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Route 91 Harvest Fest 2015: Best Live Photos

Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Florida Georgia Line lead all-star lineup in Vegas

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Keith Urban headlines Route 91 Harvest Fest in Las Vegas.

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"There's no better party than Vegas," Jon Pardi told Rolling Stone Country backstage at the second annual Route 91 Harvest Fest. And over the weekend, Nashville brought the party to Las Vegas, as some of its biggest names graced stages at the outdoor MGM Resort Village on the south end of the Vegas Strip. Headliners Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line capped three days of nonstop country music from a lineup that also included Lady Antebellum, Gary Allan, A Thousand Horses, Thomas Rhett, Joe Nichols, Jake Owen and many more. Check out the best stage shots from the jam-packed Sin City extravaganza.

Lady Antebellum

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Lady Antebellum

Although they delivered one of the festival's biggest moments with a singalong version of "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum also found time to pay tribute to Nineties powerhouse Shania Twain with a  spirited version of her "Any Man of Mine."

Gary Allan

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 03: Recording artist Gary Allan performs during the Route 91 Harvest country music festival at the Las Vegas Village on October 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

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Gary Allan

With his forearm tattoos and ripped jeans, Gary Allan brought some modern-rock grit to his nighttime performance, where songs like "Her Man" and "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)" drew some of the loudest applause. 

Thomas Rhett

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Thomas Rhett

Just in case genre-jumping singles like "Crash and Burn" didn't fully showcase Thomas Rhett's anything-goes approach to country music, the singer tossed covers like Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" into his Friday evening set. 

Frankie Ballard

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 02: Recording artist Frankie Ballard performs during the Route 91 Harvest country music festival at the Las Vegas Village on October 2, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

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Frankie Ballard

"They always wear their shorts a little shorter here in Las Vegas," Frankie Ballard joked on Friday afternoon, halfway through a main-stage set that doubled down on songs from his second album, Sunshine & Whiskey

Florida Georgia Line

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Florida Georgia Line

Kicking off their headlining set with "It'z Just What We Do," Florida Georgia Line closed out the first night of Route 91 Harvest Fest with equal parts country twang and hick-hop bluster. 

Keith Urban

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 03: Recording artist Keith Urban performs during the Route 91 Harvest country music festival at the Las Vegas Village on October 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

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Keith Urban

During his Route 91 performance, Keith Urban juggled the roles of frontman, guitar hero and occasional bass player, tossing new single "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" into a set of older standbys. 

Joe Nichols

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Joe Nichols

Joe Nichols carried the sold-out crowd from the afternoon into the evening, playing nearly two decades' worth of hits during a sundown set on Saturday. 

A Thousand Horses

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A Thousand Horses

Hours after a bus breakdown left them temporarily stranded in the California desert, A Thousand Horses hit the stage in time for a Friday evening sunset set, tossing covers like Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle" in between tracks from the band's debut Southernality.

Easton Corbin

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Easton Corbin

The mellow yin to Florida Georgia Line's frat-party yang, Easton Corbin kept things easygoing during his Friday set, although a cover of Toby Keith's "Should've Been a Cowboy" provided plenty of opportunity to cut loose.

Dallas Smith

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Dallas Smith

Rocker-turned-country-artist Dallas Smith dialed up the amplified noise on the "Next From Nashville" stage, playing songs like new single "Kids With Cars." He hit the main stage one day later, too, making him one of the weekend's most familiar faces. 

Gloriana

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 02: (L-R) Recording artists Tom Gossin, Rachel Reinert and Mike Gossin of Gloriana perform during the Route 91 Harvest country music festival at the Las Vegas Village on October 2, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

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Gloriana

Swapping spots with A Thousand Horses, whose malfunctioning tour bus kept them stranded alongside a California highway for much of the afternoon, Gloriana kicked off the weekend with harmonies, hooks and high-legged sandals. 

Jon Pardi

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 03: Recording artist Jon Pardi performs during the Route 91 Harvest country music festival at the Las Vegas Village on October 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

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Jon Pardi

Just several days shy of his All Time High Tour with Brothers Osborne, Jon Pardi hit the Route 91 main stage on Saturday afternoon, armed with a Fender Telecaster and hits like "Up All Night."

Jake Owen

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Jake Owen

Shoeless and energized, Jake Owen spent the majority of his Sunday evening set running the full length of Route 91's main stage, delivering an armload of hits — including his most recent single, "Real Life" — along the way. 

Brett Eldredge

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 04: Recording artist Brett Eldredge performs during the Route 91 Harvest country music festival at the Las Vegas Village on October 4, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

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Brett Eldredge

Like the super-sized neon sign that splashed his name across the back of the stage, Brett Eldredge was bright and larger-than-life on Sunday evening, performing a set that paired his three chart-topping hits with newer tunes from last month's Illinois.  

The Cadillac Three

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 04: Drummer Neil Mason (L) and guitarist Jaren Johnston of The Cadillac Three performs during the Route 91 Harvest country music festival at the Las Vegas Village on October 4, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

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The Cadillac Three

The Cadillac Three brought "White Lightning" and heavy-metal thunder to their main stage set on Sunday afternoon, gluing the mix together with stomp, swagger and plenty of guitar distortion.