Sep 24, 2012

Pontoon Party on the Plaza Before the Rascal Flatts Concert

The Party on the Plaza - presented by WKSJ, is back by popular demand but with a twist. Thanks to Harbor View Marine, we will have a Pontoon boat on site to celebrate Little Big Town's number one hit. Arrive early for the festivities before the performance this Friday, September 28th at Pensacola Civic Center.

To make things even more exciting, Little Big Town and Eli Young Band will make an appearance at the party.

It begins at 4:30 pm and will continue until 6:30 pm on the front plaza near the box office. There will be food and beverage specials, giveaways and more.

Specials include:
$4.00 Margaritas
$3.00 Hotdogs
$4.00 Nachos (make-your-own nacho bar)
$4.00 Draft Beer 

* No tickets necessary to attend

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WHAT :: Rascal Flatts with Little Big Town & Eli Young Band
WHERE :: Pensacola Civic Center
WHEN :: Friday, September 28 at 7:00pm (Doors at 6:00pm)
PRICES :: $53.25 & $33.25 & $23.00
TICKETS :: Ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000, Pensacola Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets

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Rascal Flatts

Even in a career as filled with music and milestones as that of Rascal Flatts, there are times when capturing the moment isn't difficult. Sometimes, it only takes a word. The release of Changed, the trio's eighth studio album, is a great case in point.

"Given what we've been through the past two years," says Jay DeMarcus, "I don't think there could be any better title. This feels like the next step in Rascal Flatts' evolution."

What the trio has been through amounts to an almost complete metamorphosis of the business aspects of their career. Jay, who handles bass and vocals, along with guitarist/vocalist Joe Don Rooney and lead vocalist extraordinaire Gary LeVox, have established themselves at Big Machine Records following the 2010 demise of their longtime label, and havejoined forces with Spalding Entertainment after parting with their longtimemanagement team. The fact that their first CD for Big Machine, Nothing LikeThis, hit #1 on the charts and produced three singles of the caliber of "Why Wait," "I Won't Let Go" and "Easy," would seem to indicate they've handled the process smoothly, but they are quick to point out that any transition this big holds its challenges.

"Change isn't always easy to go through," says Joe Don, "and some of this was hard for us. But fortunately there's another side to change. We're all family men now, husbands and fathers, and there is so much stability to draw on there. Put it all together, and it's life-changing stuff that can be scary, but beautiful at the same time."

Little Big Town

Little Big Town is a country vocal quartet comprised of Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet. After forming in the late 1990s, first as a duo, then as a trio, until finally they became the quartet they would take to stardom.

Little Big Town steadily honed their craft for years by performing, recording and writing. Their dedication and perseverance paid off big when their 2005 album, The Road to Here, was certified platinum, and they received the first of four consecutive (and counting) nominations for the Country Music Association¹s Vocal Group of the Year.

Eli Young Band

The Eli Young Band¹s music has all the hallmarks of youth: passion, energy and excitement. The band¹s story is the definition of commitment: eight-years‹eight long years‹spent honing its sound while building to the release of its first national album. The blend of sonic exuberance andpersonal maturity is just one of the things that makes the Eli Young Band and their Universal Republic/Universal Records South debut, Jet Black & Jealous, such an intriguing musical property.

The band combined a range of elements‹vocalist Mike Eli¹s ingratiating resonance, guitarist James Young¹s elastic bag of sounds, bass player Jon Jones¹ inventive foundation and drummer Chris Thompson¹s energetic propulsion‹to create a 12-song CD that paints even the difficult turns in life with an underlying optimism.

"That¹s been a theme through a lot of our music," Jones observes. "It might be raining today, but it might be sunny tomorrow, so it¹s worth sticking around for."

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