Archive for the ‘Venues’ Category

Willie Nelson & Family Oak Mountain Amphitheater with Alison Krauss Pelham, AL tonight

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

Willie Nelson, The Smith Center, Las Vegas, NV (March 10, 2012

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

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photos:  Erik Kabik, Cassi Thomas

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Willie Way

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

From the Back Yard.

Willie Nelson and Family coming to Rockford, Illinois (April 14, 2018)

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

www.RockfordRiverTimes.com

American music deity and all around genius Willie Nelson is coming to Rockford’s Coronado Performing Arts Center, Saturday, April 14.

Nelson’s six-decade career has seen him record on more than 200 albums, collect 12 Grammys, and produce some of the most recognizable music of the last half-century.

Tickets for the Willie Nelson and Family show go on sale Friday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster.com, the BMO Harris Bank Center box office, the Coronado box office, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Tickets range from $64 to $129.50. For more information visit willienelson.com or coronadopac.org.

Willie Nelson, Cowtown Jamboree at Panther Hall (Fort Worth, Texas)

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Willie Nelson & Family at McCallum Theater for the Performing Arts in LA (Jan. 8, 2017)

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

www.BroadwayWorld.com
by:  David Green

The McCallum Theatre welcomes the return of Willie Nelson on Monday, January 8, at 8:00pm. The words “living legend” can truly be applied to Willie Nelson. His career has spanned six decades, he’s earned every award in his profession, and he has amassed credentials as an activist, actor and author.

Born in Texas, Willie was raised by his grandparents who encouraged him to play music. He began writing songs in elementary school and played in bands as a teenager. After high school, he served in the Air Force but music was a constant pull. By the mid-1950s, Willie was working as a country deejay in Fort Worth while pursuing a musical career. He made the move to Nashville where his songwriting talents were embraced. In 1961, his “Hello Walls” for Faron Young and “Crazy” for Patsy Cline topped the charts. In 1962, Willie scored several hits as a singer but struggled for a breakthrough. Disillusioned with Nashville, he moved back to Texas in 1972. Emboldened by the rock and folk music popular in Austin, Willie’s music started to change.

He began to build a following with Shotgun Willie (1973) and Phases & Stages (1974), and 1975’s Red Headed Stranger became one of country’s most unlikely hits. His convention-busting stardom, combined with the popularity of maverick Waylon Jennings, prompted journalist Hazel Smith to dub the trend “Outlaw Music” and a movement was underway. RCA Records seized on the phenomenon, compiling an album of material from Willie, Waylon, Tompall Glaser and Jessi Colter. Wanted: The Outlaws spawned the hit Willie/Waylon duet “Good Hearted Woman.”

Willie’s star continued to rise with a string of hit albums, including Stardust (1978); Across the Borderline (1993); Teatro (1998); The Essential Willie Nelson (2003);and Songbird (2006). A two-day recording session with Merle Haggard and Ray Price in 2006 resulted in Last of the Breed album, a two-disc collection of country classics. To celebrate Willie’s 75th birthday in 2008, Columbia released the four-CD set One Hell of a Ride which included hit singles, rarities and tracks from 60 albums. Willie released Two Men with the Blues in 2008, his acclaimed collaboration with Wynton Marsalis. His single releases also topped the charts, including “On the Road Again,” “Always on My Mind,” and a duet with Julio Iglesias, “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before.”

Willie continues to release hit albums. To All the Girls (2013), featured a collection of duets with all female partners, including Dolly Parton, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Miranda Lambert, and more. The album entered the country charts at #2 and extended his record to a total of 46 Top Ten albums. Chart-topping Band of Brothers (2014) was the first of Willie’s albums to feature mostly newly self-penned songs since 1996’s Spirit. In 2015, he released Django and Jimmie, his collaboration with Haggard. 2017 saw the release of God’s Problem Childenter the country charts at the top.

Willie’s stardom increased with forays into other genres. He has appeared in TV shows and feature films, including The Electric Horseman and Honeysuckle Rose. Willie became a fiction author with A Tale out of Luck, co-authored with Mike Blakely, a classic western tale that brings to life characters central to any great Wild West story – Texas Rangers, women of ill repute, saloons and shootouts. On the environmental front, Willie owns the bio-diesel brand “Willie Nelson Biodiesel,” which is made from vegetable oil. He is also the honorary chairman of the Advisory Board of the Texas Music Project, the official music charity of the state of Texas.

Willie was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993, and in 2004, the Academy of Country Music honored him with the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award. His career has been recognized with numerous Grammy wins, a President’s Merit Award, a Grammy Legend Award and the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2007 Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) named him a BMI Icon, declaring that his “ascendance to internationally-renowned treasure is a singular path marked by self-belief and musical brilliance.” In 1998, Willie received a Kennedy Center Honor and, in 2011, he was inducted into the National Agriculture Hall of Fame for his work in Farm Aid and other benefits on behalf of farmers.

As ever, Willie tours tirelessly, climbing aboard Honeysuckle Rose III (he rode his first two buses into the ground), taking his fans on an endless journey to places that were well worth the ride.

Tickets for this performance are priced at $117, $97, $87 and $67. Tickets are available at the Theatre’s website at www.mccallumtheatre.com or by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at (760) 340-ARTS.

Willie Nelson & Family at John T. Floore Country Store (Friday Oct. 7, Saturday Oct. 8) SOLD OUT

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

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Sold Out: WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY

with Amanda Shires

Friday, Saturday, October 7, 8, 2017

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic at Austin360 Amphitheater (7/4/2017)

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Thanks, Janis Tillerson, for photos of the venue before the excitement begins in Austin today.  That’s a big place.

Texas Honkytonks: 75 Years of Floore’s Country Store

Monday, April 17th, 2017

www.gardenandgun.com
by: C.J. Lotz

Of course, the boot-scuffed concrete floors, cinder-block walls, and corrugated ceilings of John T. Floore Country Store can’t actually talk, but they sure do tell some stories. “The rafters have all kinds of things hanging from them—cowboy hats and farm tools,” says managing partner Mark McKinney of the renowned café turned honky-tonk on the outskirts of San Antonio. “There is a legend that John Wayne hung his boots up here and never marked which pair so they wouldn’t get stolen.”

The Redheaded Stranger’s career launched here. Several circa-1960s hand-painted signs still announce WILLIE NELSON EVERY SAT. NITE. Another proclaims, WORLD’S BEST HOMEMADE TAMALES. Order one of them with an ice-cold Shiner Bock before taking a turn on the dance floor to celebrate the landmark’s seventy-fifth anniversary.

The party kicks off with a two-night set from Robert Earl Keen and the Randy Rogers Band (Friday, April 14, and Saturday, April 15). The rest of the 2017 lineup is filled with audience-favorite country, blues, and Americana acts. “Bands come here and tell me they’ve played venues all over the country and there’s no place like Floore’s,” McKinney says. “I don’t have an easy answer for what the magic is.” But even if he did, a magician never reveals his secrets.

Willie Nelson & Family at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay (April 26, 2017)

Monday, March 27th, 2017

www.sandiegouniontribune.com
by: George Varga

Last year was a bucket-list trifecta for Humphreys Concerts by the Bay. Its 2016 season lineup included Bob Dylan and Tom Petty’s debut performances at the intimate Shelter Island venue, along with Jimmy Buffett’s first Humphrey’s show since 1984.

The 2017 lineup features Willie Nelson, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, the Doobie Brothers, the Gipsy Kings, Bill Maher and The Temptations.

The 2017 season will also feature more than a dozen newcomers to the venue. They include Father John Misty and BANKS — both of whom are also playing at the 2017 Coachella festival — along with Ziggy Marley, King Crimson, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Larry Graham, Blind Pilot, Il Divo, Carla Morrison, The Flirts, Aoife O’Donovan, Raury, Tim Heidecker and Ron Dante, the former lead singer in The Archies, The Cuff Links and The Detergents.

 

Wednesday, April 12: Father John Misty, with Tim Heidecker, $40 (general admission/standing room only)**

Thursday, April 13: BANKS, with Raury (general admission/standing room only), $45**

Monday/Tuesday, April 17-18: Steely Dan, $185**

Thursday, April 20: Lila Downs, 8 p.m.$48**

Sunday, April 23: David Crosby & Friends, $61**

Wednesday, April 26: Willie Nelson & Family, with Steve Moakler, $129.50**

Tuesday, May 23: Rodriguez, 8 p.m., $48**

Wednesday, May 24: Melissa Etheridge, with Celisse Henderson, $63

Friday, June 2: Dana Carvey, $67

Tuesday, June 6: Sheryl Crow, with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, $96.50

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Willie Nelson & Family at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Thanks, Margie Lemons, for sharing photos husband Bobby Lemons sent from the sold-out Willie Nelson & Family show at the Rodeo in Houston.  77,000 fans gathered for the show, the Rodeo’s biggest ever.

And to Pat Wiley Keeney, for photos she took at the show.

Willie Nelson’s First New York Appearance: Max’s Kansas City (May 16 – 21, 1973)

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Willie Nelson and Family in Wilmington, NC (May 24, 2016)

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

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www.StarNewsOnline.com
by:  Brian Mull

The legendary Willie Nelson will play a sold-out concert at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on Tuesday, May 24th.

Over the last seven decades the American icon has written and recorded songs that transcend genres and generations. He’s influenced and inspired thousands of musicians on the ride and shared the tunes through perpetual touring with his family band. Nelson turned 83 last month and just keeps on playing.

In advance of such a highly anticipated concert at an idyllic venue, we asked area musicians to offer their thoughts on Willie.

Eric Miller is the lead singer and primary songwriter in Wilmington band L Shape Lot, which will open the show for Nelson. Miller was in high school and a self-described “hip-hop kid” when he first heard Nelson’s 1975 concept album “Red Headed Stranger.” Miller describes the opportunity to open this show as a career highlight.

“He’s my all-time hero,” Miller said. “He’s timeless and there’s a purity to who he is as an artist. For a blue-collar musician like myself this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Wilmington singer-songwriter Jim Ashley was one of Nelson’s lucky fans to snag tickets, which sold out in minutes when they went on sale online two months ago.

“I’ve been a big fan since the ’70s,” Ashley wrote in a Facebook message. “I saw him live for the first time in 2012 at Brunswick Community College. And I was blown away! I had heard all the songs, all the albums, I had seen him on ‘Austin City Limits’ and other TV shows. But seeing him live was amazing. His guitar playing especially, he is one of those players that it’s like the guitar is part of him.”

“I don’t play many of his songs,” Ashley added, “and I don’t sound anything like Willie. But I still consider him one of my biggest influences.”

Benji Smith plays stand up bass in Wilmington band No Dollar Shoes.

“For me, growing up, my father only had Willie Nelson tapes and that’s about all he listened to,” Smith said. “I remember blaring that in his old MG convertible driving through corn fields while he would let me steer at 5 years old. Good times.”

Smith’s bandmate, guitarist Jesse Jewell, is also planning to attend the show. He described Nelson as a national treasure who has inspired every musician he knows.

“I’ve always respected Willie for his ability to write serious/heartbreaking songs, all while maintaining the element of fun,” Jewell said. “Lots of songwriters seem to only be capable of either silly or depressing. Willie has always been able to find middle ground.”

Wilmington musician Big Al Hall recalled watching Nelson perform at Farm Aid IV in the late 1980s. There was a revolving stage as the main acts rotated. Nelson spent time there, of course, but also played on the side stage, where he entertained fans between sets. He must have played with 100 different musicians that day, Hall said.

“He’s been a huge inspiration,” Hall said. “I take pride in doing a weekly bluegrass jam (at the Satellite Bar & Lounge). He kept things local when he reinvented himself in Texas. He started a model where a lot of musicians do not have to leave the state of Texas to have a successful touring life. The heart of who he is always comes through in everything he does. His writing is so strong and he approaches music like it’s supposed to be played and shared.”

Wilmington musician and actor Zach Hanner grew up in a musical family in Pilot Mountain, N.C. His introduction to Nelson was also the “Red Headed Stranger” album.

“I just remember listening to it over and over,” Hanner said. “You hear that guitar (Trigger) with the giant hole in it and immediately you know who is playing.”

Hanner lived in New York City in the ’90s, when he saw Nelson play at a club called Tramp’s. Even though Nelson was in his 60s at the time, he played for over three hours.

If you think about it, it’s a phenomenal feat for one person to record songs with artists as diverse as Waylon Jennings, Snoop Dogg, Ray Charles, Keith Richards and Wynton Marsalis and deliver the goods each time.

“I think that Willie has been popular with musicians across the genres because he obviously feels a connection with them, through music,” Jewell said. “He’s such a genuine guy that they feel that connection as well.”

Willie Nelson at the Golden Nugget

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

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Willie Nelson & Family @The Rose Center (Huber Heights, OH) (June 22, 2016)

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

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The Rose Music Center in Huber Heights announced  that Willie Nelson will be performing at the venue this summer.

The country music icon, along with The Mavericks, will play at the Rose Music Center on Wednesday, June 22.

The doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday at www.Ticketmaster.comwww.RoseMusicCenter.com, the Rose Music Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 800-745-3000.

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