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My mom has a huge fear of birds.
My mom was so excited I was taking her to the Kenny Chesney concert. It was a sold out show at the Taco Bell Arena so we knew we did not want to deal with the traffic and parking situation. My dad dropped us off on Broadway across the street from the venue and we made our way thru the BSU Stadium parking lot with the other people flocking to see him. We saw one very pregnant woman wearing a bikini top with “Kenny Chesney” and other phrases written all over it. That was just the beginning of the strange things I saw that night.
Once inside we quickly discovered neither one of us had brought cash so we were off in search of an ATM machine so we could buy a beer. The concert was sponsored by Corona so we each got one, poured from a can into a special “Sun City Carnival” souvenir cup and we were off to find our seats. Concert ticket said it was starting at 7:30 and at 7:32 Lady Antebellum took the stage. I was very impressed as I have been to many a concert that didn’t start when it was supposed to!
They were the first of the two opening acts. I had never heard of them before, but the announcer from Corona said they were nominated for a Grammy this year. I really enjoyed their music. It had a nice southern rock sound to it and they even did a cover of AC/DC’s "You Shook Me All Night Long". Maybe it was the excitement of the concert, but I accidently sat in the wrong row in our mezzanine section seats. About three-quarters of the way through their set I realized that we were in row F when we should have been in row B. Our view was so much better after we moved!
We missed the second opener, Miranda Lambert, because we were in one of the four 45-minute long beer lines on our level. This was where all the action was happening anyway! I left my mom in the beer line to go brave the ladies’ bathroom line. When I got there, the bathroom was temporarily shut down because there was a very drunk girl trying to pee in the sink. Two security guards went in and escorted her out. Just as I got back in the barely crawling beer line, I saw one girl pass out in the line. Not sure if it was from drinking too much, the extreme heat in the hallway or a combination of both. People were fanning her with their cowboy hats and getting her water. Soon she was sitting up. A few minutes later a guy with blood gushing from his head and no shirt on because he had it pressed to the head wound walked by us with a medic and a security guard. Back to our seats with beer in hand we saw her thank everyone and wave goodbye.
The girl next to us told us she was so excited about winning her tickets from BW. She said as a single mom, she never gets to go anywhere and she loves Kenny Chesney. I was so excited for her! She and her friend had a great time dancing and singing the whole time.
Soon the lights went dark and music started. The roar of the crowd was crazy as Kenny Chesney took the stage. The energy he sent out had the crown going wild. He ran around the huge stage singing and shaking fans hands the whole show except for two slower songs in the middle he performed center stage with a spotlight. One he said they had not done in six years and decided to add to this tour. He always had nine band members on the stage and then, for certain songs, a four-piece horn section would join.
He was very interactive with the audience. He kept talking about how much he liked Boise and had been here for a few days. Monday they had floated the river and then gone out. He said he had been having fun…maybe too much fun. Then he performed the song “Back Where I Come From” and images from around Boise flashed on the jumbo screens. Boise Depot, the capital building, a Union Pacific sign with Boise on it among others. The loudest cheers came when it showed Kenny and some of the band standing on the blue turf of the BSU stadium tossing a football up.
His set lasted almost two hours and included my favorite “Don’t Happen Twice” along with other songs I really like including “Me and you” and “Young”. Towards the end of the concert he switched out the black cowboy hat he was wearing for a BSU baseball cap someone had thrown up on stage for him (again the crowd went wild) and finished out the concert wearing it. When his encore was over and lights came back on Kenny was still on the stage signing autographs for his fans My mom and I had an amazing time, and my favorite part of the night was when my mom leaned over and told me she would have looked more like everyone else in the crowd if she had worn her light-colored jeans!
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