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(this photo from last year’s Willie Nelson show in Troutdale, Oregon)
TROUTDALE, Ore. — Friday’s blazing heat in the Willamette Valley did not stop people from having fun. Our star could never compete with the one all these people are waiting for.
“Willie Nelson’s going to be like right there in a few minutes, so that’s worth it,” said one fan at McMenamins’ Edgefield amphitheater. Most of its lawn seats were in the sun’s line of fire in the heat of the day.
“Yeah, I like the heat; though my wife hates it, but I love it,” said Matt Berson of Portland.
How hot? Constant-sunscreen-application, never-ending-water-or-beer-intake, too-hot-for-sandals kind of hot. Folks bought the tickets for Willie Nelson months ago, just hoping it would not rain. They needed an umbrella all right, but to shade themselves from the sun’s rays.
Monica Richards, also from Portland said, “It’s awesome, great being out in the sun. It’s hot, but it’s still nice.”
A couple from Canada didn’t know the Portland area even reached the mid-90s.
“It’s sweltering. Is this normal for here?” asked Erik Craulsca, from Canada. “It’s really hot.”
Barb Reigert sat in the sun since 9 a.m.
“He loves Willie, so I’m here for him.”
Thanks to Barb, her husband, Dwight, was positioned perfectly at the top of the knoll.
“She would have rather had me in the shade, but we’ll be in the shade in a little bit. I always try to get over there or right here – straight on,” said Dwight Reigert.
“It’s a little bit warm,” Gary Buckler said. “But nothing out of the ordinary.”
In Portland, skyscraper-assisted shade helped people stay cool outside Providence Park. The Timbers Army set up camp Thursday night. They will get wristbands Saturday morning that will give them prime seating for Sunday’s Cascadia Cup showdown.
“Rose City till I die,” one longtime fan told us. “We’ll be here every game rain or shine. It could be snowing, you’ll still see people camped out. It’s a passion.”
In this heat, it would have to be.
After Brown County commissioners declined to refund Reed Dornbush’s ticket cost, Nelson’s management team reached out to the American News in an attempt to contact the Aberdeen insurance agent. In an e-mail, Nelson’s team said it wanted to make things right with Dornbush.
Best wishes to Pat Wiley Keeney, celebrating her special day today. Here she is pictured with Willie Nelson at a Texas Roadhouse, in Houston.
“This little girl just went to her 1st Concert ever in KC …. God Bless Willie Nelson & the Family Band.
I think she’s ready for the fan club now Linda”. — Bad Wheeler
Thanks to Brad Wheeler, longtime on air personality and host of Salt Lake City’s public ratio station, KRCL’s weekday afternoon drive-time show, for sharing this photo of Kirayla, at last night’s Willie Nelson and Family concert in Kansas City.
He is also an exceptional and well-known local musician.
His radio show is great. He has Mickey Raphael on a lot, along with many other artists. One time, Mickey Raphael took over Brad’s show! His interviews are great.
Don’t live in Salt Lake City? You can stream his shows: www.krcl.org
Personally, I’m a big fan of harmonica players.
This was from a show at Carl’s Corner, Texas, @WilliesPlace. Dandy at the table, with someone I don’t know, I’m sorry, and Janis from Texas and me.
Gwyneth “Dandelion” Seese passed away, after a long illness. Dandy, as many of us fans and friends shortened her name too, was a great friend of Willie Nelson, his family and fans. Fans, historians, archivists, we all have a lot to thank Dandy for. Before the internet and Willie Nelson’s websites, and before FaceBook, that’s how we found out tour schedules, heard about new albums coming out, and saw pictures and read stories of other fans. Her “Willie’s World”, published by her and her niece, were anticipated monthly, by fans around the world:
Willie would send her letters to his fans to publish:
Willie Nelson and family posted this on his website:
Gwyneth “Dandalion” Seese passed away yesterday after a long and painful illness. Fellow country disc jockeys, once Willie and Dandalion they met they hit it off right away. She was also a genuine fan of his music, playing his songs regularly on the air.
Dandy became the first official president of the Willie Nelson Fan Club, and remained with the fan club until her death. She kept thousands of fans in touch with Willie Nelson and Family long before social media made it easy. She was old school; writing articles, reading fan mail and caring about the fans. She typed, cut and pasted all the fan club newsletters and faithfully mailed them out to fans for over 30 years.
Dandalion was loved by many who knew her and she will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.
One of my favorite Dandy and Willie Nelson stories is this one she told:
Dandy said that on the day that Selena (famous Texan, “The Queen of Tejano music,”) got shot in 1995, she got a call from Willie.
“Dandy. Willie,” he said, very serious.
“Hi Willie, how are ya?,” Dandy said.
“Dandy, how are you and I doing? We’re doing all right, aren’t we?”
“We’re doin’ fine, Willie. Why?”
“Well, you’re my fan club president, aren’t you?”
“Yes, I am.”
“Well, I just heard Selena’s fan club president shot her, so I wanted to see if you and I were doing okay, or if I needed to worry.”
“Thank you Willie Nelson, for a beautiful evening of music! Thanks for showing the love and autographing my book.”
— Janine, from Minnesota.
Thanks to Janine, from Minnesota, for sharing photos from her Willie Nelson & Family concert adventure, with her family and friends.
Beanie, as she is affectionately known, has been celebrating Willie Nelson’s birthday in Minnesota for years. Here’s pictures from this year’s party.
Favorite from another show