Kenny Chesney Doubles at Target Field
County music superstar Kenny Chesney made history during his two-night stop at Target Field in Minneapolis, setting an attendance record on Saturday, July 18.
The list of entertainers who have taken center field at the Twins' relatively new ballpark isn't long, but it is impressive. Chesney's show on Saturday surpassed the attendance figure that Paul McCartney drew in August 2014. It was also the first time a singer has held back-to-back shows at Target Field.
With the infield staring up at me throughout the night, it was hard to forget I was at a baseball field, but with Chesney spinning out song after song of the sun going down, drinking beer in Mexico and girls from Panama, I felt maybe I had transported to the Caribbean. Chesney's energy was nonstop for two solid hours. He only spoke for brief periods to the audience, which was fine since we had trouble understanding what he said from our seats in Section 312. Chesney's band member delivered a solid AC/DC cover. The night ended with Chesney and Jason Aldean belting out Bryan Adams' "Summer of '69."
Aldean is also on his own stadium tour but joined Chesney in Minnesota. He rocked the stadium with his gallery of top hits, including the current No. 1 song, "Tonight Looks Good on You." He threw in a cover of Tom Petty as well.
Brantley Gilbert cranked the level up a bit too much for me, but I saw plenty in the crowd singing along to each of his songs.
I am a fan of Cole Swindell's music and was a bit disappointed that his set was so short. The ACM Award winner for New Artist has a CD filled with hits and I look forward to him hitting the area again.
I attended the concert with my wife, daughter and her boyfriend. We were still in line waiting to get through security when Old Dominion took the stage. We just made it to our seats when they played their current hit, "Break up with Him." They will be back in Minnesota for the state fair, playing the band shell on Wednesday, Sept. 2, and Thursday, Sept. 3, at 3:30PM and 4:45PM.
Target Field is a great venue for concerts, but it's back to the basics with the Twins returning home for a series against the Yankees this weekend. I wouldn't be surprised if Torii Hunter finds a little bit of sand left over in the outfield.