Las Vegas is quite different from places like Birmingham or Des Moines. To many, Vegas -- and not NYC -- is the "City That Never Sleeps." Nowhere is that more apparent during ACM Week than on Fremont Street. Impersonators of stars such as Jack Nicholson, Elvis Presley, and John Wayne dot the street, people are zip-lining over the crowd, and showgirls pose for pictures. It's truly a different vibe than, say, Perryville, Missouri.
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That's the hometown of Bigger Picture recording artist Chris Janson. One of the performers during Saturday night's ACM Weekend At Fremont Street Experience concerts, he said the city offers a vibe all its' own.
"Playing Fremont Street is unbelievable," said Janson, whose single, "Better I Don't," cracked the top 50 on the Country Airplay chart.
"It's a dream come true for a small town country boy. I'm out here with all these stars, playing all the same stages. I'm just happy to be a part of the country music community, and what better to be out here with the ACM's. Country radio has been out here this week, and the fans, it's just unbelievable. I'm overwhelmed – but in a good way."
While Janson is watching his single move up the charts, Stoney Creek's Randy Houser remembers a year ago – as he was just releasing "How Country Feels." The song topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart in February.
"Things are a little different from last year. I remember we were putting the single out about two weeks after Vegas. I was telling people 'I have this song coming out in a couple weeks, and that's really all I had to say.' Now, we have our first number one. It's so exciting to be back here in Vegas to perform it."
The ACM Weekend At Fremont Street Experience also featured performances from Gary Allan, Jana Kramer, and RCA recording artist Jake Owen – who closed the schedule early in the Sunday morning hours – not too long after participating in the ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic hosted by Darius Rucker.