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Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

www.blackbirdpresents.com

We’re heading out on the road again with the Outlaw Music Festival Tour, hitting 9 more cities this September! Below are the latest *set times for each venue. (*Set times are subject to change without notice.)

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Friday, September 6, 2019
Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

9:55PM Willie Nelson & Family
8:15PM Bonnie Raitt
6:35PM Alison Krauss
5:20PM Brothers Osborne
4:30PM Martin & Kelly
3:00PM Doors Open

Saturday, September 7, 2019
Saratoga Springs, NY – SPAC
9:15PM Willie Nelson & Family
7:30PM Bonnie Raitt
5:45PM Alison Krauss
4:15PM Brothers Osborne
3:00PM Pernikoff Brothers
2:00PM Doors Open

Sunday, September 8, 2019
Darien Lake, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
9:15PM Willie Nelson & Family
7:30PM Bonnie Raitt
5:45PM Alison Krauss
4:15PM Fuzzy & The Rustbelts
3:00PM Pernikoff Brothers
2:00PM Doors Open

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Queens, NY – Forest Hills Stadium

8:55PM Willie Nelson & Family
7:15PM Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
5:35PM Alison Krauss
4:30PM Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
3:30PM Doors Open

Friday, September 13, 2019
Philadelphia, PA – TD Pavilion at The Mann

9:50PM Willie Nelson & Family
8:10PM Bonnie Raitt
6:35PM Alison Krauss
5:05PM Gov’t Mule
4:00PM Cris Jacobs
3:00PM Doors Open

Saturday, September 14, 2019
Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amp

9:45PM Willie Nelson & Family
8:00PM Bonnie Raitt
6:15PM The Avett Brothers
4:35PM Alison Krauss
3:20PM Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
2:30PM Last Bison
12:30PM Doors Open

Sunday, September 15, 2019
Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

9:30PM Willie Nelson & Family
7:50PM Bonnie Raitt
6:10PM Alison Krauss
4:55PM Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
4:00PM Stephanie Qualye
2:30PM Doors Open

Friday, September 20, 2019
Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

10:20PM Willie Nelson & Family
8:45PM Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters
7:00PM Alison Krauss
5:50PM Brothers Osborne
5:00PM Katie Pruitt
3:30PM Doors Open

Sunday, September 22, 2019
Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

9:30PM Willie Nelson & Family
7:45PM Luke Combs
6:00PM Bonnie Raitt
4:45PM Brothers Osborne
3:45PM Derek Alan Band
2:30PM Doors Open

The Outlaw Music Festival Tour 2019

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

“Hey friends, @WillieNelson is feeling better and will be ready to hit the road again with us at Outlaw Music Festival starting September 6. See you there! blackbirdpresents.com/concert/outlaw-music-festival-tour-2019/…” — Bonnie Raitt

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival — New Show Added (September 8, 2019)

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019
Pre-sale tickets now available for September 8 Outlaw Music Festival at Darien Lake Amphitheater.

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Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Monday, July 1st, 2019

www.stltoday.com
By Daniel Durchholz

One of the best things about lineup-shifting, multi-band bills like the Outlaw Music Festival, which played Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on Saturday, is that it makes possible collaborations between artists you’d otherwise probably never see together.

Musicians sat in with other bands on several occasions throughout the 9½-hour concert, but the best one occurred midway through Phil Lesh & Friends’ set, when Alison Krauss lent her crystalline soprano voice and violin to the Grateful Dead classic “To Lay Me Down.”

Krauss returned later to sing another Dead-related song, “Morning Dew.”

Lesh & Friends’ performance was all Dead-related, of course, and the five-piece band hit a number of cosmic, jammy highlights on its own during “Sugaree,” “Slipknot!” and “Cumberland Blues.” But the addition of Krauss took the songs to another dimension entirely.

That was especially encouraging to see because Krauss’ own set, which preceded Lesh & Friends, was a bit of a dud. Not the performance itself, which had a set list and stage design similar to her 2017 Stifel Theatre concert.

But the sublime vocals of Krauss on “River in the Rain,” “Stay” and “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You” were mostly lost on an audience that had come to party. The dull roar of conversations — probably equally dull — often drowned out the music.

Krauss fared better with the crowd on the up-tempo tunes “Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson” and “It’s Goodbye and So Long to You.” She earned cheers when she covered “I Never Cared for You” and “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” by festival anchor Willie Nelson. The response was also enthusiastic for “Didn’t Leave Nobody but the Baby” and “Down to the River to Pray” from the popular “O Brother Where Art Thou?” soundtrack.

The set’s big finish — covers of John Hartford’s “Gentle on My Mind” and Keith Whitley’s “When You Say Nothing at All,” plus the rousing gospel number “When I’ve Done the Best I Can, I Want My Crown” received a standing ovation, but it seemed mostly perfunctory. By the time that Krauss and her band attempted an a cappella encore of “It Is Well With My Soul,” the audience had turned its attention to other things and was filing out.

Meanwhile, headliner Willie Nelson — who was really the only legitimate “outlaw” on the bill — just keeps rolling on, even at age 86.

Like Krauss, Nelson didn’t vary his performance much from his previous St. Louis concert, a 2018 show at the Stifel. But as always, his songs come pouring out at such a torrid pace — 21 tunes in an hourlong set — it’s fun just trying to keep up.

Nelson dedicated songs to his late friends Waylon Jennings (“Good Hearted Woman”) and Merle Haggard (“It’s All Going to Pot”) and played a trio of tunes from the Hank Williams catalog (“Jambalaya,” “Hey Good Lookin’” and “Move It on Over.”)

He was having a good night vocally and on guitar. He performed some astonishing tricks on his guitar, “Trigger,” which is so beat up it almost hurts to see it in close-up on the video screens. But it still sounds great when Nelson reels off one of his jazzy, all-over-the-beat solos, or performs a lovely instrumental like Django Reinhardt’s “Nuages.”

Nelson visited some of his classics, including “Whiskey River,” “On the Road Again” and “Always on My Mind,” but some of his best offerings were from his just-released 69th (!) album, “Ride Me Back Home.”

Nelson doesn’t always plug his new albums in concert, but this one is worth it, notably for his takes on Guy Clark’s “My Favorite Picture of You,” Buzz Rabin’s (via Gene Watson) “Maybe I Should Have Been Listening” and Mac Davis’ comic “It’s Hard to Be Humble.”

A long day of music wrapped up with Nelson’s standard closing gospel medley of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” and “I’ll Fly Away,” which found Lesh and his bandmates joining in. But the legendary singer and irrepressible pot advocate added one more: “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.”

The song would serve as a suitable epitaph for Nelson. But not anytime soon, please.

Old Crow Medicine Show, Dawes, and Shooting With Annie performed earlier in the day.

Willie Nelson setlist:

“Whiskey River”

“Still Is Still Moving to Me”

“Beer for My Horses”

“A Good Hearted Woman”

“Down Yonder”

“If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time”

“It’s All Going to Pot”

“Nuages”

“On the Road Again”

“Always on My Mind”

“Jambalaya (On the Bayou)”

“Hey, Good Lookin’”

“Move It On Over”

“Georgia”

“Georgia on a Fast Train”

“My Favorite Picture of You”

“Maybe I Should Have Been Listening”

“It’s Hard to Be Humble”

“Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”/“I’ll Fly Away”

“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die”


Willie Nelson & Family & Friends – Outlaw Music Festival in Chicago (June 28, 2019)

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

www.dailyherald.com

Ever the rebel, country star Willie Nelson is kicking around on tour for the third installment of the Outlaw Music Fest, paying another visit to the Chicago area this weekend.

The lineup — featuring The Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, Dawes, Old Crow Medicine Show, Phil Lesh and Lissie — boasts some of country and folk rock’s biggest and best names.

So go on, be an outlaw, take Friday off and catch some musical legends. 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 19100 Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park.

Tickets start at $18. livenation.com.

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Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
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.June/July 2019 OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL
TOUR LOCATIONS


Choose which Outlaw date you’d like to attend
(see list of locations below).

June 14 Bangor, ME
June 16 Hartford, CT
June 21 Toronto, ON
June 22 Burgettstown, PA
June 23 Columbus, OH
June 27 Milwaukee, WI
June 28 Chicago, IL
June 29 St Louis, MO
July 3 Dallas, TX
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Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
Bangor, ME Friday, June 14


Willie Nelson & Family 
Phil Lesh & Friends
Alison Krauss
The Revivalists
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
Particle Kid

XFINITY Theatre
Hartford, CT Sunday, June 16


Willie Nelson & Family 
Phil Lesh & Friends
Alison Krauss
The Revivalists
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
Particle Kid

Budweiser Stage
Toronto, ON Friday, June 21


Willie Nelson & Family 
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Matt Mays
Jessica Mitchell

KeyBank Pavilion 
Burgettstown, PA Saturday, June 22


Willie Nelson & Family 
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Old Crow Medicine Show
Dawes

Nationwide Arena 
Columbus, OH Sunday, June 23


Willie Nelson & Family 
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Old Crow Medicine Show
Dawes

Summerfest 
Milwaukee, WI Thursday, June 27


Willie Nelson & Family 
Phil Lesh & Friends
The Avett Brothers
Counting Crows
Alison Krauss
Dawes
Trapper Schoepp

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Chicago, IL Friday, June 28


Willie Nelson & Family 
Phil Lesh & Friends
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Old Crow Medicine Show
Dawes
Lissie

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
St. Louis, MO Saturday, June 29


Willie Nelson & Family 
Phil Lesh & Friends
Alison Krauss
Old Crow Medicine Show
Dawes

Dos Equis Pavilion
Dallas, TX Wednesday, July 3


Willie Nelson & Family 
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Alison Krauss
Casey Donahew
Steve Earle & The Dukes
Hayes Carll
Colter Wall
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Willie Nelson & Family on Tour

Monday, May 6th, 2019

 

www.WillieNelson.com

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May 7
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Santa Rosa, CA
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May 8
Fruit Yard Amphitheater
Modesto, CA
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May 10
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
Reno, NV
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May 11
Kaiser Permanente Arena
Santa Cruz, CA
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May 12
Vina Robles Amphitheater
Paso Robles, CA
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May 15
Humphreys
San Diego, CA
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May 17
Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheater
Harrahs Laughlin
Laughlin, NV
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May 18
Agua Caliente Casino
Rancho Mirage, CA
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May 20, 21
Celebrity Theater
Phoenix, Arizona
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June 14
Outlaw Music Festival: Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
Bangor, ME
Willie Nelson & Family, Phil Lesh & Friends, Alison Krauss, The Revivalists, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Particle Kid
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June 15
Mountain Jam at Bethel Woods
Bethel, NYWillie Nelson & Family, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Revivalists, Alison Krauss, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Particle Kid
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June 16
Outlaw Music Festival: Xfinity Theatre
Hartford, CT
Willie Nelson & Family, Phil Lesh & Friends, Alison Krauss, The Revivalists, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Particle Kid
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June 19
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Columbia, MD
with Alison Krauss and Lukas Nelson
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June 21
Outlaw Music Festival: Budweiser Stage
Toronto, ON
Willie Nelson & Family, The Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, Matt Mays, Jessica Mitchell
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June 22
Outlaw Music Festival: KeyBank Pavilion
Burgettstown, PA
Willie Nelson & Family, The Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dawes
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June 23
Outlaw Music Festival: Nationwide Arena
Columbus, OH
Willie Nelson & Family, The Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dawes
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June 25
Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill
Sterling Heights, MI
with Alison Krauss
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June 27
Outlaw Music Festival: Summerfest
PM Milwaukee, WI
Willie Nelson & Family, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Avett Brothers, Counting Crows, Alison Krauss, Dawes, Trapper Schoepp
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June 28
Outlaw Music Festival: Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Tinley Park, IL
Willie Nelson & Family, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dawes, Lissie
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June 29
Outlaw Music Festival: Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Maryland Heights, MO
Willie Nelson & Family, Phil Lesh & Friends, Alison Krauss, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dawes
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July 3
Outlaw Music Festival: Dos Equis Pavilion
PM Dallas, TX
Willie Nelson & Family, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Alison Krauss, Casey Donahew, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Hayes Carll, Colter Wall
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July 4
Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic
Austin360 Amphitheater
Circuit of Americas1
1:30 AM
Austin, TX
Willie Nelson & Family • Luke Combs • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats • Alison Krauss • Jamey Johnson • Steve Earle & The Dukes • Colter Wall • Hayes Carll • Ray Wylie Hubbard • Gene Watson • Billy Joe Shaver • Johnny Bush • Folk Uke • Raelyn Nelson Band • The Casey Kristofferson Band

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August 1
Resch Center
Green Bay, WI
with Alison Krauss
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August 2
Target Center
Minneapolis, MN
with Alison Krauss
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August 3
Pinewood Bowl Theater
Lincoln, NE
with Alison Krauss
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August 5
Allen County War Memorial Stadium
Fort Wayne, IN
with Alison Krauss
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August 7
Huntington Center
Toledo, OH
with Alison Krauss
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August 9
Van Andel Arena
Grand Rapids, MI
with Alison Krauss
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August 10
Big Sandy Superstore Arena
Huntington, WV
with Alison Krauss
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August 12
Florence Civic Center
Florence, SC
with Alison Krauss
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August 14
John Paul Jones Arena
Charlottesville, VA
with Alison Krauss
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August 16
Bon Secours Wellness Center
Greenville, SC
with Alison Krauss
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August 17
Greensboro Auditorium
with Alison Krauss
Greensboro, NC
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September 6
Outlaw Music Festival
with Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Brothers Osborne
Gilford, NH
Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
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September 11
Outlaw Music Festival
with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats • Alison Kraus
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the RealForest Hills Stadium
Forest Hills, NY
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September 13
Outlaw Music Festival
with Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Goft. Mule
The Mann Center
Philadelphia, PA
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September 14
Outlaw Music Festival
Veteran’s United Home Loans Amphitheater
with Bonnie Raitt, Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss,
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Virginia Beach, VA
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September 15
Outlaw Music Festival
Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Raleigh, NC
with Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Lukas Nelson
& Promise of the Real
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September 20
Outlaw Music Festival
Ruoff Home Mortgage Center
Noblesville, IN
with Robert Plant and the Sensational
Space Shifters, Alison Krauss, The Brothers Osborne
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September 20
Riverbend Music Center
Cincinnati, OH
with Luke Combs, Bonnie Raitt, The Brothers Osborne
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Outlaw Music Festival 2019

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

www.gliemagazine.com

Outlaw Music Festival Tour for the Summer 2019 leg’ will host an incredible lineup of music stars includes W- and more to be announced in the coming weeks. (For artists performing in various cities, please refer to the specific market lineups listed below.)

Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, March 8th at 10 AM (local for each venue). On sale, dates vary in some locations, see details below. 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® cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, March 5th at 12 PM (Local for each venue) until Thursday, March 7th at 10 PM (Local for each venue) through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete pre-sale details visit http://www.citiprivatepass.com.

INFO ON INDIVIDUAL OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL
TOUR DATES & LINEUPS:JUNE 14
BANGOR, ME – DARLING’S WATERFRONT PAVILION

Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
Alison Krauss
The Revivalists
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Particle Kid

JUNE 15
BETHEL, NY – MOUNTAIN JAM

Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
The Revivalists
Alison Krauss
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Particle Kid

JUNE 16
HARTFORD, CT – XFINITY THEATRE

Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
Alison Krauss
The Revivalists
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Particle Kid

JUNE 21
TORONTO, ON – BUDWEISER STAGE

Willie Nelson & Family
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Matt Mays
Opener TBD

JUNE 22
BURGETTSTOWN, PA – KEYBANK PAVILION

Willie Nelson & Family
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Old Crow Medicine Show
Dawes
Opener TBD

JUNE 23
COLUMBUS, OH – NATIONWIDE ARENA

Willie Nelson & Family
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Old Crow Medicine Show
Dawes
Opener TBD

JUNE 27
MILWAUKEE, WI – SUMMERFEST

Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
The Avett Brothers
Counting Crows
Alison Krauss
Dawes
Opener TBD

JUNE 28
CHICAGO, IL – HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATRE

Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Old Crow Medicine Show
Dawes
Opener TBD

JUNE 29
ST LOUIS, MO – HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATRE

Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
Alison Krauss
Old Crow Medicine Show
Dawes
Opener TBD

JULY 3
DALLAS, TX – DOS EQUIS PAVILION

Willie Nelson & Family
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Alison Krauss
Casey Donahew
Steve Earle & The Dukes
Hayes Carll
Colter Wall

Pre-sale Tickets Available At
http://outlawmusicfestival.com/presale
Use Code: OUTLAW2019
Pre-sale begins Wed, March 6, at 10 AM
Ends Thursday, March 7 at 10 PM

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

SEE PHOTOS AT TASTE OF COUNTRY

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.”