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  • Country star Tim McGraw to kick off summer at CMAC

  • Get out those cowboy hats, because country superstar Tim McGraw is coming back to the Finger Lakes to kick off the summer right. McGraw last performed at the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center in 2009.

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  • Get out those cowboy hats, because country superstar Tim McGraw is coming back to the Finger Lakes to kick off the summer right. McGraw last performed at the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center in 2009.
    This summer, he’ll be singing some of his best hits, along with numbers off his new album “Emotional Traffic,” which came out in January. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart, making it his 13th career No. 1 debut.
    Jaime Roberts, in charge of marketing and publicity at CMAC, says McGraw is a real “crowd-pleaser.”
    “He’s definitely a strong artist and we had a successful concert the last time,” Roberts said.
    His stint in Canandaigua will be one of the only solo-concerts of his tour — the rest, are with Chesney as part of the “Brothers of the Sun” tour. Chesney performed at CMAC last summer to a sold-out audience, totalling a record-breaking 15,000 fans. CMAC is still waiting to confirm McGraw’s supporting acts.  The tour will reunite McGraw and Chesney for the first time in 10 years.
    The 20-city tour kicks off on June 2 in Tampa and will hit the nation’s biggest stadiums through August.
    McGraw’s “Southern Voice” tour was the No. 1 country music tour of 2010. Currently, his single, “Better Than I Used To Be,” continues to steadily climb the charts. McGraw will perform at CMAC at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 29. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday, Feb. 17. For tickets, go to www.cmacevents.com.
    CMAC had already announced another country performance, Lady Antebellum. Tickets have been on sale since December and Roberts says that only lawn tickets are still available.
    “Country always does well at CMAC,” she said.
    The venue will continue to announce summer acts as they are confirmed.
    “We’re looking at other genres such as rock and pop,” Roberts said. “We want to have a good mix.”
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