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Neil Young, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real announce Rebel Content Tour

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Lukas Nelson, Neil Young, Micah Nelson
photo: Mary Francis Andrews

by: Katie Delong

MILWAUKEE (WITI) – Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. officials are excited to announce the ninth major show slated for Summerfest 2015. The Rebel Content Tour featuring Neil Young and Promise of the Real (with special guest to be announced) will headline the Marcus Amphitheater on Sunday, July 5th as the closing performance of Summerfest.

Neil Young and Promise of the Real have joined forces and will release a new studio album, entitled The Monsanto Years, on June 16th via Reprise Records. The politically/ecologically-charged album will be released via participating digital retailers and Young’s online music store, as well as on physical CD and vinyl in stores and on Neil’s official web store:

Promise of the Real is an LA-based rock band fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar) and Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals), along with Anthony Logerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass) and Tato Melgar (percussion). They have performed with their father, Willie Nelson, and Young on previous occasions. For the first time, they have recorded and will now tour together under the banner of the Rebel Content Tour. For further information on Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, visit:

The Rebel Content Tour featuring Neil Young and Promise of the Real will kick off on July 5th at Summerfest.

Every ticket purchased will include the choice of a standard physical CD or standard digital copy of his new album, The Monsanto Years. Please see below for all upcoming tour dates.

The Rebel Content Tour dates:

July 5 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
July 8 Red Rocks Denver, CO
July 9 Red Rocks Denver, CO
July 11 Pinnacle Bank Arena Lincoln, NE
July 13 Riverbend Music Center Cincinatti, OH
July 14 DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, MI
July 16 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ
July 17 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel, NY
July 19 Champlain Valley Expo Essex Junction, VT
July 21 Jones Beach Wantagh, NY
July 22 Xfinity Center Great Woods, MA
July 24 Wayhome Festival Oro-Medonte, Canada

Tickets for the Rebel Content Tour featuring Neil Young and Promise of the Real on Sunday, July 5th go on sale Friday, May 1st at 10:00 a.m. CDT and include Summerfest admission. Tickets can be purchased at the Summerfest Box Office in person and by phone at 1.414.273.2600, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, Walmart stores, online at and by phone at 1.800.745.3000 (live Ticketmaster Agent) or 1.866.448.7849 (“Ticketmaster Express” automated phone line). Patrons may also utilize “ticketfast” at to print barcoded concert tickets from home. Convenience fees may be added to all purchases.

PLEASE NOTE: To purchase Marcus Amphitheater tickets in person at the Summerfest Box Office on the day of the on sale, patrons must visit the temporary location at the Mid Gate on the corner of Harbor Drive and Chicago Street. Parking will be available across the street.

Summerfest fans get access to “Stay Connected” Pre-sales before tickets go on sale to the general public when they subscribe to receive Summerfest News email alerts at, “Like” Summerfest on Facebook or follow Summerfest on Twitter. The Rebel Content Tour featuring Neil Young and Promise of the Real presale will run Thursday, April 30th from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. CDT or until pre-sale inventory has been exhausted.

Summerfest 2015 will take place June 24th – 28th and June 30th – July 5th from Noon until Midnight and will be closed Monday, June 29th.

Following its 1968 debut, Summerfest has evolved into what is now recognized as “The World’s Largest Music Festival” and Milwaukee’s cornerstone summer celebration, bringing the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites along with approximately 900,000 people from Milwaukee and around the world together each year for an unforgettable live music experience. During the festival, the spotlight shines on over 800 acts, over 1,000 performances, 11 stages, delectable food and beverages and interactive activities, all in a world-class festival setting. Patrons can also enjoy Miller Lite, the Official Beer of Summerfest. For more details, visit

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at ARISE festival (Loveland, Colorado) (Aug. 7-9)

Sunday, April 12th, 2015


Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at Thunder Bay Blues Fest (July 6, 2015)

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
by:  Leith Dunick

Paul Rodgers will have anything but bad company surrounding him when he takes the stage on July 6 to close out the 14th edition of the Thunder Bay Blues Festival.

This year’s lineup has a little something for everyone, says Bob Halvorsen, who’s been scouring the music scene all winter long looking for the perfect mix of musicians to set the Lake Superior shoreline a-rockin’ this summer.

Rodgers, best-known as the front-man of ‘70s rockers Bad Company, will be joined by the likes of Johnny Reid and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who returns to the headlining stage after a seven-year absence.

Other well-known names include the Sheepdogs, former Glass Tiger singer Alan Frew and Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle, who brings his solo act to Thunder Bay.

Lesser-known names sure to create electricity at Marina Park include Doyle Bramhall II, who shreds for Eric Clapton and spent time in the Arc Angels, and Lukas Nelson, son of country legend Willie Nelson and no slouch himself on the guitar.
It’s Nelson that has Halvorsen salivating to see.

“I always seem to have one who sticks in my brain, and this year it’s Lukas Nelson on Sunday,” Halvorsen said, admitting he didn’t like the first song he heard when first contacted by Nelson’s agent.

But not one to give up quickly, he clicked on another song and was sold in a heartbeat.

“I spent Sunday night going through YouTube watching his videos. There are two or three videos of him on the Letterman show and I was just absolutely star struck. The guy is an absolutely phenomenal guitar player,” Halvorsen said.

At the time he didn’t realize who Nelson’s famous father was, but the voice gave it away.

“Once you hear that voice, combined with that playing, it really is incredible,” Halvorsen said. “I really think people are going to be very, very impressed with Lukas Nelson.”

Organizer Trevor Hurtig said they’ve tried to diversify the Blues Festival lineup in recent years, bringing in the likes of Serena Ryder, 38 Special and Great Big Sea to appeal to broader audiences. But they’ve never strayed from the annual festival’s blues roots.
It’s a chance to expose both sides to different genres, Hurtig said.

“I don’t hear too many people coming down and saying, ‘Well, I only came for this artist and I didn’t enjoy anything else,” he said. “Most everybody tells us they had a great time and that they really enjoyed all of the music, even though they may have only come for one of the artists.”

Reid, Friday’s headliner, has played the Community Auditorium a couple of times and is almost always sold-out.


New Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real album nears completion

Monday, March 9th, 2015


“Happy to say that the record we are working on in San Francisco at the Westerfeld House has exceeded our expectations. Can’t tell you when it’s coming yet, but we are getting close” — Lukas Nelson

Live at the Belly Up: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Nominate Micah Nelson & Insects vs Robots to play at Austin Psych Fest #Levitation2015

Monday, January 12th, 2015


LEVITATION2015 is happening May 8-10 at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin!

We’ll be announcing a 2nd round of lineup additions in February! Who do you want to see most on the next wave of artist announcements?”

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Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, in Aspen (12/14/15)

Monday, December 15th, 2014

by:  A. Travers

Lukas Nelson has made a case for himself as an honorary Aspenite over the past five years.

Soon after forming his band, Promise of the Real, in 2009, Nelson started playing Aspen a handful of times a year, building local buzz with swaggering, good-time rock shows punctuated by Nelson’s crowd-pleasing guitar theatrics.

As he’s returned seasonally, his band’s national profile ­— and reputation for raucous stage shows — has risen, with three albums and hundreds of live shows. He counts Belly Up Aspen owner Michael Goldberg and the club’s crew as some of Promise of the Real’s earliest champions in the music business.

“Michael’s a good friend of mine, and I consider him a mentor,” Nelson said recently from his home in Hawaii. “I can’t wait to get back there. It’s really like a family reunion.”

Now 25, Nelson is the son of a legend with a seemingly inescapable shadow — Willie Nelson. And while the twang in Nelson’s voice is reminiscent of his father’s, it’s getting easier to see him as his own musical animal as he blazes his own trail with Promise of the Real. He counts his father as his biggest influence, but his live performances are often more comparable to Stevie Ray Vaughan or Jimi Hendrix (he memorably covered Hendrix’s “Pali Gap”on Promise of the Real’s self-titled debut album).

Two songs the band released in recent months — “Little Girl,” on the “Dumb and Dumber To” soundtrack, and the single “Find Yourself” — showcased a mellower side of Nelson. “Little Girl” has a reggae feel to it. “Find Yourself” is laid back and R&B inspired.

But Nelson isn’t losing his edge. He and his quartet recorded an album, titled “Love Yourself,” that included those and other less aggressive tracks, but then scrapped it. They recently laid down 14 new songs in a recording session in San Francisco, which they plan to release next year instead.

“The record we’re putting out in the next few months will be full-on rock and roll,” he said. “There may be a few vibey ones like that on it, but it’s mostly just straight, guitar-heavy rock. It’s pretty fun.”

The band — rounded out by Nelson’s childhood friend and percussionist Tato Melgar, drummer Anthony LoGerfo and bassist Corey McCormick — has made its rollicking concerts its calling card. And they decided they needed to make songs that are built to play live, Nelson said.

“Those songs are much better and more fun to play live,” he said. “We want to be able to tour and rock and roll when we play.”

Their hard-touring, road warrior approach, he said, has helped the band continue to improve and hone its sound.

“It’s become more of a solid band,” he said. “Our telepathy is growing stronger every show that we do.”

Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real in Salt Lake City (Dec. 11, 2014)

Saturday, December 13th, 2014



“Coming in hot in the cold land of Salt Lake City . Thanks everyone who helped sell out the show . Stoked our road manger Red Fallon is back on the road with us.” — Anthony Logerfo

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real to play Vail Snow Daze (12/13/14)

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014


Opening day Friday, Nov. 21 is just around the corner at Vail Mountain,, and the resort announced Monday the entertainment for the signature early-season celebration, Vail Snow Daze. This year the resort’s annual festival to kick off the winter season will take place over two weekends, Dec. 12-14 and 19-21, and the lineup will include free concerts from Lukas Nelson and The Wallflowers on Saturday, Dec. 13, and 10,000 Maniacs and Rusted Root on Saturday, Dec. 20.


On Saturday, Dec. 13 Bud Light presents Lukas Nelson and The Wallflowers at Solaris in the heart of Vail Village. Lukas Nelson, American rocker and son of Willie Nelson, and his band P.O.T.R. (Promise of the Real) will get the show started. Nelson and his band have played with the likes of Neil Young, John Fogerty, Bob Weir, B.B. King, and Bob Dylan.“We’re thrilled to announce the entertainment lineup for Vail Snow Daze and get our guests as eager about the start of the 2014-2015 winter season as we are,” said Davy Ratchford, director of marketing at Vail Mountain. “Early season is such a great time to visit the resort. There is a palpable energy in the air when guests return to Vail and get back on the snow for the first time, and what better way to celebrate the kick-off of winter than with free concerts at Vail Snow Daze.”

The Wallflowers will close out the first evening of free concerts at Vail Snow Daze. Fronted by co-founder Jakob Dylan, the Los Angeles-based alternative rock band are now in their 25th year. Over the course of their career The Wallflowers have released six studio albums including hits such as “One Headlight” and “6th Avenue Heartache,” sold more than seven million records worldwide, and have taken home several Grammys.

The following weekend on Saturday, Dec. 20 Pepsi presents live performances from 10,000 Maniacs followed by the eclectic musical powerhouse, Rusted Root.

Kicking off the evening of free live music is the classic, alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs. Throughout their 30-year collaboration, the 10,000 Maniacs have sold more than nine million albums and helped define college rock, creating the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became known as the alternative rock format on FM radio.

The powerhouse ensemble, Rusted Root, will cap off the Snow Daze celebration with a sweat-inducing and hypnotic live performance. With eight albums under their belt, over three million records sold worldwide and countless nights on the road, Rusted Root transcends age, generations, cultures and musical styles. The band has played and toured alongside Santana, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Grateful Dead to name a few.

All Vail Snow Daze concerts are free of charge and will be held at Solaris in the heart of Vail Village. Doors open at 5 p.m. and shows start at 5:30 p.m. each night. The schedule of activities for Vail Snow Daze 2015 will also include the return of the sponsor expo village and gear demos at the base of Gondola One, as well as après and after-dark parties in the Town of Vail.

Vail Snow Daze is presented by Vail Mountain, Pepsi, Bud Light, and the Town of Vail, and sponsored in part by Helly Hansen, GoPro, Mountain Living, Liberty Skis, Colorado Mountain Express, Vail Daily and KZYR.

For more information on Vail Snow Daze, including the full schedule of events, For more information about Vail Mountain visit or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).

Lukas Nelson, Promise of the Real (with Micah Nelson) “Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes”

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Lukas Nelson, and Promise of the Real, with Micah Nelson, at Harvest the Hope Concert, Neligh, NE (9/27/14)

Sorry for the poor quality.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real @ 14th Annual Hardly Strickly Bluegrass Festival

Sunday, October 5th, 2014


by: Jim Harrington

We’re spotlighting some of the most intriguing acts performing at the 14th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, which continues through Oct. 5 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. In this edition, we highlight Lake Street Dive and Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real.

Lake Street Dive: Haven’t heard much about this Brooklyn-based quartet yet? That’s probably going to change in the very near future. The group boasts a radio-friendly blend of jazz, folk, soul and pop, as well as the tremendously talented vocalist Rachel Price. In all, Lake Street Dive — which also performs Oct. 7 at the Fillmore in San Francisco — seems well positioned for an Alabama Shakes-style breakthrough. Details: 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Star Stage.
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real: Willie Nelson’s kid is a dynamite guitarist, who favors good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll over his father’s brand of country. I’ve had the chance to see this younger Nelson lead his Promise of the Real band on a number of occasions and have been impressed each time. He’s definitely carrying on the family tradition with style. Details: 4:10 p.m. Oct. 5, Arrow Stage.

Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real: They have the songs, the looks, the band (and they put the show in showbiz)

Sunday, September 21st, 2014


photo and story:  Bob Hakins
Folsom LIVE

 Why is this band not one the biggest acts in showbiz?

They have the songs,

the good looking front man

and they put the “show” in showbiz.

See more:

Lukas Autry Nelson, Anthony LoGerfo, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real and Cory McCormick at Folsom LIVE.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, in Vail

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014



“Beautiful show tonight in Vail, to all of you#vail #musicislove” — Lukas Nelson

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real in NC (6/13/14)

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
by:  Leena Dbouk
For Lukas Nelson, following in his father’s footsteps seemed almost natural.Facts

Want to go?

Who: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
When: 9:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival main stage, Harmon Field, Tryon, N.C.
Tickets: $8
Info: 828-859-7427

From a young age, Nelson was exposed to all sorts of terrific music courtesy of his father, who also introduced him first-hand to some of the world’s most famous musicians. At this point, it’s worth noting that his dad is the legendary Willie Nelson.

So imagine the soulful voice of Willie Nelson mixed with the rock music of Tom Petty and Neil Young and the jazz of Django Reinhardt, and you’ll get an idea of the sound created by Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

Lukas Nelson and POTR will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday on the main stage of the Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival in Tryon, N.C.

The peculiar name of Lukas Nelson’s band came from listening to and being inspired by the music of Young.

“The feelings and inspiration we got from his music is what led us to the name Promise of the Real,” Nelson said. “Neil is authentic. I love the concept of being real rather than perfect.

“People in the music industry are so focused on being perfect; they pay tons of money to sound perfect. Everyone has a dark and a light side, (and) real music is like that. It’s not perfect.”

Much of Lukas Nelson’s music focuses on the authentic. Everything from the instrumentation to the lyrics is simple and intended to move people to thought and experience.

“There are so many variables in a song,” he said. “I write about what I’m feeling, thinking or experiencing. It takes me a half an hour to write a song. I try not to overthink it. I just let it happen.”

Nelson attributes much of who he is today to his father.

Willie Nelson “is the biggest musical influence, not only musically, but also as a person,” he said. “He lives his life in a good way, if there can be a good way.”

Despite having a famous father, Lukas Nelson has made his own way through the music industry. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t look to his dad as a source of inspiration and admiration.

“I admire Dad’s ability to engage and connect to the audience,” Lukas Nelson said. “He really relates to them through his stage presence and his writing as well. There’s a lot to appreciate about him. He speaks to people on so many levels.”

After dropping out of college and being inspired by the life of the Buddha, Lukas Nelson left the comfortable life he had known as Willie Nelson’s son to experience the life of a man who had nothing but his friends, his car and the clothes on his back.

“I see parallels between everyone and the Buddha and Christ,” Lukas Nelson said. “They were both teaching against this separatist idea. You know Christ called people to follow the kingdom of heaven, not him. Leaving everything behind hasn’t really changed me.

“But it has made me more aware that things are the way they’re supposed to be and to accept that without trying to make everything right. Good and evil will always exist together; you can’t have one without the other. If people accept that, there would be a lot less anxiety.”

Music has always been Lukas Nelson’s life from the moment he was born to the time a guitar was put into his hand. But, while speaking from a golf course, he said that sports would be his other career path if not for music.

“I was on the swim team as a kid. I was pretty good at freestyle, and I loved butterfly,” Lukas Nelson said. “I wanted to go into the Olympics. I also played on the soccer team. I guess I would’ve been an athlete of some sort. Music and sports aren’t polar opposites. They’re very similar; they both have a rhythm.

“At the end of the day, music is something that I do. Music is the world. We are all a collection of vibrating atoms that emit a frequency.”


Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real TONIGHT! (3/30/14)

Sunday, March 30th, 2014