BANGOR — Country music super group Rascal Flatts, one of the hottest touring acts in any genre, will launch a new tour this summer that includes a stop on July 6 at the Waterfront Pavilion.
“The American Band Tour,” presented by Farmers Insurance, features an all-band setup with Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge opening.
Tickets go on sale at noon Friday, March 2. Reserved seating is $131.50, $91.50, $71.50 or $47.50; $101.50 GA Pit (inside thrust) and $37.50 lawn. Tickets available at all Ticketmaster outlets and Mark’s Music in Brewer, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online at waterfrontconcerts.com.
“We are always looking for new ways to re-energize our live shows,” says Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts. “We thought bringing out these bands, whom are among some of our favorite vocal groups, would make a great night of entertainment.”
Rascal Flatts is scheduled to release its eighth studio album, “Changed,” on April 3 on Big Machine Records. It’s last project, “Nothing Like This,” made its debut at No. 1 on the Country Album sales chart — making Rascal Flatts one of only four country acts to debut six consecutive studio albums at No. 1.
Since its musical debut in 2000, the band has sold more than 21 million albums and 25 million digital downloads, and delivered 13 No. 1 singles to the top of the charts.
Rascal Flatts was the most played country group on radio in 2011, as well as the most awarded country group of the past decade with more than 40 trophies from the American Country Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards, People’s Choice Awards and more.
The platinum-selling group Little Big Town entered the music scene more than14 years ago with hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home” and “Good As Gone.” Its fourth studio album and chart-topping release on Capitol Records Nashville, “The Reason Why,” produced the Grammy-nominated single, “Little White Church,” which has sold more than 1 million digital downloads to date.
Collectively, Little Big Town has earned eight ACM nominations, nine CMA Awards nominations and four Grammy nods. A new album is slated for release this year.
Eli Young Band’s “Crazy Girl” has been certified platinum and was named Billboard’s No. 1 Country Song of The Year. The band has three ACM nominations and recently performed on “Late Show With David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and the ACA Awards. “Life at Best” made its debut at No. 3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and No. 6 on the Billboard 200. It came in at No. 1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and No. 2 on the iTunes All Genre Chart just behind Jay Z/Kanye West and Adele. The band has opened for Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan and Dave Matthews Band, and sells out venues as a headliner from Rhode Island to California.
Profiled as one of Billboard’s 2011 “Artists to Watch,” Edens Edge possesses a repertoire deeply rooted in country music, acoustic instrumentation and vocal harmonies. In 2011, Edens Edge released its Top 20 debut single, “Amen,” and was the featured opening act on mega-tours with Brad Paisley, Reba and Lady Antebellum.
“The American Band Tour” will begin in Hartford, Conn., on June 15 at the Comcast Theatre. Visit www.rascalflatts.com for up-to-date tour information.