Rascal Flatts Rhythm & Roots Residency Returns To Hard Rock

Rascal Flatts
Rascal Flatts

The Rascal Flatts residency at Hard Rock earlier this year as they’re set to return in 2016. If country music is your thing the details and press release are below.

LAS VEGAS (November 16, 2015) – Multi-Platinum selling trio Rascal Flatts will return to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas for a second, nine-show residency, Rascal Flatts Rhythm & Roots, from Wednesday, February 17 to Saturday, March 5. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 20 at 10 a.m.

Rascal Flatts (Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney) wowed fans and critics last February as they performed the first-ever country residency at The Joint. Due to the run’s overwhelming success, the trio will once again make the award-winning venue their home with new shows that will highlight the original Rascal Flatts sound that fans know and love.

“We had such a great time at The Joint earlier this year,” said Joe Don Rooney. “Being the first country act to have a residency there we didn’t really know what to expect. The shows were wild and we knew that if given the chance we would come running back. We are going to mix it up a bit this time and are working through ideas on how to make it a different experience for the fans. It’s Vegas, so you can bet we’re gonna be stepping up our game.”

To date, Rascal Flatts have sold more than 22.8 million albums, more than 29 million digital downloads and more than 9 million concert tickets. They remain the most awarded country music group of the past decade with over 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. Their most recent album, REWIND (Big Machine Records), debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, making Rascal Flatts one of only four acts from the SoundScan era to have eight consecutive studio albums debut in the top spot.

“Rascal Flatts isn’t just one of the best country bands out there – they’re one of the best bands, period. Things really become special when a fan can see them in a venue that’s a fraction of the size of what they normally perform in,” said Bobby Reynolds, vice president of booking at AEG Live Las Vegas. “Gary, Jay and Joe Don loved the intimacy of The Joint and the connection they had with their fans – literally reaching out and touching them. They realized how much fun they had during their last residency, and we all couldn’t wait to do it again.” 

“We took a huge leap of faith by switching up our signature rock ‘n’ roll residencies and bringing in a country music group,” said Chas Smith, vice president of entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “Rascal Flatts really knocked it out of the park and helped influence a lot of other country music programming on property. We are extremely excited to have these guys back at The Joint for what is sure to be another successful residency.”

Show Dates:

  • Wednesday, February 17 at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, February 19 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 20 at 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 24 at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, February 26 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 27 at 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 2 at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m.

Tickets start at $39.95 (plus applicable service fees) and go on sale Friday, November 20 at 10 a.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel box office, by calling 888.9.AXS.TIX or online at www.axs.com. For VIP ticket packages including premium seating options, please contact jointvip@hrhvegas.com. For groups of 12 or more, please call 702.693.4017 or contact darnson@hrhvegas.com.

For more information on Rascal Flatts, please visit www.rascalflatts.com, Facebook or Twitter.

Journey Hard Rock Las Vegas Residency Details

Journey Hard Rock Las Vegas Residency
Journey Hard Rock Las Vegas Residency Poster

The long rumored Journey Hard Rock residency was confirmed today. Color me uninspired this announcement. Initial rumors were that this Journey residency was to include the original lineup featuring lead singer Steve Perry. That doesn’t seem to be the case.

Shows at The Joint will be on The Joint on April 29 and then May 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 13, 15 and 16.

Even though current singer, Arnel Pineda, is fun to watch as the singer this is nothing more than a Journey cover band in my eyes. They could be playing at the Fremont Street Experience on a random Tuesday night. Maybe Steve Perry is happy singing along with the 7th inning stretch song a San Francisco Giants games.

Tickets for Journey at the Hard Rock at over $60 after fees and taxes and go on sale January 16th. If you’d rather save the money you can see an hour of Journey’s concert in Manilla below (or buy DVD on Amazon for less than $30). It’s pretty awesome if you like Journey.

Best Places In Las Vegas To See Live Music

Queens Of The Stoneage At Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
Queens Of The Stoneage

One of the first people I met when I moved to Las Vegas was Craig Nyman. He does a lot of things but his passion for music is something that I haven’t found in many people in this town and it’s awesome. He has a blog called Do You Hear The Music and has written concert reviews for a couple other outlets.

People often ask me where the best places to see bands in Vegas are so I figured I’d go to someone who’s out seeing bands much more often than me. Craig hit the places that I would recommend and then some. Enjoy and follow him on twitter.

It just so happens that I live in the city known as the Entertainment Capital of the World. And as such, I will never pass up the opportunity to catch live music in Las Vegas. Here’s a list of some of the spots I frequent.

House of Blues

House of Blues Las Vegas

When Mandalay Bay opened in 1999 and brought the House of Blues to Las Vegas, a new era for live music in the city was born. Today, HOB is still regarded as one of the top venues in town to see a concert continuously booking a multitude of acts ranging from rock and blues to metal and electronic artists, no genre of music is shunned. (Photo: UrbanPhotos)

Hard Rock Hotel: The Joint and Vinyl

The Joint at Hard Rock Casino Las Vegas

The “new” Joint has put itself on the map as one of the best concert venues in the country and at a max capacity 4,000 you regularly have the chance to see major bands that typically play 12,000-15,000 seat arenas in an intimate setting. Plus the acoustics and sight lines are second to none so you’re going to have an incredible experience at The Joint. (Photo: Sceno Plus)

The newest live music venue, Vinyl is by far one of the best places to catch a show in Las Vegas. The tiny spot gets rocking with a killer sound system and bands seem to respond well to the intimate confines and getting up close and personal with fans.

Quintuplet threat at The Cosmopolitan

Boulevard Pool Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

You’ve got the BLVD Pool, The Chelsea, Chandelier, Book & Stage and BOND. All five spots play host to live music from rocking concerts under the neon glow of the Las Vegas Strip to a jazz quartet at the sultry Chandelier, you can’t go wrong. I’ve seen some of my favorite concerts at this hotel. I could list them all but it’d go on for too long. Instead just visit my blog www.doyouhearthemusic.com and do a search. (Photo: Vegas News)

The Pearl at Palms

The Pearl at Palms Las Vegas

Real simple, great acoustics, solid sight lines, amazing shows in a small venue. With the ability to scale from 1,100 to 2,400 every show I’ve seen at The Pearl has been great. Cool fact, the venue is hard-wired into the recording studio upstairs at Palms; so you never know if that concert you attended may just be released as a live album by your favorite artist.

Hard Rock Café on The Strip

Hard Rock Cafe On The Strip Las Vegas

Chances are you haven’t been and that’s your first mistake. This 1,000 cap venue in the middle of The Strip gets some rocking shows and is a great room to catch a concert.

Double Down

Double Down Las Vegas

A 24/7 Institution. Grab yourself a Bacon Martini or some Ass Juice and embrace the legendary Double Down. Always open and always a good time with a slew of bands performing each night the only thing guaranteed is really not knowing what will happen when you step foot inside the happiest place on earth! (Photo: Vegas Seven)

Downtown Spots

Beauty Bar Las Vegas

  • Beauty Bar: Until recently, Beauty Bar was THE up and coming indie acts and while the competition has been getting a little fierce, the venue still does a kick ass job of bringing in the stars of tomorrow before. With an intimate stage inside and a backyard patio outside, you get two different experiences at Beauty Bar.
  • Commonwealth: The new kids on Fremont are cracking into live music with Sundays devoted to performances from talented local musicians. Add in the regular appearances by some awesome DJs and Commonwealth is quickly becoming a place to see sheer talent.
  • Insert Coin(s): Awesome DJs, video games and stiff drinks – in just two years IC has marked its place on the map for entertainment in Las Vegas.
  • Artifice: I love this place, what else can I say. It’s cozy, the staff is awesome and you can see some kick ass shows in this spot.
  • The Bunkhouse: If you’ve never been, put this on your list pronto.

Santana Moves To Mandalay Bay

Santana moving from The Joint at the Hard Rock to House of Blues at Mandalay Bay wouldn’t really be something I’m normally interested in, but I am. As last year ended, Tiesto left his DJ residency at The Joint and moved to a more appropriate venue, XS at Wynn.

The Joint has a capacity of over 4,000 while House of Blues holds just over 1,000 and XS capacity is around 3,000. (UPDATE: I’m told XS has cap of 5,000+) The Joint is huge and was definitely too large for both artists. While a DJ, Tiesto, moving to a nightclub of a similar size and more appropriate venue for the music doesn’t say major failure, Santana moving to a tiny venue does seem like a failure.

House of Blues is a great place to see a rock show in Las Vegas but it’s much less than half the size of The Joint. House of Blues is being “reconfigured” (think made smaller) for Santana. Santana’s music doesn’t do much for me, but it doesn’t bother me. I just can’t imagine that tickets starting at $100 are going to sell very well. According to the press release Santana signed a two year deal but I don’t see this show lasting that long.

The press release touts the show as “An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.” If you’re a fan of Carlos Santana, and in Vegas, I recommend you get tickets to earlier shows. I’d also check the return policy if you buy tickets beyond the beginning batch of shows.

Photo (above): bmoorevisuals.com

Santana "Supernatural"
Santana "Supernatural"

Rare 120 at Hard Rock Discount

I love when unexpected discounts pop up.  I was tweeting about an upcoming trip to the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas to see Alice in Chains when the tweeter from Rare 120 (steakhouse) caught my attention and made me aware of a pretty excellent discount offer they have.

Click here to view full sizeRare 120 seems as if it’s Hard Rock’s take on an expensive steakhouse.  I’m all for a good steak and I’m all for a little savings.  They offer 30% discounts to all show goers at The Joint with a ticket stub.  This is a pretty substantial discount and enough for me consider changing my plans.

I usually spend about $100/person for a good steak dinner with drinks.  A $30 savings is great and better than most offers I see.  I have $100 dinner plans each night I’m in Vegas, so I’m not sure I’ll partake this time.  I’ll let my friend chose this time.  Who am I to say no?

Follow @rare120 if you’re curious to learn more.  They’re part of Dolce Group which has more restaurants and possibly more to offer.