The 12 best country shows in February

The 12 best country shows in February

February brings a number of fine options for catching country music at local venues, whether your taste runs singer-songwriter, country rock, Red Dirt or old-time Appalachian-influenced fiddle music. Oh, and you should totally take your parents to see the John Denver tribute at the State. They'll think you're the coolest.

See also:
Lucinda Williams at the Dakota Jazz Club, 2/4/13
Ten George Strait songs that define his 30-year career

Lucinda Williams
Thursday 2/7 7:00
Dakota Jazz Club, Sold Out
Did you miss the first four nights of Lucinda Williams' five-night residency at the Dakota? Well, you can check out Natalie Gallagher's review of her Monday night show, or you can do that and also grab up some last minute tickets to catch that fifth show tonight. Or not, because the show's sold out. Fooled ya. Oh well, maybe they'll release some tickets at the door. Or maybe you'll just have to be happy Natalie captured it all for you already.

Levi Lowrey
Saturday 2/9 8:00
Toby Keith's I
This talented young Georgian (and Zac Brown Band friend) brings his earnest, bluegrass-tinged singer-songwriter solo act to Toby Keith's Saturday night.

31st Annual Battle of the Jug Bands
Saturday 2/9 3:00 at the Nomad, Sunday 2/9 1:00 at the Cabooze
Suggestioned donation: $5
A West Bank tradition and the self-professed "oldest and longest running jug band get together in the known universe," this two-parter kicking off Saturday at the Nomad and ending Sunday at the Cabooze is celebrating its 31st year. Pancakes and waffle irons are involved - look out.

Bobby Bare, Jr.
Tuesday 2/12 7:00
Dakota Jazz Club, $15
Bobby Bare, Jr. had his first hit in 1974 - when he was eight - singing the Grammy-nominated song "Daddy What If" with his father. From this auspicious beginning he's gone on to make a name for himself, in spite of sharing that name with his daddy, as a popular underground roots/rock/country artist and talented songwriter. And speaking of his famous father - Bobby Bare, Sr. just released a very good album. We'd love to see him come through town, too, though it seems highly unlikely.

Lindi Ortega
Tuesday 2/12 7:30
7th Street Entry, $10
Ortega is an extremely promising Canadian-born singer-songwriter, and has the sweetest voice this side of Dolly and Emmylou. She returns to the Entry on Tuesday, and it's a toss-up which (Lindi or Bobby Bare) is the must-see; both are.

Casey James
Thursday 2/14 8:00
Cabooze, $12-15
American Idol

needs to stop making country singers. They're doing it wrong.

George Strait, with Martina McBride
Friday 2/15 8:00
Xcel Energy Center, Sold Out (more or less)
More or less sold out? It appears the only tickets available are single seats in the $399 "Ace In The Hole" VIP Package, which gets you one seat in the first ten rows, special parking, access to a pre-show party and a special George Strait exhibit, and a laminated VIP pass you can flash at your friends in Facebook photos. If you're willing to ask a stranger to take that photo, that is, because you'll be sitting alone.

Deadstring Brothers
Friday 2/15 8:00
Lee's Liquor Lounge, $10
Bloodshot Records-backed, 70s-influenced country rock from Detroit, all attitude. 70s-influenced? Okay, not just an influence. Straight up 1970s.

Texas 2 Minnesota Presents Mike McClure Band, The Damn Quails and Jessey Thompson
Saturday 2/16 8:00
Lee's Liquor Lounge, $12
Red Dirt night at Lee's, with three bands not from Texas, but from Oklahoma.

John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High
Sunday 2/17 7:00
Historic State Theater, $36.50-46.50
Anyone remember John Denver's last hit? It was the Pacific Ocean! Har har har. Sorry. This touring tribute show honoring Denver's memory and music features members of his band with an accompanying string section playing to projected videos of Denver performing.

Foghorn Stringband
Saturday 2/23 8:00
Lee's Liquor Lounge, $12
The respected West Coast string band returns to the area later in the month, with local favorites The Cactus Blossoms opening.

Josh Thompson
Saturday 2/23 8:00
Cabooze, $18-20
Josh Thompson is very popular on contemporary country radio. Worse things could happen (and usually do).

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