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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.
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 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 showmecenter.biz. Tickets range from $37.50 to $67.50.
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.
[Monique is my tech genius; she taught me how to create links like that.]
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.
I think Red Rocks must be the greatest place in the world to see Willie Nelson & Family, but Telluride is right up there. Less than a month away to the Blues and Brews festival, and Willie Nelson & Family close out the show on Sunday, September 18th. Can’t wait!
For tickets and info: http://www.tellurideblues.com
|Friday, September 16, 2011|
|Festival Gates Open||11:30AM|
|The Sugar Thieves||12:00-12:50PM|
|Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights||1:10-2:10PM|
|The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band||2:30-3:30PM|
|Fitz and the Tantrums||3:50-5:00PM|
|Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa||5:20-6:30PM|
|The Flaming Lips||7:00-8:30PM|
|Saturday, September 17, 2011|
|Festival Gates Open||11:00AM|
|Grand Tasting with over 50 Microbrewers||12:00-3:00PM|
|Lionel Young Band||12:00-1:00PM|
|Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band||1:20-2:20PM|
|7 Walkers Featuring Bill Kreutzmann||4:00-5:10PM|
|Acoustic Blues Competition Winner||5:10-5:30PM|
|Big Head Todd and the Monsters||7:15-8:45PM|
|Sunday, September 18, 2011|
|Festival Gates Open||10:30AM|
|Eric Bibb String Band||12:20-1:20PM|
|Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit||3:00-4:00PM|
|The Robert Cray band||4:20-5:30PM|
There are voices that define each generation. Watching Willie Nelson perform you’ll realize that willie Nelson is one. Nelson become an American icon during the 1970s – the outlaw cowboy, the real thing, that millions of urban cowboys dreamed they could be, and cowgirls fell in love with.
The words “country music superstar” don’t come anywhere near describing Willie Nelson. Neither does “living legend.” He’s more like a walking, talking, singing history book. Hits include: “Good Hearted Woman”, “Remember Me”, “If You’ve Got The Money I’ve Got The Time” and “Uncloudy Day”.
Now in its 49th year, Britt Festivals, a non-profit organization, is the Pacific Northwest’s premier outdoor summer performing arts festival. Located in the historic 1850s gold rush town of Jacksonville, Oregon (USA), Britt presents dozens of summer concerts, featuring world-class artists in classical music, jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, world, pop and country music. Britt’s performance venue is a naturally formed amphitheater set among majestic ponderosa pines and native madrones on the beautiful hillside estate of 19th century photographer Peter Britt. Viewing a map of the facility will give you a clearer picture of how we have combined stadium seating within this natural setting. Tens of thousands of music lovers travel from all over the West to enjoy Britt’s world-class performances, spectacular scenery and casual, relaxing atmosphere.
Britt is a convenient day’s drive from Seattle or San Francisco, and is located just five miles west of Southern Oregon’s largest metropolitan area, Medford, and only 15 miles north of Ashland and the world-famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Oregon’s only National Park, Crater Lake, is a scenic two-hour drive from Britt.
Chicago Sun Times
by: Eliot Wald
October 23, 1978
Willie Nelson, the Texas Outlaw, conquers Chicago.
Willie Nelson isn’t quite the cross between folk hero and state religion that he is back in Texas, Nevertheless, redneck chic came out in force for him Sunday at the Aragon Ballroom, Vests, bandannas and, most of all, hats. A sea of Stetsons, Resistols, out-of-season straws and a sprinkling of baseball caps stitched with brands of earth-moving equipment, made it look like Texas. Ray Wylie Hubbard, Asleep at the Wheel and Willie himself provided sounds to match.
The main event was Willie Nelson, revered as the spiritual father of “new” country music. Long after the “Outlaw Country” tag has faded, Willie will be recalled in the same breath with Hank Williams as one of the two best songwriters to emerge from the C&W genre. At 45, Willie doesn’t look the part of a legend. He makes his mark with an unequaled collection of songs, a high, pure baritone and an unmistakable guitar style. Opening Sunday, as always, with “Whiskey River,” Willie launched into a nearly unbroken two hours of songs.
It’s easy to see why Nashville never took to Willie. His music constitutes the other end of the spectrum from the trailer court pathos of Nashville country. The heartaches are similar, but Nelson treats them like a novelist, dealing in causes and conditions, rather than a bartender pouring cures.
Flying through a medley of his early Nashville hits, Willie acknowledged the crowd’s whoops with a cordial tip of his beer can, and launched into a medley ending with his exquisite hit, “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain.” If there is a more evocative voice anywhere in music, no one’s heard it yet. Defying the Aragon’s sewer-pipe acoustics and the audience’s rock predilections, Willie insisted on showing all his facets; the rollicking, the tender, the nostalgic, the Waylon ‘n Willie.
By the time it was over, hat’s flew onstage in tribute, 2,000 perople ignored the house lights to raise a five-minute chant of “More”, and Willie Nelson had proved that a man who can spurn Nashville and galvanize Texas can effortlessly confert a crumbling Uptown rock hall into a panhandle honkytonk.
The Aragon Ballroom is the name of two historic ballrooms. One, still in operation, is located in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, located on West Lawrence Avenue approximately five miles north of downtown in the Entertainment District area known as Uptown, Chicago, was built in 1926. The Aragon Ballrom’s proximity to Chicago’s “el” trains helped people flock to the hall, and crowds often exceeded 18,000 guests over the six open nights each week. The Aragon Ballroom hosted nearly all of the top names of the big band era. Among the best known names were Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey, Xavier Cugat, Glenn Miller, Lawrence Welk, Guy Lombardo, Dick Jurgens, Harry James, Kay Kyser, Benny Goodman, Sammy Kaye, Artie Shaw, Eddy Howard, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Dorsey, Wayne King, and many others