Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band Tampa Concert Review

Energy. Pure Energy.

If you could hook jumper cables up to Kenny Chesney, you could probably light a small town. Honestly, I don’t know how he does it. More on Kenny’s performance later, let’s start out at the beginning.

The Goin’ Coastal shenanigans started Friday, we screamed north via I-75 to Tampa. Needed to get there in time for the No Shoes Radio live broadcast that was happening at Hooters. A traffic jam south of Sarasota tried unsuccessfully to prevent  us from reaching the fun, however it did succeed in making me lose my mind. I have places to be and corona to drink, move your ass cars!


We arrived at Hooters around 4ish with a game plan; Eat, Drink and be Merry. Mission accomplished. My group, Erin, my buddy JR and myself, met up with Carl from Conch Republic Bikinis and his friends, then fellow Castaways, Jack and Cynthia joined our table. It’s always more fun with additional trouble makers right?

Jon Anthony and Tambo were doing their thing on NSR. The house was packed and everyone was amped up by the good music, sexy Hooters girls and the huge Goin’ Coastal Corona bus sitting out side. I bet that bus has seen its fair share of shenanigans. Ticket please.

Chesney Goin Coastal Bus

Chesney Goin Coastal Bus

Later that night that party moved to the Green Iguana just down the street. The Iguana is a huge bar and grill tiki hut that on this night became the concert venue for Mishka. If you don’t know who Mishka is just read this and listen to some No Shoes Radio. His smooth reggae hypnotized the crowd for the rest of the night.

Mishka Tampa

Mishka at the Green Iguana in Tampa

It was a great day and we hadn’t even hit the main course yet. My head hit the pillow that night with visions of  rum filled tailgate parties and great music to kick off the summer with. This Castaway was ready to Go Coastal.

Saturday: Concert Day

We met our group and headed into the south parking lot just after 10am. Yes, 10 in the morning. I believe the first acts of the concert started at 4:30. That makes for a long day of fun in the sun. One needs to pace thy self to be deemed fit for concert survival. Everyone in our group was in good shape come show time, although the large Patron shot as we were packing up didn’t help. Who cares…it’s time to kick off summer time, just roll with it!

Kenny Chesney Tailgating

Tailgating with the Castaways

Our tailgate area was impressive by any standard. We had an official beer pong table complete with tournament bracket, Chesney inspired corn hole boards, 7 foot pirate cutout that that you put your head into for photos, and two tents decorated with Castaway, Chesney and Conch Republic Bikini banners. Then of course the coolers were full of Corona, Carib, Painkillers, Jager, Dark & Stormies and the aforementioned Patron. You know, just your average tailgating necessities. I call these fun primers.

Yes I am a Pirate

Bean Bag Toss Boards

Kenny Chesney Tampa

Goin' Coastal Tailgating Fun.

We got into Raymond James Stadium a little after the Zac Brown Band went on stage. I love these guys, amazing vocals, some island inspired songs, what’s not to like.

We called the sand bar home for the next 4 or 5 hour and commandeered a great spot on the left side just steps from the extended stage. Here are a few videos and photos .

Zac Brown Band Tampa

Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band Tampa

Zac Playing Devil Went Down To Georgia

Kenny Chesney

Like I said, I don’t know how he does it. The man just doesn’t stop when he’s on stage. Kenny is the definition of entertainer. He kicked things off by flying in on cables and letting “Live a Little” send us fans into a frenzy.

Chesney – Live a Little

Kenny Chesney Tampa

Kenny Chesney

Chensey – Young

Kenny Chensey Tampa

Kenny Chesney

The night ended with Kenny and Zac playing together to form one big band. They sang Zac Brown Band’s “Knee Deep”, one of my favorites, and a few others. They ended the night rocking out to a Tom Petty cover.

Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown

Kenny and Zac

Chesney, Zac Brown – Knee Deep

I don’t have a set list for you. I was to much in the moment to write anything down.

If you would like to see the rest of the concert photos click here: Goin’ Coastal Concert Photos

If you don’t have tickets to see this year’s Goin’ Coastal tour, you’re missing out. Beg, plead and borrow, do what you have to do to get your hands on tickets. You’ll be sorry if you don’t. Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band and the Goin’ Coastal tour, coming to light up a city near you. Just be careful where you attach the jumper cables.

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  1. Team Cocktail March 22, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Great review! Sounds like an awesome time! Can’t wait til they all come to KC in July. Team Cocktail is going to have a huge tailgate party with over 50 of us partying it up TC & KC style! Any of your RSR fans are welcome to join us!

  2. Debby March 22, 2011 at 11:40 am

    How did you end up with sandbar seats? I had sandbar seats a few years ago in Cleveland and they were awesome!

    It took us 3 hours instead of one to get from Orlando to Tampa because of traffic, we missed all the tailgating. 🙁

    Are those your bean bag toss boards? Those are awesome! I need a set of those!

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    RumShopRyan March 22, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Hey Debby,
    The bean bag boards are Cynthia and Jack’s. They are fellow Castaways and huge Chensey fans. They did a great job with the tailgating set up. Hopefully they will leave a comment on here and let people know how they had them made. Or maybe they’ll keep it a secret! 🙂


  4. Monica March 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Awesome pictures and article…..You did a great job I live a hour and 45min from Tampa but I like going to see Kenny in Jacksonville, Fl. I can’t wait til May!!!!!Keep Rocking!!!!

  5. Rosi March 22, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Comparing him to jumper cables is a hoot!!!
    Good job Ryan.

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    RumShopRyan March 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Thanks for the comments Monica and Rosi!

    Let us know how the Jacksonville show is Monica. Cheers!

  7. Dawn March 23, 2011 at 7:36 am

    I have the set list if you want it. It was great meeting y’all and thank you for letting us park our coolers and hang out till show time. Jay wanted me to tell you thank you again for everything too. Thanks for the “swag” as well. Cheers!

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    RumShopRyan March 23, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Dawn, it was great to meet you and Jay as well. Feel free to post the sit list here in the comments section for everyone to see. Cheers to meeting again at another tailgate party!

  9. Carrie April 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Can’t wait til June 18th in Philly!!!!! 4 hour drive, $200.00 hotel, $300.00 Kenny tix, 4 fabulous friends & a night with Kenny……..PRICELESS

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    RumShopRyan April 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Have a great time rumbum Carrie! Share your photos with us on Facebook. You’ll be Goin’ Coastal in no time at all. Cheers!

  11. Keka July 24, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Awesome review! We have sandbar tickets for KC next week. Can you tell us how that works? Is it just a standing open area? We’ve got the tailgating down, just want to be as best prepared for the show. Any feedback would be great!

  12. jay July 28, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I am wanting to see this show in KC. It starts at 4:30p but I can’t get there till 6:3o? Can anyone tell me the order? Like will I get there in time to see Kenny and Zac? Any help appreciated.

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    RumShopRyan July 29, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I would kill to see KC and Zac in my home town of Kansas City. Good luck on getting there. Cheers!

  14. dannielle August 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    We are going to the concert in Detroit this weekend. Can someone tell me whath the line-up is? Who goes on first? Thanks so much!!

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    RumShopRyan August 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Is the Detroit show in a stadium? If it is it will be Billy Currington, uncle kracker, Zac Brown, then Kenny. If it’s nit a stadium same line up but no Zac. Have a blast!

  16. Don December 19, 2011 at 11:55 am

    We are going in June and we have sandbar tickets and they have row and seating numbers on the . do you have a certain area on the sandbar you have to stand ? . Thank you

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    RumShopRyan December 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Hi Don, if I can recall, I don’t think my sand bar ticket (wrist band) didn’t have a seat number. We just stood the entire time and had a great time! Have fun!

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