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Karen J. LaFlamme, (253) 841-5024; or
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Puyallup, WA, June 20, 2003 - If mega-hit song "I'm Movin' On" were
to describe Rascal Flatts' amazing success since their first notoriety in 2000, it would be on target. Returning from last month's Academy of Country Music Awards with multiple awards, including Top Vocal Group and Song of the Year for "I'm Movin' On," the group continues to become a dominate player in the country music market.
Rascal Flatts is scheduled to take the stage at the Puyallup Fair on Monday, Sept. 8, 2003 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 28 at all Ticketmaster outlets. Ticket prices are $10 for reserved seats; with limited free seating, available on a first-come, first-seated basis. This does NOT include gate admission to the Fair - all attendees of this concert must also purchase a gate ticket.
Their sophomore album, Melt, was certified platinum just five weeks after its release in October 2002. The first single, "These Days," was a multi-week #1 on Country Radio. The group's recent single, "Love You Out Loud" has held the #7 position across the board at Country Radio. In total, Rascal Flatts has sold over 1.6 million copies of Melt. Their success was sweetened as the CD spawned four Top 10 singles, including chart-toppers "Prayin' For Daylight" and "I'm Movin' On", plus the hits "This Everyday Love" and "While You Loved Me."
The group was the second best-selling country group in 2002 and the 9th best-selling country artist in 2002 - phenomenal accomplishments for a debut act. Rascal Flatts received the CMT Flameworthy Group/Duo Video of the Year this past April. In addition to being voted the ACM's 2001 New Vocal Group of the Year and the CMA's Horizon Award winner, the trio comprised of Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox, and Joe Don Rooney, earned two #1 CMT videos.
When their self-titled debut CD turned platinum, Rascal Flatts joined the elite company of SHeDAISY and the Dixie Chicks as the only country groups in the last five years to sell a million debut copies.
LeVox and DeMarcus grew up as second cousins - and close friends -
in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Their musical families often got
together for jam sessions, inspiring a love of music in both. DeMarcus, who would eventually meet Rooney while both played in Chely
Wright's band, took off for Nashville first, followed five years later by LeVox. One night when DeMarcus and LeVox were working in a Printer's Alley club their guitarist couldn't make it, so they asked Rooney to fill in. They instantly knew they had something special.
In their short, yet exceptionally successful career, Rascal Flatts has
opened for illustrious country torch-bearers Alan Jackson, Jo Dee Messina and Toby Keith. They are currently opening for Brooks & Dunn's "Neon Circus and Wild West Show" tour. They've played the Grand Ole Opry, and recorded "Walk the Llama Llama," a song penned by Sting for The Emperor's New Grove soundtrack, which has a huge audience with younger fans.
Tickets will be going on sale for the remainder of the Puyallup Fair
2003 Columbia Bank Concert Series line-up in the next few months. Visit the Fair website, www.thefair.com for updates. Other concerts currently selling tickets include:
Date Entertainer Time Seating
Sept. 5 (Fri) PRCA Rodeo 1:00 p.m. $15.50
Chris LeDoux & PRCA Rodeo 6:00 p.m. $24.50
Sept. 6 (Sat) PRCA Rodeo 1 & 6 p.m. $15.50
Sept. 7 (Sun) PRCA Rodeo 2:00 p.m. $15.50
Sept. 8 (Mon) Rascal Flatts 7:00 p.m. *$10/Free
Sept. 9 (Tues) "Weird Al" Yankovic 7:00 p.m. *$10/Free
Sept. 10 (Wed) Chicago 7:00 p.m. $37.50/$32.50
Sept. 11 (Thur) Jars of Clay plus Special Guest 7:00 p.m.*$10/Free
Sept. 12 (Fri) Busta Rhymes 7:00 p.m. $31.50/$26.50
Sept. 14 (Sun) Neil Sedaka 4:00 p.m. *$10/Free
Sept. 15 (Mon) "New Faces of Country" 7:00 p.m. *$10/Free
Jessica Andrews/Craig Morgan & Dierks Bentley
Sept. 17 (Wed) Alabama "The American 7:00 p.m. $500-$45
Sept. 21 (Sun) The Allman Brothers Band 4:00 p.m. $36.50/$31.50
* Shows that are $10/Free DO NOT INCLUDE Fair gate admission. Concerts with free grandstand seating are first come, first-seated, as there are no tickets issued for limited free seating.
Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Fred Meyer, Tower Records, Wherehouse Music and other independent locations. Tickets may also be purchased via phone with American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit cards by calling Ticketmaster at (253) 627-TIXS in Tacoma, or (206) 628-0888 in Seattle, or via the Internet by logging onto Ticketmaster's website at www.ticketmaster.com. To save the convenience charge, purchase tickets in person at the Ticketmaster outlet at the Fairgrounds.
The Puyallup Fair first started in 1900. This Pacific Northwest
tradition features top name entertainment, the PRCA Rodeo, rides, exhibits, food, flowers, and animals. For further information about the Sept. 5-21, 2003 Puyallup Fair, visit our website at www.thefair.com or call the 24-hour hotline at (253) 841-5045.