Robert Earl Keen saved the day for Astros fan Saturday night (September 18) at Minute Maid Park in Houston. After witnessing the home team endure an 11-1 drubbing by the Cincinnati Reds, Minute Maid Park came alive with the announcement that “the Robert Earl Keen concert will start in five minutes and beer stands have re-opened.” As the stage was wheeled out and setup along the third base line, the crowd migrated to prime seats in front of the stage and Shiner Bock started flowing again (beer sales had ceased at the end of the 7th inning).
Many Houston heroes have retired or been traded to other teams, but tonight one of Houston’s favorite sons brought good times to baseball fans who haven’t had much to cheer about this season. Donning an Astros jersey and cowboy hat, Robert Earl Keen entertained fans with his brand of country music, including references to the Astros in “The Great Hank” and dedicating a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” to Astros fans who will once again see the home team not make the playoffs.
To close the show, REK and the the gang batted the cycle and had fans dancing in the stands , finishing with Merry Christmas From The Family, Feelin’ Good Again, Gringo Honeymoon, and The Road Goes On Forever
As the crowd departed, an eldery gentleman commented that he was “surprised that this many fans stayed for the concert.” A fan behind him said it best: “Dude! It’s Robert Earl Keen!”
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