It looked like Raymond James Stadium’s famed pirate ship was rocking on a sea of humans, hands in the air as Kenny Chesney delivered two hours of back-to-back life-affirming hits to a beyond sold out crowd at his Sun Goes Down 2024 tour kick-off. With 60,529 tickets sold – including an unprecedented wave of standing room only tickets in the North Zone Plaza – the audience seemed as hungry for the East Tennessee songwriter/superstar’s music as Chesney was to throw it all down on that stage.
It was a night of surges and highlights. Telling the packed crowd they’d been in rehearsals since February and were so glad to be playing for actual human beings, the audience cheered even harder. Often it felt like a competition to see who could out-love the other, as the audience pulled an extra last chorus of “American Kids” and sang so loud it poured onto the stage during “The Good Stuff.”
From the moment Chesney came down the drum riser, the band full-tilt into “Living in Fast Forward,” it was obvious they’d come to play hard. A cascade of “Beer In Mexico” into “Keg in the Closet” into the five guitars blazing “KC/DC” march down the T, bringing the music as close to No Shoes Nation as possible, the momentum never stopped. Whether the sexy “Somewhere with You,” the countryfied Chris Stapleton-penned “Never Wanted Nothing More” or the gulp life down “Til It’s Gone,” it was song forward, muscular music sent into the near perfect night.
“You think about it, you anticipate, you wait – and no matter how many times you’ve done this,” Chesney marveled after the show, “there is nothing like the way that crowd hits you. They came to sing, to cheer and just love the night, and they sure did.”
With the cars wrapped all the way around the stadium before 9 a.m. and folks in line not much later, No Shoes Nation came ready. Tiki bars, pirate flags, corn hole courts, grills’n’blenders and sundry skeletons created a tableau in the parking lot that was distinctly redolent of Chesney’s poets and pirates reality. That sense of friendship extended to the stage as well.
When Uncle Kracker emerged from the wings for “When The Sun Goes Down,” their multiple week No. 1, the crowd erupted in shrieks seeing the two friends reunited. As the song came to a close, production manager Ed Wannebo rambled onstage with the ceremonial massive margarita; but instead of one giant tumbler, he had a pair. With a toast, a drink and a laugh, they two shared Kracker’s remake of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away,” again with the crowd singing along full voice.
“Nobody sings like No Shoes Nation,” the man deemed “the King of the Road” by the Wall Street Journal and “country’s king of stadium concerts” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “When I hear those voices coming back at us, how much they mean these songs, I feel like I’m home, and home is a really good place to be.”
Once again, presented by Blue Chair Bay® Rum, Sun Goes Down 2024 brings all the high velocity energy and songs people know by heart back to America’s favorite football stadiums.

Kenny Chesney
SUN GOES DOWN 2024 Stadium Tour
with Zac Brown Band, Megan Moroney & Uncle Kracker

April 20 Tampa, Fla. Raymond James Stadium
April 27  Charlotte, N.C.Bank of America Stadium
May 4Minneapolis, Minn.U.S. Bank Stadium
May 9The Woodlands, Texas. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion^
May 11Arlington, TexasAT&T Stadium
May 16Hollywood, Fla.   Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino^
May 18Atlanta, Ga.Mercedes-Benz Stadium
May 25Landover, Md.Commanders Field
May 30Syracuse, N.Y.   Empower Federal Credit Union Amphitheater at Lakeview^
June 1Pittsburgh, Pa.Acrisure Stadium
June 6Cuyahoga Falls, OhioBlossom Music Center
June 8Philadelphia, Pa.Lincoln Financial Field (Sold Out)
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June 13Maryland Heights, Mo.  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre^
June 15Chicago, Ill.Soldier Field
June 20 Noblesville, Ind.Ruoff Music Center^
June 22Milwaukee, Wisc.American Family Field
June 27Darien Center, N.Y. Darien Lake Amphitheater^
June 29Cincinnati, OhioTQL Stadium*
July 6 Kansas City, Mo.  GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium
July 11Boise, IdahoFord Idaho Center Amphitheater^
July 13Seattle, Wash. Lumen Field
July 16Salt Lake City, Utah America First Field*
July 18 Wheatland, Calif.Toyota Amphitheatre^
July 20Los Angeles, Calif.SoFi Stadium
July 24Phoenix, Ariz.  Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre^
July 27Denver, Colo.Empower Field at Mile High Stadium
Aug. 3 Nashville, Tenn.Nissan Stadium
Aug. 8Columbus, OhioHistoric Crew Stadium*
Aug. 10Detroit, MichFord Field
Aug. 15Bangor, MaineMaine Savings Amphitheater^
Aug. 17East Rutherford, N.J.MetLife Stadium
Aug. 23Foxborough, Mass.Gillette Stadium (Sold Out)
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Aug. 24Foxborough, Mass.Gillette Stadium (Sold Out)
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Aug. 25Foxborough, Mass.Gillette Stadium (Sold Out)
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* Megan Moroney and Uncle Kracker only
^ Megan Moroney only

 “...because everything gets hotter when the sun goes down...”