“No Shoes Nation” Tour Leaves Fans Wanting Nothing More
“Summertime is finally here….That old ballpark, man, is back in gear…Out on 94, man you could see the lights…”
For awhile there with the rainy weather we had been having last week, it looked like the roof was going to be closed when the “No Shoes Nation” Tour made it to Miller Park, but, it seems, wherever Kenny Chesney goes, summertime–and a party–come along for the ride.
Yes, by the time the lots opened on Saturday, the clouds had dissipated and the sun was out in full force, just in time for fans to bust out their flip flops, shorts, jean skirts and sundresses and head out to tailgate at Miller Park.
Fortunately for me, my work on the show was done up front in helping to promote last winter, so last night, I was able to partake in the festivities.
I met up with a large group of friends, family and co-workers in the Molitor Lot and we quickly set up tables full of delicious food and drinks and a game of bags. It was pretty much the same atmosphere as a Brewers game, with the grills fired up, music blasting and people mingling and having fun.
Then, when it came time for the show, we made our way inside. I was anxious to see our seats; however, from earlier this week I knew that with the way the stage was configured, there wouldn’t be a bad seat in the house. We had seats on the field, just to stage left. Here was my view, looking back earlier in the evening:
Kacey Musgraves started around 5pm and was followed by Eli Young Band, Eric Church, and then Kenny Chesney. I was too busy singing and dancing along to keep track of the setlists, but Piet Levy from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, has a very good all-encompassing review this morning. (There’s also a handy-dandy Spotify playlist of Kenny’s setlist.)
To bring it back to baseball for a second–One of my favorite moments was when someone in our section announced that the Brewers had beaten the Cardinals 6-4. There were cheers and high fives all around, the perfect excuse (as if we needed any to begin with) to keep on partying.
Yes indeed, it was a terrific night. Each artist played all my personal favorites and, when it looked like the show was ending, I said, “Wait, it’s not over! Kenny hasn’t played ‘She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy’ yet!” and sure enough, a moment later, he was back out on stage to close it out with a rockin’ rendition of the song.
To paraphrase a Kenny Chesney song, I think all fans went home happy with what they got as the “No Shoes Nation” Tour certainly left me wanting nothing more.
Did you have a great time last night? We want to hear your comments below and, of course, see your photos! Upload them to Twitter and/or Instagram using #NoShoesMKE. Here are a few I compiled so far: