Each summer, country music fans from New York City and Long Island gather to enjoy their favorite music on the water at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater. The Back to Us Tour was the first country show to make its way to the beloved venue Friday night featuring Carly Pearce, Dan + Shay and Rascal Flatts.
The pit section filled early, fans singing along to Carly Pearce’s set which was filled with songs from her debut album. “I feel like the luckiest girl in the entire world that I get to welcome y’all to the Back to Us Tour,” Pearce told the crowd. Her set included “Careless”, “If My Name Was Whiskey” and of course her first number one single “Every Little Thing”. She closed with her current radio single “Hide the Wine” after thanking country music fans and country radio for changing her life.
Next up on the Back to Us tour was Dan + Shay, a duo who is already having one heck of a summer. With their latest single “Tequila” going number one the week prior and the release of their incredible self-titled album just a few weeks ago, the boys were pumped to play for New York fans. Not only did they perform songs from their new album including “Alone Together” and “All to My Self” but they took fans back to their very first single “19 You and Me”. Their harmonies and energy had the entire theater on their feet, swaying to the music and singing along.
Just as the sun was setting and creating the most miraculous cotton candy colored sky, the duo stopped to chat with the crowd. “Huge shout out to our country radio family here, we’ve got something to celebrate here with you tonight Jones Beach, we have the number one song in the country right now!” they exclaimed. “Let’s sing it together”. Head to our Instagram to catch one of the best moments of the night when the audience sang along to “Tequila”. Continuing their incredible set, they covered Justin Timberlake’s smash “Can’t Stop The Feeling” which started a giant dance party in the venue.
Headliners Rascal Flatts have been touring together, as a band, for almost two decades, perfecting their live show and giving their longtime fans a show full of their hits and their incredible harmonies. They released their latest album Back to Us last year and are traveling the country this summer promoting the new music as well as playing classic hits from their previous records. Mixing classic Flatts songs like “Feels Like Today” with more current hits like “Yours If You Want It” the packed venue danced along, feeling nostalgic as well as invigorated from the trio’s set. “I look out at our crowds every night and I see everybody from all different walks of life, united under one thing and that is country music,” band member Jay Demarcus stated in between songs. “This is still the greatest country to live in on the face of the planet, so let’s have a party tonight, let’s escape for the next hour.”
A highlight of the night was when Dan + Shay and Carly Pearce came back to the stage to join Gary, Jay and Joe Don to perform “Hopin’ You Were Lookin'” from Back to Us as well as Maren Morris, Zedd and Grey’s smash crossover hit “The Middle” and then their throwback hit “Here’s To You”. Closing out the night with “Bless the Broken Road” and “Life is a Highway” the Back to Us Tour was certainly one to remember as the first country show of the summer at Jones Beach.
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