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Meandering w/ Mark Matthews: Kenny Chesney FREE Wildwood Concert

WelcometothefishbowlHe's one of county music's biggest acts, staying in the list of top earning musicians despite doing fewer shows.... because he is filling stadiums. So  even though he doesn't have to give it away, media outlets are saying that on Thursday Kenny Chesney will be announcing a FREE concert at one of our favorite Jersey Beaches... Wildwood NJ.  The concert is said to be taking place in just TWO weeks, on Wednesday June 20th.

In summary, this sounds like a pretty big deal; A monster stage, 18-20 cameras to broadcast on YouTube, premium seating for 15,000 American Express Card holders... but still free to everyone esle.  The stage (rumored to be used for one of the Pink Floyd tours) will be set up on the beach between two of Wildwood's famous piers with the ocean in the background.

Why?  Well, on June 19th, Chesney is releasing a new studio album and right before that on June 16th he (and Tim McGraw) are performing in Philadelphia at the Lincoln Financial Field... so Wildwood is obviously a great promotional show to get word out about the new album and the timing fits perfectly.  Plus his new album is called "Welcome to the Fishbowl", so what better place to celebrate the records launch then right on the beach!  So they'll finish up the concert in Philly, pack up everything and drive it 100 miles to Wildwood for a show 4 days later.

An official announcement is said to be taking place Thursday at 10am at the Wildwood Convention Center.

TicketMaster already has an event page up, indicating the presale starts Thursday June 7th at 10am for American Express card holders and Chesney fan club members.

Expect it to be a madhouse in Wildwood... but this type of National promotion really should help bring in the tourist dollars for a long time.