Blossom Music Center (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) was feeling a bit like summertime down on the farm, as fans came in droves in their big trucks and favorite cowboy boots to catch a glimpse of Gary , Jay, and Joe Don that make up the mega country music group Rascal Flatts. Even the threat of a pending storm couldn’t deter the thousands of fans that converged on the concert venue. The band was in town Friday night on a stop on their “Live ans Loud” Summer Tour. Ohio is just one of the many stops on the 34 city tour.
They weren’t alone: Cassadee Pope, the season three winner of The Voice and The Band Perry are also along for the ride. The sizzling sibling trio burst onto the stage Friday with a tremendous amount of energy that got the crowd pumped by opening their set with “Done” off the band’s latest album, “Pioneer” (2013). Kimberly Perry, the band’s lead singer, let some of her feisty personality come out on stage while bouncing around in her shiny sequin skirt and singing some of the band’s other hits, “Better Dig Two”, “You Lie” and, of course, the band’s quadruple platinum hit, “If I die Young” that had fans’ full participation from start to finish adding to the summer night’s fun.
During a brief intermission that was far from boring, the dance group Dance Yall entertained the crowd by attempting to teach them current dance moves and throwing out free tee shirts. A count down clock flashed on the big screens around the five minute mark letting fans know that it was almost time for Rascal Flatts to take the stage. As the minutes and seconds ticked down, the noise lever grew louder on the venue.
After a thunderous bang and bright lights lit up the concert stage, fans were given their first glimpse of three gentlemen that make up Rascal Flatts, who were standing on a small aperture that glided the men effortlessly to their waiting fans while singing “Life Is A Highway”. As the men approached, there was a frenzy of sorts down in the Flatt Dog Pound area in front of the stage as fans clamored to get closer to the band.
Rascal Flatts are responsible for many of today’s country hits and many of the band’s singles have crossed over to main stream radio and films. Having released eight studio albums to date and 26 singles that have all charted in the top 20 or higher on Billboard’s Hot Country, 12 of which have gone on to reach #1, the band’s accomplishments aren’t limited to only number hits. They have also won numerous awards from ACMS, AMAS,CMAS, and many more over the span of their career in country music. In 2012, the band was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and recently were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. But one thing that is close to their hearts is giving back. The band has been involved in raising millions for their charities.
Pulling from a solid decade of material, Rascal Flatts never let the fans forget through their nearly 2 hr set why they’ve been on top for so long, playing hit songs from past albums including “What Hurts the Most”, “My Wish” and “Bless The Broken Road”, one of the band’s longest-lasting number one singles and the band’s latest hits, “Banjo” and “Come Wake Me Up” from their latest album, “Changed” (April 2012). Cassedee Pope later joined the band on stage to sing “Easy” and ‘Movin On”.
The ballads didn’t slow down the group when it came to hamming it up on stage, which the band did often, especially with the ever changing number of those in attendance. By the band’s calculation, it ranged from 78,221 all the way up to 200,000 by the time the night was over. But all kidding aside, it was the band’s ninth consecutive sell out crowd at Blossom Music Center.
Rascal Flatts delivered a solid, a stellar performance that kept the fans dancing in their seats and in the isles throughout the evening with an impressive light show, constantly changing backgrounds. This is one show you do not want to miss.
6-15 – Hartford, CT – Comcast Theatre
6-16 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center
6-23 – Washington DC – Jiffy Lube Live
6-24 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live
6-29 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
6-30 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lakes Perf. Arts Center
7-6 – Bangor, ME – Bangor Waterfront Pavilion
7-13 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion *
7-14 – Houston, TX – Woodlands Pavilion *
7-20 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
7-22 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
7-27 – St Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7-28 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8-9 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8-10 – Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Cable Music Center
8-11 – Philadelphia, PA – Susquehanna Bank Center
8-31 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
9-1 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
9-13 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
9-14 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
9-15 – San Diego, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
9-20 – Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
9-21 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
9-22 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
TBA – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
TBA – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
TBA – Grand Forks, ND – Ralph Engelstad Arena
10-4 – Phoenix, AZ – Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
10-5 – Albuquerque, NM – Hard Rock Presents the Pavilion
10-6 – Denver, CO – Comfort Dental
10-18 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
10-20 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre
10-26 – Tampa, FL – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
10-27 – W Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
Thompson Square will replace Eli Young Band *
For up to date tour information, please visit the Rascal Flatts EVENTS page.