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5 Things You Didn’t Know about Reba, Brooks & Dunn

Last updated: June 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm. Posted by in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Shows, Things to Do in Las Vegas, Uncategorized. Comments Off on 5 Things You Didn’t Know about Reba, Brooks & Dunn.

Get ready to kick up your boots and get in touch with your country roots, because music icons Reba McEntire, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn are extending their Las Vegas residency one more year.

The trio’s show “REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas” is the longest running country show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and fans can’t get enough. Back in Vegas for a series of performances sure to heat up your summer fun, they’ll be raising the roof with shows on June 21, 24-25 and 28.

Additional shows for 2017 include:

  • July 1-2
  • Nov. 29,
  • Dec. 1-2, 5, 9

In celebration of one more year of country fabulous, we’ve got five fun facts you may not know about Reba, Brooks & Dunn.

THE TRIO DOesN’T SIT AROUND In THEIR LAS VEGAS HOTEL ROOMS

REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: "Together in Vegas" is the longest running country show at Caesars Palace Reba, Brooks & Dunn stay busy performing while they’re in Vegas, but that doesn’t mean they miss out on having a good time. Ronnie Dunn told “Taste of Country” website that they made a pact not to just stay in their rooms. Instead the trio has been out seeing concerts and enjoying all that Vegas has to offer.

“We took in a bunch of shows. There’s always crazy stuff going on. The new ‘Jason Bourne’ movie, they did the premiere in Vegas at Caesars and we got invited to do that. We went to Jennifer Lopez’s birthday party,” Dunn said.

They’re also enjoying good food. The three talked with “Vegas Player” magazine about their fave Vegas restaurants. Reba loves Rao’s in Caesars Palace, Brooks is fan of the Gotham Ribeye and Lobster Mac & Cheese at Old Homestead Steakhouse and Dunn loves them all.

Reba’s rodeo roots run deep

Long before the National Finals Rodeo came to Las Vegas, the McEntire family was competing in and winning championships. Reba McEntire’s grandfather, John Wesley McEntire, won the Steer Roping World Champion title in 1934. Her father, Clark McEntire (who’s in the Cowboy Hall of Fame) won the same title in 1957, 1958 and 1961. Reba was discovered by Red Steagall while singing the National Anthem at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City in December 1974. If NFR had cowboy royalty, the McEntire family would be a part of it.

REBA was cast in titanic

Reba was chosen by “Titanic” director James Cameron to play Molly Brown in the 1997 movie but she had to decline because of her music tour schedule. Kathy Bates would go on to play the role. However, when we think of the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown — who survived the sinking of the Titanic, ran for the Senate in 1914 (before women got the right to vote), worked to help destitute children and served on the American Committee for Devastated France — we envision a firebrand like Reba playing the role.

They are all authors

Reba, Brooks and Dunn Superstar Entertainers

Reba was the first to the presses, writing “Reba: My Story” with Tom Carter in 1992 and “Comfort from a Country Quilt: Finding New Inspiration and Strength in Old-Fashioned Values” in 1999.

In 2008, Brooks, Dunn and Bill Fitzhugh wrote the book “The Adventures of Slim and Howdy.” The novel follows the exploits of Brooks and Dunn’s alter egos — Slim and Howdy — on a cross-country adventure that includes honky-tonk bars, a rigged poker game, a snake handler and do-it-yourself amputation kit, kidnapping and more. Sounds like a weekend in Vegas.

This fall, Kix Brooks released “Cookin’ It With Kix: The Art of Celebrating and the Fun of Outdoor Cooking.” While we’re intrigued by the recipes for crawfish etouffée, venison salami, duck gumbo and more, what we really want to try is the “Don’t Knock It ‘Til You Try It” Squirrel Stew.

REBA’S film debut was in TREMORS

In 1990 Reba played survivalist Heather Gummer in the cult classic “Tremors.” The movie was set in the fictional town of Perfection, Nevada, and featured underground worm-like creatures called Graboids that attack the town residents. If you haven’t seen it, stream it today. As “People” Magazine explains it’s “the greatest film ever made about carnivorous subterranean worms.” Reba stars in the movie with Michael Gross (of “Family Ties” fame) who played her husband survivalist Burt Grummer, and Kevin Bacon who plays Val McKee. That’s means in the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game, Reba has a Bacon number of one.

We could keep going on (Did you know Reba is the only female country solo act to have a No. 1 hit single in four straight decades – ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and the ’10s?), but we suggest you put on your party boots because “REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas” is way more fun.

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