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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.

 

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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

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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
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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.

Willie Nelson donates $5,000 grant to Austin Food & Wine Alliance

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

www.food.blog.austin360.com
by: Addie Broyles

The Austin Food & Wine Alliance has a new backer you might have heard of.

After last year’s fundraiser at Willie Nelson’s ranch near Spicewood, Austin’s most beloved citizen has donated $5,000 to add another grant for the nonprofit’s culinary innovation grants.

Over the past seven years, the food and wine alliance has granted nearly $200,000 in grants to local food businesses, chefs and food startups.

At an awards ceremony in December, they’ll give away an additional $60,000, including a new $5,000 Luck, Texas grant from the one and only Willie. That grant will be “awarded to a chef who follows his/her dreams without compromise and whose inspiration and vision have similarly contributed to the American roots narrative by leaving a distinctive mark on culinary culture.”

Applications are open now and will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 12, via austinfoodwinealliance.org.

Past recipients have included farmers, artisan producers, chefs, wine/beer/spirits makers and small culinary businesses/culinary professionals, including Argus Cidery, Salt & Time Butcher Shop & Salumeria, Blacklands Malt, New Farm Institute at Green Gate Farms and Miche Bread.

In addition to hosting several high-profile food fundraiser events throughout the year, the Austin Food & Wine Alliance is hosting its annual Culinary Arts Career Conference next week, which will bring together more than 500 culinary students from the Austin area.

“Being able to support and enable the dreams of so many in our community is truly a heartfelt mission for our organization,” executive director Mariam Parker said in a release. “We are privileged to do this work and are so grateful and inspired by the many chefs, artisan producers, bartenders, wine- and spirit-makers who have contributed to our remarkable culinary landscape.”485777777777777777777777777

 

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Joe Ely & Friends rally for Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke

Saturday, September 15th, 2018


photo:  Gary Miller

https://glidemagazine.com

Legendary Texas musician Willie Nelson announced that he will headline a concert and rally in support of Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke. It will be held at Auditorium Shores in Austin on the night of September 29. The concert will be open to the public, via registration at www.betofortexas.com/beto-willie, and feature musical guests Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Particle Kid, Carrie Rodriguez, Tameca Jones, and Joe Ely.
O’Rourke will be in attendance and address the crowd. This will be the first public concert Nelson has held for a political candidate.
 
“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.”
O’Rourke is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Ted Cruz, and has already visited all 254 counties of the state. The El Paso Congressman’s campaign has sworn off all PAC money and is being run in a grassroots fashion that includes town halls across Texas where O’Rourke can take questions from those he wants to serve and represent.
 
“Amy and I have had the amazing opportunity to talk with Willie and Annie about the kind of future we want for our state when everything we care about is on the line,” said O’Rourke. “We are grateful to have Willie’s support as we continue running this race the right way: no PACs, no corporations, no special interests — just the people of Texas coming together to do something absolutely incredible.”
 
O’Rourke recently appeared as a guest at Willie’s July 4th Picnic, where he joined the band onstage to play guitar and sing during the final medley of songs. A recap of their set has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.
 
The September 29 concert will be held on the shores of the Colorado River with a backdrop of downtown Austin. Registration for the event is www.betofortexas.com/beto-willie.

Willie Nelson will headline concert and rally to support Beto O’Rourke on Sept. 29, 2018 in Austin

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

photo:  Gary Miller

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Legendary musician and Texan Willie Nelson will be headlining a concert and rally supporting Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke.

This will be the country singer’s first “public” concert held in support of a political candidate, a spokesperson for Nelson said. O’Rourke will be in attendance and speak at the concert.

“My Wife Annie and I have met and spoken with Beto, and we share his concern for the direction things are headed,” said Nelson.

“Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine.”

O’Rourke previously appeared with Nelson as a guest at the singer’s 2018 July 4th Picnic.

The concert will be held from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Auditorium Shores on Lady Bird Lake. In addition to Nelson, featured performers include Leon Bridges, Carrie Rodriguez, Tameca Jones and Joe Ely.

The rally will be open to the public. Anyone interested in attending needs to register at betofortexas.com.