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Willie Nelson to open new 713 Music Hall in Houston

Friday, August 13th, 2021
by: Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli

Live Nation’s new Houston venue is scheduled to open in just a few months.

According to a news release, the 713 Music Hall will be ready for its official unveiling on Nov. 17, with Willie Nelson as the inaugural performance.

“The much-anticipated concert venue will start to host an eclectic range of shows this November with tickets on sale Friday, Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. on”

Here is a look at the opening concert lineup:

  • Nov. 17: Willie Nelson & Family
  • Nov. 18: RÜFÜS DU SOL with Flight Facilities
  • Nov. 19: RÜFÜS DU SOL with Flight Facilities
  • Nov. 20: Whiskey Myers with The Steel Woods, Bones Owens
  • Nov. 21: Evanescence + Halestorm with Plush
  • Dec. 31: Khruangbin with Aidan Kennedy
  • Feb. 11: Erasure with Bag Raiders

The venue was announced earlier in 2021 and will be “one of the most unique performance venues in Texas.”

“Housed in the city’s latest major downtown development project POST Houston, the 713 Music Hall will be a key anchor in transforming the historic Barbara Jordan Post Office into a hub for culture, food, shopping and recreation with an expected 100 events annually,” the release said.

The venue has a capacity for 5,000 people and, according to the release, will bring job opportunities for people looking to work in venue and event management.

Willie Nelson & Family in Lincoln tomorrow! (8.10.21)

Monday, August 9th, 2021
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I am driving to Lincoln for this show in the morning, and I am so looking forward to it.

Willie Nelson & Family in Lincoln (Aug. 10, 2021)

Monday, August 2nd, 2021
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Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, George Thorogood & the Destroyers (Aug. 8, 2021)

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

Willie just announced a rescheduled date for Bonner Springs, KS! Join ZZ Top & Willie Nelson w/ George Thorogood & the Destroyers at Azura Amphitheater on August 8th. Tickets are on sale this Friday @ 11am CST through Ticketmaster here: 

Willie Nelson & Avett Brothers in Lincoln, NE (8.10.21)

Monday, July 26th, 2021

3201 S Coddington Ave
Lincoln, NE 68522

Willie Nelson @The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas (July 26, 2015)

Monday, July 26th, 2021

by:  Cindi Reed

Age has only seemed to improve Willie’s performance. His thin, haggard appearance adds even more authenticity to his outlaw country style. Time has given his voice an extra twang and his sad songs an extra gravitas. To belabor the point: He’s been singing “Funny How Time Slips Away” for more than 50 years.

The band was fantastic, Willie’s guitar is still on point and daughter Amy even made a cameo, harmonizing with her father. The show concluded with a gospel medley that was uniquely Willie. He combined old-timey salvation standards with “It’s All Going to Pot” and “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.” It made for an exquisite country catharsis:

Just keep the music playin’/
That’ll be a good goodbye/
Roll me up and smoke me when I die.

Set List

Whiskey River
Beer For My Horses
Good Hearted Woman
Funny How Time Slips Away
Night Life
Down Yonder
Me and Paul
If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time
Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground
On the Road Again
Always on My Mind
Hey Good Lookin’
Move it On Over
Georgia on a Fast Train
Georgia On My Mind

Outlaw Music Festival

Friday, July 2nd, 2021

Willie Nelson and ZZ Top together live

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

JUST ANNOUNCED! @ZZTop and @WillieNelson with special guest @thorogoodmusic will be at the @AzuraAmp on August 8, 2021.

Willie Nelson & Family at MusicFest 2021

Thursday, May 20th, 2021

Willie Nelson & Family

Darius Rucker
Saturday, August 7

Monday, August 9

Kelsea Ballerini
Thursday, August 12

Lineup — Musikfest

Willie Nelson & Family and Avett Brothers in Lincoln (August 10, 2021)

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021


August 10: Lincoln, NE – Pinewood Bowl Theater w/Willie Nelson & Family Avett Guild pre-sale TOMORROW (May 11) at noon local venue time. Public on-sale Thursday, May 13 at 10am CDT. Show info at

Willie Nelson, The Smith Center, Las Vegas, NV (March 10, 2012)

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021


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Willie Nelson, streaming on New Years Eve, with Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlisle

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

Willie Nelson & Family show in Memphis for Nov. 20 moved to 2021

Sunday, November 1st, 2020

The Willie Nelson & Family concert originally scheduled for Nov. 16, 2020 at the Orpheum will be rescheduled for a 2021 date.

The public will be updated via email and the Orpheum’s website will be updated as soon as a new date is confirmed.

All ticket purchases will be honored at the rescheduled performance. The theatre asks you to keep your ticket for entry into the 2021 show.

For questions, email

Willie Nelson Show at Musikfest rescheduled for 2021

Friday, October 9th, 2020

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The postponed Willie Nelson show originally scheduled for Musikfest 2020 now has an official date next year.

Willie Nelson & Family was rescheduled for a Musikfest preview night performance on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, officials said.

Organizers are reaching out to ticketholders with options, Musikfest said.

Willie Nelson at Woodstock 99 (21 years ago this weekend)

Sunday, July 26th, 2020
by: Peter Mason

21 years ago this weekend, the festival calamity known as Woodstock 99 took place at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, NY. If you know anything about Woodstock 99, you likely know about the festival-ending fires and mild rioting that took place in the concert grounds, built out of a weekend of frustration with festival pricing and lack of an adequate infrastructure.

Over Friday and Saturday, the festival seemed to be your typical late 20th century festival – bands playing mostly on schedule, an amalgam of various groups of music lovers, basic amenities and little in terms of technological infrastructure. This was a time where cell phones were a luxury item and resembled Zack Morris’ brick phone.

There was the giant plywood wall that surrounded the grounds, which gave you a feeling of being trapped inside, with only two or three entry points where you’d be searched at security’s leisure. Once inside, prices were high, even by today’s standards. Four dollars for a bottle of water, eight dollars for a hamburger, nine dollars for a cheeseburger, ten dollars for a chicken sandwich and twelve bucks for a small personal pizza.

If you were lucky, you found a lemonade stand where the drinks cost only two dollars, but if you wanted alcohol, you had to drink it in the beer garden, which was devoid of shade or quality sound, and put you in a direct line of fire from people slinging mud through the chain link fence.

The musical lineup was as solid as it could be for 1999. In alphabetical order, you’d be able to catch Bush, Chemical Brothers, Creed, Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews Band, DMX, Everlast, Guster, Ice Cube, Korn, Jewel, Limp Bizkit, Live, Los Lobos, Megadeth, Metallica, moe., Alanis Morissette, Willie Nelson, The Offspring, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rusted Root, Sugar Ray and The Tragically Hip, among many others

Two stages that were a long, long walk from each other separated the acts. If you wanted to see someone on the West Stage, you’d be sacrificing a great deal at the East Stage, and vice versa. The schedule was staggered, but surely this could have been organized better. At least moe. got a set.
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“It seems to me the whole reason Woodstock ’99 failed was because of the kids. Kids from all over came to Rome and had no sense of authority, and did not care about anyone but themselves. The promoters should be held to blame, but also the irresponsible people who attended. It seems a strange contradiction. The week before Woodstock 99, 120,000 people gathered in Oswego, New York to see the rock band Phish. The event was in more cramped quarters, and was just as hot, and to my understanding no major problems were reported. Maybe if people behaved like they did at the Phish event this wouldn’t have happened.”

Pharmer’s Almanac, Volume 6

While Pataki’s remarks are off by around 90,000 ‘Camp Oswego‘ attendees, it does highlight the weekend prior where similar conditions of oppressive heat and humidity did not lead to the same circumstances as they did in Rome from July 22-25. How can two festivals, 80 minutes apart, be so diametrically opposite? You’d have to factor in an audience from mixed walks of life, many of whom may not have been to a multi-day music festival prior to this, and festival promoters who came up short in every single area – from bathrooms to food, safety to water, and layout to operations.

Skip ahead to Sunday, July 25, and on the main East Stage, you’d catch Al Green, Willie Nelson, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Everlast, Elvis Costello, Jewel, Creed, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Genre-wise, in order, you could catch gospel/soul, country, swing, rap, rock, pop, ‘hard’ rock and pure rock ‘n’ roll from the Chili Peppers. Quite a variety to see in one day.

Long lines at the limited vendors that had food to serve coupled with very long lines for water, overflowing portos and litter seemingly everywhere, finally hit a tipping point. Add in the aforementioned oppressive heat and humidity plus a complete lack of shade, and a powder keg was ready to burst. The plywood fence around the venue was already being torn down casually throughout the day by concert-goers taking out their frustrations, which led to more seeking a piece of memorabilia.

During the day, in an odd bit of cosmic irony, anti-gun violence group Pax (now the Center to Prevent Youth Violence), distributed candles to those who stopped by their booth during the day. The original intent was for a candlelight vigil during “Under the Bridge,” but instead some used the candles to start bonfires, and when coupled with the thousands of empty water bottles that littered the East Stage field, there was plenty of fuel to light the grounds on fire from stage to stage.

At some point towards the end of the Chili Peppers set, the audio tower caught fire, and the fire department had to be called in. The festival was over thankfully, and many had left during the day, but for the thousands needing to vacate the grounds while emergency personnel were arriving, the scenario had to be frightening. CBS News reported:

The three-day concert climaxed into a frenzy about a quarter mile from the main stage when several concertgoers set fire to twelve parked tractor-trailers.

Several people pulled cases of soda and merchandise from the trucks and fed the flames with debris. Others toppled light stands and speaker towers, while another group tried to destroy a radio station truck.

via CBS News
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As a result of Woodstock 99, it would be a number of years before a festival with pop bands reaching a broad audience would take place. Jam festivals were already on the rise, and while the lineup for Bonnaroo 2019 looks little like that of Bonnaroo 2002, the key to the festival formula was in building a lineup for a defined audience, not gathering an audience towards a known lineup.

And while Woodstock 50 never even got off the ground and Woodstock 99 was a stain on music festival history, the original and even the 1994 edition bear the torch for a name still synonymous with peace, music and love.

The nine-episode podcast Break Stuff: The Story of Woodstock 99 from The Ringer gives a detailed breakdown of the festival. Listen here.