party anthems and revengeful breakup tracks, fans got a clear listen to Lambert’s velvety vocals through the softer sentiments of “Famous In A Small Town,” “Bluebird,” “Vice,” “House That Built Me,” and more. Each of the tunes mixed into the setlist was paired with graphics that fit the respective storyline, as well as snapshots of music videos from Lambert’s early career. For example, cowboy hats, horseshoes, and bottles of whiskey circled the screen for “If I Was A Cowboy,” while a starry blue pattern and floating lanterns captured the eye amid “Bluebird” and a rotating carnival ride with a colorful orange and pink sunset set the tone for the delicate ballad, “Carousel.”
With this format, Lambert refrained from lengthy storytelling surrounding her songs, and instead only made brief exchanges throughout the show. However, her stage presence was nothing but warm as she connected with the audience through the emotions of her lyrics. One of these unique moments came as she introduced her humble tune, “All Kinds of Kinds.”
“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for spending your money on country music tonight, we love ya. This is just a friendly reminder from me to be who you are all the time no matter what,” Lambert said, wearing her heart on her sleeve.
Outfit Changes, Pyro Jackets & Standing Ovations
When there was only a handful of tracks left on the setlist, Lambert made her way off stage to change into her second outfit of the night. Following a brief interlude she reemerged for “Mama’s Broken Heart” in a pink metallic jacket with fringe lining the sleeves and yet another pair of standout rhinestone cowboy boots. Amid her performance of “Gunpowder & Lead,” the audience gasped with surprise and excitement as they learned that this stylish jacket wasn’t just for fashion. An epic guitar solo took the lead momentarily while Lambert spun around the end of the catwalk showcasing the flames sparking out from underneath her sleeves. This stunt earned a roar of cheers and applause from the fans and a proud smile from Lambert for pulling off the jaw-dropping display.
Lambert then delivered the last note of “Little Red Wagon” as pyrotechnics flared in the background, and said goodnight to her fans with one final message.
“We love you, Las Vegas. Thank you for coming to the Velvet Rodeo tonight. Y’all be careful going home, go win some money, we’ll see you next time. God bless you,” she said to the crowd of screaming fans who declared a job well done with a standing ovation.
Something To Offer Both The OG Fans And Newcomers
Miranda Lambert’s Velvet Rodeo Las Vegas Residency offers a fresh look into her career as a performer, a singer, a songwriter, and at the core of it all, a lover of country music. This stint of shows delivers an experience that is something truly special and cannot be replicated in any other setting. Most importantly, it serves as a welcoming environment for both longtime fans who have followed along from the start of her first album in 2005, as well as a new crop of listeners who are just coming to know the extent of Miranda Lambert’s talent.
It’s no secret that Lambert is a well-established name in this industry, but with this show, it’s exceptionally clear that when it comes to building out a performance to remember, this isn’t her first rodeo.
The Texas native’s residency will remain at Bakkt Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino through December 16. The final stint of shows on this run will take place throughout March and April 2024.
Tickets for the remaining dates of Miranda Lambert’s Velvet Rodeo Las Vegas residency are available HERE.
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.