Friday Night: Reba McEntire At Reliant Stadium
A Reba McEntire concert is like visiting your really fun aunt, except not all aunts wear rhinestone-covered go-go boots and had a hit TV show on the WB network for a better part of the '00s. Plus, most aunts can't get away with singing what is possibly the catchiest song about child prostitution in modern musical history.
Friday night at RodeoHouston was a wet one, with drifting thunderstorms falling onto the Reliant complex for the better part of the evening. The rain wreaked havoc on the do's of the mostly female audience and making great use of those seldom used western wear dusters preferred by the fair-weather cowboys that came out to kick off their weekend with McEntire.
This was the country superstar's first visit back to RodeoHouston since her 2009 set, which I also covered for Rocks Off. There wasn't much happening new this time around, but McEntire's crowd, and myself for that matter, aren't looking for much more than a precious hour of music with the lady and her hits.
Coming out to "All the Women I Am", from the title track from her 2010 album, McEntire already had the crowd rather sewn up from the first 30 seconds.
Most people in Houston haven't seen McEntire in a live setting aside from RodeoHouston, and they are quite honestly missing out on a spectacle. Her last show in the area, a January 2011 co-headlining gig with George Strait at Austin's Frank Erwin Center featuring costume changes and even a taxi car to go with set closer "Fancy".
Her RodeoHouston shows are sadly abbreviated, but come concentrated with crowd-pleasers, so there can't be any complaint. Her setlist, from "Is There Life Out There?" to "Whoever's In New England", is a nonstop nostalgia trip. She even slips in "I'm A Survivor", the theme song from her WB sitcom about halfway through.