Energy. Pure Energy.
If you could hook jumper cables up to Kenny Chesney, you could probably light a small town. Honestly, I don’t know how he does it. More on Kenny’s performance later, let’s start out at the beginning.
The Goin’ Coastal shenanigans started Friday, we screamed north via I-75 to Tampa. Needed to get there in time for the No Shoes Radio live broadcast that was happening at Hooters. A traffic jam south of Sarasota tried unsuccessfully to prevent us from reaching the fun, however it did succeed in making me lose my mind. I have places to be and corona to drink, move your ass cars!
We arrived at Hooters around 4ish with a game plan; Eat, Drink and be Merry. Mission accomplished. My group, Erin, my buddy JR and myself, met up with Carl from Conch Republic Bikinis and his friends, then fellow Castaways, Jack and Cynthia joined our table. It’s always more fun with additional trouble makers right?
Jon Anthony and Tambo were doing their thing on NSR. The house was packed and everyone was amped up by the good music, sexy Hooters girls and the huge Goin’ Coastal Corona bus sitting out side. I bet that bus has seen its fair share of shenanigans. Ticket please.
Later that night that party moved to the Green Iguana just down the street. The Iguana is a huge bar and grill tiki hut that on this night became the concert venue for Mishka. If you don’t know who Mishka is just read this and listen to some No Shoes Radio. His smooth reggae hypnotized the crowd for the rest of the night.
It was a great day and we hadn’t even hit the main course yet. My head hit the pillow that night with visions of rum filled tailgate parties and great music to kick off the summer with. This Castaway was ready to Go Coastal.
Saturday: Concert Day
We met our group and headed into the south parking lot just after 10am. Yes, 10 in the morning. I believe the first acts of the concert started at 4:30. That makes for a long day of fun in the sun. One needs to pace thy self to be deemed fit for concert survival. Everyone in our group was in good shape come show time, although the large Patron shot as we were packing up didn’t help. Who cares…it’s time to kick off summer time, just roll with it!
Our tailgate area was impressive by any standard. We had an official beer pong table complete with tournament bracket, Chesney inspired corn hole boards, 7 foot pirate cutout that that you put your head into for photos, and two tents decorated with Castaway, Chesney and Conch Republic Bikini banners. Then of course the coolers were full of Corona, Carib, Painkillers, Jager, Dark & Stormies and the aforementioned Patron. You know, just your average tailgating necessities. I call these fun primers.
We got into Raymond James Stadium a little after the Zac Brown Band went on stage. I love these guys, amazing vocals, some island inspired songs, what’s not to like.
We called the sand bar home for the next 4 or 5 hour and commandeered a great spot on the left side just steps from the extended stage. Here are a few videos and photos .
Like I said, I don’t know how he does it. The man just doesn’t stop when he’s on stage. Kenny is the definition of entertainer. He kicked things off by flying in on cables and letting “Live a Little” send us fans into a frenzy.
Chesney – Live a Little
Chensey – Young
The night ended with Kenny and Zac playing together to form one big band. They sang Zac Brown Band’s “Knee Deep”, one of my favorites, and a few others. They ended the night rocking out to a Tom Petty cover.
Chesney, Zac Brown – Knee Deep
I don’t have a set list for you. I was to much in the moment to write anything down.
If you would like to see the rest of the concert photos click here: Goin’ Coastal Concert Photos
If you don’t have tickets to see this year’s Goin’ Coastal tour, you’re missing out. Beg, plead and borrow, do what you have to do to get your hands on tickets. You’ll be sorry if you don’t. Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band and the Goin’ Coastal tour, coming to light up a city near you. Just be careful where you attach the jumper cables.
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