One of those songs was a Taylor Swift classic that had a Las Vegas crowd singing along: “Teardrops on My Guitar.”
“There is one particular woman who paved the way for people like me,” Ballerini said of the track from Swift’s debut album at the Park Theater Friday night (Aug. 20), where she performed her set for the audience before the Jonas Brothers took the stage for the night. (“Teardrops on My Guitar” was Swift’s second single, off of her self-titled album released in 2006.)
In fan-filmed videos from the show, Ballerini seemed delighted to return to the stage as tours begin to resume, with safety precautions, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Following CDC guidance and Nevada state requirements, events at the Park Theater on the grounds of the Park MGM require masks for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status.
“Is this anyone else’s first show back?” Ballerini asked the crowd. “Well how about this: How about I promise for the next 15 minutes I will give you 110% of everything have if you’ll do it back for me?”
The week before the first show, a masked up and ready Ballerini tweeted, “I’m thankful to be back at it.” Before the concert began on Friday, she posted a series of rehearsal photos on Instagram, writing, “feeling over-the-top joy to kick this tour off tonight. praying for mindfulness and safety. ready for approximately 10461947 sing alongs. gonna go roll around in glitter and see y’all on stage, Vegas.”
The tour continues at the Park Theater for a second night on Sunday, then heads to California. The Remember This trek is scheduled to run through the end of October. A full list of tour dates is available on the Jonas Brothers’ website.
Watch some clips of Ballerini’s tribute to Swift below.