Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Toby Keith

Posted By on Sun, Jun 20, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Is this where all the douchebags hang out?
  • "Is this where all the douchebags hang out?"

From the time he burst onto the country-music scene with his 1993 self-titled debut, Toby Keith has been a consistent hit-maker. A hardworking road warrior known for electrifying concerts, Keith is just as famous for his fightin’-words lyrics. Because of the strong patriotic streak in many of his songs — like “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue,” which kicked up a lotta dust after 9-11 — many folks think Keith is a staunch right-wing Republican. He’s actually a registered Democrat who’s recently threatened to go independent. Keith’s newest batch of songs skewers unchecked illegal immigration as well as talent-free, image-driven singers. Plus, there’s a mournful tribute to his friend, late jazz bassist (and NBA star) Wayman Tisdale. The winning combination of strong material and energetic live performances has made the rabble-rouser one of contemporary country’s most enduring and brightest lights. Keith plays Blossom Music Center, with Trace Adkins and James Otto opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $23-$318. —Tierney Smith

Review the show at

Tags: , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

More by Michael Gallucci

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 23, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.