Heading into the North Charleston Coliseum Saturday night for the Rascal Flatts concert, I saw surprisingly few cowboy hats, but a shockingly huge entourage of tractor trailers and tour buses — there’s no doubt these guys are in the big time. My heart broke when I walked in just as opener Jessica Simpson walked off the stage, but I felt much better when I was escorted to my front-row seats. Gary LeVox (in a sequined ensemble), Jay DeMarcus (the jokester), and Joe Don Rooney (looking hot as usual), along with their band of mostly South Carolina-based musicians, played some songs from their forthcoming album Unstoppable, as well as older crowd-pleasers like “These Days” and “Bob That Head.” They said they’d give us our money’s worth, and that they did, with an energetic two-hour long performance. The night ended with a shower of confetti and patriotic-colored balloons, and the entertainment continued as I watched people scramble for a keepsake. They proudly carried the giant balloons to their cars, then seemed heartbroken when they popped. Oh, so sad.
Stay cool. Support City Paper.
City Paper has been bringing the best news, food, arts, music and event coverage to the Holy City since 1997. Support our continued efforts to highlight the best of Charleston with a one-time donation or become a member of the City Paper Club.