Nashville rocker Will Hoge.

Lately, we’ve been enjoying happy hour at the Viking-inspired Coppergate in Ballard – especially its Big Cucumber cocktails. But rather than tipping a few back so you can promptly go home and crash at 8pm, consider rounding out your evening with a little…culture.

Welcome to our first installment of Happy Hour Outings, where we pair a show with a happy hour recommended by Lifestyle Editor Jessica Voelker, and keep it all within walking distance.

Here’s the plan for next Wednesday, November 11: Start with Coppergate’s happy hour from 5-7pm, then walk down 24th Avenue NW toward Tractor Tavern, where Nashville rock singer-songwriter Will Hoge is scheduled to perform (Paul Freeman opens; show starts at 8pm).

Hoge spent a good part of the past year recovering from a serious scooter accident that left him with a broken sternum, femur, ribs (the list goes on), and inspired his latest album, The Wreckage. We’re just excited he’s okay and touring again, since one of us (one guess) has had a very girlish crush on Hoge and his Springsteen-styled rock since his 2003 release, Blackbird on a Lonely Wire. Go ahead, be smitten:

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