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McGraw, Chesney to play Target Field's first-ever concert

ST. PAUL -- Country stars Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw will play the first concert at Target Field on July 8. Ticket details will be announced soon. Chesney, 43, stands as one of the few artists in any genre with the drawing power to fill stadium...

Kenny Chesney
Country singer Kenny Chesney.
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ST. PAUL -- Country stars Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw will play the first concert at Target Field on July 8. Ticket details will be announced soon.

Chesney, 43, stands as one of the few artists in any genre with the drawing power to fill stadiums. In the past decade, only the Dave Matthews Band has sold more concert tickets than Chesney, who also claims a strong local fan base. In March, Chesney drew nearly 16,000 people to the Xcel Energy Center, the eighth time he's played there.

As for 44-year-old McGraw, he is also a familiar face at the X, and found more than 10,000 appreciative fans there in May. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals whose lead singer was featured on Chesney's hit single "You and Tequila" and Jake Owen are also on the bill.

Twins president Dave St. Peter said the club expects this will be the first of many concerts at Target Field. The 39,500-seat, $440 million ballpark opened in 2010.

In other concert news, the nearby Target Center has booked three new shows for the new year:

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Fresh from winning vocal group of the year at last week's Country Music Association Awards, Lady Antebellum hits the road for a tour that brings them to Minneapolis on March 11 with support from Darius Rucker and Thompson Square. Tickets are $54.50 to $29.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday through Ticketmaster.

Pop/opera foursome Il Divo will be joined by an orchestra when they return to town Aug. 2. Tickets are $127, $87 and $57 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

German industrial metal band Rammstein will visit May 8. Tickets, $78 to $37.50, are set to go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 5. The band is known for brutal, energetic concerts.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw performs at the alerus center. Herald file photo by Eric Hylden.

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