They’re playing with whom? Take 1 part Old 97’s and mix with 1 part NHL hockey, and that usually means the 97’s are playing live or via Memorex at a Dallas Stars game. But not this time. Here’s the rest of the story from Chelsea Ide at the Dallas Observer’s “DC9 at Night” music blog:

The mash-up is a little weird, but we’re still stoked: Dallas’ Old 97’s will open for Wyclef Jean at a NHL charity shindig. The January 25 show, in Atlanta, benefits Usher’s New Look Foundation. The concert kicks off the 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend, which includes the all-star game (which those not wanting to fly to the ATL can see on Versus Sunday, January 27). OK, so it’s not the Super Bowl, but we’re still proud of our alt-country boys.

It has to be one of the Old 97’s more unique bills since their outing on the original Lollapalooza tour, back in 1997 (The weisenheimers at put it better!) Atlanta folks, the show’s at The Tabernacle, so be there or be square! – frank