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LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02: (L-R) Recording artists Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney of music group Rascal Flatts attend the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards at Toshiba Plaza on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

So there you are on vacation with your fam’ in New York City. Someone says, “Hey, let’s tour the NBC studios at 30 Rock!” “What a great suggestion!” you say.

Soon you get the tickets, line up in the lobby and immediately realize you’re in a group with the tourist from hell. It’s happened to the best of us, but not quite like it did to a recent group of visitors. Their annoying tourist turned out to be Jay DeMarcus from supergroup trio Rascal Flatts! But it gets better.


The whole thing was arranged during a recent visit to NBC’s Today show, where the trio performed in the plaza outside Rockefeller Center. Not long after that cameras rolled again as the show’s Hoda Kotb helped hatch a plan that put DeMarcus in disguise among  group of curious tourists. DeMarcus’ job was to simply be that guy – the most irritating out-of-towner on the tour. Fellow tourists even stepped away from the convert superstar the more annoying he became. The mood soon improved, of course, when the rest of Rascal Flatts showed up to play a surprise pop-up concert. Watch below.

Watch Hoda Kotb surprise tourists with a Rascal Flatts pop-up concert

As TODAY's "Summer of Yes" continues to encourage you to try things you've always wanted to do, Hoda Kotb surprises an NBC tour group with an up-close performance by country superstars Rascal Flatts. The tourists can't believe their luck!

Rascal Flatts recently released their 10th studio album Back To Us, and announced a new Las Vegas residency at The Ventian for October. Find out more here.


Teddy McDonald is a fun-lovin’ country music fan man living in Nashville, Tennessee.