Ulysses S. Grant once said, "I know only two tunes -- one of them is 'Yankee Doodle,' and the other one isn't." While I'm sure Kid Rock would argue that he knows many more songs than that, it's pretty hard to deny that the main appeal of the white trash rapper is his stage antics, not his music.
Oh, sure, people may buy and listen to his records in the privacy of their living rooms, but it's the tributes to excess, the greasy profusion of body hair, and the dancing midgets (alas, poor Joe C! we miss you so!) that brings the crowds to his live shows . . . Well, maybe not the body hair.
Saturday, March 13, 7:30 p.m., Target Center, 600 1st Ave. N. $23.25-$33. 673-0900.
Being born and bred in Texas myself, I have to believe that anything with the moniker "Maverick" attached to it has to be good. This band is no exception.
Even though it turns out The Mavericks aren't from Texas after all, I can say with an uncluttered heart that they are one of the most fun bands I've come across in a great while. Fusing traditional country with traditional rock 'n' roll, Raul Malo and his cohorts are a kick-and-a-half to see live. They look like they're having at least as much fun as the audience.
Sunday, March 14, 7 p.m., Fine Line Music Caf/, 318 1st Ave. N. $27.50-$47.50. 335-8181.