Smart Bets: Old 97’s

This year marks the 20th anniversary for Texas-based alt-country act Old 97's (that's china and asters if you're planning on bringing the band a gift or flowers). While the first part of the band's name was probably more ironic two decades back, they've aged beautifully and continue to put out eagerly anticipated albums (not to mention inspiring Americana bands like Uncle Tupelo, Whiskeytown and Drive-By Truckers, with whom Old 97’s sometimes co-bill). Plus, baby-faced front man Rhett Miller (a successful solo artist) has toured with the likes of Steve Earle and Neil Finn. He'll play a solo/acoustic set to open the Wednesday, Feb. 13 show at The Orange Peel. The Travoltas also perform. 9 p.m., $18/$20. http://theorangepeel.net. Photo by Allison Smith.

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