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Costa Mesa, Calif. (February 17, 2015) – The OC Fair announceS performances byWillie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglason Sunday, July 19, Capital Cities / Big Data on Saturday, July 25 and The Happy Together Tour on Sunday, July 26 as part of the Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre at the 2015 OC Fair. As always, concert and action sports tickets include Fair admission.
The Happy Together Tour on July 26 will feature The Turtles, The Association, The Grass Roots, Mark Lindsay – the former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Buckinghams and The Cowsills.
Tickets for these events go on sale Saturday, February 21, at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster or at the OC Fair & Event Center Box Office, which is open Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.comor by phone (800) 745-3000.
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Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas
by: Linda Sickler
IF YOU GO
What: Willie Nelson & Family
When: 7 p.m. March 1
Where: Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave.
For the past 40 years, Mickey Raphael has had a dream job as Willie Nelson’s harmonica player. When Nelson comes to Savannah on March 1, Raphael will be there to back him up. “I’ve worked with Willie since 1973,” he says. “I always wanted to be a musician.”
A native of Texas, Raphael was a teenager when he discovered the Dallas folk music scene. His mentor was legendary harmonica great Don Brooks, whom Raphael found playing in a Dallas coffeehouse.
“I first heard Don Brooks when I was 15,” he says. “He went on to play with Waylon.”
After a show one night, Brooks showed Raphael a little lick that went all the way up and down the harmonica. That little pattern changed Raphael’s life on the spot.
Eventually, he joined singer B.W. Stevenson’s band. In 1973, the band was playing a University of Texas post-game party that was hosted by football coach Darrell Royal in a Dallas hotel room.
“It was after a bowl game,” Raphael says. “The coach was a big country music fan, He was a close friend of Willie Nelson and asked him to bring his band.”
Also in attendance was up-and-coming country singer Charley Pride, who took turns with Nelson to play the guitar and sing. Raphael played harmonica with Nelson, who invited him to come sit in with him at a gig sometime.
“I didn’t know who he was,” Raphael says. “I wasn’t a country player.”
A folk blues player, Raphael just wanted to join a country band so he could ride around in a bus.
But when Nelson played a fireman’s benefit in a high school gym, Raphael took him up on the offer. That led to another offer, this time to go with Nelson’s band to a gig in New York.
Soon Raphael had moved from Dallas to Austin, which was Nelson’s home base. Never a country fan himself, he began learning all he could about country music.
“I really became a fan instantly,” Raphael says. “Willie would say, ‘Come sit in with us,’ and I’d go. He would play these redneck places.”
Nelson is one of the nicest people alive, Raphael says.
“He is the best. He’s the same now as when I first met him.”
As the years have gone by, the hole in Nelson’s guitar has gotten bigger, Raphael says.
“When I first went in the band, that hole might have been as big as a dime,” Raphael says. “Now it’s big enough for a semi to drive through it.”
Among Raphael’s musical influences are blues great Paul Butterfield and rhythm and blues saxophonist King Curtis. Charlie McCoy was the first country music harmonica player Raphael listened to.
Joining the Willie Nelson Family required Raphael to improve his playing.
“We’ve all grown as musicians,” he says. “Willie has stayed true to himself. He keeps writing songs and doing songs of other entertainers he likes. He does exactly what he wants to do.”
In addition to Nelson, Raphael has also played with the likes of Elton John, U2, Motley Crue, Vince Gill, Emmy Lou Harris, The Mavericks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Neil Young over the years.
In 1988, Raphael released his first solo album, “Hand to Mouth.” It proved so popular, it was re-released in 2000.
“We have the most beautiful audiences in the world,” Raphael says. “I do enjoy performing. I enjoy recording, but you have to do it right because it’s always out there.”
The Willie Nelson Family has played the White House several times, Raphael says. On Feb. 6, the band played a benefit gala for Bob Dylan, who was honored as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year.
“It raised $7 million,” Raphael says. “Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, Neil Young and lots of others all played the benefit.”
When told Dylan also was coming to play Savannah, Raphael remembered the time Nelson and Dylan performed together in Savannah in 2005 at Grayson Stadium.
“Dylan is great,” he says. “I love Bob Dylan.”
Raphael also loves Savannah.
“I’m looking forward to coming back,” he says. “We always have a great time in Savannah.”
The audience will have a great time, too, Raphael says.
“It’s Willie’s show,” he says. “We do all the hits.
“We don’t have a set play list,” Raphael says. “We just play what he’s playing.”
by: Michael Deeds
Country icon Willie Nelson isn’t just on the road again – he’s crazy. At least for an 81-year-old.
Nelson and his legendary Martin guitar, Trigger, partnered with Alison Krauss and Union Station last year on tour. The co-headlining acts will hit the highway again this spring, performing Friday, June 19, at the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater in Nampa. Give the red-headed stranger credit: He has formidable ambition, not to mention stamina.
Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Feb. 27 for $45-$65 at ICTickets. If you’re in the cool kids’ club, presale tickets will be available a day earlier.
The Nelson and Friends/Krauss and Union Station concert – and yes, resonator guitar whiz Jerry Douglas will be there, too – is an enticing outdoor possibility. (Even if Krauss’ presence makes me pine for a long overdue Robert Plant visit to Idaho.)
It’s the latest news in an early preview of summer. The Idaho Botanical Garden’s Outlaw Field got a jump and put two shows on sale days ago: violinist Lindsey Stirling (May 26) and pop-rockers Barenaked Ladies/Violent Femmes/Colin Hay (July 24).
Outlaw Field and the Idaho Center are linked by the latest Nelson appearance. Soon after I posted news online, I received an email from a reader who had never been to the Idaho Center Amphitheater. He wondered whether he should go, or “Would I have the same experience that I had at Outlaw Field (i.e. got there early and got a good seat only to have others crowd in front standing, leaving me with NO view of the stage)?”
At first, I thought he was referring to the Shotgun Willie debacle in 2010, when 200 or so folks at Outlaw Field decided to stand directly in front of the stage, and fans sitting behind them went cuckoo with rage. Letters to the Editor ensued.
But the emailer actually was referring to Nelson’s return visit two years ago.
All I can say is this: Besides lawn tickets, there will be reserved seats available at the Idaho Center Amphitheater.
This will make all the difference, according to Idaho Center marketing director Dan Phippen: “We have over 3,000 seats, so you can purchase a seat and be assured you will not be crowded, and you will be able to see from your seat sitting down.”
Weed-tokin’ octogenarian Willie may be able to stand all night on stage, but the rest of us mortals deserve a seat, right?
Music legends and Grammy-winning artists Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss will perform at the Usana Amphitheatre in West Valley City on June 20, concert officials announced Tuesday.
Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. at Smith’s Tix outlets, smithstix.com, 801-467-TIXX or 1-800-888-TIXX. Ticket prices have not yet been announced.
Utah is one of 14 stops on the summer tour, which also features guitarist Jerry Douglas.
The show is a continuation of a successful 2014 tour that paired the country music of Nelson and Family — the country singer’s longtime touring and recording ensemble — with the rootsy Krauss and her Union Station Band.
by: Sarah Linn
The Red Headed Stranger returns to the Central Coast this summer with a few of his famous friends.
Willie Nelson and Family will reunite with Alison Kraussand Union Station — featuring dobro player Jerry Douglas — on July 21 at Vina Robles Amphiteatre in Paso Robles. They’re reprising a joint tour they undertook last year.
The winner of 11 Grammy Awards and countless other accolades, Nelson has forged his reputation as one of the leaders of the outlaw country movement over a six-decade career as an actor, author, activist and singer-songwriter. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993 and received Kennedy Center Honors in 1998.
Nelson is also a frequent visitor to the Central Coast, having played at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo in April. He’s also performed at the Alex Madonna Expo in San Luis Obispo, the Pozo Saloon and the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles.
Krauss, whose unique blend of roots, rock, pop and country music has netted her a whopping 27 Grammys, is a newcomer to local stages. But Douglas, her dobro player, headlined Live Oak Music Festival in northern Santa Barbara County in 2013.
Tickets for the July 21 concert cost $60 to $135 and go on sale Feb. 21.
by: Joseph Hudak
The Allman Brothers may have played their last-ever show in October, but the festival the iconic jam band launched in 2012 lives on. The fourth annual Peach Music Festival is returning to Scranton, Pennsylvania, August 13th through 16th with its most diverse lineup yet.
Gregg Allman will represent the Allmans at the four days of camping and music, and has enlisted two acts as rooted in onstage noodling as they are in their native country music: Willie Nelson & Family and Old Crow Medicine Show. At this stage in his career, Nelson is as much a draw for jam-band fans as he is outlaw-country die-hards, and Old Crow have been towing the line between country, bluegrass and folk since the group’s inception. The string band is nominated for Best Folk Album at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards. “Until Nashville is ready to come to terms with the fact that we’re a country band,” Old Crow’s leader Ketch Secor told Rolling Stone Country recently, “sure, we’ll take a folk Grammy.”
Santana, Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes, Bruce Hornsby, and Bob Weir are also among the headliners. Weir, who will have recently played the final string of shows with the Grateful Dead, in honor of the band’s 50th anniversary, will perform with Billy & the Kids, a group that includes Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and American Babies singer-guitarist Tom Hamilton. Hamilton, from nearby Philadelphia, is one of many local musicians invited to play Peach Fest. Philly’s G. Love & Special Sauce, Pittsburgh’s Rusted Root and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, bluegrass outfit Cabinet are all on the bill.
Tickets for Peach Music Festival, held at Scranton’s Montage Mountain & Water Park — a ski resort in the winter months — are on sale now.
Scranton, PA (Feb 5, 2015) – The PEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL is returning for its fourth year and, today, just announced who will be performing at the summer festival. Performances over the four-day event will include: Gregg Allman, Santana, Bob Weir with Billy & The Kids, Willie Nelson & Family, Warren Haynes ft. Railroad Earth, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Butch Trucks & very special friends, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Lotus and many more.
The Peach is back at Montage Mountain & Water Park on Thursday, August 13 to Sunday, August 16 for four days of camping, multiple stages, music, water park and so much more! The Peach began four years ago as the first-ever Allman Brothers Band-inspired festival in the Northeast Pennsylvania region, and continues to grow into a summer festival staple loved by fans from across the nation.
Early-bird and camping tickets are on sale now and available at ThePeachMusicFestival.com. 4-day tickets start at only $135 (while supplies last, additional fees may apply). For full package, VIP and festival details, go to ThePeachMusicFestival.com.
Other artists set to perform at The Peach are Old Crow Medicine Show, G. Love & Special Sauce, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Beats Antique, Dark Star Orchestra, Papadosio, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Oteil & Roosevelt, Rusted Root, Dumpstaphunk, Dopapod, Cabinet, The Werks, Twiddle, Kung Fu, Bobby Lee Rodgers & more to be announced. This year, The Peach will host Sunday Sessions that include performances by Preservation Hall Jazz Band ft. Bob Weir; plus Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel.
by: Deborah Sengupta Stith
Rodeo Austin released the 2015 music lineup and along with the usual suspects (here’s looking at you Dwight Yoakam), there are some left field surprises. Willie Nelson and Family will kick the party off on March 14 , followed by country musicians Yoakam and Eli Young. Then things get a bit interesting.
Glitzy Vegas-based pop act Panic! At the Disco plays March 17, which incidentally, is the first day of the SXSW Music Festival. The next day the Beach Boys take the rodeo stage providing the perfect spring break soundtrack for Baby Boomer sect of the crowd. Later in the month R&B crooners Boyz II Men play on March 24. (Apparently, it’s a big year for aging men who should no longer be referring to themselves as “boys”). The following night ska-infused ’90s rockers Sublime take the stage. All in all, it’s an eclectic lineup offering Central Texans a diverse selection of musical options to pair with our livestock ogling and bizarre fried food consumption.
Thanks so much to Mark Hughes from the Willie Nelson General Store in Nashville for forwarding these pictures he took of Willie Nelson at the Ryman Theater last November 5, 2009.
Willie Nelson and family will play two concerts at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on March 3-4, 2015.
Tickets are $39.50 – $79.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ticketmaster, the Ryman box office or by calling 1-800-745-3000.