Nashville Unplugged

Aaron Benward’s Nashville Unplugged

Aaron's Benward's Nashville Unplugged presented by Mountain Dew returns to Mandalay Bay every Friday night at Rhythm & Riffs. Aaron will be joined on stage by the songwriters behind some of Country music's best loved songs. Hear the story behind how the music came to be, direct from the songwriters themselves, then watch them perform live! It’s an all-acoustic show that gives the audience the pleasure of an intimate and highly interactive experience with the music they love and the songwriters behind each one.

Every Friday | 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Rhythm & Riffs | Age 21+

Free Admission

Friday Night Unplugged

At Rhythm & Riffs

Join award winning Country music songwriters in an interactive, acoustic-style concert every Friday night hosted by Aaron Benward.



Nashville Unplugged Host | Every Friday

Aaron Benward

Aaron Benward is an award-winning and multi-platinum singer/songwriter and music/film/tv producer. Aaron introduced Nashville Unplugged: The Story Behind the Song to Las Vegas in 2009 at Mandalay Bay providing a platform for songwriters to enage with a captive audience. Returning from the pandemic, Nashville Unplugged is better than ever bringing back Aaron and a catalog of songwriters ready to tell their stories and perform their songs live once again at Mandalay Bay!

Friday, May 26 | 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Jace Everett

Jace Everett is an American singer/songwriter/musician/producer. Jace is est known as the writer and the performer of “Bad Things” which became the theme song to HBO’s True Blood series for 7 seasons. Everett is also a co-writer of the Josh Turner multi-platinum single, “Your Man”. In 2010 Everett decided he was done with Music Row and focused on making his own highly original recordings which has led to dozens of his songs being used in film, TV and advertising. His wise cracking, self-deprecating performance style stands in direct contrast to his sometimes dark music.

Friday, May 26 | 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Travis Howard

I’m a Georgia-born songwriter and producer who found respite from a lot of Southern guilt in Los Angeles. I was 26 when I got to East Hollywood. I felt like such a misfit until I started writing songs. Suddenly everybody wanted to hear my story. Because it was everybody’s story. I started my career writing country hits with Miranda Lambert and ended up working some with Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Waylon Payne, Brooks & Dunn and Reba. And working from LA, of course I’ve had a lot of film and TV cuts. (The same song ended up on Queer Eye and Death Wish…what!) Just before the pandemic I was music producer for the FOX show Filthy Rich. Right after that I teamed up with Danny Myrick to produce the first album of comic actor Leslie Jordan - an all-star album of duets (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Eddie Vedder, Dolly Parton, TJ Osborne and more more more) called Company’s Comin’.

Friday, May 26 | 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Wynn Varble

Wynn came to love country music at a very young age when he discovered his father’s collection of classic country vinyl records. He even traded his big brother’s “Grand Funk Railroad” for a copy of Jimmy Dean’s “Big Bad John”, and still has a scar to prove it! Around the age of 14, a neighbor showed Wynn a few chords on an old guitar. Before long, Wynn was playing on his own and writing his own songs.After years of performing in honkytonks & bars, Wynn decided to make the move to Nashville. His first radio single was “Fit To Be Tied Down” by Sammy Kershaw. Since then Wynn has had many hits including three number ones...all three were nominated for “Song Of The Year” by the CMA or ACM and sometimes both. Wynn’s three number one songs are “Have You Forgotten” by Darryl Worley, “Waitin’ On A Woman” by Brad Paisley, and “I’m A Little More Country Than That” by Easton Corbin. In addition to his number ones, Wynn has had songs recorded by artists such as Garth Brooks, Cody Johnson, Jon Pardi, Trace Adkins, Mark Chesnutt, Willie Nelson, Kellie Pickler, Lee Ann Womack, and many others.In 2009, Wynn received the Nashville Songwriters Association’s Songwriter of the Year Award. He made his Grand Ole Opry Debut in 2011. Additionally, Wynn has appeared on several tv shows and was featured weekly on the Joey & Rory Show for several years. Wynn writes songs nearly every day and tours extensively. He is currently signed with BMG Music Publishing.

The Center Of It All

Relax and mingle at Rhythm & Riffs

Relax and mingle in a comfortable, lounge-style atmosphere with a wide selection of signature cocktails, spirits, beer, wine and light bites.

MGM Rewards & BetMGM

MGM Rewards

Now earn rewards for your hotel stays, dining, slots, table games, and more. Then redeem your MGM Rewards Points to do it all over again, on us. Enjoy exclusive benefits that will make each stay the best stay. 


Visit the BETMGM Sportsbook at Mandalay Bay to download the BetMGM mobile app in order to spin the wheel for your chance at some BETMGM swag items. Don't forget to stop by the BetMGM hype tunnel on your way to Allegiant Stadium.