By Lora Kaelber Special to Published May 17, 2018 at 3:01 PM

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Head to The Rave on Friday, May 18, to catch country artist Joe Nichols for what looks to be a killer show. Nichols’s opener Spencer Crandall takes the stage at 8 p.m. while Nichols is slated to perform at 9:30 p.m.

Price of admission

$24 for general admission floor tickets; $29 for VIP Balcony General Admission (plus ticket or order fees). Get your tickets at

Why you can’t miss it

Traditional country with a modern flare: Joe Nichols is one of the best neo-traditional country artists in the business today. A multi-platinum artist with six number one hits to his name, you’re going to have a blast. If you like traditional country and you’re a fan of the blissful '80s and '90s country, but also like to mix in a bit of the new, you’ll love Joe Nichols.

The lyrics: Powerful lyrics combined with sweet rhythms will have you dancing – maybe crying but also definitely grinning.

Song starter pack

The Hit: "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off"

Joe Nichols’s second number one hit from 2005 has withstood the decade-plus test of time. A classic and hilarious (not to mention probably true for a lot of people) song about the effects of tequila.

The B-Side Beauty: "The Impossible"

The lyrics plus the music will have you looking at life in a different way. The song describes things which seem unbreakable and unbendable that actually do break and bend. It’s uplifting and sad. But in the end, what he’s saying is that nothing is impossible.

Can’t Wait to See It Live: "Yeah"

It’s just a feel-good, sing-along, love song. Expect the audience to be belting this one out along with Nichols. Why do I like it so much? Because unlike the slew of country boy/Barbie girl love songs, this one actually feels real. Plus, it’s great musically.

Lora Kaelber Special to
Moving to Milwaukee in 1998, Lora quickly adapted to and embraced big city living. A graduate of Carthage College and Marquette University Law School, Lora clerked for the Hon. Diane Sykes at the Wisconsin Supreme Court, worked as a litigator in private practice, and most recently was employed as a development officer for the MACC Fund.

In all of her experiences, time was focused on writing which has been a passion since junior high school. A series of food service industry jobs both before and after law school taught her that bringing out the human side in any story is key to great storytelling and good writing.

A die-hard east side girl, you'll usually find Lora down by the lake or on the Oakleaf. She's an avid photographer, and sometimes storm chaser.

Hobbies include biking, gardening, cross country skiing, swimming, blogging, and of course working on her fictionalized autobiography--fictionalized, because whose life is really interesting enough to fill 400 pages?

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