Archive for the ‘Venues’ Category

Kevin’s view from the stage

Friday, April 11th, 2014


Willie Nelson bassist Kevin Smith shares his view from the stage.

View from the soundboard @Willie Nelson & Family Show (San Diego, CA)

Saturday, April 5th, 2014


Here’s another nightly love letter from Willie Nelson’s sound guy to his wife back in Texas. If that isn’t romantic, I don’t know what is. Thank you Margie Lemons for sharing this unique view of the stage.

A cozy night with Willie Nelson & Family

Monday, September 16th, 2013


“A few lucky Willie Nelson fans will enjoy an intimate performance tonight at an old historic theater.” — Tom Conway

Thanks Tommy, for sharing the photo!

Greetings from the Hollywood Bowl

Friday, August 9th, 2013


Thank you to Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt, lighting engineer for Willie Nelson and Family, for sending this early morning photo from the Hollywood Bowl, where the band will perform tonight, and tomorrow night.

There will be some lucky fans in that audience!

Willie Nelson & family at the Minnesota Zoo TONIGHT!! as in RIGHT NOW!

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013


Thank you Buddy “The Illuminator” Prewitt, for sending these photos of the stage, all set up and waiting for Willie Nelson & Family at from the Minnesota Zoo today. What a pretty venue; some folks are having a good time tonight.

I am always so grateful when people take the time to take pictures and send them to me.


What a great place to spend the evening.


And here’s a photo from the show!  Thanks to Margie Lemons and her husband Flaco, who sits at the sound board every night. And he sends Margie a photo every night, how romantic is that?

Willie Nelson and Kenny Chesney, “That Lucky Ole Sun”

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Willie Nelson & Family @ Marin Center, San Raphael, CA (9/9/2012)

Friday, July 13th, 2012

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Willie Nelson will perform in concert, Sunday, September 9 at 8:00 P.M. at the Marin Center in San Rafael, California.  This will be Willie Nelson’s first Marin County performance in over a decade. Nelson last performed at the Marin County venue in November of 1999. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 13 at 11:00 A.M.


If ever the words “living legend” were more than just public relations bluster, the application would be to Willie Nelson.

The iconic Texan is the creative genius behind historic recordings like “Crazy,” “Hello Walls,” “Red Headed Stranger” and “Stardust.” His career has spanned six decades. His catalog boasts more than 200 albums. He’s earned every conceivable award to be bestowed on a person in his profession.

In the last five years alone he delivered 10 new releases, two of which received Grammy nominations, and a career-spanning box set, released his debut novel and again headlined Farm Aid.

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



Tickets for Willie Nelson & Family are $69.50 and $89.50 and go on sale Friday, July 13th at 11:00 A.M. Tickets can be purchased at www.RBPconcerts.comor at the Marin Center Box Office or by phone at 415-473-6800.

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Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Marin Center in San Rafael California, design in 1957. It was his last commission and opened in 1962 after his death.
The selection of Frank L. Wright was controversial at the time, and the structure built was no less controversial. The black panthers and Symbionese Liberation Army staged terrorism there. It has been featured in sci-fi movies like Gattaca and inspired the new Star Wars. The composition of circular elements in stucco certainly drew inspiration from eastern influences, and the gold spire speaks of religion.

The control of sunlight in well arranged spaces and climate control is superb. The blue decorated circular roofs speak of religiously portrayed skies, heavens, while the procession of cars under the building’s bridge speaks of telestial. A very symbolic and contextual structure.

Willie Nelson & Family concert in TOMORROW!

Saturday, April 7th, 2012


Willie Nelson and Family @ in Cape Giraraud, Missouri
Sunday, April 8, 2012
by:  James Samons

Chances are the Red Headed Stranger will be familiar to many area residents when he rides through town Sunday evening.
Known as an expert performer with a relaxed and poignant style, Willie Nelson’s outlaw charm and humor have won him fans for more than 50 years. And Sunday, he’s coming back to the Show Me Center after a canceled date in 2011 and a memorable performance in 2005.

“We’re extremely excited to have a legend like Willie Nelson playing here,” Show Me Center marketing director Joshua Hanlon said. “It’s one of those kind of shows that you look at on the calendar and circle. We’re not talking about any artist, here. He’s a living legend.”

As a songwriter and a performer, Nelson has played a vital role in post-rock ‘n’ roll country music. Although he didn’t become a big name until the mid-1970s, Nelson spent the ’60s writing songs that became hits for stars like Ray Price (“Night Life”), Patsy Cline (“Crazy”), Faron Young (“Hello Walls”) and Billy Walker (“Funny How Time Slips Away”) as well as releasing a series of records on Liberty and RCA that earned him a small but devoted cult following.

“I’m one of his biggest fans. It seems like everything I do is somehow influenced by Willie,” said local musician Doug Rees. “He’s such a great songwriter alone that it makes you want to study him. The man is one of the best ever at what he does.”

During the early ’70s, Nelson aligned himself with Waylon Jennings and the burgeoning outlaw country movement that made him popular in 1975. Following the crossover success of that year’s “The Red Headed Stranger” and “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” Nelson was considered a genuine star, as recognizable in pop circles as he was to the country audience. In addition to recording, he also launched an acting career in the early ’80s.

“Willie has done a little bit of everything, I guess you could say,” Hanlon said. “We expect a great show because that’s what his shows are. People who miss it will wish they hadn’t.”

Even after becoming known as a star, Nelson never played it safe musically. Instead, he borrowed from a wide variety of styles, including traditional pop, Western swing, jazz, traditional country, cowboy, honky-tonk, rock, folk and the blues, creating a distinctive, elastic hybrid. Nelson remained at the top of the country charts until the mid-1980s.

“It’s great seeing a Willie show because he does it without a set list. Does the whole show by the seat of his pants. At the same time, he’s very real with the crowd,” Rees said. “There was a time in my music career that I tried playing his songs and following his lead. But I realized there is only one Willie Nelson, and that’s how it always will be.”

During the ’90s and into the 2000s, Nelson’s sales never reached the heights that he experienced earlier, but he has remained a vital icon in country music, having greatly influenced the new country, new traditionalist, and alternative country movements of the ’80s and ’90s as well as leaving behind a legacy of classic songs and recordings.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Show Me Center, and tickets are available by phone at 651-5000 or online at Tickets range from $37.50 to $67.50.

This day in Willie Nelson history: Tootsies’s Orchid Lounge opens in Nashville (3/29/60)

Thursday, March 29th, 2012


Willie Nelson with Buddy Emmons,Tootsies, Nashville

photo: Allen Messer

Moody Theater, Austin City Live

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012


Thanks to Monique, of Amalphi Design, for sharing this picture she took at the Austin City Live. in Austin.  She was on holiday with husband Mark, and when I asked if she would take some pictures at the venue, she kindly did.

See more of her creativity at Amalphi Design.

[Monique is my tech genius; she taught me how to create links like that.]

Saturday, December 31st, 2011


Saturday, December 31st, 2011


Moody Theater, Austin City Live

Friday, December 30th, 2011


Thanks to Lane and Katrina for sending pictures from Austin tonight.


Willie Nelson & Family, Rio Brazos Music Hall, Granbury, TX

Monday, November 21st, 2011


Willie Nelson headlined the grand opening of the Rio Brazos Music Hall, in Granbury, Texas. Janis Tillerson was there, and kindly sent photos. Thanks, Janis.



Telluride Blues and Brews Festival

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011


If there is a prize for most beautiful enchantgin music festival venue, the Telluride Brews and Blues Festival would win.  Such a beautiful place to hear music.


There are many music festivals held in the Town Park in Telluride.  This was the 18th Blues and Brews festival in Telluride.


The festival went on for three days, but we drove up for Sunday’s Willie Nelson & Family show.  On Saturday, it rained all morning, and snowed, and sleeted.  On Sunday the weather was perfect, but it was a muddy field.