ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Rascal Flatts and Gloriana performed July 16 in Denver, braving a rainstorm that tested both fans’ patience and the facilities at the newly reworked Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre.
The men of Rascal Flatts, who have been playing big venues for 15 years now, barely seemed to notice the intensifying downpour as they took the stage. By the time the band got to its third song of the night (the current radio hit “Rewind”), most of the fans in the packed amphitheatre seemed to have achieved a toasty Nashville state of mind despite the chilly Colorado weather.
Earlier, Gloriana expertly deployed their pop-country sound during a break in the rain, making sure fans hurried to their seats in time to hear the band’s signature “(Kissed You) Good Night.”
The time between the two bands was less of a thrill. Fiddler’s Green, in each of its various incarnations, has never offered much protection from the elements, and that problem reared its head again at Wednesday’s show. Hundreds of fans in waterlogged cut-offs, tanks and tees could be seen huddling in corners or leaving the building entirely.
There’s certainly an argument to be made that people should dress for the weather. But it also seems reasonable to hope that the recent multimillion-dollar renovations would have included some shelter, just in case.