Saturday, August 13, 2011

Kenny Chesney's Goin' Coastal Tour featuring Zac Brown Band

My friend Erica and I went to Kenny Chesney's Goin' Coastal Tour featuring Zac Brown Band at the New Meadowlands Stadium in North Jersey.  Despite growing up less than an hour from Darien Lake Preforming Arts Center, I never went to any concerts before college.  This was my first country concert and a marathon concert as well.  We left after the 6 hour mark and the concert was still going! The tour had four acts of increasing popularity: Uncle Kracker, Billy Currington, Zac Brown Band, and Kenny Chesney.  There were two unfortunate parts of this concert.  First, we failed to properly tailgate the show and resorted to guitar-shaped slurpees that were delicious but still left us lacking in festive country spirit.  Second, It started raining right after Zac Brown Band finished their set and continued raining during the 30 minute change over and into Kenny Chesney's set.  Erica and I toughed out the rain in our sets and were later rewarded when we eventually dried off and everyone around us still had to sit in wet seats.  I really enjoyed the latter three acts.  Billy Currington is a relative newcomer who I think shows promise.  Zac Brown Band was good but I'm not as familiar with their music and it's tough to follow new songs from the top of a giant football stadium.  Kenny Chesney was awesome.  It's easy to understand why he's won Entertainer of the Year more then once.  The set list from the concert said he played 36 songs, mostly from his older albums.  Erica and I were both thrilled that he played the older stuff since neither of us likes his new stuff very much.  Next country concert adventure: Carrie Underwood or Brad Paisley.

View from our seats

Billy Currington

Kenny's grand aerial entrance
Entertainer of the Year 2004-2008

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