Archive for the ‘Picnic’ Category

Farm Aid II (July 4, 1986)

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Farm Aid II benefit concert was held on this date in 1986 at Manor Downs Racetrack in Texas. The lineup featured a loaded roster incl. Alabama, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Bon Jovi, Tom Petty and Willie Nelson.

arm Aid II All Star Lineup (1986)

The music at Farm Aid II will run from dawn until well past dusk.  What follows is a tenative lineup of performers and emcees, in order of appearance.

From 7 until 10 a.m.

Cherokee Rose (with Willie Nelson), Jerry Max Lane, Jubal Clark, Danny Cooksey, Lee Clayton, Boxcar Willie.  Johnny Bush, Gary P. Nunn, Rusty Wier, the Geezinsalw Brothers, Bill and Bonnie Hearne, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Steven Fromholz, Willie Nelson, Julio Iglesias, Willie and Waylon Jennings, Alex Harvey, Willie and David Lynn Jones, the Beach Boys, Johnny Paycheck, J.D. Souther with the Nelsons, B.W. Stevenson, David Allen Coe, Dusty Rhodes, War, Roy Head, Minnie Mouse and the Disney characters.

From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Judy Collins, Patty Lovelace, Vern Gosdin, Charlie Haid, Little Joe y La Familia, Exile, the Blasters, Judy Rodman, Don Johnson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Rob Lowe, David Lindley and El Rayo-X, Sawyer Brown, the Rock and Roll All-Stars (Willie Nelson, John Bon Jovi, Vince Neil, Dickey Betts, Joe Walsh).

From 1 until 4 p.m.

George Jones, Gary Morris, Robert Guillaume, Nils Lofgren, Billy Joe Shaver, Playboy Girls of Rock n Roll, David Soul, Dave Mason, Dwight Yoakum, John Anderson, Bobbie Raitt, Roger McGuinn, Taj Mahal.

From 4 until 7 p.m.

William Lee Golden, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Prine, Roger Miller, the Nelsons, X, John Schneider, Asleep at the Wheel, Doug Kershaw, the Unforgiven, Joe Ely

From 7 until 10 p.m.

The Bellamy Brothers, Alabama, Green on Red, Christopher Hewitt, Los Lobos, Jack Wagner, John Couger Mellancamp with Maria McKee, Arlo Guthrie, Kris Kristofferson, Jason and the Scorchers.

From 10 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Rick James, Neil Young, Rita Coolidge, Steppenwolf, John Conlee, Delbert McClinton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Kip Addotta, Leslie Phillips, Felix Cavaliere, Willie Nelson and Family, All Star Finale.

Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic 1976

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic 2019 Lineup

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas — The performance order for Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic has been released.

The 46th edition of the event that takes place at Circuit of the America’s will feature two stages: the main Austin360 Amphitheater Pavilion Stage and the Honor Flight Grand Plaza Stage. 

The all-day event features music performances starting at 11:30 a.m. and ends with a special fireworks display to commemorate the show and celebrate Independence Day.


Honor Flight Stage (Grand Plaza – listed in order of performance):

  • David Allan Coe
  • Casey Kristofferson Band
  • Raelyn Nelson Band
  • Johnny Bush
  • Billy Joe Shaver
  • Gene Watson
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard
  • Hayes Carll

Pavilion Stage (Austin360 Amphitheater – listed in order of performance):

  • Colter Wall
  • Steve Earle & The Dukes
  • Folk Uke
  • Jamey Johnson
  • Alison Krauss
  • Nathanial Rateliff & The Night Sweats
  • Luke Combs
  • Willie Nelson & Family

As the event is scheduled to run for approximately 13 hours, venue management is extending the opportunity for patrons to bring in one quart-sized clear plastic bag with food, per person. Standard venue policy allows patrons to bring in one 20 oz., factory-sealed water bottle, per person.

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic (1978)

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Thanks, Budrock, for sharing another poster from your collection.

And more art from Steve Brooks, with his ropey writing.

Willie Nelson’s 8th Annual Fourth of July Picnic (1980)

Monday, July 1st, 2019
by: Abigail Arredondo

AUSTIN, Texas — In 1980, Willie Nelson held his eighth annual Fourth of July Picnic at the Pedernales Country Club.

More than 50,000 people were in attendance as they packed the lawn and streets waiting to here all-day music. Not much has changed – even back then attendees were dealing with traffic issues trying to get to the event.

In that year, Nelson said it would be his last time on stage for the Fourth of July celebration. But fast forward 39 years later and Nelson is still performing for us.

This time it will be at the Circuit of the Americas’ Austin360 Amphitheater. Music will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will go well into the night with a patriotic fireworks display.

Music will be featured by Willie Nelson & Family, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Steve Earl, Johnny Bush, Folk Uke, David Allen Coe, Luke Combs, Alison Krauss and much more.

There are ticket options and even overnight camping available if you are too tired from the all-day celebration.

You can find more information about the event at the

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic (1986)

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Willie Nelson and Family, at the Gorge, George, Washington, on July 4, 2007.

Saturday, April 27th, 2019
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Beautiful place to hear live music, especially WN&F.  It was very hot, though, don’t let that river and canyons fool you.

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnics

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
by: Dave Thomas

The Willie Nelson Fourth of July Picnic reaches back to the summer of 1973 and a rocky ranch outside of Dripping Springs. However, the inspiration for the Picnic was the Dripping Springs Reunion, held a year prior on that same ranch, but in March.

From that confusing start and helped along by cancellations, not-really “last Picnics,” multi-day Picnics, multiple Picnics, out-of-Texas Picnics, mountains of lukewarm beer, stoned recollection and heaps of mythology, the Picnic is a hard thing to keep straight.

So we’ve brought you the definitive timeline ...

Willie Nelson Pick of the Day (July 4, 2015)

Friday, July 20th, 2018


Thanks, to the great Guthrie Thomas, may he rest in peace, for photos he shared of the beatiful guitar pick for this year’s Fourth of July Picnic.

Pick design by artist and Willie Nelson fan Marsha Gerhardt.

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic Program

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Thanks to Traces of Texas reader Frank Smith for sharing photo of the official program for Willie Nelson’s 2nd 4th of July picnic, held in College Station, Texas.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard on the Fourth of July (2015)

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

photos: Janis Tillerson




Willie Nelson and Beto O’Rourke on the 4th of July

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

“One of the best Independence Days of my life! Getting to be with Willie Nelson, family, friends. Grateful!”

— Beto O’Rourke