Kenny Chesney coming to Alerus Center on May 9

Chesney will play the Alerus along with Kelsea Ballerini on May 9 as part of Chesney's "I Go Back" tour.

Kenny Chesney
Country singer Kenny Chesney is scheduled to play the Alerus Center in Grand Forks on May 9.
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GRAND FORKS — Country music artist Kenny Chesney will perform in Grand Forks in the spring, the Alerus Center announced Monday morning.

Chesney will play the Alerus Center along with Kelsea Ballerini on May 9 as part of Chesney's "I Go Back" tour.

“I Go Back 2023 is going to be so awesome,” Chesney said in a release sent to the media Monday morning. “To be able to take this music to where it comes from? To have Kelsea Ballerini out there with me, maybe even singing ‘half of my hometown’? It’s going to be a tour unlike any other — and I can’t wait.”

Chesney, a native of Tennessee, was the Academy of Country Music Awards "Entertainer of the Year" from 2005 to 2008. He also won "Entertainer of the Year" four times from the Country Music Association.

Chesney's debut album was released in 1994 and he soon thereafter began churning out hit songs. His 2002 "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems" started a run of super-successful albums. Ten straight Chesney albums reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart.


His 2022 tour — named "Here and Now" — included stops at 21 NFL stadiums and brought in more than 1.3 million attendees, according to the release sent to the media Monday. Now, the release said, Chesney is seeking to bring his music to fans beyond the big-stadium markets.

"I can still hear No Shoes Nation singing those songs after being apart for four whole summers,” Chesney said in the press release sent to the media Monday morning. “It’s a sound that reminds me how much music really means to people. It’s not about the numbers, but the joy you see on people’s faces — and the more I thought about it, the more I thought about taking the music to the people who were there when this thing was taking off.”

Ballerini began her career with three consecutive No. 1 singles and earned a Best New Artist Grammy nomination.

“Music has taken me so many incredible places,” Ballerini said in the media release. “Around the world, singing with some of my heroes in pop, alternative and contemporary music, but singing with Kenny is going home. He was the only voice I heard on ‘half of my hometown,’ and when he comes in, it’s just like hitting the Knoxville city limits. So to be able to go out to those cities like the place he and I grew up with an artist who’s accomplished what he has, it’s a lot like going home.”

American Express card members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. local time through Thursday, Dec. 1 at 10 p.m. local time. Tickets on sale December 2 at 10 a.m. local time at Learn more about presale tickets at Chesney's website.

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