Chesney performs private concert at Alabama Theatre

Kenny Chesney performed at a private concert Thursday night at the Alabama Theatre for local distributors of Cruzan Rum and Absolut Vodka as well as radio contest winners from around the country.

About 1,500 people attended the private concert at the North Myrtle Beach venue, which was kept quiet until the concert was over, said theatre president Bob Wood.

``They had a blast,'' Wood said of the attendees. ``We were honored that he chose to come here.''

Chesney's tour continues in Virginia Beach, Va., tonight, according to pollstar.com. Chesney's the reigning Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year and is known for such songs as "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy," "There Goes My Life," "When The Sun Goes Down" and "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems."

In 2004, Chesney used the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park as a backdrop in his video "Anything But Mine," a song about summer love in which he talks about seeing a local band at a seaside pavilion.

Many of the dates in August on Alabama Theatre's Web site have the show ``one'' being performed, except for Thursday night, which plainly said ``No show scheduled.''

``It kind of stands out like sore thumb, doesn't it,'' Wood said. As for whether or not Alabama Theatre has another private concert hidden up their sleeves, Wood said, ``This was kind of a special occassion. It was a real treat.''