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Willie Nelson and Family: Live in Concert
August 3, 2016 | 7 p.m.
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Sioux Falls, SD
Country legend and seven-time Grammy Award winner Willie Nelson will play at the Washington Pavilion on Aug. 3 with special guest Leon Russell. He also performed at the Pavilion in August 2005.
Tickets cost $49.50, $79.50, $99.50 and $125, and go on sale at 10 a.m. May 20. Visit www.washingtonpavilion.
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Willie has just announced new show dates! Fan club members get first access to tickets, secure your ticket to the show with a membership to Club Luck!
10/15/16 Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
10/16/16 Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, AZPre-sale tickets go onsale Tuesday, 5/17 @ 10am (No pkgs, very limited tickets)
9/9/16 Casino Rama in Rama, ON *w/ Aaron Lewis
9/10/16 Casino Rama in Rama, ON *w/ Aaron Lewis
Not a Club Luck member? Join today at fanclub.willienelson.com
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LAGRANGE, Ga. – The Sweetland Amphitheatre in LaGrange is celebrating its official ribbon cutting with a free concert for the public Friday evening.
This new venue in LaGrange holds roughly 2200 people and they expect to have all different types of artists perform throughout the year.
The Sweetland Amphitheatre cost about $8 million.
The Grand Opening of Sweetland Amphitheatre features country music legend, Willie Nelson and Family. And with opening acts Cam and American Aquarium, Sweetland will be rocking over the Memorial Day weekend.
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.
California-born singer and songwriter Cam emerged as one of 2015’s true breakthrough artists, achieving her first Platinum record and first #1 country single with “Burning House,” which earned her a GRAMMY® Award nomination for Best Country Solo Performance..
This amphitheatre was build on Boyd Park.
Annette Boyd – who has passed – is affectionately known as the “Parade Lady” in LaGrange because she started the annual 4th of July Sweet Land of Liberty parade – that’s how they got the name Sweetland Amphitheater.
The Willie Nelson concert sold out in a matter of minutes but there are still other concerts and season tickets available for purchase.
For ticket information go to http://www.sweetland.events/
By: Roger Seay
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) –
Willie Nelson and Family had fans dancing in the aisles at the Show Me Center on Thursday night.
The 90-minute concert featured all the songs that Willie is famous for plus a set of Hank Williams standards.
Willie’s son Lucas joined his dad with a rousing blues number.
It didn’t take long for On the Road Again, Whiskey for My Men and Georgia On My Mind to get the crowd out of their chairs and cheering.
The concert was billed with Merle Haggard who passed away the day before.
He had already been replaced on the lineup by Jamey Johnson and Ryan Bingham.
There were several tributes to Merle Haggard throughout the night, with Ryan Bingham performing Mama Tried and Willie starting his show with a shout out to Merle.
Willie tossed out at least two hats to his fans.
He closed out with Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die and Will the Circle Be Unbroken.
The sold out crowd at the Show Me Center didn’t leave the area until the last chords were played.
Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson, and Ryan Bingham performed in front of a packed house at the O’Reilly Family Event Center at Drury University Friday night. Merle Haggard was originally on the ticket with Willie promoting their new album together titled Django and Jimmie but failing health had kept Merle off the tour and he cancelled all upcoming concert dates just a few weeks ago. Merle Haggard died this past Wednesday, April 6, 2016, due to complications with pneumonia.
Jamey Johnson performed an entire set of Merle’s songs and Willie closed out the show with Johnson and Bingham singing Merle’s famous song Okie from Muskogee. Willie’s son Lucas Nelson was a great addition to Willie’s band playing some backup rhythm guitar and he electrified the audience when he took center stage to sing Texas Flood with some incredible guitar work.
The “Puff N’ Putt Golf Tournament” is an annual fundraiser created by Texas NORML and held at Willie Nelson’s golf course in Spicewood, Texas. The all-day event features traditional golf & disk golf competitions, live music, BYOB (no glass), silent auctions & raffles, merchandise & food vendors (with healthy options), live painting & glass blowing, giveaways and more. For information on becoming a vendor or sponsor at the 2016 Puff N’ Putt contact: email@example.com. For information on becoming a NORML member or volunteer visit: www.texasnorml.org. The next event will be on March 26, 2016 – Save the date!
This video was recorded & edited by Scott La Rock. Photos & graphics by Scott La Rock & Preston Bezant. Music by Bottom Dollar String Band. Thank You to the many Texas NORML members, volunteers & supporters who make events like this possible – together we will make positive changes in Texas.
THANK YOU to our Puff N’ Putt sponsors and supporters!
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Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson will play the Sumtur Amphitheater, in Papillion, Nebraska on June 26. Tickets, $63 to $98, go on sale today at ten for members of Willie Nelson’s Club Luck and Friday at noon for the public.
photo: Sanford Myers
by: Juli Thanki and Cindy Watts
Thousands of fans and more than 20 of country music’s biggest stars gathered Wednesday night in Nashville to celebrate the life and songs of Country Music Hall of Famer Kris Kristofferson.
The all-star lineup, which included the likes of luminaries Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Reba McEntire, Dierks Bentley and Hank Williams Jr., gathered at Bridgestone Arena, a fitting site to pay homage to a legend who made his name in Music City.
“I’ve always been in love with Nashville and it has always been good to me,” Kristofferson, author of classics including “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” and “Lovin’ Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again),” said before the concert.
The feeling was mutual: Nashville Mayor Megan Barry took the stage at the end of the first act to proclaim March 16 Kris Kristofferson Day in Nashville, stating that he “left his indelible mark on country music.”
“The most inspiring thing about him is how he’s lived his life,” said singer Rosanne Cash, daughter of Kristofferson’s longtime friend and sometimes bandmate Johnny Cash. “He’s a man of great principle and enormous compassion. You don’t see a lot of public figures with that combination. And he’s been a movie star, and he’s still the sexiest man in the room. For all songwriters, myself included, he’s a bar you try to reach”
The event was emceed by actor W. Earl Brown, and some of Kristofferson’s famous friends who couldn’t make the show, including Barbra Streisand and Ethan Hawke, sent him video messages.
Kristofferson and his wife, Lisa, sat on the side of the stage throughout the show, and as each performer exited the stage, he’d wrap them in bear hugs.
“Kris can write very complex songs and then he can write a beautiful classic country or beyond country song like ‘Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends,’ which is an extraordinarily beautiful song,” Harris said earlier. “Those are sometimes the hardest to write. He’s a poet. He’s a picker.”
Kristofferson’s mark on music was evidenced by the sheer number of artists hoping to take the stage Wednesday night.
“There’s got to be two dozen (artists) on the waiting list,” said the show’s producer, Keith Wortman of Blackbird Presents.
Singer-songwriter Jack Ingram was among the performers with stories about how Kristofferson’s music influenced them.
“I dedicated my life to songwriting because of songs I heard of Kristofferson’s growing up,” said Ingram, who performed “Jesus was a Capricorn,” the title track of an album Kristofferson released in 1972. “Him and guys like him, Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver, Bob Dylan, they taught me that you can dig deep and find ways to say things that are unique and universal but at the same time, help me breathe a little better. I always want to be there to honor people who took the cuts and the bruises to show guys like me that you can do this.”
“Kris is one of the greatest human beings on the planet,” said singer-songwriter Shooter Jennings during an interview before the show. “He’s always been so supportive and kind. … After my dad (country star Waylon Jennings) passed away, he called me those first two or three Father’s Days.”
But it was Kristofferson’s craft that helped shape the music of many of those who gathered at Wednesday’s tribute.
“He’s a storyteller. He can get to the nugget of an emotion and he can land a lyric in such a way that will break your heart,” said singer Jennifer Nettles. “As a songwriter and artist, he gets humanity.”
After a night of stunning performances, including Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss’ duet on “For the Good Times,” Buddy Miller’s rendition of “Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends,” and Dierks Bentley and the Travelin’ McCourys’ bluegrass version “From the Bottle to the Bottom,” Kristofferson joined his longtime friend Willie Nelson to sing “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down.” The crowd gave them a standing ovation and stayed on its feet as the two men were joined by Johnson and Shooter Jennings to perform “Highwayman.”
For the grand finale, the entire roster of musicians crowded onstage as Kristofferson led them in his soul-stirring single, “Why Me.” There were only two hours left in Kris Kristofferson Day by the end of the show, but as the artists exchanged smiles and hugs, it seemed as though the celebration would continue long into the night.
Legendary musician will feature “Willie’s Vegan Chili” at an upcoming potluck dinner at his Texas ranch.
Legendary singer/songwriter Willie Nelson recently told Food & Wine Magazine that his favorite chili recipe is vegan. Nelson was introduced to the recipe by James Beard Award-winning chef Michel Nischan after the latter sent two different chili meals—one vegan and one with beef—to Nelson and his wife (who the musician says follows a vegan diet). Nelson raved about the vegan option—which utilizes a Mexican-style approach to toasting, rehydrating, puréeing, and then slow cooking a mixture of chilies, nutritional yeast, and beans—stating, “Oh my God, this is the best [expletive] chili we’ve ever tasted.” Nelson is partnering with Nischan to host a potluck dinner on March 17 at Nelson’s Texas ranch, wherein the 200 attendees will be treated to a sampling of Nischan’s beloved vegan chili and a private performance by Nelson.
Poodie. Randall “Poodie” Locke. 1979 Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic, Briarcliff, TX. This is the famous Poodie, reaching into a bag of mic cords. For almost his entire adult life he was the guy who made things happen in Willie World. He knew who was who, and who should be where; he was the heart and soul of the traveling circus. He was also pretty much the one person you had to know if you wanted access to the stage while Willie was on it.
While not working he was the nicest, warmest guy you could know; generous, intelligent, hearty, fun. But during a show, he was the tempestuous stage dictator, and woe is you if you were a photographer onstage who didn’t belong.
The fact I have immortal images to show you, taken at the Picnics, is directly because Poodie thought I was worthy; I was often the only photographer up there during the really rich moments. Poodie, in a very real way, was my good friend. He died in 2009 at age 56. A great guy and an excellent human being.