In a city famous for live music, Kenny Chesney and band took the stage Sunday night (May 13) in front of a packed crowd at the House of Blues in New Orleans to wrap up the 3rd Annual "Amazing Race" Charity Event.
The race is a signature event of the Brees Dream Foundation, which was founded by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and wife Brittany. This year, the event partnered with the Just Keep Livin Foundation, founded by Matthew McConaughey and fiancée Camila Alves.
Chesney, who is in preparations for his upcoming "Brothers Of The Sun" tour with Tim McGraw said "We've been in tour rehearsals for weeks now so it was great for us to get on stage and feel the energy and feedback from the crowd. Tonight was all about playing music to help celebrate this great event. People in this town love music and helping out their neighbor and I was glad to be a part of it.
"The intimate setting of the House of Blues allowed for some very special moments. A one of a kind auction item allowing the highest bidder to sing on stage with Kenny raised $10,000. The two sang his No. 1 hit, "Somewhere With You."
That wasn't the evening's only collaboration, as the night ended with Drew Brees and Matthew McConaughey uniting with Chesney on stage for an encore performance of Chesney's gridiron anthem, "Boys of Fall." "Kenny has been a dear friend and always expressed interest in working with the foundation. This is such a wonderful way to end the race and his support means the world to us," said Brees and McConaughey.
With the "Brothers of the Sun" Tour kick off only three weeks away, it's back to rehearsals for Chesney and crew. The all stadium, 20 + city tour with longtime friend McGraw, begins in Tampa, FL on June 2. In addition, Chesney's highly anticipated 13th studio album, "Welcome to the Fishbowl," is available June 19.
The Brees Foundation and the Just Keep Livin' Foundation partnered for the 3rd Annual "Amazing Race" which provides after school fitness and wellness programs in the New Orleans area. All proceeds from the event will benefit the charities as well as go towards providing care, education and opportunities for children and families in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.