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Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival wraps at the Hollywood Bowl (Oct. 21)

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

photo: Gary Miller

www.TasteofCountry
by:  Bylle Breaux

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Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival has been touring since May, but Sunday night (Oct. 21) was the first time California was included on the tour, now in its third season.

The 2018 lineup has varied from stop to stop, but has included legendary acts like Neil Young, Van Morrison, Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson, Ryan Bingham, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and many others. For Los Angeles, the historic Hollywood Bowl was the perfect setting for the final bow.

Particle Kid (Micah Nelson) opened the show at 4:30, but because most of the ads said the show would start at 5PM, very few people were there to hear him in the 17,500-seat amphitheater, and it was unfortunate. Kid has an emotional voice that easily filled the space, with a bend toward the sound of an early Neil Young. He ended his set with some guitar smashing and then his angry “Everything is Bulls–t.

Lukas Nelson and his Promise of the Real band rattled Willie fans that had not heard them yet. His part traditional country, part blues, part singer-songwriter set was well planned to introduce himself and capture the mood for the types of music to be heard the rest of the night. The younger Nelson’s guitar skills are mesmerizing, and he has the ability to draw you so deeply into his playing that you forget about his amazing, familiar voice, which comes back in to spin you again. His song “Turn Off the News” — a protest to America’s addiction to customized information — was well received and got the tie-dyed Deadheads on their feet.

Margo Price is always a good choice for any festival, and on this night she seemed to hug Los Angeles from her heart. Price’s band was rotated into view by a revolving stage as Nelson’s gear was spun off. A divider down the middle separated the front from the back so the next band was free to set up behind the divider, saving loads of time. Price sang some songs from her first album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, and even crawled back to play drums for “Four Years of Chances.” Her new song, “All American Made,” whispered elegantly through the Hollywood Hills as the flag floated in the breeze and the sun began to set, making Price look like the star of her own movie.

Sturgill Simpson led the night in surprises. The Grammy-winning artist came prepared to sing his hits, but seemed to improvise most of his set with some ornery guitar riffs. Simpson has always claimed he isn’t a good guitar player, but if what he does isn’t good, then everyone else should go back to school. Simpson’s band stayed on their toes to keep up with him, and they were so honed into one another it was as if the audience didn’t exist. He had the place silenced with his version of When in Rome’s “The Promise,” which is on his album, MetaModern Sounds in Country Music. After the birth of his third child recently, Simpson said he would take a few months off before trying some new things he is rolling out next year.

Phil Lesh’s debut with the Outlaw Festival included collaborations with Jackie Green (Black Crowes), Jason Crosby, Cris Jacobs and Nathan Graham on drums, collectively known as Phil Lesh and Friends. Green and Jacobs worked lead vocals back and forth over this the bands deeply moving blues ballads.

Then, it was time for Willie Nelson, who waltzed onstage in a Dodger’s jersey expecting participation before he’d sing On the Road Again” or “ Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up…” The Hollywood Bowl was happy to oblige. In California, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” is always a good idea, but Nelson’s new song “Vote Them Out” also played particularly well here. The country icon stood back and allowed Lukas to lead the gritty Stevie Ray Vaughan cover of “Texas Flood,” solidifying that fact the Nelson line and brand of music will continue for years to come.

 

Willie Nelson Outlaw Music Festival at the Hollywood Bowl (October 21, 2018)

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival at Hollywood, Bowl (Sunday, October 21st)

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018


photo:  Scott Legato

www.Billboard.com
by: Taylor Mims

Willie Nelson and company are bringing the largest season of the Outlaw Music Festival to a close on Sunday night at the Hollywood Bowl in California. Sunday’s 2018 finale will mark the first time the touring festival has hit the West Coast.

With a revolving cast of stellar live performers, the Outlaw Music Festival presented by Blackbird Presents has grown year-over-year to 17 shows throughout the East Coast, Midwest and South. The 17-date season will conclude at the 17,500-capacity Hollywood Bowl with Willie Nelson and the Family Band, Phil Lesh and Friends, Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real and Particle Kid.

“We thought, let’s add one more special show to put an exclamation point on an incredible touring season for the festival this year,” CEO of Blackbird Presents Keith Wortman tells Billboard of the first West Coast show.

Wortman adds: “Our job was to make the show as special as we possibly could and the way we went about that was building a lineup that had this sort of beautiful common thread around Willie. Willie has a ton of old musical friends and a whole generation of new musical compadres.”

“I’m always down to share a bill with Willie and the family band! Especially when it includes Phil Lesh,” Margo Price tells Billboard. The country singer toured with the Outlaw Music Festival in the past and shares a duet on her triumphant sophomore album, All American Made, with Willie Nelson.

From former Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh to outspoken country artists such as Simpson and Price, the outlaw spirit is alive in the last lineup of the year.

Willie Nelson tells Billboard that outlaw music continues to mean the same thing it did 100 years ago, adding, “Hazel Smith from Nashville wrote in her book that the outlaw movement was because we went against traditional Nashville way of recording. Outlaw music is doing it your way. It’s a mixture of country, rock and roll, the blues, bluegrass, everything.”

The Outlaw Music Festival has seen a medley of artists including Brandi Carlile, Van Morrison, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Neil Young in 2018 alone.

“’Outlaw’ as a label has always been a hard-to-define phrase. It was actually a term invented by the press. … But to me, it is music that doesn’t fit into the mainstream bubble,” says Price, who has been outspoken on issues of gun control, the pay gap between men and women and cannabis legalization. Price is also expected to release a new marijuana strain through Nelson’s personal cannabis brand, Willie’s Reserve.

Price adds that it’s “music that’s not homogenized and over-produced by people in offices and considered safe to radio programmers. It’s most likely not played on the radio. It’s different and weird and probably thought-provoking.”

>The broad outlaw term is fairly genre-less, which allows the festival the opportunity to welcome artists from across a musical spectrum to perform solo sets and collaborate and jam onstage together.

“These are not artists that play to tape or play to track or are manufactured in the studio. These are honest, genuine artists that do things their way on their terms, that let their music speak for itself,” says Wortman. “Our ability to do that is because it works with who Willie is and what his music has been through the years.”

The expansion to the West Coast comes as no surprise to all involved, including Nelson, who says the show’s success is “because it’s great music and there’s something for everyone.”

“There are only so many dates a year that we can do without diluting the brand and the quality,” says Wortman. “We’ve had so much demand and so much to do in just the East Coast, the South and the Midwest. We just hadn’t made our way over there yet.”

Wortman adds that the festival plans to return in 2019 for its fourth season with even more dates on the West Coast. They hope to bring the lineup to San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle and more in the coming seasons.

“When LA presented itself, we felt that if we could have a really special lineup, we should do it. We made the calls to the artists that we thought would mean the most and everybody signed on for it. We’re thrilled to do LA,” Wortman says.

“I think bringing the act to the West Coast makes perfect sense — what with the legal weed and all… the west is the best,” adds Price.

The season closer kicks off Sunday evening at the Hollywood Bowl with Particle Kid. Tickets can be found at HollywoodBowl.com.

Willie Nelson and Family Outlaw Music Festival 2018

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Thank you, Phil Weisman, for sharing this cool poster picture.

Willie Nelson & Family at Outlaw Music Festival in

Monday, August 20th, 2018

Willie Nelson is taking a crew of outlaws to Toronto’s Budweiser Stage on September 9! Get your tickets now before it’s too late:

Willie Nelson, Outlaw Music Festival, Little Rock, Arkansas (June 29, 2018)

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

Great photos by Brian Chilson from the Outlaw Music Festival last night in Little Rock.

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Onstage with Willie was, of course, his sister and longtime collaborator Bobbie Nelson, as were Willie’s sons Lukas and Micah, both of whom had performed sets earlier in the evening. In fact, Willie stepped aside to showcase Lukas’ potent, sultry wail and wildly expressive guitar tone on “Texas Flood,” just in case anybody was wondering how far exactly that apple fell from the red-headed tree.

Highlights included: the way Mickey Raphael’s harmonica wafted in and out like an accordion in some French cafe, a Tom T. Hall tune for good measure, the moments when Willie went mondo surf guitar with his tone and the beautiful delivery of “Always On My Mind” — a rare moment when the octogenarian’s vocal reticence lifted and Willie’s inimitable voice bloomed.

Most transcendent of the entire evening, a poignantly timely rendition of Nelson’s 1986 release “Living in the Promiseland,” sung as a trio with Willie and his two sons.

“Give us your tired and weak
And we will make them strong
Bring us your foreign songs
And we will sing along

Leave us your broken dreams
We’ll give them time to mend
There’s still a lot of love
Living in the Promiseland

Living in the Promiseland
Our dreams are made of steel
The prayer of every man
Is to know how freedom feels

There is a winding road
Across the shifting sand
And room for everyone
Living in the Promiseland

So they came from a distant isle
Nameless woman
Faithless child like a bad dream
Until there was no room at all
No place to run, and no place to fall

Give us our daily bread
We have no shoes to wear
No place to call our home
Only this cross to bear

We are the multitudes
Lend us a helping hand
Is there no love anymore?
Living in the Promiseland.”

Avett Brothers join Willie Nelson on June 20th in Charlotte, NC Outlaw Music Festival

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Willie Nelson & Blackbird presents 2018 Outlaw Music Festival

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

June 22 — Cincinnati @ Riverbend Music Center
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
The Head and the Heart
Old Crow Medicine Show
More TBA

June 23 — Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
The Head and the Heart
Old Crow Medicine Show
JD McPhersonMore TB

June 24 — Detroit @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Willie Nelson & Family
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
The Head and the Heart
Old Crow Medicine Show
More TBA

June 29 — Little Rock @ Verizon Arena
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
The Head and the Heart
Ryan Bingham
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle KidMore TBA

June 30 — Dallas @ Starplex Pavilion
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Ryan Bingham
The Head and the Heart
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
The Wild Feathers
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
More TBA

July 1 — The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
The Head and the Heart
Ryan Bingham
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
The Wild Feathers
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
More TBA

September 7 – Burgettstown, PA @ Keybank Pavilion
Willie Nelson & Family
Van Morrison
Sturgill Simpson
Brandi Carlile
The Commonheart
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

September 8 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
Willie Nelson & Family
Van Morrison
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Sturgill Simpson
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
TBA
Other Artists To Be Announced

September 9 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stadium
Willie Nelson & Family
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Sturgill Simpson
Terra Lightfoot
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

September 14 – Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Willie Nelson & Family
Van Morrison
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
TBA
Other Artists To Be Announced

September 15 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
Willie Nelson & Family
Van Morrison
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Greensky Bluegrass
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

September 16 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

Willie Nelson & Family
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Greensky Bluegrass
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
TBA
Other Artists To Be Announced

Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Margo Price
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

September 23 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Willie Nelson & Family
Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

Willie Nelson & Family at the Outlaw Music Festival 2018

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

The 2018 Outlaw Music Festival Tour begins Memorial Day weekend (May 25 and 26) in Raleigh and Charlotte, NC.

Click here to see additional dates and lineups for the tour.

Featuring:

Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Elvis Costello and the Imposters
Alison Krauss
Nathaniel Nateliff and the Night Sweats
Brandi Carlile
The Head and the HEart
Old Crow Medicine Show
Ryan Bingham
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real
The Wild Feathers
Delta Rae
Particle Kid

New Shows added to Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Tour

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

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Willie Nelson, Blackbird Presents & Mark Rothbaum, and Live Nation are thrilled to announce eight additional dates for the second leg of Outlaw Music Festival Tour to close out summer 2018, with Van Morrison, Neil Young + Promise of the Real (Saratoga Performing Arts Center only), Tedeschi Trucks Band, Margo Price, Greensky Bluegrass, Terra Lightfoot, and The Commonheartjoining the second run of dates. The incredible lineup of music stars already includes Willie Nelson & Family, Sturgill Simpson, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Alison Krauss, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Brandi Carlile, The Head and the Heart, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ryan Bingham, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Wild Feathers, JD McPherson, Delta Rae, and Particle Kid. (For artists performing in various cities, please refer to the specific market lineups listed below).

The second leg of North America’s biggest touring festival will stop in eight cities, beginning in Burgettstown, PA and ending Saratoga Springs, NY. Artists performing on each date are listed below. Each festival tour date will feature a unique range of festival attractions including local cuisine, craft beers, and crafts by local artisans to provide music fans in each city with an unforgettable concert experience.
Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, April 6 at 12PM (Local for each venue). VIP packages including great seats and exclusive festival merchandise will be available. Citi® is the official pre-sale credit card of the Outlaw Music Festival Tour. As such, Citi® card members will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, April 3 at 10AM (Local for each venue) until Thursday, April 5 at 10PM (Local for each venue) through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete pre-sale details visit http://www.citiprivatepass.com.

“The second leg of the Outlaw Music Festival Tour with all my friends is going to be a blast,” says Willie Nelson. “We’ll see you out there this summer!”

“Family. That’s what this touring group of artists, fans and friends are when we come together for our annual Outlaw Music Festival Tour. I am thrilled to continue this journey with Willie, this extraordinary group of performers, and Live Nation,” says Keith Wortman, CEO of Blackbird Presents.

“This started out with a one-show storyboard two years ago. Now, you can hear, feel, smell and immerse locally in that joyous exuberance,” says Geoff Gordon, Live Nation Philadelphia Regional President. “Outlaw is really just a celebration of everything Willie, which the Picnic has been for decades.”

The inaugural Outlaw Music Festival made its debut in 2016 in Scranton, PA, featuring Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Sheryl Crow, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lee Ann Womack and Cabinet. The sold-out show was so well received that Blackbird and Nelson decided to take their band of outlaws on the road as a touring festival in 2017. Last year, the Outlaw Music Festival Tour hosted more than 100,000 fans in amphitheaters and arenas all whover the country. From Willie Nelson to Bob Dylan to Eric Church to The Avett Brothers, fans shared unforgettable music memories and enjoyed unique vendor villages with local food, drinks and shopping. VIP ticketholders got a front row experience and exclusive merchandise. Outlaw Music Festival Tour 2018 is presented by Southern Comfort.

Outlaw Music Festival 2018 Tour Dates and Lineups:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

BURGETTSTOWN, PA – KEYBANK PAVILION

Willie Nelson & Family

Van Morrison

Sturgill Simpson

Brandi Carlile

The Commonheart

Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real

Particle Kid

Other Artists To Be Announced

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

HERSHEY, PA – HERSHEYPARK STADIUM

Willie Nelson & Family

Van Morrison

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Sturgill Simpson

Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real

Particle Kid

TBA

Other Artists To Be Announced

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

TORONTO, ON – BUDWEISER STADIUM

Willie Nelson & Family

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Sturgill Simpson

Terra Lightfoot

Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real

Particle Kid

Other Artists To Be Announced

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

SCRANTON, PA – THE PAVILION AT MONTAGE MOUNTAIN

Willie Nelson & Family

Van Morrison

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real

Particle Kid

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

CAMDEN, NJ – BB&T PAVILION

Willie Nelson & Family

Van Morrison

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Greensky Bluegrass

Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real

Particle Kid

Other Artists To Be Announced

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

HOLMDEL, NJ – PNC BANK ARTS CENTER

Willie Nelson & Family

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Sturgill Simpson

Greensky Bluegrass

Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real

Particle Kid

TBA

Other Artists To Be Announced

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

MANSFIELD, MA – XFINITY CENTER

Willie Nelson & Family

Sturgill Simpson

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Margo Price

Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real

Particle Kid

Other Artists To Be Announced

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – SARATOGA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Willie Nelson & Family

Neil Young + Promise of the Real

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real

Particle Kid

Other Artists To Be Announced