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This day in Willie Nelson history: Willie Nelson performs for soldiers @Brooke Army Medical Center (2/17/06)

Sunday, February 17th, 2019

Staff and patients gather on three levels to watch Willie Nelson and his band perform Feb. 17 at Brooke Army Medical Center.  — Photo by Brian Guerra

www.ourmilitary.mil
by Nelia Schrum and Andricka Hammonds

When the 2006 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo pulled up stakes Feb. 19, it left the wounded warriors recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center here and hospital staff with fond memories of Texas and cowboy hospitality.

Texas legend Willie Nelson and his family band treated the hospital to a concert in the Medical Mall Feb. 17, playing to a packed audience of staff and patients. Opening with his hit, “Whiskey River,” he sang signature ballads like “On the Road Again,” “Crazy” and “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys.”

Nelson played for 90 minutes. Following his performance, he signed autographs and posed for pictures with patients and staff for another hour.

The Willie Nelson band played at BAMC in February 2005 performing 11 numbers. But Nelson had to cut his performance for the 2005 Stock Show and Rodeo because he was suffering from laryngitis.

“I wanted to come back again and play for the soldiers because I didn’t feel I had performed at my best last year,” Nelson said, adding his throat since has recovered.

Willie Nelson Performs for the Troops, Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas (February 2006)

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

Fan Fueled Auction: Help replace instruments lost in California Fire — bid on items from Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Neil Young and More

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Join us in raising funds to replace instruments that were lost in the Camp Fire in Butte County, CA.

It’s an online auction! Just scroll through the items posted on this page and leave a comment with your bid amount. Each item has a minimum bid listed. The auction will run until 11:59pm (Pacific) on 12/28/2018. Any bids placed after that time will not be considered. Winners will be notified on 12/29/2018 via Facebook Messenger, and will have 24 hours to make their “winning bid amount” donation through this fundraising page.

Upon verification of payment, items will be shipped out. (Our donors will get things out in the mail within 5 days.) After 24 hours, if the winning bid donation for an item is not received, the next higgest bid will be notified and will have 24 hours to make their ‘bid amount’ donation (Please don’t make us go through all that! Check back on 12/29/18!)

You are always welcome to make a direct donation to the cause, but that donation cannot be used towards a bid. Bids MUST be made as a comment on the photo of the item you’re interested in.

Benefiting
California Bluegrass Association
US 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization
To promote Bluegrass, Gospel & Old Time music in CA

Arts, Culture and Philanthropy

Based in Sacramento, CA

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Receiving donations from Network for Good within 45-75 days after a donation, depending on enrollment. Learn more.

Support Farm Aid; make a difference in a family farmer’s life

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Photo: Laurie Bonneau

For 33 years, Farm Aid has been a beacon of hope for family farmers — whenever they need it. And we’ve done far more than that. Every day, we connect family farmers around the country with the resources they need to make it through tough times and to gain access to land, credit and markets so that they remain resilient.

When farmers call the Farm Aid Hotline, we’re there to take the call. This year the calls have been non-stop, and we’ve increased our staffing to be sure we’re doing all we can to support farmers who reach out to us. All signs point to another tough year ahead, with falling incomes and rising production costs. As strong as farmers are, Farm Aid will continue to fight for them.

Your gift keeps Farm Aid strong, so that we’ll always be there for farmers when they need us most. Help us continue this critical work.

 

VISIT FARMAID’S WEBSITE TO DONATE

MAKE A DIFFERENCE  TO A FAMILY FARMER’S FAMILY

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Margo Price and friends — “Love and Music” — benefit for Woolsey Fire (Dec 17)

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

December 17
Canyon Club
Agoura, California

Tickets:
https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/0900557BF7FE54B3

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Reas at Hogs Festival in New Orleans (Mar 30, 2019)

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

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Kick New Orleans festival season off right … with BBQ! Hogs for the Cause returns as the best barbecue festival this side of the Mississippi.

New Orleans welcomes over 90 local and regional BBQ masters and the best backyard chefs to compete in seven categories: Whole Hog, Ribs, Pork Butt/Shoulder, Porkpourri, Sauce, Fan Favorite, and Fundraising Champion.

How did Hogs for the Cause get started?

In 2009, Hogs for the Cause hosted a pig roast to raise money for a boy named Ben Sarrat. Li’l Ben had been diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer. In that first year, roughly 200 people showed up to watch a pig turn slowly on a spit and raise money to help Ben’s family. Fast-forward a few short years (eight years and counting), and Hogs for the Cause is now one of the largest barbecue competitions and music festivals in the country. Our charitable purpose remains the same: helping families fighting pediatric brain cancer.

 

Willie Nelson to perform at tribute concert honoring Dolly Parton (Feb 8, 2019)

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

www.variety.com

Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Don Henley, Kacey Musgraves, Linda Perry, and Mavis Staples have joined the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute concert honoring Dolly Parton, the Recording Academy announced Thursday. Previously announced performers for the show, which takes place in Los Angeles on Feb. 8 during Grammy Week, include Leon Bridges, Lauren Daigle, Norah Jones, Shawn Mendes, Pink, Mark Ronson and Chris Stapleton; Parton herself will close the evening’s performances.

Parton is being honored as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of her significant creative accomplishments and longtime support of many charitable causes. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute—now in its 29th year—provide essential support for MusiCares (www.musicares.org), the charity founded by the Recording Academy that ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.

Last year’s honoree was Fleetwood Mac; their performance turned out to be the last to feature Lindsey Buckingham, who parted ways with the group just weeks later. Other past honorees include Tony Bennett, Bono, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.

The Person of the Year gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive  selection of luxury items, VIP experiences, and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will be followed by a gala dinner sponsored by AEG; a live auction; a tribute concert featuring renowned musicians and other artists; and the award presentation.

Over the course of the last fiscal year, MusiCares provided more than $6.5 million dollars to approximately 8,600 members of the music industry—the largest number of clients served and dollars distributed in a single year in the charity’s history.

Grammy Week culminates with the 61st awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network.

This day in Willie Nelson history: Opening of Patsy Cline Theater, in Winchester, VA (10/29/2009)

Monday, October 29th, 2018

On October 29, 2009, Willie Nelson and Family performed in Winchester, West Virginia, at the official grand opening of the Patsy Cline Theater. Patsy’s husband and daughter attended the festivities.

Thanks again to Christian Schweiger, co-producer of the event, for sharing pictures and info about the show.

This day in Willie Nelson history: Lance Armstrong LiveStrong fundraiser, Austin, TX (10/24/2008)

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

On October 24, 2008, Willie Nelson performed at Lance Armstrong fundraiser in Austin.  Photos thanks to: http://www.supertouchart.com.

Brian Dowd, cancer survivor, was at the event, and posted at his blog http://canceradvocacy.blogspot.com:

“After the guest speakers we then made our way out side to sit on bails of hay and listen to country music legend Willie Nelson.  All I can say is WOW!    Willie blew everyone away and I think converted a few people who were not into country music.

After Willie finished his set Lance came on stage to thank Willie and his band for performing and there was a funny moment. Lance said he could not go on Willie’s bus b/c he has a new job (i.e. back to cycling) which made everyone laugh.”

Bid today on one of a kind from memorabilia from music legends and support of Farm Aid.

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
If Only

 

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson & More
Today is your last chance to collect one-of-a-kind memorabilia from music legends in support of Farm Aid.
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Indian Country ally Willie Nelson releases political parody song #VoteEmOut

Monday, October 8th, 2018

https://newsmaven.io
by: Vincent Schilling

Willie Nelson sings that if people don’t like the politicians in office now, #VoteEmOut!

Earlier this week the Twitter account @MoveOn posted a fun jingle by Indian Country ally and award-winning country and folk singer Willie Nelson titled Vote ‘em Out.

@MoveOn tweeted “.@WillieNelson debuts his new song, “Vote ’em out” and it’s officially our favorite song of this election season. #VoteEmOut.”

Willie Nelson has been a longtime ally to Indian Country issues and has often appeared and performed at concerts benefitting Native peoples as well as showing his support at presence to the water protectors at Standing Rock.

Roughly 55,000 people showed up for Beto O’Rourke’s rally in Austin! This video was shot on Sept 29, 2018, as the crowd began to pour into Auditorium Shores around sunset. The event didn’t begin for about an hour later. Don’t forget, early voting begins Monday, October 22, 2018.

Amy Nelson donates her Willie Nelson Tee-Shirt, signed by her dad, to support Grassroots Leadership, and help women in detention in Texas

Thursday, October 4th, 2018
“Come to the Taylor Station Bar (35 min north of Austin) tonight for music by Kiko Villamizar, John Doe , Folk Uke, and a chance for the winning bid on this vintage children’s Willie shirt circa 1975. It was mine and Dad signed it, along with a Snoop Dogg poster (also signed by Snoop), a wine glass set, and all sorts of stuff that he gathered up from around World Headquarters. Grassroots Leadership will spend 100% of the proceeds to pay the bonds of women at the Hutto detention center, and help many of them to get their kids out of prison camp.

The event begins at 6:30pm. If you can’t make it out, you can still help by donating to Grassroots Leadership at this link: https://grassrootsleadership.org/make-donation”

— Amy Nelson

Thousands turn out for concert and Rally headlined by Willie Nelson in support of Beta O’Rourke in Austin last night

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

www.kxan.com
by: Chelsea Moreno

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Thousands flooded Auditorium Shores Saturday night for a concert and rally headlined by Willie Nelson in support of Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke.

The KXAN crew at the concert estimated there were between 15,000 and 20,000 people who attended.

The event began with speeches from elected officials and other Democratic candidates, including Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Congressman Lloyd Doggett. Some of the performers that followed were Leon Bridges, Carrie Rodriguez, Tameca Jones and Joe Ely.

The O’Rourke campaign also had voter registration booths set up around the concert grounds, and volunteers were working their way through the large crowd with sign-up sheets. They’re hoping to increase turnout for the upcoming midterm election and get as many people who attended to register to vote.

The concert is Nelson’s first “public” concert held in support of a political candidate, a spokesperson for the folk singer said.

“My wife Annie and I have met and spoken with Beto, and we share his concern for the direction things are headed,” Nelson said. “Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine.”

Willie Nelson, “Vote ’em Out”

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

https://thehill.com

Country music icon Willie Nelson debuted a surprise political anthem during a rally for Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the state’s Democratic Senate nominee.

Nelson, who performed at O’Rourke’s rally on Saturday night in Austin, finished his headlining set with a premiere of “Vote ‘Em Out,” a rallying cry to get voters to the polls.

“Election Day is coming ‘round again,” Nelson sang, urging attendees to cast their ballots to vote out this “bunch of clowns you voted in.” The audience enthusiastically sang along with Nelson during the performance.

The country rock star has made political statements before, with a Trump-inspired song “Delete and Fast-Forward” released last year.

Nelson faced backlash from many fans for headlining a rally for O’Rourke, who is running to defeat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), but said earlier this month that he doesn’t care.

Polls have repeatedly shown a tight race between Cruz and O’Rourke in the red state, which has not elected a Democrat to the Senate in decades.

 

Harvest the Hope (September 27, 2014) (Neligh, NE)

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Neil Young, Willie Nelson, “Harvest the Hope” Concert (Sat., September 27, 2014) SOLD OUT!

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Poster design by Justin Kemerling

***TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT: THANK YOU!!***

Two music legends — Neil Young and Willie Nelson — will perform a benefit concert on Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh, Nebraska that is on the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and also crosses the historic Ponca Tribe “Trail of Tears.”

Proceeds from the “Harvest the Hope” concert will go to Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance, to fund the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as a number of small, community-based clean energy projects on farms and tribal land. The afternoon concert will take place in a field on a farm owned by a family who are part of a strong collective of Nebraska landowners refusing to sell their land to TransCanada for the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline, and a sacred tribal ceremony will be included in the day’s events.

Also performing will be Native American hip-hop artist Frank Waln, Lukas Nelson (son of Willie!) and the “Stopping the Pipeline Rocks All-Stars,” some of the local Nebraska artists who recorded a benefit album in the solar-powered barn built inside the path of the Keystone XL pipeline last summer.