Robert Earl Keen at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley

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Above: Robert Earl Keen

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017

Time: Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Phone: (415) 388-3850

It's not always easy to sum up a career - let alone a life's ambition - so succinctly, but those five words from Robert Earl Keen's calling-card anthem just about do it. You can complete the lyric with the next five words - the ones routinely shouted back at Keen by thousands of fans a night ("and the party never ends!") - just to punctuate the point with a flourish, but it's the part about the journey that gets right to the heart of what makes Keen tick. Some people take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune; but from the get-go, Keen just wanted to write and sing his own songs, and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible.

"I always thought that I wanted to play music, and I always knew that you had to get some recognition in order to continue to play music," Keen says. "But I never thought of it in terms of getting to be a big star. I thought of it in terms of having a really, really good career and writing some good songs, and getting onstage and having a really good time."

Special Notes

Tickets cost: $55. - $60. This event is 21 and over. Venue Information: Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley, CA, 94941