I'm a concert person. I've been going to shows since I was a kid. Seriously, I think I was 7 or 8 when I saw my first concert, which was the Spice Girls, at Jones Beach.

So when one of my friends asked if I wanted to see Kenny Chesney at his Here and Now tour in Charlotte, North Carolina I couldn't pass it up. Then I heard the seats were in the infamous 'Sandbar' and it was a done deal. I hopped on a plane from White Plains and headed down south.

Kenny's Here & Now tour also features Carly Pearce, Old Dominion and Dan + Shay. All 3 acts have a ton of hits and perform every single one of them. Needless to say, it's a jam-packed day of live country music and a hell of a time!

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At a Kenny Chesney show, the Sandbar is basically the pit. You're standing the whole show and where you end up in the pit is on a first come first serve basis. Luckily, I was with some savvy Kenny-concert-goers and the next thing I know, we're saddled up right next to the stage. No, seriously my face was inches from the structure.

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With all that being said, here are a few things I learned during my Kenny Chesney Sandbar experience.

  • Wear Good Shoes: You'll be standing for hours. We got into the venue around 3:30 pm and were standing until 11:45 pm. (I should add, we started tailgating at 10 am... it was a long day.)
  • Make Friends: You're in close quarters, things could get tense. Make sure to make friends around you just in case you need to go to the bathroom. If they see you're face and had a good experience with you they are more likely to let you through. But seriously, just be kind!
  • Don't Drink Too Much: I'm not trying to be a Debbie Downer, but the bathrooms were so far away. It wasn't worth it to drink a ton of beer, just to lose your spot because you need a potty break.
  • If You Want a Good View, Don't Be in the First Row: Was it cool to be front and center? Absolutely. But once Kenny left the side of the stage we were on, we couldn't see him. If you want to see the whole set, set up a few paces back.
  • Don't Be THAT Person: The person next to my group kept asking for us to lift them up to see. We refused. Later in the show, that same person's girlfriend ended up on the stage and basically tackled by security. I have a feeling they won't be allowed at another Kenny Chesney show any time soon. Don't do that. Total mood killer.

At the end of the day, the Kenny Chesney Sandbar experience is definitely a must for any KC fan. It was pretty cool to see all of the acts so up close and personal and have Kenny sweat all over you.

My back, on the other hand, feels as if I ran some kind of ultra marathon. So maybe an additional tip I can leave you with...pack pain relievers.

Kenny Chesney comes to Met Life Stadium on Saturday, August 13th. Tickets are on sale now. 

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