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Rascal Flatts gets festive

Thursday, March 17, 2011 – Rascal Flatts announced today they will launch a brand new tour this summer, Flatts Fest, on June 18 in Bristow, Va. with opening acts Sara Evans, Easton Corbin and Justin Moore. The tour is currently slated to run through September with 24 shows.

The Flatts Fest tour will include a new stage production design and set list. The tour will also include an interactive pre-show festival atmosphere and tailgating experience, with activities spread throughout the plaza and parking areas for all fans who want to make a whole afternoon/evening of the show. Plans include a mobile karaoke vehicle, carnival games, photo booths, putt putt golf, food vendors, and contests. More detailed information will be provided closer to the start of the tour.

Tour dates are:
June 18 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
June 19 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
June 24 Oshkosh, WI** Country Festival USA
June 25 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
June 26 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 8 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
July 9 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
July 17 Craven, SK** Craven Country Jamboree
July 22 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
July 23 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
July 24 Twin Lakes, WI** Country Thunder Festival
July 28 Atlanta, GA Lakewood
July 29 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 30 Raleigh, NC TWC Music Pavilion
Aug. 4 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 6 Detroit Lakes, MN** WE Fest
Aug. 11 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
Aug. 12 Darien Lake, MN Darien Lakes PAC
Aug. 13 Ottawa, ONT** Rideau Carelton Raceway-OLG Slots Casino
Aug. 19 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
Aug. 20 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
Aug. 27 Oro Station, ONT** Burls Creek Family Event Park
Sept. 9 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Sept. 10 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Sept. 11 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion
Sept. 15 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sept. 16 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sept. 17 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheatre
Sept. 18 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

**Not a "Flatts Fest" date

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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