Kenny Chesney, the country superstar who sold more concert tickets in 2008 than all but a handful of music's top performers, will play at the New York State Fair's Mohegan Sun Grandstand on Aug. 28.
Tickets for the concert, which will be opened by country singer Jake Owen, will go on sale Feb. 28. They will cost $65 and $55, and will be available at the Fair's box office, at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at Ticketmaster.com.
The concert is the first announced act of the Fair's 2009 concert series.
More New York State Fair concerts will be announced as their ticket information is confirmed. Admission to the fair is free with the purchase of any concert ticket bought before the day of the show.
Chesney, the reigning Country Music Academy "Entertainer of the Year", was the only country artist to sell more than 1 million concert tickets in 2008, according to Billboard magazine. He had the sixth highest-grossing tour in the nation, coming in just behind stars like Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Celine Dion. It was the seventh consecutive year Chesney performed for more than 1 million fans, and his fourth winning the CMA's top honor.
"He's an incredible performer and one of the most sought-after names in themusic business," Fair Director Dan O'Hara said. "The last two times he played the New York State Fair, Kenny Chesney broke attendance records. We are thrilled to have him in our 2009 grandstand concert lineup."
Chesney has released 15 albums since 1994 - 11 of which have been certified gold or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America - and had more than 30 singles hit Billboard's list of top ten country songs.
Chesney's songs focus on stories and emotions familiar to average people, giving his music an appeal that goes beyond country music fans. His list of hits includes "Summertime", "I Go Back", "Beer in Mexico", "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy", "Don't Blink", "I'm Alive", "Down The Road", "Better As A Memory" and Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven".