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Chesney announces a first for '16

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 – Kenny Chesney will stage the first-ever concert at Jordan-Hare Stadium, home of the Auburn Tigers since 1939, when he plays the venue on April 23, 2016.

The show, which will be Chesney's first stadium gig in 2016, will be in conjunction with the inaugural Music & Miracles Superfest, created and presented by the founders of the Chicken Salad Chick Foundation.

"There is something about college football that inspires me," Chesney said. "There is so much heart, so much dignity to playing for the honor of your school. There are, obviously, a lot of good times and great memories made at the games, and those guys on the teams play all out in ways most people don't realize. Every time I get to play somewhere with the kind of history Auburn has, it pushes me a little harder to really raise the bar. And the mission and heart behind Music & Miracles raises that bar higher still."

The mission of the Music & Miracles Superfest is to bring the biggest entertainers in America to one of the most notable venues in the southeast and raise money to fight cancer and feed the hungry.

Kevin and Stacy Brown, founders of the Chicken Salad Chick Foundation, note: "Our vision for the Music & Miracles Superfest is to make history, to make music and to make miracles. And from the initial concept, we hoped that Kenny would accept our invitation and share our passion. The fact that he committed immediately after hearing about our big dreams showed us that not only is Kenny one of the most successful entertainers of our time, but his heart is as big as his star power."

Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion will play as well. They also are part of Chesney's tour next year.

"We are gearing up for a very big year next year," Chesney said. "I can't wait to have Miranda and Sam out with us ... and there are more surprises for sure. Things people have been asking us for a long time; places we've not been - or places we just really love playing. But to be able to start talking about 2016 with something like the Jordan-Hare Stadium? I can't think of a better way to kick-off what's going to be an incredible year."

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