Willie Nelson’s Hall of Fame award from Red Rocks sits in his Luck World Headquarters.
Farm Aid has activated its Family Farm Disaster Fund to issue emergency grants to South Dakota and Colorado farmers who lost animals in the recent blizzard, but also warned that private aid cannot equal government aid, according to singer Willie Nelson, the group’s president. “Our hearts go out to the Colorado farmers who saw their precious soil ripped away by rushing waters and the South Dakota ranchers who have had the terrible task of finding and burying their dead cattle,” Nelson says. “Farmers and ranchers are caretakers first and foremost, and though their economic losses are huge, these disasters take a serious emotional toll.”
Livestock disaster aid in the 2008 farm bill has expired, but the program would be revived retroactively in the new farm bill. Farm Aid singer-songwriters and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to “support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food,” the group says. Farm Aid has raised more than $43 million since it began in 1985. -
Read the article: http://www.agweek.com/event/article/id/21966/#sthash.QN1ZCnkb.dpuf
Thanks to Soul Imagery for another great photo.
Promise of the Real perform tonight at the Fox Theater, and tomorrow night at the Ogden, in Denver.
They open both nights for Les Claypool’s Duu de Twang.
[Thanks to Alice from Georgia for sending along this posting by Lana Nelson, in her Pedernales PooPoo, at WillieNelson.com. Lana posts to the newsletter from time to time, and you can read more here. Enjoy this one from a Willie Nelson and Family show at Red Rocks Amphitheater, west of Denver, in 1999.
Rocky Mountain High – Morrison, Colorado
“The bright lights of Denver were shining like diamonds
Like ten thousand jewels in the sky …”
Denver sparkled below us as Dad and the band performed at the Red Rocks Amphitheater for the 21st time. Nestled among 25 million year old rocks, this natural amphitheater allows the performer to be on stage, and all 15,000 in attendance can hear without a microphone.
There may not be a more beautiful place in the world to perform. Today is the opposite of yesterday.
“Goose” Gossage, former pitcher for the New York Yankees, dropped in to see his old friends. He brought by his handsome sons, who are already avid fans of Dad’s. He had a lot of fans of his own in the audience. One guy even offered him his front row seats for the show when security made us move away from the stage.
Dwight Yokam and The Mavericks were also on today’s Willie Nelson Picnic. Raul and the Boys stopped by the bus after their fantastic show. They are booked on Farm Aid with Trisha Yearwood, say they look forward to the September 12th show.
The Mavericks are one of many artists included on the new “Grievous Angel” CD. A tribute to the late, great, Graham Parsons, this has fast become our most listened to CD on Bus #1.
Parsons’ music is a timeless treasure, like someone else I know.
Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real are playing two shows on the front range this week. Thursday, October 10th, the band performs at the Fox Theater, up on the hill and the University, and then the next night, Friday, they will be at the Gothic Theater in Denver. Both nights, the band opens for Les Claypools Duo De Twang.
For ticket information:
Willie Nelson’s website is selling these shirts celebrating end of prohibition of sale of marijuana and hemp. There are shirts for Colorado and Washington.
Paula Nelson, Landis Armstrong, Kevin Lance and Lindsay Greene put on a great show last night at Oskar Blues in Longmont, as part of the Brewery/Bluesery’s second annual “Honky Tonk”. It was a hot night, and Paula and the Band warmed things up even more. It was great to see them. They have been in Colorado for a couple weekss, but up in the mountains, so I haven’t had a chance to see them until last night. They are back on the road again tomorrow, with a show in Frisco Monday night. After more shows in Colorado, they take a couple days off, and then head for the Midwest. Visit their website to find out when they will be at a town near you.
But lucky Colorado music lovers, the band performs down on the front range next Saturday night, at Nissis (95th & Arapahoe), in Lafayette. Short, pleasant drive from Boulder. You feel like you are getting out of town. Nissis is a cozy supper club, with good food and every table close to the stage and the band. Paula and the band sells that place out, so if you are interested in going, visit their website and book a table now.
Paula Nelson and her band mates Landis Armstrong, Kevin Remme and Lindsay Greene are back in Colorado for a few weeks with lots of chances to see them play:
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Paula Nelson @ Winter Park Pub
Winter Park, Colorado
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Dale Dawson’s Annual River Party @ State Highway Roadhouse Theatre
Buena Vista, Colorado
Wednesdy, July 17, 2013
Paula Nelson @ Last Chance Saloon
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Paula Nelson @ Currents
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Paula Nelson @ The Eldo
Crested Butte, Colorado
Monday, July 22, 2013
Paula Nelson @ Barkley Ballroom
610 Main Street, Frisco, CO 80498 (United States)
Friday, July 26, 2013
42nd Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair @ Sopris Park
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Paula Nelson @ Nissi’s Live Music Bistro
Friday, August 2, 2013
Paula Nelson @ Hodi’s Half Note
Fort Collins, Colorado
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Paula Nelson @ Blue Star Music Festival
The band will travel to New Mexico, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan before heading back south through Kentucky to Texas
To find a show near you, visit the band’s webpage:
by: Jennifer Broome
From Widespread Panic to Barry Manilow the concert calendar at Red Rocks is filled with big names in music. Some like Robert Plant and Willie Nelson have performed at Red Rocks for decades. It is a legendary place for musicians to perform. Acoustically, Red Rocks is near perfect because of the red sandstone. Rolling Stone Magazine recently named it the best amphitheater in the country.
Some of the rocks in the dramatic sandstone monoliths are 250 million years old. You can learn about the geology of Red Rocks and see lists of who has performed there in the Visitor Center. It is free.
The amphitheater sits at an elevation of 6,450 feet and has a seating capacity of 9,450. Red Rocks Amphitheater opened on June 15, 1941. But the earliest concerts were opera in the early 1900s.
Red Rocks Mountain Park is 640 acres and is filled with great hiking and mountain biking trails. For those who brave the heart pounding experience of working out at Red Rocks, the amphitheater is open most days.
In addition to concerts, Red Rocks also hosts Easter Sunrise Service, graduations, special events, and Film on the Rocks. It is the 25th Anniversary of Film on the Rocks this season.
Behind-the-scenes, there are some unusual features like the dressing rooms built around the rocks and there is a tunnel where musicians can sign their name in a living autograph history of who has performed at Red Rocks.
Our Colorado’s Gov. Hickenlooper joined lawmakers and stakeholders today to sign legislation that relates to Amendment 64 and the regulation of marijuana. Not too many legislatures up with the governor for a photo op, but still they passed the bill. — LL
DENVER—Colorado now has a set of laws to regulate and tax recreational marijuana.
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed six pot bills into law Tuesday. The laws cover how marijuana should be grown, packaged and sold.The governor said he believes the federal government will soon respond to the fact that Colorado and Washington state are in violation of federal drug law. But Hickenlooper didn’t have a specific idea when.
— YOU CAN COME TO COLORADO, BUY IT, BUT YOU CAN’T TAKE IT HOME: Visitors to Colorado will have purchasing limits of a quarter-ounce of marijuana in a single transaction. The law doesn’t ban adults over 21 from possessing a full ounce, residents or not. But the purchasing limits were seen as an effort to reduce interstate trafficking and help persuade the federal government not to crack down on recreational sales.
— THE POT BUSINESS ISN’T OPEN FOR BUSINESS, YET: Colorado’s marijuana industry will for the first few months be limited to people already licensed to sell or produce medical marijuana. Even once the grandfathering period expires, licensees will need to be Colorado residents for two years, and investors will face residency requirements, too. The residency requirements were added to try to prevent Colorado from becoming a production ground for criminal drug cartels.
— THE CAMERAS BETTER BE ROLLING WHEN YOU GROW IT: Colorado tried and failed to establish constant video surveillance of medical marijuana, establishing a seed-to-sale tracking system to keep the industry honest. The vaunted system hasn’t worked out as expected because of a lack of money, but the agency that oversees pot says it has learned its lesson and will have the money to follow through with seed-to-sale tracking next year.
— NOT EVERY TOWN WILL SELL IT: Colorado’s marijuana framework gives local and county governments broad power to ban retail pot sales if they wish, though home growing will be allowed statewide. Legalization backers say the next Colorado political battle to watch will be which communities ban pot shops, prompting the possibility that marijuana sales will be largely concentrated in big cities that currently allow retail medical marijuana shops.
— MARIJUANA CLUBS AREN’T SAFE: Entrepreneurs in Colorado have been testing the new marijuana law in recent months by opening private clubs that allow communal pot smoking, but no sales, for a membership fee. The legislation tries to crack down on the spread of such cannabis clubs by stating that they’re not exempt from clean indoor air laws, unlike membership cigar clubs.
— KIDS GET NEW PROTECTIONS: Colorado’s new laws aim to prevent youth marijuana use as much as possible. The laws create a new crime of sharing marijuana with someone under 21, an analogy to current delinquency laws and alcohol. The laws also mandate child-proof packaging for marijuana sales, and bans types of marketing thought to appeal to kids, such as cartoon characters in advertisements and packaging. The new 10 percent marijuana sales tax will be used in part on educational campaigns telling people under 21 to avoid the drug.
— DON’T SMOKE AND DRIVE: After years of debate, Colorado now has as blood-level limit for marijuana and drivers. The law says that juries can presume drivers are too stoned to drive if their blood contains more than 5 nanograms per milliliter of THC, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient. Washington state adopted the same driving standard on the ballot last year, but Colorado left the question to the state Legislature.