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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.”

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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.

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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.

Willie Nelson and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (June 1975)

Friday, June 19th, 2020

Dallas Times Herald
June 22, 1975
by Kim Martin

Willie Nelson packs one powerful punch in Texas music.  HIs fans are young; his fans are old. They’re wild-eyed and mild mannered, homespun and elite.  WIllie reaches out his big musical hand across the giant spectrum of humanity and offers them all something tangible, something Texan to reach for.

WIthin a scant week’s time, WIllie will be reaching out to two opposing ends of musical interest.  Next Friday he takes his place on the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Summertop bill at the big tent on North Park’s parking lot.  Then he will high-tail his way down to the hill country to host his third 4th of July picnic, this year at Liberty Hill.

There is already speculation about just what WIllie will wear for his DSO performance, and even symphony officials don’t know yet what to expect.  He may drag the old tux out of mothballs for his “formal” appearance.  Or, more likely, he will show up in his traditional Willie uniform — faded blue jeans, T-shirt and those now-famous sneakers.

But in blue jeans or tux, the music will be the same — straight, pure WIllie Nelson progressive Texas music, written as only he can write it.

It may not sound quite the same as it usually does, though.  Special orchestral arrangements of WIllie’s songs like “Bloody Mary Morning,” “Whiskey RIver” and “Shotgun WIllie” have been prepared for the DSO engagement.

January Sound Studios’ Chuck Mandernack — whose own musical acumen stretches easily from serious symphonic work to the free-wheeling Texas sound — has put together the arrangements, blending the two musical forces into one exceptional sound, showcasing the finest points of each.

The Summertop evening begins at 8:45 p.m. with the symphony taking the stage, playing Dallasound arrangements like “Overture to Rock” and the Aaron Copland favorite, “Billy the Kid Suite.”

After intermission, the orchestra members will resume their places onstage, this time with Willie and Family in tow.  They will perform the  combined numbers together, before the King of Red Neck Rock takes over the stage by himself completey, playing until he gets tired of playing.  That usually means a musical marathon running nonstop for at least a couple of hours.

DSO operations manager Russel Gloyd thinks the growd will prove to be an interesting one.  About one-third of the audience will be series ticket holders.  Another third, he says, will be the persons that know and love Willie who have rarely if ever been exposed to a symphonic orchestra.  The rest will be just the opposite — persons attending Summerop to see the sympony, who may never have experienced a Willie Nelson show before.

Why is the DSO being pared with a progressive Texas act?

“To represent a total musical picture for the entire series,” says Gloyd, “we wanted the finest performers in each particular field.”  Yep, for Texas music that would be Willie alright.

The Summertop series will present a variety of artists over the next several weeks, including Sarah Vaughan he night after Willie, plus Chet Atkins, Victor Borge, two generagtions of Brubeck and Roger Williams, all in July.

Summertop is a cabaret-styled set up in a huge tent, with tables toward the front and general admission seating at the back.  Beverages, including soft drinks, beer and wine will be served, and each table has cheese and snacks. 

The symphony will play through a custom-designed Jaffe Acoustics sound system, and a special air-circulation system has been installed.

Tickets, priced from $3.50 to $7.00, are available at the NorthPark Ticket Center, the Music Hall at Fair Park, the State Fair Box Office and at Titche’s Downtown.

Willie Nelson will headline Virtual Music Festival 2020

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

The organizers of Musikfest announced Wednesday that the annual event will move online amid the ongoing efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

Eighty Virtual & Live Television Performances and Musikfest Food Vendor Experience Highlight Musikfest 2020 July 31-Aug. 9

Nonprofit ArtsQuest Invites Community to Participate by Sharing Memories, Enjoying Concert Streams and Donating to Support the Festival & Live Music Community

BETHLEHEM, PA—More than 80 performers and 30 partners are joining with ArtsQuest to keep the music alive and free for the community during Musikfest 2020 July 31-Aug. 9.

The 2020 Musikfest will include 40 all-new, exclusive concerts shown via as part of Virtual Musikfest, 40 performances by bands airing live from the Service Electric TV studios and an on-site food and beverage experience at SteelStacks that will include at least 10 Musikfest favorite food vendors. As the region moves through the state’s reopening process, ArtsQuest will continue to announce programming updates and changes weekly, including possible additional in-person events and concerts at SteelStacks.

“So many people have been asking about the status of Musikfest 2020 over the past several weeks, and for that we are so appreciative,” says Kassie Hilgert, President & CEO of ArtsQuest, the nonprofit that presents Musikfest.

“The reality, however, is that the focus since mid-March needed to be on the pandemic and those working on the front lines. The health of everyone, including our patrons, performers, artists, volunteers, vendors and staff, has always been and will continue to be our number-one concern in all of this.

During this time of crisis, we feel it is particularly important to keep our community connected through music and the arts, as well as to support our local musicians, artists and vendors, the vast majority of whom are reeling since this pandemic has decimated the live music and events industry.

“We are working closely with the City of Bethlehem on Musikfest 2020 planning and we will look to add in-person elements on the SteelStacks campus at the appropriate time, following all safe social distancing guidelines and health and safety regulations enacted by the city and the state. While we can’t yet predict or announce what those in-person events might look like, rest assured they will be reflective of the traditions and celebrations people have come to cherish about Musikfest.”


The only music festival to be twice named the No. 1 Music Festival in North America by the USA Today/10Best readers’ poll, Musikfest is the largest free admission music festival in the nation, typically featuring more than 425 artists and performers on 17 stages spread throughout the city.

Fans who’ve come to enjoy Musikfest’s diverse musical lineup will find more of the same this year, with 40 all-new streaming performances over the 10 days focused on rock, blues, folk, Celtic, world, indie and more. Among the artists already confirmed to perform as part of Virtual Musikfest lineup are KT Tunstall, Igor & The Red Elvises, Betcha, The Accidentals, Mike Mains & the Branches, Hollis Brown, Making Movies and Craig Thatcher & Nyke Van Wyk. Additional artists will be announced as they are confirmed in the coming weeks. In addition, the Service Electric TV2 Studios on Avenue A in Bethlehem are being transformed into a Musikfest stage and will offer live shows by singer-songwriters, rock acts and popular Musikfest acts all 10 days of the festival. Artists slated to perform and air live from Service Electric include The Sofa Kings, Philadelphia Funk Authority, Jimmy & the Parrots, Boat House Row, The Large Flowerheads, Fritz’s Polka Band and more.

“The live music and events industry, like so many other industries, has been hit hard by this crisis,” says ArtsQuest Chief Programming Officer Patrick Brogan. “A big part of ArtsQuest’s mission over the years has been providing paid performance opportunities for artists to support their livelihood, and we are looking to continue that tradition this year with these virtual performances and live-via-TV concerts connecting artists and fans.”

All Wind Creek Steel Stage main stage performances, with the exception of The National, have been postponed. The Darius Rucker show has been rescheduled to Aug. 7, 2021, while the Kelsea Ballerini concert will now take place Aug. 12, 2021.

ArtsQuest is working with artist management to reschedule the Willie Nelson, Poison, Rob Zombie and Shinedown shows to Musikfest 2021 and asks ticketholders to hold on to their tickets for those shows until the new dates are confirmed and announced. All tickets will be honored at the new 2021 dates. An email will be sent to all ticket purchasers once a new date has been established. If a new date can’t be established, ArtsQuest will send an email outlining patrons’ options on what they can request for their ticket purchase, including an option for those who want to support Musikfest by donating the cost of their tickets back to the nonprofit ArtsQuest.

The National concert set for this year has been cancelled and ArtsQuest will contact all ticket purchasers for this performance via an email outlining ticketholders options, including refunds and the opportunity for those who want to support Musikfest by donating the cost of their tickets back to ArtsQuest.

Micah Nelson the “Particle Kid” begins streaming tour

Friday, April 10th, 2020

Austin, TX) – Just because we are all practicing social distancing and not gathering together in public spaces, it doesn’t stop musician and artist Micah Nelson from bringing live performances to the masses.

Since sheltering-in-place at his home in Austin, TX, Nelson has embarked on a tour of his immediate surrounding areas in an effort to share music through social media.

So far, songs posted on his Instagram and YouTube channel include performances of John Prine’s “Boundless Love,” Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why” (LIVE! from The Bed),  a variation on Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine,” a Syd Barret/Neil Young medley of “Golden Hair” and “When You Dance,” as well as The Carter Family’s “Keep On The Sunny Side,” and an instrumental tribute to Bert Jansch on “Black Mountainside” (the last two both LIVE! from The Bench and featuring his wife, Alex).

He also joined his brother, Lukas, for a duet with keyboard and guitar of The Beatles song “The Inner Light,” as part of The Inner Light Challenge. The challenge, which will help raise more funds, was launched by The Material World Foundation (created by George Harrison) after they donated $500,000 to help those impacted by Covid-19.

On April 11, Nelson will host Farm Aid’s special broadcast,  At Home With Farm Aid. Micah, Lukas, and their father and Farm Aid founding board member Willie Nelson, will host the hour-long event to raise funds and awareness for farmers impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tune in the simulcast on AXS TV and at, as well as across the Network’s various social media platforms on Saturday starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Micah recently took part in Luck Reunion’s streaming marathon music variety show, Til Further Notice. The six-hour virtual concert featured Neil Young, Paul Simon, Lucinda Williams, Margo Price, and many more, as well as Micah in a set with Willie and Lukas. Rolling Stone called their family-set “the highlight” for Luck Reunion’s “most emotional year yet – with no-crowd.” The Austin American-Statesman agreed naming their closing performance, which included two Particle Kid songs – “Everything is Bullshit” and “Wheels” – the “Best Musical Moment.”

More streaming performances from Micah’s LIVE! from. . . virtual tour will be posted on his socials in the coming weeks, with more events on various platforms in the works.

Particle Kid – the ingenious musical identity of singer-songwriter, musician, and visual artist Micah Nelson – just released an immersive all-new concert recording. LIVE! UNDERGROUND out via Overseas Artists Recordings (OAR).

LIVE! UNDERGROUND was recorded last December by musician/engineer Bernie Larsen at his Ojai Underground Exchange in Ojai CA, mixed by Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Warren Zevon) at his Ventura, CA studio and then “fucked up” by Nelson on his own 4-track cassette machine, before finally being mastered by Bob Rice.

The album sees Particle Kid – that is, Nelson backed by longtime friends Tony Peluso (drums, SPDX, Juno 6) and Aroyn Davis (bass) – putting an expansive, remarkably spontaneous, new spin on songs originally found on what Rolling Stone has hailed as “a series of excellent, deeply adventurous albums,” including such fan favorites as “Radio Flyer,” “Still Going,” and “Everything Is Bullshit.” The striking cover and album art was created by Nelson.

Particle Kid debuted a limited number of physical CD copies of LIVE! UNDERGROUND on his west coast Cosmic Yarn Tour late last month. The band has spent much of the past two years on the road, including an epic 2019 tour alongside The Flaming Lips and The Claypool Lennon Delirium, as well as U.S. and European headline dates, performances at the Outlaw Music Festival, and shows with Willie Nelson, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.


  1. Radio Flyer 
  2. Backwards
  3. Little Fish (Deep Pond) 
  4. Myssus Crow 
  5. Hollyweird
  6. Still Going 
  7. Magic Mirror 
  8. Remaerd
  9. Everything is Bullshit 
  10. Sdrawkcab

LIVE! UNDERGROUND follows Particle Kid’s acclaimed third album, WINDOW ROCK, available now for streaming and download HERE. Described by Nelson as “a journey of minimalism and simplexity,” WINDOW ROCK arrived last summer to critical applause from the likes of Rolling Stone, which praised the album for its “contagious pop hooks with deeply dissonant psychedelia.” WINDOW ROCK “finds Nelson turning his future folk microscope onto the existential crises plaguing our world,” noted Consequence of Sound.

“The results are as intimate in their psychedelic vastness as they are warm in their bedroom tones.” “The music of Particle Kid has tended to champion grit and overdrive,” wrote GLIDE, “and WINDOW ROCK is no different. More expansive and grittier… It’s the sound of a full band projecting outward, dealing with modern pressures and injustices through their instruments; and when they capture this with the purity of the moment, it really works.” Nelson “is an artist that rolls up his sleeves, opens his ribs, and almost entirely drops old and familiar habits in hopes of finding a new northern star,” raved Pop Bollocks.

“Across these nine tracks Particle Kid addresses moral ambiguities, ethical corrosion, and the concerns of cultural life. Tracks like ‘Magic Mirror’ and ‘Stroboscopic Light‘ are explicit descriptions of our limited perception, or heightened awareness of how things appear at certain times in life when trying to reach out and forge connection.” “From the get-go, electronic beats and various bleeps and bloops bleed into unfiltered grunge badassery,” wrote Stomp and Stammer. “In all seriousness, this one resides somewhere in between fun, electronic dance music and caustic noise rock.”

‘Til Further Notice

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Willie Nelson to perform at Country Music Hall of Fame (May 1, 2, 2020)

Monday, March 9th, 2020
Wille Nelson
photo by Pamela Springsteen

Country Music Hall of Fame member Willie Nelson will bring his Willie Nelson & Family Tour to the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum for two shows on Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, both shows begin at 8 p.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 6, 2020, at 10 am. Tickets range from $75 to $500 (plus fees). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Nelson is featured in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s continuing exhibition Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ‘70s. The exhibition looks at the relationship between Austin, Texas and Nashville during the 1970s, an era of freewheeling cultural and artistic exchange that skirted the status quo and changed country music. The exhibition opened in May 2018 and continues through Feb. 14, 2021.

Willie Nelson & Family in Des Moines (June 2 2020)

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park
2201 George Flagg Pkwy
Des Moines, IA 50321 \
Get tickets here

Willie Nelson at Born and Raised Music Festival 2020

Friday, February 7th, 2020

Celebrating The Music Of Roger Miller (3/22/20) (Nashville)

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Sunday, March 22, 2020, Opry House Nashville, TN

Pre-sale tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 22 at 10 AM CT through Thursday, January 23 at 10 PM CT. Use code “STILLKING” to access pre-sale tickets at

King Of The Road: Celebrating The Music Of Roger Miller will take place Sunday, March 22, 2020, at the Opry House in Nashville, TN and will feature performances by country and pop super-stars Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Trisha Yearwood, Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, Wynonna, Rodney Crowell, Chris Janson, Lee Ann Womack, Larry Gatlin, Cake, The War And Treaty and more to be announced.

Acclaimed musician, songwriter and GRAMMY® Award-winning producer, Buddy Miller, will be the musical director of this historic event.

Country Music Hall of Fame member Roger Miller is widely regarded as one of the most multifaceted talents that country music has ever seen.

Roger left an astonishing legacy of musical depth and range with hits like “King of the Road”, “Engine Engine #9”, “Kansas City Star”, “Dang Me”, “England Swings”, and “Do-Wacka-Do”.

With eleven GRAMMY® Awards across multiple genres and a Tony® Award for best score of the 1985 Broadway musical Big River, this singer-songwriter, actor, composer, and honky-tonk man’s legacy will live on forever.

Willie Nelson ticket for Brown County Music Center sell out in four minutes

Monday, January 20th, 2020
by: Kirma Swords Schulz

Tickets for the April 28 Willie Nelson concertat the Brown County Music Center went on sale Friday morning at 10 a.m., and the tickets sold out in a mere four minutes. 

The Facebook group Brown County Matters was abuzz with comments about the speed at which they sold out and the high resale prices of remaining tickets available on Ticketmaster.

Brown County resident Cheryl Vaughan said that she was in the queue to purchase tickets for eight minutes and tried 60 times to get her hands on two.

“It says it’s available and then when I go in there they said sorry someone else got it,” she says of the buying process.

Regular priced tickets ranged from $50-$150 per ticket and resale tickets on Ticketmaster are listed for balcony seats at $173 and front row seats selling for as much as $1,000. 

Many Brown County residents say they feel left out when the big name acts at BCMC sell out so quickly and the only tickets available for purchase are too expensive for most people to afford.

“They’re all $175 and up and it goes up to $1,000 now,” Vaughan says.

WFIU reached out to current director of Brown County Music Center and did not receive a comment by the time of publication.

Willie Nelson & Family at Musikfest (Aug. 5, 2020)

Thursday, January 16th, 2020
Photo: David McClister

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Country music legend Willie Nelson is coming to Musikfest.

The “Red Headed Stranger” himself will bring his decades of hits to the Wind Creek Steel Stage on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m.

Nelson has released more than 200 albums and won 12 Grammys over his six decades in music.

Tickets ranging from $39-$89 go on sale to the public Friday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m.