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Willie Nelson & Family to perform at BeachLife Festival next May (Redondo Beach, CA)

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

We were lucky enough to grow up in Southern California on the beach, surfing, hanging out with sand between our toes, vibing with friends — living the beach life. So we thought it only fitting to create a huge beach party celebrating our way of life with all our friends in Los Angeles. Join us for the first coastal festival ever to be held in Los Angeles on the Pacific Ocean — BeachLife Festival. Grab your friends and head to Redondo Beach from May 3rd through May 5th. We’ll be watching the sunset and our favorite bands play LIVE on the beach. Come honor the Southern California BeachLife with live music, great food, great drinks, great surfing, and everything beach. #WeLiveTheBeachLife.

To purchase tickets, visit

The General Admission ticket includes:

  • Festival Admission to 3-days of music, beach & sun
  • 40+ Bands on 3 music stages
  • An expansive selection of culinary delights and drinks
  • Large-scale art installations across the site
  • Curated Food Trucks
  • Access to the Activation Village
  • Craft Local Brewery Bar
  • Full-Service Bars (Spirits, Beer, Wine)
  • Scratch Cocktail Bars
  • Access to our Boutique Wine Village


Tickets on sale to see Willie Nelson & Family at the Bomb Factory (February 16, 2018)

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Willie Nelson & Family at Carmel, CA (Dec. 10, 2018) SOLD OUT

Friday, December 7th, 2018

Prior to Merle Haggard’s final Monterey performance in 2015, the late Outlaw Country great reflected on the forces that brought Willie Nelson and him together to make music for more than 50 years.

“I think we have a deep respect for each other, we both appreciate the music that we write and it’s an enjoyable task to go record with Willie,” Haggard told the Weekly. “It’s a strange deal when we work together, because we also entertain each other; it’s a combination of a job and a concert.”

Haggard and Nelson met during a poker game in Nashville in the 1960s. They had remained tight ever since, and recorded several albums together.

In 2016, the pair’s final work together, Django and Jimmie – inspired by a mutual adoration for gypsy-jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and country legend Jimmie Rodgers – resonated deeply with Haggard. And it really didn’t have to with the songs or the overall feel of the album. It was something much deeper.

“We’ve recorded four times together and I don’t listen to the other three [albums], but I’ve listened to Django and Jimmie 50 times,” Haggard said. “It’s not spectacular, but Willie sounds like he’s a teenager. He came in there singing so good, it inspired me.”

Haggard nailed it.

Nelson’s immense body of musical work features some of the greatest records ever released by a Texas native. The Library of Congress honored Nelson with a Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (the first country artist to receive the honor).

Following an album of newly recorded interpretations of Ray Price tunes, Came For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price, Nelson released God’s Problem Child in 2017, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts.

Most recently, Nelson released My Way, a collection of Frank Sinatra standards performed like you’ve never heard them before, but Nelson’s masterful 2018 Last Man Standing – featuring all new original tracks – is the soulful work of a prolific troubadour looking mortality right in the eyes as he sees all his best buddies drop like flies around him:

“It’s getting hard to watch my pals check out/it cuts like a wore out knife/one thing I’ve learned about running the road/is forever don’t apply to life,” Nelson sings on the title track.

WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY 7pm Monday, Dec. 10 and Tuesday, Dec. 11. Sunset Center, San Carlos at Ninth, Carmel. Sold out. 620-2048,

Tickets on Sale to see Willie Nelson & Family at Strawberry Festival (Friday, March 1, 2019)

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

PLANT CITY, Fla. (WFLA) – Tickets to the Florida Strawberry Festival headline entertainment shows on the Wish Farms Soundstage went on sale today at 8 a.m..


Thursday, February 28

10:30 a.m.: Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra, free with gate admission

3:30 p.m.: The Oak Ridge Boys, $20

7:30 p.m.: Alabama, $45

Friday, March 1

3:30 p.m.: Willie Nelson, $45

7:30 p.m.: Brothers Osborne, $40

Saturday, March 2

3:30 p.m.: Home Free, $20

7:30 p.m.: Kool & the Gang, $30

Sunday, March 3

3:30 p.m.: Chicks with Hits featuring Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss, $25

7:30 p.m.: An Evening with Steven Tyler and The Loving Mary Band, $55

Monday, March 4

3:30 p.m.: Pat Boone, $20

7:30 p.m.: Martina McBride, $35

Tuesday, March 5

3:30 p.m.: The Drifters, Platters & Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, $20

7:30 p.m.: NEEDTOBREATHE, $35

Wednesday, March 6

3:30 p.m.: Gene Watson, $20

7:30 p.m.: STYX, $35

Thursday, March 7

10:30 a.m.: The Kingston Trio, free with gate admission

3:30 p.m.: The Letterman, $20

7:30 p.m.: for King & Country, $30

Friday, March 8

3:30 p.m.: Tanya Tucker, $30

7:30 p.m. Chris Janson, $30

Saturday, March 9

3:30 p.m.: Florida Strawberry Festival’s Battle of the Bands Finale, free with gate admission.

7:30 p.m.: Keith Sweat, $30

Sunday, March 10

3:30 p.m.: Bill Anderson & Bobby Bare, $20

7:30 p.m.: Old Dominion’s Make It Sweet Tour, #45

Tickets for each show can be purchased by clicking here, over the phone at 813-754-1996 or at the Amscot Main Ticket Office located at 2209 West Oak Avenue in Plant City.

Advanced tickets are admission are available beginning Thursday and can be bought while purchasing tickets for shows.

Advance admission tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12-years-old and admission for children 5-years-old and under is free.

The 84th annual Florida Strawberry Festival will take place Feb. 28-March 10.

Willie Nelson Live and In Concert in El Paso (February 14, 2019)

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018


Iconic Texan Willie Nelson announced he and his band Willie Nelson & Family will be coming to El Paso in 2019.

Their performance will happen on Valentine’s Day at the Abraham Chavez Theatre.

Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist.

Tickets for Willie Nelson and Family in Concert go on sale to the public Friday at 10 a.m..

Prices range from $39.75 to $129.75 plus taxes and fees.

Tickets may be purchased at, charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000 and the Plaza Theatre Box Office.

Willie Nelson & Family at Winstar World Casino (November 24, 2018)

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

November 24
Winstar World Casino
777 Casino Ave
Thackerville, OK 73459

Willie Nelson & Family at Billy Bob’s Texas (November 16, 17, 2018)

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Willie Nelson & Family at Billy Bob’s Texas, 1999

Willie Nelson played over 50 times

Willie Nelson has played over 50 times at Billy Bob’s Texas.  One of his fondest memories is riding a horse into the showroom.  In 2004, Willie brought his 4th of July picnic to Cowtown, drawing an estimated crowd of 10,000.

He plays again at Billy Bob’s, two nights, this Friday and Saturday.

Willie Nelson & Family show in Tulsa (Feb. 17, 2019)

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
by:  Brandy

CATOOSA – One of the most iconic artists in country music, Willie Nelson is set to perform an Oklahoma show Feb. 17 at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, 770 W Cherokee Street.

Tickets start at $69.50 and go on sale Friday.

Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. The iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of “Crazy,” “Red Headed Stranger” and “Stardust.”

In recent years, he has delivered 10 new album releases and a Top 10 New York Times Bestsellers book, headlined Farm Aid and an event he co-founded in 1985, and received his fifth degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, according to a news release. He also headlined the last three years of the ongoing Luck Reunion food and music festival at his ranch in Luck, Texas, during SXSW, announced the launch of his cannabis company Willie’s Reserve, and graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

In November 2015, the Library of Congress honored him with their Gershwin Prize for Popular Song for his contributions to popular music. The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song celebrates the work of an artist whose career reflects lifetime achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding. He is the first country artist to receive the distinguished award.

This year, he released “Last Man Standing” to celebrate his 85th birthday. The album is comprised entirely of songs newly penned by Nelson and longtime collaborator and producer Buddy Cannon. He also released “My Way,” a collection of songs originally made famous by Nelson’s close friend, Frank Sinatra.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is located off Interstate 44 at exit 240. Ticket prices and information on upcoming shows are available online in The Joint section of or by calling 918-384-7625.

Willie Nelson & Family return to Strawberry Festival, March 1, 2019

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Willie Nelson and Mickey Raphael at the 2017 Strawberry Festival
by:  Anne Dunlap

The Florida Strawberry Festival returns to Plant City from Feb. 28 through March 10, 2019, with entertainment, livestock shows, rides and more.

On Monday, the festival announced the entertainment lineup, which includes Steven Tyler, Willie Nelson and the Oak Ridge Boys. Headliner tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Dec. 6.

Thursday, February 28

10:30 a.m.: Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra, free with gate admission

3:30 p.m.: The Oak Ridge Boys, $20

7:30 p.m.: Alabama, $45

Friday, March 1

3:30 p.m.: Willie Nelson, $45

7:30 p.m.: Brothers Osborne, $40


Monday, November 12th, 2018

Great news!  Three shows with Willie Nelson & Family at Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, Texas on April 12, 13, 14th 2019.  Tickets go on sale Friday November 16th.

Oakland says, “Give us More WIllie Nelson!” Due to popular demand, Second show added to WN&F Show at Fox Dec 14

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Due to Popular demand, a 2nd show has been added for Willie Nelson & Family performing live at the Fox Theater in Oakland on Friday, December 14th.

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With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger, and Stardust. Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. In recent years, he has delivered more than a dozen new album releases, released a Top 10 New York Times’ bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, received his 5th degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, headlined the annual Luck Reunion food and music festival at his ranch in Luck, TX during SXSW, launched his cannabis companies Willie’s Reserve and Willie’s Remedy, and graced the covers of Rolling Stone and AARP The Magazine.

In 2015, Nelson published “It’s A Long Story: My Life,” the unvarnished and complete story of his life that landed him on the New York Times’ bestsellers list. He also released a new studio album with Merle Haggard titled Django And Jimmie, which debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s Country album chart and #7 on Billboard‘s Top 200 album chart. In November 2015, the Library of Congress honored him with their Gershwin Prize for Popular Song for his contributions to popular music. He is the first country artist to receive the distinguished award.

The following year began with the release of Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, a collection of 11 newly recorded Gershwin classics. The album debuted at #1 on both the Top Current Jazz chart and the Top Traditional Jazz chart, as well as earned him a Grammy Award for the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. In September 2016, came For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price, an album of newly recorded interpretations of 12 Ray Price songs.

In 2017, he released two albums of newly recorded performances: God’s Problem Child, with 13 new songs that debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Country album chart and #10 on the Billboard 200, and Willie Nelson and The Boys (Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2), that includes 11 country classics and one brandnew song performed by Nelson and his sons Lukas and Micah. For 2018, he released Last Man Standing in April to celebrate his 85th birthday. It is comprised entirely of songs newly-penned by Nelson (and longtime collaborator and producer Buddy Cannon).

September saw the release of My Way, a collection of newly recorded standards and classic originally made famous by Nelson’s close friend and musical colleague Frank Sinatra. These new songs and performances add to his classic catalog, and finds Willie Nelson rolling at a creative peak, writing and singing and playing with the seasoned wit and wisdom that comes from the road, which he still travels along performing for fans.

Willie Nelson & Family in Montgomery, Alabama (November 14, 2018)

Saturday, October 20th, 2018
by:  Juli Thanki

He’s part singer, part activist, and a longtime face of “outlaw country.”

On Friday it was announced that Willie Nelson, 85, is “On The Road Again” to Montgomery for a Nov. 14 concert, 7 p.m. at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre, with special guest Los Lonely Boys.

Presale begins Monday at 10 a.m. for MPAC members and VIP/Fan Club members. The general public can start buying them at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Tickets will range from $57-$132.

Some of Nelson’s biggest hits include “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” “Always On My Mind,” “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” “Whiskey River,” “Pancho & Lefty,” “Georgia on My Mind,” and “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys,” among his hundreds of songs.

Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Phish perform “Will the Circle be Unbroken,” “Amazing Grace” and “Uncloudy Day” live at the Farm Aid concert in Tinley Park, Illinois on October 3rd, 1998. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.

For more information about Farm Aid, visit:

On Sept. 14, Nelson released his new album “My Way,” a salute to the late, legendary crooner Frank Sinatra.

Nelson has been a longtime Sinatra admirer. The two performed at Las Vegas’ Golden Nugget in 1984 and also filmed a public service announcement about space technology. On Sinatra’s 1994 release “Duets II,” they sang “A Foggy Day” together.

Nelson re-recorded “A Foggy Day” for “My Way.” The 11-song tracklisting also includes classics like “Fly Me To the Moon,” “It Was a Very Good Year,” “Night and Day” and “What Is This Thing Called Love,” a duet with Norah Jones.

“My Way” is Nelson’s second studio album of the year. “Last Man Standing” came out in late April, just days before he turned 85. The record was produced by Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings, who also produced 2016’s “Summertime,” Nelson’s Grammy-winning Gershwin tribute.

“I learned a lot about phrasing listening to Frank,” Willie said recently in an interview for AARP magazine. “He didn’t worry about behind the beat or in front of the beat, or whatever-he could sing it either way, and that’s the feel you have to have.”

Earlier this month, Nelson debuted a new song “Vote ‘Em Out’  during the Turn Out for Texas rally in Austin.

“If you don’t like who’s in there, vote ’em out,” he sang. “That’s what election day is all about, and the biggest gun we’ve got is called the ballot box. So if you don’t like who’s in there, vote ’em out.”

– Juli Thanki of the Tennessean and Madlin Mekelburg of the El Paso Times contributed to this report

Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival at Hollywood, Bowl (Sunday, October 21st)

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

photo:  Scott Legato
by: Taylor Mims

Willie Nelson and company are bringing the largest season of the Outlaw Music Festival to a close on Sunday night at the Hollywood Bowl in California. Sunday’s 2018 finale will mark the first time the touring festival has hit the West Coast.

With a revolving cast of stellar live performers, the Outlaw Music Festival presented by Blackbird Presents has grown year-over-year to 17 shows throughout the East Coast, Midwest and South. The 17-date season will conclude at the 17,500-capacity Hollywood Bowl with Willie Nelson and the Family Band, Phil Lesh and Friends, Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real and Particle Kid.

“We thought, let’s add one more special show to put an exclamation point on an incredible touring season for the festival this year,” CEO of Blackbird Presents Keith Wortman tells Billboard of the first West Coast show.

Wortman adds: “Our job was to make the show as special as we possibly could and the way we went about that was building a lineup that had this sort of beautiful common thread around Willie. Willie has a ton of old musical friends and a whole generation of new musical compadres.”

“I’m always down to share a bill with Willie and the family band! Especially when it includes Phil Lesh,” Margo Price tells Billboard. The country singer toured with the Outlaw Music Festival in the past and shares a duet on her triumphant sophomore album, All American Made, with Willie Nelson.

From former Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh to outspoken country artists such as Simpson and Price, the outlaw spirit is alive in the last lineup of the year.

Willie Nelson tells Billboard that outlaw music continues to mean the same thing it did 100 years ago, adding, “Hazel Smith from Nashville wrote in her book that the outlaw movement was because we went against traditional Nashville way of recording. Outlaw music is doing it your way. It’s a mixture of country, rock and roll, the blues, bluegrass, everything.”

The Outlaw Music Festival has seen a medley of artists including Brandi Carlile, Van Morrison, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Neil Young in 2018 alone.

“’Outlaw’ as a label has always been a hard-to-define phrase. It was actually a term invented by the press. … But to me, it is music that doesn’t fit into the mainstream bubble,” says Price, who has been outspoken on issues of gun control, the pay gap between men and women and cannabis legalization. Price is also expected to release a new marijuana strain through Nelson’s personal cannabis brand, Willie’s Reserve.

Price adds that it’s “music that’s not homogenized and over-produced by people in offices and considered safe to radio programmers. It’s most likely not played on the radio. It’s different and weird and probably thought-provoking.”

>The broad outlaw term is fairly genre-less, which allows the festival the opportunity to welcome artists from across a musical spectrum to perform solo sets and collaborate and jam onstage together.

“These are not artists that play to tape or play to track or are manufactured in the studio. These are honest, genuine artists that do things their way on their terms, that let their music speak for itself,” says Wortman. “Our ability to do that is because it works with who Willie is and what his music has been through the years.”

The expansion to the West Coast comes as no surprise to all involved, including Nelson, who says the show’s success is “because it’s great music and there’s something for everyone.”

“There are only so many dates a year that we can do without diluting the brand and the quality,” says Wortman. “We’ve had so much demand and so much to do in just the East Coast, the South and the Midwest. We just hadn’t made our way over there yet.”

Wortman adds that the festival plans to return in 2019 for its fourth season with even more dates on the West Coast. They hope to bring the lineup to San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle and more in the coming seasons.

“When LA presented itself, we felt that if we could have a really special lineup, we should do it. We made the calls to the artists that we thought would mean the most and everybody signed on for it. We’re thrilled to do LA,” Wortman says.

“I think bringing the act to the West Coast makes perfect sense — what with the legal weed and all… the west is the best,” adds Price.

The season closer kicks off Sunday evening at the Hollywood Bowl with Particle Kid. Tickets can be found at

Willie Nelson & Family at the Fillmore in New Orleans (February 27, 2019)

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

photo:  Joe Del Tufo
by:  Doug MacCash

Willie Nelson, Gucci Mane, the Avett Brothers, and other stars are headed to New Orleans in 2019, where they’ll perform at the new second-floor nightclub at Harrah’s Casino. Inspired by San Francisco’s fabled hippie-era Fillmore theater, the new Fillmore New Orleans venue is set to open with a pair of shows by the Foo Fighters on Feb. 15-16 (both shows are already sold out).

The 2,200-capacity club will be operated by the Live Nation music production company. In a June interview, Live Nation chief operating officer for theaters and clubs Ben Weeden. Explained that though New Orleans has similarly sized venues, such as the Saenger Theater (which has a 2600 seat capacity) and the Mahalia Jackson Theater (which has room for 2,243), they are sit-down theaters that don’t provide the wide-open dance floor experience some traveling bands and music fans seek.

Weeden said that New Orleans sometimes loses out on shows that hop across the country because there’s no space available. The Fillmore New Orleans is meant to fill that void. Weeden also pointed out that Live Nation produces shows of all sizes in New Orleans, from 300-fan concerts at the House of Blues, which they operate, to occasional mega tours at the Superdome. Adding their own mid-sized venue completes the company’s “vertical integration” ladder.

Here’s the rest of the upcoming lineup:

  • Feb. 19 – Duran Duran
  • Feb. 21 – Blackberry Smoke
  • Feb. 22 – Gucci Mane
  • Feb. 25 – Cypress Hill / Hollywood Undead
  • Feb. 27 – Willie Nelson
  • March 1 – Dropkick Murphys
  • March 4 – Steel Panther
  • March 15 – The Avett Brothers
  • March 16 – The Avett Brothers
  • March 19 –  Nothing More and Of Mice And Men
  • March 29 – Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
  • April 5 – STS9
  • April 6 – STS9
  • April 19 – Chevelle
  • April 26 – The Disco Biscuits
  • April 27 – The Disco Biscuits
  • May 10 – Garbage

For tickets and more information visit the Fillmore website.

WIllie Nelson & Family at (September 21st)

Friday, September 21st, 2018