Erik Kabik / ErikKabik.com
Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 | 4:28 p.m.
After three years of arena shows (2010, 2012 and 2013) at Mandalay Bay Events Center, country superstar Brad Paisley chose a more intimate poolside party for his “Moonshine in the Trunk” celebration Wednesday night at Boulevard Pool in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Paisley, in blue jeans, black short-sleeve button-up and white cowboy hat, deemed the concert for the just-released album “Moonshine in the Trunk” an album-release party, and it was 75 minutes of his hits, new cuts from “Moonshine” and, in Paisley’s words, a night of partying and drinking for the packed poolside crowd.
Presented by CBS Radio, who aired the concert, Love and Theft, Leah Turner and Dee Jay Silver served as the opening acts. Afterward, Paisley took over the Mophie Stage at Boulevard Pool and got the Hump Day party started. The concert included his signature guitar solos and fun back-and-forth play with his drummer and synthesizer player.
Paisley’s Wednesday night setlist included “Moonshine in the Trunk,” “Ticks,” “American Saturday Night,” “Southern Comfort Zone,” “Waitin’ on a Woman,” “Celebrity,” “I’m Still a Guy,” “Beat This Summer,” “The Mona Lisa,” “She’s Everything,” “4WP,” “Mud on the Tires,” Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go,” Guns ’N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine,” Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher,” “Old Alabama,” “Perfect Storm,” “Water,” “River Bank” and “Alcohol.”
Paisley, one of the most popular and celebrated country artists today, has won three Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards.
Upcoming performances at Boulevard Pool include Las Vegas Local Band Showcase with Avalon Landing, Ekoh and Yaygos (Thursday); Kendrick Lamar as part of HartBeat Weekend (Saturday); Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires (Sept. 18); Thirty Seconds to Mars with guest DJ Crykit (Sept. 20); Jhene Aiko with guest The Internet (Sept. 25); Die Antwoord (Sept. 28); Haerts (Oct. 2); Dum Dum Girls (Oct. 9); Nas: Illmatic 20th Anniversary Concert (Oct. 17); and Wiz Khalifa with guest Chevy Woods (Oct. 18).
The Cosmopolitan continues its country theme this Labor Day Weekend with Keith Urban, Brett Eldredge and Jerrod Niemann at the nearby Chelsea tonight. Thanks to Erik Kabik of Kabik Photo for his photo gallery of Paisley.
Contributing writer Charlie Chareunsy contributed to this report.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.