Archive for the ‘Venues’ Category

Rest in Peace, Tim O’Connor, and thanks for the music

Saturday, July 31st, 2021

Tim O’Connor, owner and inspiration behind the former Back Yard concert venue outside Austin, has passed away. He’s pictured here with Connie Nelson and Dallas Wayne at the Back Yard, in ’13.

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

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Rest in Peace, James White

Sunday, January 24th, 2021

www.statesman.com
by: Tony Plohetski and Claire Osborn

James White, owner of South Austin’s legendary Broken Spoke dance hall and a towering figure in Austin’s live music scene, has died after a recent illness, his family confirmed Sunday. He was 81.

White, who had been suffering from congestive heart failure, died at his South Austin home, according to his daughter, Ginny Peacock.

“This is a huge loss to Austin,” she said.

Read entire article here.

Willie Nelson & Family in Kalamazoo (May 9, 2013)

Saturday, May 9th, 2020

Willie Nelson & Family
Thursday, May 9, 2013
State Theatre, Kalamazoo
404 South Burdick
Kalamazoo, MI 49002 

The State Theatre has been a fixture in downtown Kalamazoo since 1927. The original founder of the theatre was Colonel William Butterfield. John Eberson was the renowned architect who designed the theatre.

“We gotta all stick together,” – Willie Nelson

Friday, May 8th, 2020

“We gotta all stick together
or else I’ll lose my mind,” — Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson & Family at the Mobile Saenger Theater (April 8, 2019)

Monday, February 25th, 2019

When Mobile’s Saenger Theatre opened on January 19, 1927, it was the sixty-first Saenger Theatre of a chain founded by J.H. and A.D. Saenger of New Orleans. There were Saenger Theatres located throughout the South as well as in Cuba and Puerto Rico. Hailed as, “Alabama’s Greatest Showplace” and, “the most beautiful playhouse in all of Dixie,” the Mobile Saenger Theatre took a year to construct at a cost of about 500,000 dollars. Designed by renowned architect, Emile Weil, the Mobile Saenger Theatre featured the following : three-color auditorium lighting, a two-manuel, ten-rank Robert Morton theatre organ, full stage facilities to accommodate large road shows including stage and wardrobe traps, four floors of dressing rooms, musicians’ and chorus rooms and 2,615 seats. Around 1950, the seats on the floor were replaced and re-spaced, reducing the seating capacity to about 2,200. Seating capacity today is 1,921.

Since its opening in January of 1927, the stately, European-style Saenger Theatre in Mobile has witnessed thousands of top performers, acts, ballets and musicals throughout its almost eighty years of existence. The Saenger Theatre is a historic landmark, treasured for its architectural beauty and ties to our cultural history, as well as for the caliber of entertainment it offers our community today. With its newly renovated and upgraded electrical system, VIP facilities, stage rigging and state of the art sound system, the Saenger Theatre truly lives up to its reputation as, “Alabama’s greatest showplace.”

Willie Nelson & Family Monday Jan 7th show at Tivoli Theatre sells out

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

For a second consecutive time, Willie Nelson has sold out his Chattanooga show.

After a sold-out October 2017 appearance here, the Red-Headed Stranger returns to play the Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St., on Monday night, Jan. 7.

Madison Kozak will open the Willie Nelson & Family concert.
For more information: 423-757-5580.

Website: http://www.chattanooga.gov/education-arts-and-culture/tivoli-theatre

Chattanooga is home to the Tivoli Theatre, a fabulous historic showplace known as the “Jewel of the South.” For over 90 years the grand old theatre has entertained Chattanoogans, offering everything from silent movies to Broadway blockbusters.

The Tivoli opened on March 19, 1921 following two years of construction. Construction cost was close to $1 million–a lavish sum for its day. The Tivoli’s interior reflects the Beaux Arts style popular for movie palaces of the 1920s. Its high domed ceiling, grand lobby, crystal chandeliers and elegant foyer were designed to transport patrons to a world of richness and splendor. Designed by the Chicago-based architectural firm of Rapp and Rapp, the Tivoli was built to accommodate both silent movies and live stage productions, making it state-of-the-art for its time.

From 1920s “picture palace” to community showplace for the 21st century, the Tivoli still offers Chattanoogans the finest in entertainment and cultural events. The Tivoli is the home of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association, and also welcomes a wide variety of touring companies each year. With offerings from blues to bluegrass and classical to country; plus dance, opera and the best of Broadway, the Tivoli is at the center of Chattanooga’s cultural life. Its elegance and intimacy have made it a favorite of audiences and performers alike.

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.