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Kacey Musgraves to perform at Chicago's Riviera Theatre on September 27

Kacey Musgraves will perform live in Chicago in September.
Kacey Musgraves will perform live in Chicago in September.
Photo by Terry Wyatt

Breakout country star Kacey Musgraves will be performing in the city of Chicago for the first time since her debut album Same Trailer Different Park won Country Album of the Year honors at the Grammys and the CMA Awards.

Musgraves has booked a September 27 gig at the Riviera Theatre in Uptown. Tickets have a base price of $34 (plus additional fees) and can be purchased through Doors open at 6:30, with opening act John & Jacob taking the stage at 7:30.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 22, though a presale starts Thursday at 10 am. The presale requires a password, which is "TRAILER," as noted on Musgraves' official website.

Since her debut major-label single "Merry Go Round" arrived in late 2012, Musgraves has been one of the brightest young stars in country music. That track was a stark look at life at small town Southern life. The hook "Mama's hooked on Mary Kay, brother's hooked on Mary Jane, Daddy's hooked on Mary two doors down" was a reminder that people in small towns have problems just like everybody else.

The release of Same Trailer Different Park in early 2013 proved that Musgraves wasn't a one-trick pony. The album included the sexy, bluesy "Blowin' Smoke," the ode to RV road trips "My House," and the personal empowerment anthem "Follow Your Arrow," which broke all sorts of country music barriers by encouraging listeners to "Kiss lots of boys / Or kiss lots of girls, if that's something you're into."

“Regardless of your political beliefs, everybody should be able to love who they want to love and live how they want to live," Musgraves said in a interview. "We’re all driven by the same emotions; we all want to be loved and want to feel the same things. So, hopefully people will put aside their personal, political agenda and just agree with that fact.”

Musgraves also spoke about being a talented female performer in modern country music. "For a while, it was popular to be pretty and have a great voice and not have much substance," she said. "But I think it’s cool that it’s coming back around where you’re expected to have something a little more hefty to say — something different, a different perspective,” she said. “You can’t just be a pretty face anymore.”

Same Trailer Different Park and "Follow Your Arrow" were recently certified Gold, and "Merry Go Round" was certified Platinum.

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