“I’m gonna stand on a rooftop, climb up a mountaintop baby, scream and shout…” that Rascal Flatts are in town and they are doing up their Sin City limited time engagement like they’ve ever done before. As the first country artists to not only play in the Hard Rock Hotel’s rock ‘n’ roll venue, The Joint, but to have a headlining show there, the backwoods country trio from Ohio is setting the bar high for all future non-rock acts that get the invite to play in the intimate concert hall.
Throughout the 90-minute concert, fans are entertained with a uniquely organized show that showcases the band’s diverse pop/ country rock sound through an include-all-the-favorites kind of set list. And while many fans may expect to only hear tracks off of their latest album, “Rewind,” audience members have been happy to discover that while several selections off the band’s recent album are played, the show primarily consists of classic hits including “My Wish,” “Fast Cars and Freedom” and “Love You Out Loud” (yes, we opened this article with that one) that effortlessly take Flattheads (those are Rascal Flatts fans, of course) on a trip down memory lane.
Keeping the majority of the show plugged in, amplified and lit up (let’s just say there are some pretty awesome pyrotechnics involved), the band, albeit country, does an excellent job of rocking the house but the musicians pull the plug to belt out a few songs backwoods style. During this time, the band gives the audience a little bit of their raw country side as most of the fancy lighting effects, including the ever-changing digital background display, are cut while banjos, guitars and tambourines, among other instruments and musicians, are brought on stage for an all-acoustic set.
Appropriately showcasing the get-back-to-our-redneck-roots-type songs like “Banjo,” the brief acoustic set complements the show’s otherwise high-tech nature just as perfectly as beer complements….well (if you’re really country) everything.
But when the last banjo lick is plucked and the spotlights are flashing through their choreography once more, the show resumes its established rockin’ country vibe and the crows goes wild every time (just wait until the encore… you’ll understand exactly what we mean).
With only six performances remaining in their limited time engagement at The Joint, get your boots on and see this one-of-a-kind show before they will be “moving on” (it’s just too easy to use their song lyrics).
Upcoming show dates:
March 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14