Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow pick a good night to play Tahoe

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Rascal Flatts puts in the miles every year and the band lately always includes Lake Tahoe.
A year ago, the modern country band from Nashville timed its Tahoe visit with the American Century celebrity golf tournament so guitarist Joe Don Rooney and bassist Jay DeMarcus could compete. They both played again this July before returning to the stage Aug. 24 when it rocked a crowd of about 4,000 at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys.

Celebrating its ninth studio album, “Rewind,” the band, led by founders Rooney, DeMarcus and singer Gary LeVox entertained the crowd, a mixture of older folks and many 20-something, largely female concertgoers. Fans sang along to the numerous Rascal Flatts hits.

Rooney flicked picks he had attached to his guitar throughout the performance. One pick was spun out all the way to the 17th row. He must be a good disc golfer, too.

Sheryl Crow opened with a 10-song, 55-minute set.
She said she soaked up the sun along with a couple of cocktails earlier in the day, playing upon a jet ski, standup paddle board and a four-man paddle boat.
“We’re at altitude, aren’t we?” she told the audience. “I feel like I’ve just run a marathon.”

After a slow start, she picked up the pace and woke up the crowd with an upbeat blues upon which she played harmonica, “Best of Times.” The fans stood and cheered, and the country-themed doubleheader concert was on.

Rascal Flatts
Rewind Tour, Aug. 24, 2014
Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
“Payback”
“Why Wait”
“Here Comes Goodbye”
“Rewind”
“These Days”
“What Hurts the Most”
“Stand”
“Fast Cars and Freedom”
“Bless the Broken Road”
“Banjo”
“Love You Out Loud”
“Happy”
“Picture”
“My Wish”
“Summer Nights”
“DJ Tonight”/”Hot in Here”/”Here’s to You”
“Life is a Highway”

 Sheryl Crow
“All I Want to Do”
“Give it to Me”
“I Can’t Cry Anymore”
“My Favorite Mistake”
“Best of Times”
“Strong Enough”
“Redemption Day”
“If It Makes You Happy”
“Soak Up the Sun”
“Every Day is a Winding Road”

About Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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