RASCAL FLATTS have been able to continuously draw audiences of thousands to their performances for over 15 years. That, alone, is a feat worth mentioning on its own.
Judging from the crowd, which heavily ranged from Generation X to Baby Boomers, it was clear that the award-winning group garnered a fan-base as solid as any.
With an outdoor, picturesque theatre as gorgeous as Jones Beach Nikon Theatre in New York, the country group brought their ‘A’ game as they performed numerous songs that can’t help but tug at our heart strings.
Between their greatest hits like “What Hurts the Most,” “Bless the Broken Road,” and “My Wish,” as well as their many other songs like “Summer Nights” and “Me and My Gang,” Rascal Flatts sustained their remarkable and beautiful harmonies throughout the 2.5 hour show.
One thing was clear about the vibe on that stage —- Rascal Flatts was there to inspire and promote positivity and faith, all while still upholding a refreshing sense of humor. In the middle of their set, when the guitar intros for Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Faithfully” triggered an enormous roar of cheers louder than any other song up until that point, Rascal Flatts keyboardist Jay DeMarcus called “Bull crap!” on the crowd, refusing to continue on with the song until the crowd elicited an even louder cheer. That is when the party really started.
At one point, DeMarcus even joked that he is now “running for President of the U.S.,” stating that it “can’t be worse than the options we already have.” Furthermore, he lessened the blow by saying that he still believes that America is still “the greatest country in the world.” This statement created a unanimous chant of the letters “U, S, A!” from the crowd.
Opening acts, Chris Lane, and “Country’s Next Queen”, Kelsea Ballerini, both gave performances that made it tough for even Rascal Flatts to top. The two young American Country Pop Artists exuded such incredible stage presences and outright amazingly talented voices.
Ballerini’s hit singles “Love Me Like you Mean It” and “Dibs” had everyone up from their seats and dancing, and at one point the artist even walked through the audience to take selfies with fans as she continued to sing. Her genuine love for performing and infectious personality made her a charmer on stage. It’s no question why Rascal Flatts chose to have both Ballerini and Lane a part of the “Rhythm & Roots” tour.
Amongst the vocal-perfection on stage and the beer-happy, excitable crowd that night in Jones Beach Nikon Theatre, it is safe to say that country music will be kept closely within reach of the three talented acts.
The “Rhythm & Roots” tour continues through the Eastern states of the U.S. until the end of the month.