The first night of two shows that Cody Jinks performed at Verizon Center’s Grand Hall in Mankato took place for a SOLD OUT crowd on March 23rd. The downtown area was very busy considering this show was sold out and the hockey game in the arena was sold out as well. People were bustling about making sure they got to where they needed to go. The lobby of the Grand Hall was very full and the people were still pouring in at a pretty good rate even when I got there at around 7. There was quite the wide range of people there, but the funny part was seeing everyone putting their belts back on since they had to take them off to go through the metal detector.
Anyway, the crowd seemed to be hanging out in the lobby for the first few songs of The Steel Woods. It filled up quick though after they started playing. The Steel Woods had what I would consider to be the old style country sound. It seems like country now is mostly pop of hip hop country, which just doesn’t have the same appeal to me. The Steel Woods had songs that told a story and that story was more than drinking down by the river with a truck and a woman. They played about an hour set, and there were many times when the crowd was cheering and getting up off their seats. The Steel Woods was a great band choice to open up the show.