By Mandi Bierly
Updated August 15, 2011 at 09:25 PM EDT

Summer is coming to a close, and so is Kenny Chesney’s Goin’ Coastal tour, which wraps Aug. 28.

On Saturday night, Chesney played New Jersey’s New Meadowlands Stadium — home to the New York Giants and New York Jets — with Zac Brown Band, Billy Currington, and Uncle Kracker in a show billed as the biggest single ticketed country event in the New York/New Jersey area since 1983.

Chesney told the crowd it was a date he’d been looking forward to since the tour began in March, and a night so huge for him that he made sure his mother was in attendance. (He invited her onstage to wave to the crowd, estimated at 55,000.)

When I think of Summer 2011, I will always remember the sight of Chesney making his entrance to “Live a Little,” floating high above the crowd, standing in their floor seats, for the entire length of the song in the rain. It was beautiful — seeing the dark stadium in the background with camera flashes that looked like stars. (Watch a fan-shot video after the jump.)

For me, this was the best concert entrance of the summer; it announced that country music could fill the Meadowlands, in more ways than one. (And that’s something anyone who saw the stadium erupt when ZBB closed its set moving from “Free”/”Into the Mystic” to “America the Beautiful”/”Chicken Fried” already knew.)

What’s the best concert entrance you’ve seen this summer? And ever?

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