July 9, 2009 — The conclusion of Kenny Chesney's Sun City Carnival Tour is still more than two months away, but he's already got a show penciled in on his concert calendar for next June. Kenny's slated to be a headliner at the BamaJam Music & Arts Festival in Enterprise, Ala., scheduled for June 3-5, though the specific date for his performance hasn't been announced.
Last month's second annual BamaJam, held the weekend prior to the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, pulled in some huge crowds, with the closing-night audience announced at 121,000 people. That's about triple the number of fans who typically attend Kenny's stadium shows, though the size of the crowd doesn't seem to faze the singer, who's won multiple Entertainer of the Year awards.
"I don't really think about that much until it's printed," he says. "When I'm on stage, I don't really think about those kind of numbers. I just know that there's a lot of people in front of us really enjoyin' the songs that they've heard and lived with. And I do see th at. I do see that there's a lot of people out there doin' that."
Kenny's the only act who's been named thus far for next summer's BamaJam, though there will certainly be more artists added. This year's version featured Taylor Swift, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Kid Rock, the Charlie Daniels Band, Blake Shelton, the Black Crowes, Pat Green and Heidi Newfield, among others.
Kenny meanwhile has more pressing shows to consider. Thursday, he'll headline Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, with Taylor Swift, Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler. He plays the Calgary Stampede on Friday and Mountainfest in Merritt, British Columbia, on Saturday.