Target Field announces first concert: Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 14, 2011 - 9:56 AM

Target Field announced Monday that it will host its first-ever concert -- and there's a pretty strong baseball connection to one of the performers.

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Target Field announced Monday that it will host its first-ever concert -- and there's a pretty strong baseball connection to one of the performers.

On the evening of July 8, a Sunday, the two-season-old home of the Minnesota Twins will present country stars Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw. The Twins are wrapping up a series in Texas that weekend.

McGraw is the son of Tug McGraw, a standout relief pitcher for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies from 1965-84 who died in 2004.

Chesney and McGraw are making Target Field part of their 18-date stadium tour across the country. Details about tickets, including price and when they go on sale, have yet to be released.

"We expect this will be the first of many concerts at Target Field, which we have long believed can become the best outdoor music venue in the region," Twins president Dave St. Peter said in a statement announcing the concert.

A four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year winner, Chesney will be honored at CMT's Artists of the Year event on December 13.

McGraw is a three-time Grammy winner who has had a No. 1 single in each of the past three decades - 32 in all.

His credits also include lead roles in the movies "The Blind Side" and "Friday Night Lights."

The "Brothers of the Sun" tour starts June 2 in Tampa, Fla. Also on the bill are Grace Potter & the Nocturnal as well as Jake Owen.

In June, there was momentary excitement when it appeared that Paul McCartney would be the first musical act to put on a show at Target Field.

St. Peter said at the time that the plans fell through because of "scheduling challenges for Sir Paul."

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