Sunday, June 22, 2008

A Night with Kenny

I love country music (one of the many things Morgan and I have in common). I love listening to music, watching the award shows, and attending concerts (although with ticket prices these days, that doesn't happen as often as it used to).

Last night Kenny Chesney played at Soldier Field in Chicago, and I was fortunate enough to attend. It was amazing! Not only was the weather perfect, but the concert was, granted, he is one of my favorites, so I am a little biased. To start, he had not one, not two, not three, but FOUR opening acts (Luke Bryan, Gary Allen, LeAnn Rimes, and Keith Urban)...making the show somewhat like a mini-festival in and of itself. (And, yes, for those of you Hollywood watchers, Nicole was there, and we all sang Happy Birthday to her during Keith's show.)

Energy, excitement, and lots of great music, this show had it all.

Kenny opened with "Live Those Songs Again", rising up from under the stage as the song began. From there he sang hit after hit...all the old favorites, plus his latest from "Pirates and Poets". (At one point, Keith Urban came back on and they sang an Eagle's song.) It was one big beach party, hanging out in Soldier Field, right there next to Lake Michigan. I didn't sit down once during the entire show.
It's easy to see that Kenny's run (how many years in a row is it now?!) as the current Entertainer of the Year is well deserved. He puts on a fantastic show...well worth the money...he played for over two hours!

He saved my two personal favorite songs for his oncore (thanks, Kenny!)'s always awesome to save the best for last. ("Anything But Mine" - a sweet,sexy, and romantic summer song - and "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" - What more do I need to say? - nothing runs like a Deere.)

After he'd finished singing, he gave an autographed guitar to a little boy in the audience, and took some time to sign various things for those people lucky enough to be right next to the stage. I think that's what I like best about country music in's all so real, and the people who sing it are real and genuine, too. They are amazing in concert, but seem like they'd be fun to just hang out with. (If you'd ever get that lucky!)

To top off all the great concert action, Kenny had been in town already the day before (Friday), and did the Seventh Inning Stretch at the Cubs our Cubbies some luck and helping to cheer them on to an eventual come-from-behind victory. (They also won yesterday, so that gives them the series...sorry you Sox fans out there...but this one's ours!..although getting the brooms out for a sweep tonight would be the icing on the cake.)

What a fabulous weekend. What a fantastic way to kick off that it's officially here. Thanks again, Kenny!

Until next time,


coming this summer from The Wild Rose Press
electronic release 7/30/08
print release 8/29/08

1 comment:

Morgan Mandel said...

I am so totally jealous I wasn't there to see Kenny! I did watch and listen to him do the 7th inning stretch song and he sounded better than lots of the others who have tried.
Morgan Mandel