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Willie Nelson & Family and Old Crow Medicine Show to Headline Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que Music Festival in Evans, GA (May 27, 28)

Monday, February 8th, 2016


Willie Nelson And Family, Old Crow Medicine Show
When: Friday, May 27 & Saturday, May 28 – Memorial Day Weekend
Where: Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd. – Evans, GA

Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que Music Festival is excited to announce the full lineup of artists that will play at the 7th Annual Event during Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28 at Evans Towne Center Park. The 2016 lineup includes:  Willie Nelson And Family – Old Crow Medicine Show – Steep Canyon Rangers Blitzen Trapper – Mountain Faith – Sarah Jaroz – Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Susto – Ben Miller
Have Gun Will Travel – Guthrie Brown & The Family Tree – Little Roy & Lizzie Show – Great Peacock – Josh Roberts & The Hinges – Motel Radio – Packway Handle Band – Laney Jones & The Spirits BooHoo Ramblers – Georgia-Lina Boys – The Mason Jars – Muddy Johnson – Delta Cane

Once again, the Grammy Award winning group, Old Crow Medicine Show will be bringing their magic back to the Banjo-B-Que. The band was on the very first Banjo-B-Que lineup back in 2010 and this will be their 4th time as a headliner. We are also very excited to have Willie Nelson And Family for the first time at Banjo-B-Que.

The festival this year will bring several new bands to this area and will up the total band count to 22 for 2016! In addition to the many great artists you can see on stage, we are proud to once again feature a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned barbecue competition. Professional barbecue cookers from across the country will compete for $40,000 in prize money. We will also host a large variety of craft beer for our adult patrons. There will be plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy including a petting zoo, pig races, face painting and much more!

Weekend passes will go on sale Monday, February 8 at Weekend passes are available for $60. Kids 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult. VIP Weekend Festival passes are available for $325. VIP includes barbecue, beer, preferential viewing and bathrooms. Please visit the website for other available ticket outlets. Daily passes will be available at a later date and any remaining tickets will be sold at the gate.

Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que Music Festival came to life in 2010 to honor Joe Pond, who gave so much to his community. Feel-good music,
southern barbecue & most of all a family atmosphere were a few of the things Joe Pond enjoyed and loved sharing with his family. All
proceeds benefit the Joseph R. Pond Memorial Foundation. In 2015, the foundation donated $46,000 to local charities in the CSRA.
Join us Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 & 28 at Evans Towne Center Park in Evans, GA for the 7th Annual Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que &
Music Festival! We’ll have some of the best roots, rock and bluegrass music you can find, finger-lickin’ good barbecue, a large selection
of craft beer, a petting zoo, pig races, and so much more.

Tickets to Willie Nelson & Family in The Villages (3/8/16) on sale Jan. 27th

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016


Willie Nelson & Family will perform at the Sharon Performing Arts Center, in The Villages, Florida, on March 8, 2016.  Tickets on sale Jan. 27th.



Willie Nelson and Family on Tour

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Always confirm shows and get tickets at, or the venue.


Feb 5
IP Casino Resort & Spa
Biloxi, MS

Feb 6
IP Casino Resort & Spa
Biloxi, MS

Feb 8
UGA Tifton Conference Center
Tifton, GA

Feb 9
The Fillmore
Charlotte, NC.

Feb 11, 12
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Nashville, TN

Feb 13
Horseshoe Casino Riverdome
Bossier City, LA

Mar 2
Rosa Hart Theater
Lake Charles, LA

Mar 4
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Clearwater, FL

Mar 5
Gator Jam Festival
Miami, FL

Mar 6
Artis-Naples  Hayes Hall
Naples, FL

Mar 8
Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center
The Villages, FL

Mar 10
Texas Club
Baton Rouge, LA

Mar 11
Redneck Country Club
Stafford, TX

Mar 12
Austin Rodeo
Austin, TX

Mar 16
Bridgestone Arena
The Life and Songs of Kris Kristofferson
Nashville, TN

April 7
Show Me Theater
Cape Giradeau, MO
with Merle Haggard

Apr 8
O’Reilly Family Event Center
Springfield, MO
with Merle Haggard

Apr 9
Peabody Opera House
St. Louis, MO
with Merle Haggard

Apr 11
Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Independence, MO
with Merle Haggard

Apr 12
Heartland Arena
Park City, KS
with Merle Haggard

Apr 13
Enid Event Center
Enid, OK
with Merle Haggard

Apr 15, 16, 17
Whitewater Amphitheater with Merle Haggard
New Braunfels, TX

May 19
Florence Civic Center with Merle Haggard
Florence, SC
Rescheduled from Oct. 15, 2015

May 28
Florida Country Superfest
Daytona Beach, FL

Willie Nelson & Family in Naples (March 6, 2016)

Saturday, January 16th, 2016


Willie Nelson brings is laid-back country sound to Naples this March.

The country-music legend will perform March 6 at Artis—Naples, the Naples venue announced today. Tickets are $69-$125 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Nelson’s many hits include “Always on My Mind,” “Crazy,” “On the Road Again” and “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.”

For more information, call 597-111 or visit Get tickets here.

Willie Nelson & Family open Rodeo Austin, running March 12-26

Thursday, January 7th, 2016



Willie Nelson at Austin Rodeo last year, by Janis Tillerson

Willie Nelson & Family once again will play the opening night of Rodeo Austin, running March 12-26 at the Travis County Exposition Center.

Rodeo organizers announced about half of this year’s musical performers on Thursday. In addition to Nelson’s March 12 show, they include the Mavericks (March 13), Gary Allan (March 15), the Josh Abbott Band (March 17), Turnpike Troubadours (March 18), Mel Tillis & Pam Tillis (March 20), Smokey Robinson (March 22), Brett Eldredge (March 23) and Kevin Fowler (March 26).

Mainstage performances are in Luedecke Arena, with additional acts (still to be announced) appearing on the secondary KASE/KVET Stage.

Tickets start at $20 and are available beginning Friday, Jan. 8, via or by phone at 512-477-6060

Enjoy more pictures from last year’s rodeo, taken by Janis Tillerson


Thanks, Janis. You’re the best!






Willie Nelson & Family in Laughlin, NV (Jan 2, 2015)

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015


Willie Nelson at 80+. Seeing as how we are in a betting town, you can be pretty certain the over/under on him reaching that age 20 years ago was prohibitive on the under. Say +350. He did have a recent operation on his lungs but things went successfully and he’s back on tour, beating the odds once again. But Nelson has always been about beating the odds…both in his career and his life. 

Known as a great songwriter by early Nashville and Memphis music centers (he did write “Crazy” for Patsy Cline and “Hello Walls” for Faron Young, after all), he decided to sing his own songs and was almost laughed out of Dodge. His voice was too nasal, they said; he was not handsome enough, they said. Well, he pushed ahead, and though it took quite a while, he broke through as one of country music’s most iconic singers. He’s had them all waiting in line to join him in duets. “Hey, Nashville! Ray Charles is on the line and wants to sing a song with me…but I told him I had to sing with Dolly and Julio first.”

When everyone, but everyone, in the music industry said an album had to have 12 songs of about three minutes tops in length, each having a different topic or theme, Willie Nelson went out and recorded an album that defied all convention. It told one long story about a strange man filled with sorrow of a lost love, utilizing ballads that wound the theme around his haunting acoustic guitar work. Songs would fade away, meld into each other, appear again later on the album…the sum creating a national sensation that introduced Willie Nelson to a bigger audience than most artists would ever enjoy. The album was the heralded Red Headed Stranger (1975) and set the stage for more second guessing by the experts on Nelson.

After Red Headed Stranger there were those who thought he should clean up his act to help his career roll along. What did he do? He let his hair grow even longer and took to wearing in-your-face braids and a scraggly beard. He plowed along, and with friend Waylon Jennings in tow, created the whole “Outlaw” musical genre, warning every mama not to let their “babies grow up to be cowboys.” This pairing gave a shot in the arm for both Nelson and Jennings and gained them respect outside the country music genre.

It looked like the honky tonk road was the one that Willie Nelson was going travel now. He owned it and could sing songs about whiskey, women and worry until the truck broke down. But in true Nelson fashion he turned left when everyone else was going right. On the heels of the release of the Wanted: The Outlaws album, he released a compilation of classic songs from the American songbook in his Stardust album. Willie singing “Blue Skies” and “Stardust”? Really? Well, the wily Willie knew what he was doing. His natural jazz influenced vocal stylings (see his quote about Bob Wills in the box above) with his syncopated and half-beat lag worked wonders on these songs. The album became the most successful of his career to date, reaching No. 1 on the country charts (they didn’t know exactly where to put this album so they went with Nelson’s identity as a country singer), earning multi-platinum sales awards and a Grammy.

Many established singers, and friends of Nelson, were now fully on board with him. Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash, joined him for the Highwaymen album and experience; the duets started flowing in great number; movie roles came his way (The Electric Horseman“, “Honeysuckle Rose“, “Stagecoach” and others); and then the IRS came calling.

It has always been said that “you can’t fight City Hall.” Well, Willie Nelson had a $16 million bill from the IRS, and his take on it was,  “I think it’s funny that a cotton picker from Texas owes the government $16 million dollars.” But that cotton picker could also sing, so he sold off a lot of his assets, held concerts “for the government” and settled his debt within a couple of years. He fought “City Hall” and came away O.K. Not saying he won, but he came away O.K.

As the years accumulated, Willie Nelson became more than just a country singer/western actor. He became something of the “wise man on the mountain as evidenced by his sayings on this page. To that end, a few years ago, he came out with a book called The Tao of Willie in which he relates his journey of bumps and scrapes, forks in the road, detours, disastrous twists and hairpin turns—from swimming against the currents of a whiskey river to the Zen-like figure of a man who’s comfortable in his own skin.

Another publishing venture by Willie Nelson was his Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die – Musings from the Road, published by HarperCollins in May 2012.

So how many more “takes” is Willie Nelson going to perform before he’s satisfied enough to call it quits?

His response: “All I do is play music and golf — which one do you want me to give up?”


The Edgewater E Center

Wednesday-Friday, December 30-January 1. 8 p.m.; doors open 6:30 p.m.

(See Showtimes for tickets)

Willie Nelson & Family in Concert in Anaheim January 6, 2016

Sunday, December 27th, 2015


American troubadour and icon Willie Nelson will take the stage at City National Grove of Anaheim on January 6 to perform his legendary music.


Willie Nelson to headline festival in Luck, Texas (March 18, 2016)

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

by: Korey Grow

Willie Nelson will headline a daylong festival, dubbed the Luck Banquet, at his Luck, TX ranch in the spring. The festival, which will showcase 20 country, rock, folk and soul artists who will be announced at a later date, will also feature food by Austin chefs and a boutique where locals can sell their wares. The event will take place on March 18th. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon CST on the festival website.

.”We welcome you all to Luck,” Nelson tells Rolling Stone. “Either you’re in Luck or you’re out of Luck.”

The ranch served as the setting of the singer’s Red Headed Stranger movie in 1986. The Banquet, which occurs during South by Southwest, will take place on two stages: in a revival tent next to the chapel and on a main stage overlooking the front porch of the singer’s “world headquarters.” The festival will begin in the tent, where artists will partake in a collaborative “song-swap set,” according to organizers, in the style of Heartworn Highways Revisited, the sequel to the 1976 movie about outlaw country.

“We believe that the best way to honor the true Americana story is by embracing the spirit of the movement and harboring a community that pushes boundaries – celebrating the wild, gritty and ultimately beautiful work of artists we love,” a spokesperson for Luck Productions said in a statement. “The support of Willie, and the opportunity to revive ‘Luck’ as an artistic gathering place, is a gift.”

On the night before the concert, Luck, TX will also host another kind of feast: Chef’s Pot Luck Banquet. It will offer attendees a multi-course meal made by what producers promise to be all-star chefs, and it will benefit Wholesome Wave, an organization that helps low-income families get fresh, locally grown food. Nelson is also set to perform.

Win Tickets to see Willie Nelson & Family in Austin on Dec. 30 with Kacey Musgraves

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

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Tickets and more information about the show available here.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard in concert in St. Louis (April 9, 2015)

Monday, December 14th, 2015


Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard team up for a tour coming to Peabody Opera House on April 9.

Show time is at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $56.50-$122 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Ticketmaster outlet,, 800-745-3000 and at the Scottrade Center box office.

Get more information at

Win Tickets to See Willie Nelson & Family in Nashville (2/11/16)

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

The welcomes on 2/11/16 and we have tickets!

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Willie Nelson & Family in Nashville (Feb. 11, 12)

Saturday, December 5th, 2015


photo:  John Partpilo

Next year Nashville will be able to celebrate Valentine’s Day a little early with one of music’s great partnerships: Willie Nelson and his beloved guitar Trigger.

The country icon—who was recently in Washington, DC to accept the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize—is slated to play two shows with his band the Family at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Feb. 11 and 12. This will be Nelson’s first area performance since he headlined the inaugural Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin in late September.

Tickets (prices range from $68-177, including all fees) for Nelson’s Schermerhorn concerts are currently on sale for subscribers and $500+ donors; tickets on sale now.

Willie Nelson at all star tribute to John Lennon (Dec. 5, 2015)

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Austin indie-rock band Spoon has been added to Saturday’s all-star concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden celebrating the 75th birthday of John Lennon, joining fellow Austinite Willie Nelson and a wide-ranging lineup that includes Steven Tyler, Aloe Blacc, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Juanes and the Roots.

Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty also was added to the bill, joining other previously announced acts including Chris Stapleton, Brandon Flowers, Eric Church, Peter Frampton, Tom Morello and Train’s Pat Monahan. Guest host for the event is Kevin Bacon. The show will be recorded on video to air at 8 p.m. Dec. 19 on the AMC network.

Lennon would have turned 75 on Oct. 9 of this year. Next Tuesday, Dec. 8, marks the 35th anniversary of his death.

Willie Nelson & Family at the Fillmore in Charlotte, NC. (Feb. 9, 2016)

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

New show!  Willie Nelson’s fanclub is offering  tickets to show before they go on sale to public.

For more info

Get your tickets before they go on sale to the public Friday, December 4th.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard (New Braunfels, TX) (April 15, 16, 17)

Monday, November 16th, 2015


Back by popular demand!  Check Willie Nelson’s website for ticket info.