Things to Do in Fort Wayne and Beyond

Hit dusty trail to visit new country bar

Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published January 19, 2022

When the Rusty Spur closed its doors in 2019, it left many country folks without a place to get their boot scootin’ on. Well, it looks as if that problem has been solved with the recent announcement of the opening for Fort Wayne’s newest country bar, Knockin’ Boots Saloon. 

The establishment at 6115 W. Jefferson Blvd. and will feature mechanical bull riding, axe throwing, dart tournaments, live music, food, and drinks. 

Grand opening weekend is slated for Jan. 27-29 and will include live music by the Hubie Ashcraft Trio on Thursday, Jai Baker on Friday, and Mason Dixon Line Band on Saturday. 

So, dust off those snake-skinned boots and rock the 10-gallon cowboy hat as we have a new country bar in town. Welcome aboard, Knockin’ Boots Saloon!

Celebration of 1980s music at The Clyde

The ’80s tribute act Sixteen Candles is set to perform at The Clyde on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 8 p.m. 

Established in 2003, Sixteen Candles make it their personal duty and pleasure to bring all the great ’80s songs you love to life and in full force. Their setlist includes numbers by Toto, The Cars, A-ha, Huey Lewis, Rick Springfield, Journey, Tommy Tutone, Van Halen, and so much more. 

This is an all-ages event with advance tickets as low as $12 and day of tickets at $15. 

They can be purchased at, by calling (800) 514-3829, The Clyde box office, all Wooden Nickel locations, Neat Neat Neat Records, and Sweetwater. 

Mammoth WVH, Dirty Honey reschedule

If you had plans to attend the “Young Guns” tour featuring Mammoth WVH and Dirty Honey at Piere’s, then you may have seen it has been rescheduled. 

Originally slated for Jan. 20, the outing will now commence Monday, March 21, at 8 p.m. 

A joint statement from the band reads, “We take the health and safety of the bands, road crews, local venue staff and especially our fans very seriously. Due to an abundance of caution regarding the recent COVID surge, we have decided to postpone the start of the Young Guns Tour.”

I know it’s a school night, but hopefully the new date works for you as this show will represent two bands who are looking to prove that rock n’ roll is definitely very much alive and well.

Shepherd’s Brass set for Promenade show

The Park Foundation Pavilion at Promenade Park will be the place to be Sunday, Jan. 23, from 2-3 p.m. to catch a performance by The Shepherd’s Brass

This formal brass ensemble combines the sounds of trumpets, a French horn, trombones, and tuba playing for a variety of songs from the Roaring ’20s through the swing era and into the ballads and popular tunes of the ’50s and ’60s. If you are looking for sentimental music with a romantic flair, this is a concert you won’t want to miss. 

The Shepherd’s Brass performance is part of the Sunday Heritage Concert Series at Promenade and free to attend. However, there is space for only 55 attendees, so plan accordingly, mask up, and enjoy the fun.


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