Colt Ford Shakes the Saloon

Colt Ford Shakes the Saloon

By Alicia Pack

If you walk around downtown Minneapolis this week, you’ll find yourself surrounded by all things Final Four. Nicollet sports semis wrapped with NCAA banners that unfold into broadcast sets, and Final Four flags line every pole in sight. It’s March Madness in April all over the place.

Until you enter Wild Greg’s Saloon for a Colt Ford concert.

Trade your Jordan’s for Justin’s at the door because once you enter, you’re transported to a saloon that rivals the best in Texas. The bar comes equipped with swings instead of stools, a mechanical bull and a concert stage with nearly 360-degree viewing and speakers mounted just about everywhere.

After a quick lap around Minneapolis’s newest country venue to take in the sights, it was time for fans to settle in for the hometown sounds of Hitchville. The local foursome, known for their unexpectedness and lively opening sets, covered hits like “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me,” “Speechless,” “Gun Powder and Lead,” “Any Man of Mine” and “Boondocks” as well as playing originals “Love is the Road,” I’ll Be Right There” and “Hole in the Wall.” If the band’s name sounds familiar, it could be because their music can be heard in between innings at Twins games. 

Once the crowd was sufficiently rowdy and primed, Colt Ford came out shaking his hips and brought the energy and enthusiasm all night. Ford started strong with “Dynamite” and hit “Crank it Up.” Fans sang along to “Back” and “Driving Around” and compared truck sizes with the guy next to them during “My Truck.” 

Ford changed the tone for a minute to remind the crowd how important it is to support our veterans who may be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and that the proceeds from every purchase of “Workin’ On” go to Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor Foundation before playing the poignant tune. 

Concert goers were then treated to a new, never heard before song “We the People.” Ford then launched into his favorite love song that he’s written, “Chicken and Biscuits.” He rounded out the evening with favorites “No Trash in My Trailer,” “Time Flies,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Gimme Three Steps” before finishing strong with number one smash “Dirt Road Anthem.”

The next time you want a little of everything: country music singing, rapping, hip shaking, fiddling and dirt road loving, get tickets to a Colt Ford concert. And the next time you want to do a little boot scootin’ and getting bucked off the bull, head to Wild Greg’s Saloon.

Photos: Alicia Pack