Many people come to Blossom Music Center during the summer for amazing concerts and a good time with their friends. Last night was no exception, as rowdy crowds gathered long before singer-songwriter Kenny Chesney’s concert began.
Kenny Chesney became a country music legend in 2000 and he is adored by millions of fans worldwide for his boyish charm and his outstanding voice. It seems as if country music is in his blood. From the moment he came on stage, wearing a cowboy hat and a black sleeveless shirt, the entire crowd was on its feet. Girls squealed and boys cheered as he started off the concert with his hit song “Beer in Mexico,” which everyone knew by heart.
When he sang his ballad, “Anything But Mine,” Chesney let the crowd sing the refrain alone multiple times. At one point during the song he said, “this is the moment we live for. This is a moment we look forward to all summer; to hear you guys sing this song like this. This is so beautiful.”
He was constantly moving around the stage, going from one side to the other, slapping hands with the audience. And the energy of the crowd remained electric throughout the show, even though it looked like it was going to rain and it was hot and muggy towards the beginning.
As the evening cooled off, Kenny Chesney was just getting started. When he sang his songs “Young” and “American Kids,” everyone was raising their hands, drinking and dancing. During the end of “American Kids,” he let the audience finish the song alone again and they rapped the refrain, just like the crowd does in the music video
. He even sang a cover of “Joker” by Steve Miller Band.
Kenny Chesney was so thoroughly drenched in sweat throughout his time on stage, that he poured bottles of water over himself multiple times to cool off.
A number of people appeared to know the opening act, Old Dominion, and were happily engaged during their fifty-minute set. When they sang their hit, “Break Up With Him,” a catchy song about telling a girl to break up with her boyfriend and go with someone else, the crowd went crazy, singing along. The lead singer’s voice sounded a little bit like the singer’s in the band Florida Georgia Line.
Towards the end of Chesney's two-hour set, he brought a young boy on stage to interact with him, and the young boy followed his lead slapping hands with the audience that was standing in the pit. He put his arm around the kid and let him sing with him as well. He ended the night with his song ”She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” thanked the audience for an amazing night in Cleveland and left the stage. After at least four minutes, Kenny Chesney encored the show with another one of his ballads, “Don’t Happen Twice.”
When he was done singing, he and his band kept the crowd cheering, as they continued playing and he blew kisses to the crowd. He even signed one of his guitars and gave it to another young boy. The young boy was thrilled and Kenny Chesney let him jam with the guitarist. Old Dominion then joined Chesney on stage and started signing autographs as the band continued to play. His entire band gathered around him so the audience couldn’t even see him anymore, but that never stopped them from cheering. It only amplified the crowd’s enthusiasm.
Both Kenny Chesney and the crowd spread the love to one another in song and in spirit on a beautiful Thursday night.