Watch as Kenny Chesney gets back to the basics with this once-in-a-lifetime performance Mike Coppola/Getty Images for SiriusXM
ASBURY PARK, NJ - MAY 12: Country Superstar Kenny Chesney performs a private concert to celebrate the launch of his "No Shoes Raido" on SiriusXM at The Stone Pony on May 12, 2016 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for SiriusXM) *** Local Caption *** Kenny Chesney

For those that don’t know, the Stone Pony is a legendary music club in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It’s so iconic, that is stands in history right alongside venues like New York’s CBGB, the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, and Joe’s Bar in Chicago.

While part of its legend is being the birthplace of Bruce Springsteen’s career, it now has another line on its resume as it was the stage that Kenny Chesney played to celebrate the launch of his No Shoes Radio moving from online to satellite.

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“There’s something about playing a real live bar,” Chesney said. “The audience is so close, so ready for the music, it’s like the night explodes. For something being broadcast live across America, I can’t think of a better place to celebrate No Shoes Radio on SiriusXM.”

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A few hundred lucky ticket winners packed the place while hundreds more enjoyed the music that bled through the open doors onto Ocean Avenue. The rest of the fans around the world were treated to a special live broadcast of the show, naturally on Chesney’s satellite channel.

The set was as eclectic as No Shoes Radio’s playlist and included rare performances of “The Life,” “Save It For A Rainy Day” and a rendition of “When I See This Bar” that had the audience singing the chorus louder than the band.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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