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Kenny Chesney Plays A Sold Out CMAC! — Clay’s Review [PICTURES]

Clay and Kenny Chesney
Clay and Kenny Chesney

I may be a day late. But Kenny Chesney was simply amazing at CMAC on Wednesday night.

True, he is used to playing in front of 50-60,000 fans at some of the large stadium shows. However, he seemed to really enjoy the smaller, more intimate setting of an outdoor amphitheater.

CMAC is a great place for a show. The sound is great, and the seating is very comfortable…and, I might add, that having Dinosaur BBQ on site is a plus!

Chesney at CMAC
Chesney at CMAC

How about the show?

Unfortunately, I was waiting in the Kenny Chesney meet & greet line while Kacey Musgraves was performing. But from what I could hear, she was great! I really had hoped to see her set, but the schedule just wasn’t allowing that. We did get to see her come out on stage to receive a special happy birthday wish from Chesney, including a large margarita that he had prepared for her!

Chesney and Kacey Musgraves
Chesney and Kacey Musgraves

The Eli Young Band was second in line of performance. They have one of the coolest backdrops/sets I have seen. Surrounded by rough-cut lumber walls, they performed their top hits including “Crazy Girl,” “Drunk Last Night” and “Always The Love Songs.” Mike Eli has one of the most unique and pure voices out on the road these days. Combined with the fantastic acoustics the CMAC has, it was the best I have seen them!

When it was time for Chesney to hit the stage, the crowd was certainly primed and ready. It has been a while since I have seen his live show, but what a thrill! The old term “hit after hit” would be the best way to describe Chesney’s show. From the second he took the stage until the encore, his set included just under two hours packed full of top hits!

Chesney and Bills Coach Doug Marrone
Chesney and Bills Coach Doug Marrone

Kenny Chesney has been out on tour for quite some time this year, and I had assumed that his voice would have been worn and tattered like one of the many pirate flags we saw concertgoers toting. Not the case at all. One of my favorite Chesney songs is “Anything But Mine.” He nailed it!!! That is not an easy song to sing. The range and the fluctuation in pitch can get the best of any singer. Chesney was flawless in his recitation of the nostalgic tune. He even brought out Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone to greet the crowd, which drew a big ovation!

The fact that it was 85 degrees and sunny made it feel one big sold out beach party in the middle of one the neatest towns in New York State. Canandaigua is a great place to visit any time of the year, and the CMAC is one of my favorite venues to catch a show! It has been a few years since I was able to catch a Kenny Chesney show. One thing has not changed — he gives fans their money’s worth!

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