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Willie Nelson and Family at the Shell, in Wilmington (Sept. 5, 2017)

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Who: Willie Nelson
When: 6 p.m. gates, Sept. 5
Where: The Shell, 14 Harnett St., Wilmington

“Whiskey River” is coming to the Cape Fear River.

Country music legend Willie Nelson will return to the Port City Sept. 5 to play Wilmington’s newest music venue, an open-air facility called The Shell located at 14 Harnett St. off the northern Riverwalk near the Port City Marina. The announcement was made Tuesday by Full House Productions, USA InvestCo and WhirlWind Creative.

Nelson, whose most recent Wilmington gig was in 2016 at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, is known for such unforgettable hits as “On the Road Again,” “Always on My Mind” and “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys.”

The announcement also marks the advent of a major new venue and event facility in downtown Wilmington, one with a capacity of 4,000 people. Along with Nelson, The Shell also announced concerts by hip-hop star Nelly on Sept. 3 and country singer Aaron Lewis, also frontman of the rock band Staind, on Aug. 9.

Nelly played the N.C. Azalea Festival in Wilmington in 2015 and Lewis has performed at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater.

“We look forward to bringing a venue like this to the city,” said Chuck Schoninger, CEO of USA InvestCo., in a statement.

Tickets are available now for Nelly (starting at $35) and Lewis (starting at $20) at Willie Nelson tickets, which start at $70, go on sale July 14.


Willie Nelson and Jackson Browne to headline Merriweather Post Pavilion 50th Anniversary (Saturday, July 15th)

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Merriweather 50th Anniversary Concert featuring Jackson Browne and Willie Nelson & Family
Father John Misty, Special Guest Host Grace Potter

Sat, July 15, 2017
Doors: 4:30 pm Show: 6:00 pm
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Columbia, Maryland
$55.00 – $125.00

Willie’s Annual 4th of July Picnic

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic (The Gorge) (2007)

Monday, July 3rd, 2017


Willie Nelson invited fans to celebrate the fourth of July at the Gorge, in George, Washington in 2007. Janis and I went.  It was a beautiful venue, but so hot — even with the river below.

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic 2017 in Austin

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Willie Nelson at the Ryman (March 4, 2015)

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Willie Nelson, Barbarosa

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic (South Bend, IN) (2009)

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Willie Nelson & Family in Lincoln

Thursday, June 1st, 2017
by: L. Kent Wolgamott

Thirty years ago, before we had answering machines on our desk phones, we newsroom denizens answered the ringing phones on nearby desks and took messages.

One mid-September afternoon, my phone was ringing off the hook. An AP reporter who happened to be walking by, picked it up and got a shock — it was Willie Nelson calling, out of the blue.

He wanted an update on Farm Aid III that was set to happen at Memorial Stadium a week later. He knew about how things were going on the production side of things — what he wanted from me was a sense of how it was being received and how many people would turn up.

My response, as I recall now, was that people were pretty excited and it would sell out.

My predictive skills were pretty close — the concert sold 69,000 of 70,000 available tickets (1,000 tickets held for day of show didn’t sell) and is still the biggest concert in Nebraska history and very likely always will be.

There’ll be a lot fewer people at Pinewood Bowl Wednesday night, when Willie comes back to Lincoln bringing Dwight Yoakam and Robert Earl Keen along with him.

That show is nearly sold out and will bring about 4,500 to Pioneers Park to catch the now 84-year-old legend.

Over the years, Willie’s played nearly every Lincoln venue of any size — the Bob Devaney Sports Center, Pershing Center, the Ice Box and Haymarket Park.

That said, it’s been a good while since Willie played Lincoln. Scrolling through the Journal Star;s online archive the last Nelson show I found here was at Haymarket Park in 2004 — along with Bob Dylan.

Since then, I’ve caught Willie and his great band, Family, at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island, in Omaha two or three times and in Austin, Texas, during South By Southwest.

I’m not sure how many times I’ve seen him — well over a dozen for sure. He’s the country artist I’ve seen the most — and up there with The Replacements, Bob Dylan and The Hold Steady among all artists.

He’s also, well, Willie.

In my encounters with him since the late ’70s on his bus, sitting in a dressing room, in a bar, on the phone for more than an hour (Willie knows more dirty jokes than any human on earth) or standing on the 50-yard-line at Memorial Stadium, he’s always been the same guy — the hillbilly Dalai Lama.

Full of wisdom, humor and, as the pre-Farm Aid call demonstrated, always aware of his fans and his personal impact and that of his music, Willie’s a rightfully beloved, known-by-his-first-name, hard-working national treasure.

With most of his peers either retired or gone, Willie’s still on the road — two weeks on, two weeks off — and he’ll be leading a traveling festival later this summer. Plus, he’s, of late, been cranking out two albums a year.

In April, he marked his birthday with the release of “God’s Problem Child,” one of his best records in years that includes “Still Not Dead,” a rebuff to the constant internet rumors of his passing that’s pure Willie through and through:

“I run and down the road making music as I go

They say my pace would kill a normal man

But I’ve never been accused of being normal anyway

And I woke up still not dead again today.”

See you Wednesday, Willie.

Write On, Willie Nelson

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Broadcast Music Inc. Songwriter since 1959.

Billboard at Nashville Airport 2013.

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Willie Nelson Art, by Robert Edmonds

Friday, May 26th, 2017


“I’ve been lucky enough over the years to create a couple of posters for the great Willie Nelson. For this 2006 New Orleans show I decided to go a painted route, using the texture of the paint to imply the cragginess of that wonderfully weathered face.”

— Robert Edmonds

Willie Nelson & Family at the Antonian High School (Sept. 25, 1976)

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Thanks, Phil Weisman, for sharing this rare poster.