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

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

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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

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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.

Bid on chance to win Willie Nelson Media Photo Pit Access and VIP Tickets to Sold-Out Farm Aid 2018 (Auction ends July 31)

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Willie Nelson Media Photo Pit Access and VIP Tickets to Sold-Out Farm Aid 2018: In Hartford, Connecticut (1)

 

Get an extraordinary Farm Aid 2018 experience from the media photo pit with the American icon at this annual music festival organized to support America’s family farms.

Current Bid: US$1,500

Ends Jul 31st, 2018 at 2:00pm PT Add to Calendar

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The Experience

Farm Aid 2018 offers a day of extraordinary music by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, along with Chris Stapleton, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Particle Kid, and more on September 22 at XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, CT!  Farm Aid 2018 is an all-day festival of HOMEGROWN Food from family farmers and a HOMEGROWN Village of hands-on activities that celebrate the culture of agriculture.

IfOnly is giving you access to this sold-out event & inviting you to enjoy Willie Nelson’s set with an exclusive, close up experience from the photo pit, an area usually reserved for media and photographers. While the up-close view of one of music’s most charismatic performers might be considered worth the price of entry alone, this package offers so much more, including seats in the first 12 rows for the entire festival day and entrance to a VIP lounge with HOMEGROWN catering and access to private restrooms. This music experience with Willie and his friends benefits Farm Aid, an organization dedicated to keeping family farmers on the land.

Bid on Willie Nelson autographed guitar; support St. Jude’s Hospital

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Bid on an autographed Willie Nelson guitar to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital here: https://bit.ly/2OcB9Yc

This day in Willie Nelson history: Willie Nelson and Family perform in support of Patch Adams Teaching Center (July 24, 2010)

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

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Thanks to Dee, from Virginia, for sharing pictures she took at last year’s show.

On July 24, 2010, Willie Nelson and family performed at the Charlottesville Pavilion to raise money for the construction of the Patch Adams Teaching Center.  The show helped raise funds for Patch Adams Gesundheit! Institute – a home-based free hospital.

Dr. Adams, who says he wants to put the “care” in healthcare,  was on hand and enjoying the show.

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For information about Patch Adams, all his good works, and information on Gesundheit! Institute, and how you can show your support: www.patchadams.org.

About Patch Adams & Gesundheit!

Patch Adams, MD, is a physician, performer, international speaker, social activist, and founder and director of the Gesundheit! Institute, Arlington, Va. The institute has provided free medical care to thousands of patients since it began in 1971. He has devoted 35 years to changing the U.S. Health care delivery system. An internationally known speaker on wellness, joy, humor, love, and health care and the healthcare system, Adams believes that love, laughter, joy, and creativity are an integral part of a context for the healing process.

The Gesundheit! Institute started a home-based free hospital. In 1980, Gesundheit! bought a 317-acre farm in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Adams plans to build a 40-bed rural community hospital on the property, based on his model for healthcare delivery–compassionate care provided free, integrating all the healing arts. Joyful service is a vital part of this model.

www.patchadams.org

Bid on Autographed Willie Nelson Guitar to Support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

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ACA’s new philanthropic initiative kicks off at the 2018 Convention & Expo with an online auction. Stop by ACA Central to see the guitar!

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As part of a new philanthropic initiative launching at the 2018 ACA International Convention and Expo ACA, in partnership with the Tennessee Collectors Association, is auctioning an autographed Willie Nelson guitar to support the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital of Nashville .

The guitar will be on display at ACA Central throughout the three-day Convention & Expo and the auction begins online July 23 with a starting bid of $500. The auction ends at noon Wednesday, July 25.

ACA looks forward to seeing members and industry professionals in Nashville. Read more on the kickoff to convention on our website and visit the event page for the agenda. See you in Nashville!

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Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Concert Slideshow (July 6, 2013)

Friday, July 6th, 2018

On July 6, 2013, over 60,000 fans gathered to hear Toby Keith and his friends, and support the people devastated by at Tornado.

The concert was held at the University of Oklahoma’s Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., just outside Oklahoma City and not far from Moore, a town hit hard by tornado in May of 2013.  Along with Toby Keith, was Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Ronnie Dunn, Mel Tillis, John Anderson, Sammy Hagar, Krystal Keith, Kellie Coffey, and (via satellite) Carrie Underwood.

Related: Toby Keith Talks Oklahoma Tornado Relief Concert

Despite the heat, remained energetic throughout, both for the artists and the cause. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.

Celebration of Live for Candi and Benefit for Krista and Esther with Paula Nelson, Dallas Wayne, Carolyn Wonderland and more (July 29, 2018) (Saxon Pub, Austin)

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

I want to invite everyone to the benefit concert that Paula Nelson has put together for Krista and I. I am so grateful to all my Amazing and Talented friends that will be performing to fill our souls with good vibes. All the details are on the poster designed by C P Vaughn. Please share and see you there

Also, for those that are not able to make it and you’re asking where you can donate something, here is the link.

https://www.gofundme.com/5c63qw8

Thank you so much.

Esther Jimenez

Willie Nelson, “Christians everywhere should be up in arms”

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Willie Nelson says separating immigrant families at border is ‘outrageous’

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

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by:  Dave Paulson

One of the most famous Texans of all time has sounded off against the “zero tolerance” border policy that has resulted in immigrant children being separated from their parents after they enter the U.S. illegally.

In a statement issued Thursday and first reported by Rolling Stone, country music legend Willie Nelson spoke out against the policy.

What’s going on at our southern border is outrageous,” Nelson said. “Christians everywhere should be up in arms. What happened to ‘Bring us your tired and weak and we will make them strong?’ This is still the promise land.”

Nelson was referencing the song “Living in the Promiseland,” which he recorded in the 1980s. Its lyrics include “Give us your tired and weak and we will make them strong/ Bring us your foreign songs and we will sing along.”

Nelson, 85, has been socially active and outspoken for decades. In addition to co-creating Farm Aid to help America’s family farmers, he has also spoken out in support of gay marriage and has been a high-profile advocate for legalizing marijuana.

Last year, after attorney general Jeff Sessions called marijuana dependency “only slightly less awful” than heroin dependency, Nelson told the Washington Post the attorney general should “try heroin and try marijuana and then call me and let me know if he still thinks it’s the same thing, and one is as bad as the other.”

“Treat those kids like they were your kids.” — Willie Nelson

Thursday, June 14th, 2018


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by:  Joseph Hudak

Willie Nelson Speaks Out on Immigrant Family Separations at Border

“Christians everywhere should be up in arms,” says the country music legend of stripping children from their parents.”

Willie Nelson has issued a statement on the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. The country-music icon and Texas native ripped the Department of Justice’s policy under President Trump, calling it “outrageous.”
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“What’s going on at our southern border is outrageous. Christians everywhere should be up in arms. What happened to ‘Bring us your tired and weak and we will make them strong?’ This is still the promise land,” Nelson says, citing lyrics from songwriter David Lynn Jones’ “Living in the Promiseland,” which Nelson cut for his 1986 album The Promiseland.

Nelson, who grew up about five hours from the Mexican border in Abbott, Texas, has never been shy about championing social causes. In 2013, he expressed his support for gay marriage, telling Texas Monthly, “It’s ridiculous to me that this is something we’re having a conversation about in this day and age.” An outspoken proponent for environmental awareness and the legalization of marjiuana, he launched his own “green fuel” company BioWillie in 2007, and in 2015 started his Willie’s Reserve cannabis company.

The issue of immigrant children crossing the Mexico-Texas border is not a new concern of Nelson’s. In 2014, he talked to Rolling Stone about the issue. “I’ve been watching, and the only thing we can do is take care of those kids, whatever it takes. They’re scared. They’re being mistreated. And it’s not a good way to start off your life. But it’s a good opportunity for us to show a little bit of humanitarianism and take care of those kids. I know a lot of people want to send them back. I guess the closer you are to the situation, the more extreme emotions you have about it, but it seems to me the old golden rule, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,’ or ‘treat other people like you want to be treated’ … Treat those kids like they were your kids.

In May, the Trump administration instituted a zero-tolerance policy that called for all immigrants crossing the border illegally to be prosecuted. Because minors cannot be held in criminal custody, close to 500 children have been separated from their parents since the policy was enacted. On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the separation of children from their parents while addressing law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Tonight, the organization Families Belong Together will hold a series of rallies to protest the policy in cities around the U.S., including Nelson’s part-time home of Austin, Texas.

This day in Willie Nelson History: USO Show in Germany with Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey (May 23, 2005)

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

In 2005 Willie Nelson joined Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey on a USO tour to entertain the troops overseas at the Ramstein Airbase in Germany. The show was filmed, and broadcast on television as “Nick and Jessica’s Tour of Duty.” Also on the tour: Big and Rich, and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. Willie and Jessica treated the crowd to a duet from movie ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’, the movie they starred in together, ‘These Boots are Made for Walking.”

Jimmey Kimmel talked about Willie at the show, and said, “I got to meet Willie Nelson. He’s such a nice guy, he even let me carry his bags through customs for him.!”

Willie Nelson autographs five millionth guitar

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

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I made that up. But don’t you wonder how many thousands of guitars he has signed, and how many millions of dollars have been raised by his autographs?

Thanks, Willie, for your generosity and all the good you do.