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Kenny Chesney Announces Acoustic Performance in New Orleans

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Fans who have been wishing they could see Kenny Chesney live in 2014 just got one more shot at it.

The country superstar, who announced in August of 2013 that he is taking 2014 off from touring, has announced a one-night-only appearance at the House of Blues in New Orleans on May 17. Chesney will perform a one-hour acoustic show as part of a benefit set up by two of his friends, actor Matthew McConaughey and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Bees.

Chesney has been laying low since the turn of the year, making only a handful of social media posts. In mid-April he tweeted a photo of himself in the studio, writing, “In studio working on new album. Can’t wait for everyone to hear the new music.”

“Having spent the last five or six months in the studio, I am so ready to get out there and play,” Chesney tells Nashville’s Tennessean newspaper. “Even though we’re making music, it’s not the same and I can’t wait to be in a room with the energy of the people…have that feeding back at me, getting all that coming back at me.”

The upcoming performance will raise money for McConaughey’s Just Keep Livin’ Foundation and Brees’ charity, the Brees Dream Foundation.

“Drew and Matthew set the bar — for working hard, for giving back, for inspiring others,” Chesney states. “They inspire me. And if I can go play songs and help them raise money for their foundations, which do so much good, I’m happy to. When you factor in that I’ve been cooped up, not really playing, and I’m ready to get out there with some people… It’s a little selfish, ’cause the audience makes me feel so good! But having done this, I already know: we’re gonna have a ball, and no one will get out of there without a smile on their face.”

Tickets for the May performance cost $350, and are available here.

Chesney’s only other scheduled live performance of the year will take place on June 7, when he’ll appear at George Strait‘s final concert in Dallas.

Next: The Top 10 Kenny Chesney Songs

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