A Word from Cheryl:


Thank you for visiting my Concert Review Blog. I have enjoyed attending, photographing and writing about a variety of concerts over the past several years. I hope that my reviews and photos have made you feel like you were right there with me.


At this time in my life I've taken a step back, looked at what’s truly important and have begun to prioritize my time, energy and resources.

I retired from nursing in 2012 and was then able to be with my aging father, who later passed away in June, 2013.

My family is growing dramatically! We now have eight grandchildren and I take every opportunity to be available to help when needed. I also make sure I carve out plenty of time for my husband so that he knows how important he is to me.

Because of this I don't attend many concerts anymore. I try to be selective in choosing a show and do my best to relax and enjoy the experience. I no longer stress about getting the perfect photo or remembering some occurrence so I can write about it.

If you want to view a collection of some of my favorite photos from the past several years you may find them here:
Cheryl's Pearls Photos - Concerts

Thanks again for visiting my site.

May God Bless,
Cheryl

Monday, June 20, 2011

Flatts Fest in Bristow, VA June 18, 2011

 OPENING DAY FOR FLATTS FEST

Rascal Flatts brought their show to town with all the fun and games of the midway at a fair complete with a shooting range, mini golf, a dunk tank, face painting, exhibits, a prize wheel and a karaoke challenge to keep folks of all ages entertained before the evening performances.  The Flatts Fest at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA on June 18 was the first of many scheduled across the country this summer.


Justin Moore



First to perform on the main stage was Justin Moore who reminded me of a caged tiger as he paced the stage with purpose and intensity.  When he wasn’t grabbing hands he was grabbing our attention with poignant lyrics to songs like “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” and “Small Town USA.”



Easton Corbin


Easton Corbin came out next with his down home country charm and George Strait voice.  He seemed content to stay in his comfort zone behind his guitar singing several of his own hits (see set list) and covering Brooks & Dunn’s “Put A Girl In It.”


Sara Evans


Sara Evans added some much needed glamour and femininity to the show.  She had to walk carefully in those high heels.  She confessed her fear of a “Shania Twain moment” (falling) with the hazardous combination of heels and a slick, shiny stage.  Yet Evans managed to maneuver quite well if not cautiously and often reached out and connected with her fans as she sang through a number of her famous songs.





Amid smoke and flashing strobe lights Rascal Flatts emerged through three separate doors, descended stairs and proceeded to three different drum sets for the intro which led into opening number “Why Wait.”

Rascal Flatts - sharply dressed in black & white
Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus looked mighty sharp in their black and white color coordinated outfits but the evening was all about the fans filling the pit and lining the stage frequently reaching out to the Flatts boys.  Eager fans were rewarded for their adoration and enthusiasm with high fives, handshakes, winks and nods.

As the show progressed Rascal Flatts gave tribute to their early musical influences.  DeMarcus played piano and sang Michael McDonald’s “Taking It To the Streets.”  Rooney played guitar and sang Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “The House Is Rockin” and Vince Gill’s “What the Cowgirls Do.”  But it was LeVox who got the crowd to sing along on his solo of the popular Stevie Wonder song “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”

Sara Evans ventured on stage to join Gary LeVox for a lovely rendition of the song “Easy” from Rascal Flatts’ album “Nothing Like This” and Lionel Ritchie joined the boys via video magic for their encore performance of “Dancing on the Ceiling.”

For more photos from the Concert see: Flatts Fest Pics


SET LIST FOR FLATTS FEST June 18, 2011:

Justin Moore:
  1. Backwoods 
  2. How I Got to Be This Way 
  3. If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away 
  4. Small Town USA 
  5. Kick Your A$$ 
  6. Give Me All Your Loving
Easton Corbin:
  1. The Way Love Looks
  2. A Little More Country Than That
  3. Put A Girl In It (Brooks & Dunn cover)
  4. Can't Love You Back
  5. It’ll Make You Wanna Drink
  6. Roll With It
Sara Evans:
  1. As If
  2. Perfect
  3. Born To Fly
  4. My Heart Can’t Tell You No (Rod Stewart Cover)
  5. Stronger
  6. I Keep Looking
  7. Suds In The Bucket
  8. Real Fine Place To Start
Rascal Flatts:
  1. Why Wait
  2. Me & My Gang
  3. Summer Nights
  4. Broken Road
  5. Stand
  6. Unstoppable
  7. My Wish
  8. Taking It to The Streets (Michael McDonald cover)
  9. House is Rockin/Cowgirls (Stevie Ray Vaughn / Vince Gill Covers)
  10. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Stevie Wonder Cover)
  11. Lonesome Road
  12. Easy – with Sara Evans 
  13. Life Is a Highway
  14. Fast Cars & Freedom/Red Camero
  15. Take Me There
  16. What Hurts The Most
  17. Tonight. Tonight 
 ---Encore---
          I Won't Let Go
          Dancing On The Ceiling (Lionel Richie Cover)