Country Stars Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert Take the (Heinz) Field (Sat., 7/2/16)

1) People will be partying in the parking lot and on boats with their boots on before country music superstar, Kenny Chesney takes the stage for a Heinz Field concert. One of the most accomplished names in Country Music, Chesney has recorded 20 albums, 14 of which are certified gold or higher by the RIAA. He’s also been successful as a crossover artist with many of his songs hitting the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart which demonstrates the base of his broad appeal. After Studying advertising at East Tennessee State and playing local bars, he moved to Nashville and began his amazing rise. His latest album Some Town Somewhere will be released on July 8. Chesney’s the headliner of his Spread the Love tour which includes Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt, and Old Dominion. Lambert’s keeping busy on all fronts post break up with husband Blake Shelton and is also a member of the Pistol Annies with Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley. Attention concert attendees: Please remember if you bring a couch to the tailgate party take your couch with you when you leave.  5 p.m. North Shore. (RH)

2) Independence Day: Resurgence Oh look, here’s another sequel! And a very postponed one at that. It’s been 20 year’s since the original Independence Day, a record-breaking sci-fi action film in which aliens attacked the earth and it’s monuments—you’ll remember the famous shot of the mothership hovering over, and laser-beaming, the White House. Of course what with aliens being, by their very nature, godless heathens there was no question our side (aka humanity) would win. So here’s what’s going on this time: Using alien technology recovered from the battle, earthlings have built a gigantic defense shield around the planet. But before those nasty aliens died they sent out a distress signal across the universe. It may have taken 20 years for the message to reach HQ, but vengeful aliens are coming … and they are pissed! Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, and Brent Spiner return from the original, with newbies Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Sela Ward, and William Fichtner. Writer/director Roland Emmerich (Dean Devlin was a co-writer) has said this is the second installment of an ID trilogy. Let’s all set our watch for 2036 so we can find out how it ends. Check Fandango for screens and times. (TH)

3) Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Andy Samberg plays “Conner4Real” a rapstar whose latest music release is an epic fail. Desperate to stay on top of the celebrity heap, Conner reforms his old boy band group The Style Boyz. Samberg has co-written the script with Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone who also serve as co-directors. I probably don’t need to add that Judd Apatow is a producer. But Popstar really isn’t about the behind-the-camera people, it’s the cast: a who’s who of SNL alumni. Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Will Forte, Tim Meadows, and Joan Cusack. Plus there’s Sarah Silverman, Will Arnett, Imogen Poots, Martin Sheen, James Buckley and celebrity cameos from Adam Levine, Snoop Dogg, Simon Cowell, Carrie Underwood, Usher, Seal, Pink, Questlove, DJ Khaled, and Jimmy Fallon. Check Fandango for screens and times. (TH)

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