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Win tickets to see Robert Earl Keen


UPDATE: Congrats to our winners — Sara and Snow-Bound Towel. Watch your e-mails for instructions. Everybody else, you can still buy tickets to see Keen right here.

ORIGINAL POST: Robert Earn Keen is probably one of the best singer/songwriters out there that more people have never heard of. Keen has reached “hero” status in Texas, where he’s a fixture on the thriving Austin music scene.

He’s playing the Hanford Fox Theatre on Friday night — and while you can buy tickets for $22.50-$32.50, you can also try to win some free from us.

Leave a comment below, telling us either a story about a time you went to Hanford or a time you went to Texas. If you’ve been to neither, make something up! Deadline to enter is 11 a.m. Thursday. We’ll pick two winners at random and e-mail them (so include a real e-mail address please). Complete rules on the jump.

Only readers who submit a comment on this post are eligible. To be eligible, a commenter must not have won a prize on in the previous 30 days. Recipients will be notified by e-mail at the end of each giveaway period. No substitutions or transfer of winners/prizes. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Some prizes may have due dates for redemption/use. Employees and immediate family of The Fresno Bee, and any/all of the participating giveaway sponsors, are not eligible to win. By accepting a giveaway, recipient consents to allow the use of his/her name and/or photograph for advertising or similar promotions without further compensation. Winner releases all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prizes. Tax liabilities and insurance, if any, are sole responsibility of the winner. No purchase necessary to win.

Responses to "Win tickets to see Robert Earl Keen"

Julius Pleasher says:

Once,while on assignment for the Fresno Bee in Dallas, I got beered up and headed over to the infamous grassy knoll to do some investigating of my own.

My conclusion? Robert Earl Keen was the second gunman.

erj says:

I spent basic training and tech school in Texas. I learned the two-step (which I never did again after leaving) and an appreciation of REALLY good barbecue.

Steve Roberts says:

I went to Texas twice. The second time, I saw a tornado. I’ve never been back.

Sara says:

I live in Hanford…. So, I ‘go here’ daily…. Last time I was in Texas was a girls trip… What happens in Texas, stays in Texas and if it weren’t for the warrants, I’d go back!

Snow-Bound Towel says:

Had a chance to go see the Avett Brothers a couple of years back in Hanford… wound up ridng along with non other than DJ Proff…
(and thank god he brought his little GPS doohicky, –cause I got more lost than a red-neck in the bait and tackle section of wal-mart (or, their ‘Kid-Rock’ formal wear.)

We found it, just in time.

Anyway, it was my second time seeing the boys down there, STILL love the place,
-they just don’t have ‘Fox’ theatres like this back east… just sets me back in time, makes me smile, –and nine-times out of ten there’s one seriously cool polished up old runningboard sedan parked out at the curb…

Loves me some Hanford.

(the Dirt-Track ain’t bad, either..)


Forsea says:

I was in Texas once, somewhere in the outskirts of Dallas. The place was vast, felt lonely. The air was thick and humid. It was so hard to breathe in Texas. Such a blurry long time ago.

Heather P. says:


(caps intended– I never use them, but the PROFOUND disappointment I feel at missing this– and, for that matter, not knowing about REK’s arrival in the Valley earlier– is palpable. I could just KICK myself. Much sadness ensues. . . )

*le sigh*. Oh, well, I probably have to rehearse my actors for The Pillowman on Friday night anyway. Boo.

*goes to listen to some REK Live in Austin bootlegs and wallow in my despair as my Texas-blood rages against me*