Justin Moore has been busy touring with Brad Paisley on his Crushin’ It tour. When I found out he was playing a show in Vegas, I had to go! After all, he’s is my favorite country artist.
I even made a sign telling him I wanted “Moore” of him!
Moore performed at the new Las Vegas Events Center in downtown Vegas. The venue is a block from Freemont Street. The venue is a parking lot with two small sections with seats, a party pit close to the stage, and standing general admission. I bought party pit tickets to get as close to him as I could. We had quite a party in the pit. The only thing that could have made it better is a cooler with ice cold beer.
Sam Riddle opened for the show. Riddle plays at local venues including Toby Keith’s inside Harrah’s. He has an EP What Happened in Vegas. Riddle got my attention when he sang a cover of “Uptown Funk” and added a few dance moves I’ve only seen from Luke Bryan!
While waiting for Moore, I realized how dedicated his fans are. My friend and I drove five hours from Phoenix. Two women flew from Colorado for the weekend. The most impressive was a fan with a tattoo of his face and signature. That fan just might have one up on me!
There is something about seeing him live. The moment Moore comes to the stage, I feel his passion and love for country music. The Las Vegas Events Center had great sound which showcased his powerful voice. Moore can sing. He’s signed to Big Machine Records Valory Music Group. He has released three albums and produced four No. 1 singles – “Small Town USA,” “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” “Lettin’ the Night Roll,” and “Til My Last Day.”
Moore’s music is far from the recent pop-country craze. His music is influenced by traditional country artists such as Charlie Daniels and David Allan Coe. He’s as southern as southern can get. He hunts, fishes, loves driving down dirt roads, lives in a small town, and breathes college football. More importantly, he’s real. At one point in the concert, he gave a speech which included, “I’m a Republican. I believe in the bible. I have an opinion you may or may not agree with. When you leave this concert, I want you to come away with knowing I am real.”
Justin Moore is a traditional country artist. His music is something people can relate to. After hearing him sing “Small Town USA” at a local Tempe country bar, I fell in love with the song and his music. He doesn’t follow the mainstream pop country sound, which is why I will always be a fan of his. His musical sound has stayed the same over the years. If you ever get the chance to see Justin Moore, cross that off your country bucket list!
Author: Liz Kellogg
I’m a desert dweller with a hint of twang. Writing about country music has given me the opportunity to do what I’m passionate about. I’m always searching for new artists and music. Meeting Justin Moore is #1 on my Country Bucket List. I live in Arizona, it’s a dry heat.