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Rascal Flatts gets Live & Loud

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 – Rascal Flatts will kick-off its 35-city tour, Farmers Insurance Presents Rascal Flatts "LIVE & LOUD," on Friday in Jones Beach, N.Y. with tailgating events for their fans prior to each of the shows in the FarmersFans Zone. Special guests on the tour are The Band Perry and 2012's The Voice winner Cassadee Pope.

Rascal Flatts fans can begin their concert experience by tailgating for free before the show doors open in the FarmersFans Zone. Concert goers can see a fully customized Rascal Flatts off-road vehicle, complete with games that include some of the band's favorite hobbies like archery and golf. Fans can also have a photo opportunity in the backseat of the vehicle.

Dance Y'all will also participate in the tailgate experience by teaching fans dance moves and offering them the opportunity to enter a "dance off" for a chance to boogie down on stage with the Farmers Insurance Dance Y'all Experience Featuring Laura Bell Bundy. More details on the dance off are online.

Traditional tailgate games like a basketball shootout, ladder golf or a bean bag battle with your friends can be found as well. Test your Rascal Flatts knowledge with tour trivia and sign up to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2013 CMA Music Awards in Nashville this fall.

Tour dates are:
May 31 Jones Beach, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
June 1 Harrington, DE Harrington Raceway & Casino
June 2 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
June 6 Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
June 7 Tampa, FL MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 8 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
June 14 Boston, MA Comcast Center
June 15 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
June 16 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 23 Grand Junction, CO Country Jam USA
June 27 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 28 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
June 29 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
July 18 Eau Claire, WI Country Jam USA
July 19 Stateline, NV Harvey's Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
July 23 Paso Robles, CA California Mid State Fair
July 25 Cheyenne, WY Cheyenne Frontier Days
Aug. 2 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook **
Aug. 3 Bomanville, ON Mosport ParkRaceway/Boots & Hearts Festival
Aug. 9 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
Aug. 10 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Aug. 16 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug. 17 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 18 Sioux City, IA Tyson Events Center
Sept. 5 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Sept. 6 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Sept. 7 Darien Center, NY Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
Sept. 12 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
Sept. 13 San Diego, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sept. 14 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sept. 26 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Sept. 27 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
Sept. 28 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live
Oct. 3 Las Cruces, NM Pan American Center/ New Mexico State University
Oct. 4 Lubbock, TX United Spirit Arena

** The Band Perry will not appear on this 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. »»»
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