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Kenny Chesney rounds third, follows two previous Target Field appearances with 2015 booking

A big audience packed Target Field this summer for a performance by Paul McCartney. Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR.

For the third time in four years, Kenny Chesney will be making an appearance at Target Field. The 13-time chart-topping country singer’s “Big Revival Tour” will merge with Jason Aldean’s “Burn it Down Tour,” with a Target Field show on Saturday, July 18, 2015. Ticket info and complete artist lineup will be announced at a later date. Update 12/2: Tickets are now on sale for the July 18 show, and a second show has been added for July 19. Jason Aldean has been added to the bill for both shows.

That’s a lot of local love for Chesney—further evidence that the Twin Cities are one of the nation’s largest markets for country music. Recently, Garth Brooks set a personal record by selling nearly 200,000 tickets to his upcoming 11-show run at Target Center. Chesney, who played the first-ever concert at Target Field in 2012, knows how to please a local crowd: at his show last year, Keith Harris reported in City Pages, Chesney “expertly stoked our collective local ego, reminiscing about a birthday he once spent in Minnesota, exchanging a cowboy hat for a Twins cap mid-set, halting the traffic-beating rush for the gates during show-closer ‘The Boys of Fall’ by inviting Christian Ponder onstage to give a fan an autographed helmet.”

Though Chesney didn’t play Target Field this summer, 2014 became the venue’s biggest year for live music yet—including a historic show by Paul McCartney and a two-day Skyline Music Festival featuring Andrew Bird and the New Pornographers. Another local ballpark making music history this year was the soon-to-be-destroyed Midway Stadium, which hosted the first local Replacements show in 23 years.

Brenda Tran is a student at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities.