Archive for the ‘Promise of the Real’ Category

Willie Nelson & Family at Ravania, in Highland Park, IL last night

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Thanks so much to Willie Nelson fan and music lover Paul Martell, for sharing pictures from the WN&F show at Ravinia, in Highland Park, Illinois last night. Paul is one of those many fans (Janis Tillerson and everyone you know who you are), who share their photos from shows they go to. All us fans who weren’t there appreciate when someone takes pictures, then goes home and uploads them and sends them to me to share.


I just wanted to share a few pictures and a quick note about Willie’s and Lukas’s performances at Ravinia in Highland Park Illinois last night. This was my 46th concert following Willie and I am looking forward to #47 – July 9th at the Outlaw Festival in Milwaukee at the Summerfest grounds.

Lukas and the Promise of the Real opened up with a very energetic set. Some new songs from last I had heard from him as well as a few new members. A keyboard and the steel guitar. Really set the stage for dad.

Willie’s show was great as well. He was highly energized from start to finish and looked very healthy, happy and on top of his game. With the usual tossing of bandanas into the crowd during and after the show, making many fans ecstatic. But to top it off, one lucky fan received his hat, as at the end of the show as he was to walk off stage, he grabbed his hat, held it out and threw it into the center seats. Someone in row 4 or 5 went home flying high. Above the rest of us.

Great show.


Lukas Nelson & Promise of Real in Vail (August 18, 2017)

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Twenty-nine summers ago, President Gerald R. Ford and Willie Nelson led the way for the opening ceremonies of a fledgling performing arts space alongside Gore Creek in the Vail Village.

Three decades later, the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater will celebrate in style all summer long, culminating in the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater 30th Anniversary Concerts featuring Rodrigo y Gabriela and Third Eye Blind on Aug. 18 to 19.

Lucas Nelson and the Promise of the Real will open on Friday night, Aug. 18, for Rodrigo y Gabriela and Dead Man Winter featuring Dave Simonett, of Trampled by Turtles, will open on Saturday night, Aug. 19, for Third Eye Blind. Two more opening acts are expected to be announced soon.

Tickets, passes and weekend-long VIP experiences for the celebration are on sale today and expected to sell quickly at

“Great music, great experiences, a beautiful structure and an incredible mountain backdrop have made the Ford Amphitheater a special place for everyone who has a connection to Vail,”Dave ChapinVail Mayor

Cultural centerpiece

In the 30 years since its opening ceremony, the Ford Amphitheater has grown to play an iconic role in regional and local art and culture. It has welcomed top-tier orchestras via Bravo! Vail, international dancers and dance companies via the Vail Dance Festival, the GoPro Mountains of Music free concerts in June and hundreds of pop-rock icons to its now-storied stage.

“If you’ve been to Vail in the summertime, then you almost certainly have a wonderful memory from the Ford Amphitheater, whether it’s from a major performance from a marquee artist like Bob Dylan, a lawn picnic Hot Summer Nights free concert, an evening out at the Vail Dance Festival or a moment of inspiration at a Bravo! Vail orchestral concert,” said Jen Mason, director of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for the Vail Valley Foundation. “We’ve even had hundreds of young people graduate here and held weddings — it really is a cultural centerpiece of life here in the Vail Valley.”


Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real in San Francisco (May 18, 2017)

Thursday, April 20th, 2017


Willie Nelson’s 4th of July PIcnic Concert in Austin 2017

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Tickets for Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic are open to the public starting at 10 a.m. on April 21. It’s the third year for the annual event to be held at the Circuit of the Americas and the 44th edition of the picnic overall.

This year’s all-day event features performances from artists on two stages, including Willie Nelson & Family, Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Jamey Johnson, Steve Earle, Margo Price, Asleep At The Wheel, Turnpike Troubadours, Hayes Carll, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Johnny Bush, Billy Joe Shaver, David Allan Coe, Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real, Insects vs. Robots, Raelyn Nelson Band, Folk Uke.

Tickets are priced at $89.50 for the GA Pit Section and Reserved Seat Section in front of the stage. Reserved bowl tickets are $69.50-$89.50 and $39.50 for H-E-B General Admission Lawn. There are also a limited number of special VIP packages available for sale including the “Outlaw” hospitality package for $350, the “Trigger” package for $450, and “Shotgun” hospitality for $550.

All tickets will be available at,, all Ticketmaster outlets throughout Texas, or they can be charged by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Standard parking lots at Circuit of The Americas open at 10 a.m. and gates to the Austin360 Amphitheater will open at 11:00 a.m. Standard Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Premium Parking, Bus Parking, RV Parking, as well as campsites are also available for purchase at the time tickets are purchased.

Live Nation, C3 Presents and Circuit of The Americas (COTA) are proud to announce the return of Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic to Circuit of The Americas. The legendary Willie Nelson plays host to one of America’s most celebrated festivals, and the 4th of July Picnic returns to COTA for the third year. Joining Willie at this year’s party is a star-studded cavalcade of his friends.

Ticket and pre-sale information here.  

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at the Arroyo Seco Wekand (Sat, June 25, 2017)

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Win Tickets to see Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at the Belly Up, Solana Beach (March 2, 2017)

Friday, February 10th, 2017

When you back Neil Young as his band and Willie Nelson is your dad, you have instant cred. But Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real don’t rest on their laurels. Check out this fantastic band while you can!

Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real on Thursday, March 2, 8pm at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. This is a 21+ show.

For more information on Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real at the Belly Up, click here.

Deadline for submission: Monday, February 27 at 1PM. Limit one entry per person or you will be disqualified. Reader employees and their families are not eligible. Winner will win a pair of tickets to see Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real at the Belly Up. Must be 21+ years to enter. Winner will be notified via ej-mail.


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“Cowgirl in the Sand” – Neil Young, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real in Jackson, WY

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

photo:  Stephen Poole
by:  Sarah Gianelli

Band plays Big Sky Resort Jan. 27

JACKSON, Wyo. – Country rockers Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real had an audience of 500 out of their seats and getting down before the end of their first song, turning Jackson’s civilized Center for the Arts into a rowdy cowboy bar for the duration of their Dec. 29 performance.

They’re scheduled to bring that high energy to Big Sky Resort’s Montana Jack on Friday, Jan. 27.

The band set the tone for the night in Jackson by opening with three new rocking tracks from a yet to be titled album, scheduled for release in May 2017.

The second song, a rollicking tale called “Running Shine,” tells the story of father and son moonshiners that Nelson loosely relates to his own upbringing with father Willie Nelson.

“I’m not ‘running shine,’” he said in an interview before the show, “but I’ve immersed myself in a business that is kind of a family business; it’s kind of a circus, and my dad’s not exactly the most law abiding citizen.”

Not only did Nelson inherit a bit of his father’s rapscallion ways, iconic nasal twang and innate musicality, but also his mastery of showmanship.

Nelson and his band mates, drummer Anthony LoGerfo and bassist Corey McCormick, have no trouble filling the stage with their presence. Whether Nelson is head-banging his shaggy ‘do, picking his guitar with his teeth or doing scissor kick calisthenics with McCormick—somewhat of an athletic feat in scuffed up cowboy boots—they’re as visually engaging as they are audibly.

They’re also attuned to the fact that their audience wants to be taken for a ride, and Nelson and POTR know precisely when to bring it down a notch and insert one of Nelson’s soul-slaying ballads—especially hard-hitting for the ladies in the crowd.

Two such highlights during the Jackson show were the heart-wrenching “Sound of your Memory” and a cover of his father’s “Crazy.” The latter offered a rare chance to see Nelson take a seat at a Steinway piano and perform a duet with captivating show-opener Nicki Bluhm that, with all due respect, put Willie and Emmy Lou Harris’s version to shame.

The evening covered all the bases and hit all the right notes—from a dusty hoe-down, to sultry blues, bare bone jams, good old rock ‘n’ roll, soulful love songs and the perfectly picked and placed cover. On this night it was none other than Paul Simon’s “Graceland” hit, “Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes.”

Shannon McCormick, programming director for Jackson’s Center for the Arts, has been booking Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real for nearly a decade, and had no doubt the band would generate a sold out show.

“Every once in a while, it’s great to have a band come in here and punch us in the nose,” McCormick said. “Jackson loves that rootsy rock ‘n’ roll and that’s what Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real delivers.”

McCormick is such a fan that he’s road-tripping from Jackson to Big Sky to catch the Jan. 27 show at Montana Jack.

“That’s how excited I am about these guys,” McCormick said. “Get ready for a fun show because here it comes.”

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real perform at Big Sky Resort’s Montana Jack on Friday, Jan. 27, at 9 p.m. For tickets and more information visit

This show is being co-produced by Outlaw Partners (publisher of EBS) and Big Sky Resort.

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at Charley’s, Paia, Hawaii – Three Shows! (November 25, 26, 27)

Sunday, November 20th, 2016


Keep in touch with the band and their schedule at their website and on FaceBook.

Neil Young, with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will play Australian Byron Bay Bluesfest (April 14, 2017)

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016


Yes, it is true and we are delighted to announce that on Friday 14th of April 2017 Neil Young + Promise of the Real will play a three hour set at Bluesfest Byron Bay.

They join the illustrious names already on the bill including Santana, Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith, Mary J. Blige, Buddy Guy (exclusive), The Doobie Brothers and many more.

This announcement proves that we are bringing together a line-up of artists that is on par with major festivals anywhere in the world & it’s all happening right here, in Australia in the beautiful shire of Byron Bay.

For this guitar-centric, full steam-ahead and highly-charged concert, Young is joined by Promise of the Real, an LA-based rock band fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar), along with Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals) and their band. They have performed with their father, Willie Nelson and Young on previous occasions and wowed Bluesfest with their exceptional sets this year.

Line Up:

Patti Smith and her Band perform Horses Corinne Bailey Rae Mavis Staples (exclusive) Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Snarky Puppy St. Paul & The Broken Bones Andrew Bird Gallant The Strumbellas Dumpstaphunk The Suffers Nikki Hill Irish Mythen Neil Young + Promise of the Real Mary J. Blige The Lumineers Bonnie Raitt Mavis Staples (exclusive) Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Rickie Lee Jones Gregory Porter Snarky Puppy Michael Kiwanuka Roy Ayers Joan Osborne Gallant The Strumbellas Dumpstaphunk The Suffers Nikki Hill Doobie Brothers Zac Brown Band Buddy Guy (exclusive) Corinne Bailey Rae Billy Bragg Rickie Lee Jones Gregory Porter St. Paul & The Broken Bones Beth Hart (exclusive) Roy Ayers Joan Osborne Nahko and Medicine for the People Turin Brakes Jake Shimabukuro Nikki Hill Irish Mythen Santana Buddy Guy (exclusive) Mavis Staples (exclusive) Jethro Tull Laura Mvula Booker T. presents The Stax Records Revue Turin Brakes Jake Shimabukuro Dumpstaphunk The Suffers Nikki Hill Irish Mythen Zac Brown Band Mavis Staples (exclusive) St. Paul & The Broken Bones Beth Hart (exclusive) Laura Mvula Booker T. presents The Stax Records Revue Nahko and Medicine for the People Dumpstaphunk The Suffers

Ticket Alert!

It is becoming very obvious, that Bluesfest is set to sell out!

Ticket prices have been rising, as the Bluesfest 2017 line-up grows rapidly and becomes stronger with each announcement. RIGHT NOW, you can still grab your tickets at the current rate, but they will need to up again by tomorrow Thursday 6thof October by 5pm at the latest!

You can pay off your tickets on a ‘Lay by’ plan over 3 months. Check out our ‘Lay by / Time to pay’ plan here. Get in now, if you have not already!


Neil Young and Promise of the Real, “Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World” (Farm Aid 2016)

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Neil Young, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Two Shows in Telluride (Sept. 30, Oct. 1)

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Event Info

Singer, songwriter, musician, producer and two-time Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Neil Young will visit Telluride, Colorado to play back-to-back shows, September 30th and October 1st, at the new state-of-the-art stage in Telluride Town Park. Young will be joined on stage for his sets by Promise of the Real. These once-in-a-lifetime shows will mark the first-ever slated performances from Neil Young in Telluride, Colorado. Telluride is one of the most scenic, majestic, and stunningly beautiful music venues in the world. For complete concert information, visit

See Neil Young and Promise of the Real in Telluride (September 30, October 1)

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real will play back-to-back shows in Telluride, Colorado this September 30th and October 1st. Telluride is one of the most scenic, majestic, and stunningly beautiful music venues in the world. Get your once-in-a-lifetime tickets today and be a part of music history.