Big & Rich Bring Southern Flair to Nationals Park

The Grammy-nominated country music duo kicked off the NatsLive Post-Game Concert Series on Saturday.

By: Maya Rhodan

After a 2-0 win over the Atlanta Braves this past Saturday afternoon, the Washington Nationals cleared the field to make way for a small stage being built right outside of center field for the kickoff concert of this summer’s NatsLive Post-Game Concert Series, featuring country music duo Big & Rich.

The series, which is free to all attendees of the day’s game, was originally set to start with Dierks Bentley, who canceled on Friday due to a family emergency.

The two Nashville stars walked onto the field dressed in flamboyant getups: rhinestone-studded silver cowboy boots and bedazzled jeans for John Rich and a fringed camel vest and black top hat combo for Big Kenny.

“Are y’all ready to have a Big & Rich time tonight?” Rich yelled to the crowd before starting off “Soul Shaker,” from the duo’s sophomore album, Comin’ to Your City.

The three-time Grammy-nominated twosome kept the stands on their feet throughout their hour-long set with down-home faves like “8th of November,” “Rollin’ (The Ballad of Big & Rich)”, and a Southern-tinged cover of ACDC’s “You Shook Me All Night.”

By the end of the high-energy show, complete with high kicks and pelvic thrusts by Big Kenny, the remaining crowd was fully geared up to save a horse and ride a cowboy.

The NatsLive Concert Series continues throughout the summer with performances by the Wallflowers (July 21) and Third Eye Blind (August 18). For more information, visit their website.