Celebrate The Eight-Year Anniversary Of February 28th, 2016 With Some Taco Bell And A Trip Down Memory Lane

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Happy Koe Wetzel day… not exactly a national holiday, but close enough.

On this fateful day in 2016, Koe Wetzel was arrested for public intoxication in Stephenville, Texas, and wound up spending a few nights in jail.

He then wrote a song about his experience called “February 28th, 2016,” which was included on his 2016 album Noise Complaint. It became a breakout hit for Koe, and though he often says it’s his worst song, is still a fan-favorite that people will scream along every word to at a live show.

Really, it’s one of, if not the, absolute favorites among his die hard fans, and this day has become a holiday of sorts for them over the years… or at least a day they mark on the calendar that they know they’re going to be eating taco bell for dinner.

And Koe usually has some advice for everyone when this day rolls around on the calendar.

In 2021, when it fell on a Sunday, he reminded everyone to go to church:

And a couple years ago, he hit us with a simple, yet wise, nugget of wisdom:

And he’s been teasing some big news on social media for ac ouple weeks now that’s supposed to be announced today, so stay tuned for more…

In terms of the significance (for lack of a better word) of February 28th, I think most of us know the gist of what happened, but Koe talked a little bit more in-depth about his time at Erath County Jail on the Texas Music Scene a few years back, which yours truly broke down in honor of the special seven-year anniversary over on our TikTok:

@whiskeyriff Behind the song with Casey from Whiskey Riff! Happy Koe Day!! Full article on WhiskeyRiff.com #whiskeyriff #behindthesong #koewetzel #feb282016 #fyp ♬ February 28, 2016 – Koe Wetzel

His live performance of the song from Backroads Musicfest in 2018 in particular is always worth a watch, and there’s just something about it I love that I can’t quite put my finger on, though one Youtube comment summed it up quite well:

“I cannot explain how this song makes me feel, shit is electric.”

And it’s an electric performance, from Koe and the band firing on all cylinders, to the crowd fully involved and singing along to every word.

If you haven’t seen it before, now’s the time to change that:

Turn it up, get a taco, have a beer, and make sure you call yourself an Uber if need be…

“February 28, 2016”


A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock