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What we are ALL OVER and SO OVER in country music

May 15, 2014

By Amanda St. Amand, St. Louis Post-Dispatch



May 15--So the temperatures have dropped out of the 80s, but that doesn't mean summer country concert season isn't here -- starting on Friday night.

That's when Rascal Flatts takes the stage at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, the first of what is (so far) 10 announced country shows at the Maryland Heights venue.

I am ALL OVER the summer country concerts -- a chance to see not only big established stars but some of the up-and-comers who hit the road with them.

This year, those names include Leah Turner, Cassadee Pope, Cole Swindell and Chase Rice.

And in the past, fans have seen the likes of many future headliners open for other acts. At Verizon, that includes Taylor Swift opening for Rascal Flatts; Luke Bryan for Jason Aldean and Eric Church for Toby Keith. So the fans who skip the opening acts do so at their own peril; they may be missing out on a soon-to-be superstar.

But when it comes to SO OVER, how about the always awful parking lot escape from Verizon? When I go as a reviewer, I am lucky enough to get good parking. When I go as a regular Joe, no such luck.

Thousands of cars trying to navigate a tiny funnel in and out of the Maryland Heights venue? SO OVER it. There has to be a better way...right?

Amanda St. Amand is the Continuous News Editor. Follow her on Twitter @mandystlpd

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