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So sad for the fans and the band and crew who want to get home and off those dangerous roads and accidents. Safe travels to everyone.
The Amaraillo Civic Center advises that the show will be rescheduled, and tickets will be honored. They expect to have new date by end of next week, and folks can visit their website or call them to find out new date.
by: Carrie Horton
For the first time, the massively popular iTunes Festival will be coming to the U.S., and some of country’s biggest stars are already lined up to perform. Keith Urban and Willie Nelson make the 2014 lineup, with lots more to be announced in the coming weeks.
After seven years abroad, iTunes is bringing their annual event to Austin, Texas. From March 11-15, Urban and Nelson will join a host of other major music stars for five nights of free concerts, which will also be available via live or on-demand streaming from iTunes. The festival will be teaming up with one of the south’s favorite music industry events, SXSW, and along with Shotgun Willie and country’s favorite Aussie, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons and Pitbull are all on deck to perform.
“The iTunes Festival in London has become an incredible way for Apple to share its love of music with our customers,” says Apple exec Eddy Cue in a press announcement. “We’re excited about the incredible lineup of artists performing and SXSW is the perfect place to debut the first iTunes Festival in the US.”
Since it began in 2007, the iTunes Festival in London has hosted over 400 artists performing in front of more than 430,000 fans … not to mention the tens of millions more who stream online. This year, the fest will be held at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, which is the home of another popular Austin-based staple, ‘Austin City Limits.’
“One of the cool things about trying to do the festival is that it’s all about the music, the musicians and the fans,” Cue adds. “You want it in a really close atmosphere where the fans are getting to see these musicians in places they’ll never see them again, because they play in much bigger venues.”
With the announcement of Urban and Nelson, we’re sure that there will be other country stars joining the lineup. For additional details, check out www.itunes.com/festival.
The U.N. has declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming. The goal of the year is to “reposition family farming at the center of agricultural, environmental and social policies” in national agendas across the world. The effort seeks to increase awareness of the challenges faced by family farmers and how we all can support them.
All of us at Farm Aid are excited about a full year of celebrating family farmers. And not to toot our own horn, but we’ve had a bit of practice over the past 29 years. While our mission is dedicated to family farmers in the U.S., it goes without saying that the rest of the world needs family farmers as much as we do. Regardless of the continent they farm on, independent family farmers have immense value for their community, their country and the planet. In our opinion, an international celebration of family farmers is exactly what this world needs—each and every day of every year.
To kick off the Year of Family Farming we’re going to dive into the heart of the matter by revisiting the question: What is a Family Farmer? Throughout the year, we’ll be adding to this discussion. The 2012 Census of Agriculture was released yesterday and when we have a chance to dig into those numbers, we’ll know a great deal about the current state of family farming in America. We’d love to hear your questions about family farmers and the challenges they face. Drop us a line to tell us what you’d like to know!
Farmer Heroes Growing Change
To celebrate the life of a farmer who embodies the true spirit of family farming in America and across the world, we take a look back at John Kinsman’s Farmer Hero story. When John passed away at the age of 87 last month, the world lost a farmer and a leader in the movement for farmers’ rights and international food sovereignty and justice. We are lucky that John inspired and mentored so many who will continue in his footsteps
by: Dave Thomas
Alongside old friends, in front of thousands of fans and surrounded by family and Family, Willie Nelson closed out the 40th anniversary Fourth of July Picnic last year with “I Saw The Light.” It was about 11:15 p.m. and workers were already dismantling the north stage.
A big round number, a rousing end to a long day (during which some longtime Picnic performers seemed aged and others seemed ageless) and a fine performance from our 80-year-old host. One would think it was a fitting farewell to a Texas tradition.
But it wasn’t farewell.
Willie and Billy Bob’s Texas announced today that the Picnic will return for its 41st year. The daylong outdoor concert will be held at the Fort Worth Stockyards for the fourth consecutive year and the seventh time in the Picnic’s history.
The artist lineup has not been released yet, but Concho Minick, president of Billy Bob’s Texas, said in a release “the artist lineup and festival environment will be the best in Picnic history.”
To have the best lineup in Picnic history would be an awful lot to live up to, but it’s clear that Minick and Billy Bob’s are intent on pumping some life back into an event that had slipped from iconic Texas event to just another large concert by 2011-12.
Last year’s Picnic drew close to 10,000 fans and included longtime Picnic regulars such as Billy Joe Shaver, Leon Russell and Ray Wylie Hubbard, as well as newer voices such as Ryan Bingham, Gary Allan and Justin Moore.
The event will again use the north-south stage approach in the North Forty field behind Billy Bob’s Texas. Tickets range from early bird tickets (available on Friday, before the lineup is announced) for $20, to $250 for the Sky Box seating in the middle of the field, which quickly sold out last year.
Billy Bob’s Texas said it will announce performing artists on Feb. 24 and again on April 14. More information is available at williespicnic.com
Happy Valentine’s Day! Hear a two-hour special featuring songs from the latest Willie Nelson album “To All The Girls” including comments from his duet partners Dolly Parton, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, Rosanne Cash and The Secret Sisters today at 4 pm, tomorrow noon and Sunday 7 pm ET.
People are so creative! I’m continually amazed by all the media used to recreate the likeness of Willie Nelson. Thank you Alice, from Georgia, for sending these links to Steve Casino’s art. He carves peanuts; visit is website to see his cool gallery.
There is a 4-step process I uses to insure my artworks last a lifetime:
1). Each piece has had the nuts removed from the shell.
2). The shells are sealed with archival urethane and glued back together.
3). The product is constructed, painted (taking up to 20 hrs.) and coated in clear acrylic when finished.
4). The final product is sealed in a glass dome
Yes, I do commissions of friends, family, ancestors, wedding toppers, favorite celebs, etc. Warning: They are not cheap. These are exquisitely-made pieces of art that take much time and skill to create.
For prices and info please email me at email@example.com
by: Paul Brownfield
“Got the boss coming!” a security worker shouted.
Lorne Michaels’s foot had hit curbside. It was around 1:30 a.m. outside Buddakan, the Asian-fusion restaurant in the meatpacking district and one of the semi-secret locales regularly used for the “Saturday Night Live” after-party.
“S.N.L.” is an institution of rituals, dating back to its first season in 1975-76: The show ends, the principals wave goodbye, and idling limos await outside 30 Rockefeller Plaza to whisk the cast and their guests to the after-party, the location of which is kept on a need-to-know basis.
On this night, after the Christmas show, Buddakan closed before midnight, or around the time the guest host Jimmy Fallon and the musical guest Justin Timberlake were reprising “The Barry Gibb Talk Show” sketch. By 1 a.m., two young men in suits took up their positions at Buddakan’s heavy door. As Mr. Michaels approached, one of them saw that his partner was in the appalling position of having his back turned to the show’s philosopher-king, and gave a prompt corrective shove.
Mr. Michaels’s entrance came amid the rapid-fire arrival of his cast. “I have six,” Taran Killam said as he entered. “They’re with cue cards, “ another guest said, legitimizing his escorts. One interloper tried the swept-in-with-the-crowd move, and was flagged by security, which nearly touched off fisticuffs behind Nasim Pedrad, still in pancake makeup.
In the confusion, a group of string musicians, all in cocktail dresses and toting their instruments, found themselves stranded. Not an hour ago, they had been live on national television providing string accompaniment on Mr. Timberlake’s performance of the bluesy ballad “Pair of Wings.” Now they were being asked to answer a question no one wants to hear in heaven: “Name?”
Even as Page Six and the like continue to report dutifully on the spirited mingling of Miley Cyrus or Lindsay Lohan, the truth is the “S.N.L.” after-party, now almost four decades into its run and much of that time with the reputation as the coolest party in town, has always been a little ersatz: a conception of an exclusive showbiz bacchanal based on the lore of the good old wild days, when the only thing that would break up this party was the coming of dawn or the depletion of the night’s supply of mind-altering substances.
The lore feels rooted in the drug habits of John Belushi and Chris Farley, both of whom proved to be a danger more to themselves than anyone’s cast party.
And the show itself, under Mr. Michaels’s long stewardship, is as much a fueling station now for other media — movies, talk shows, cable and web series — as it is an independent cultural product to which the improvisational aura of Chevy Chase, Mr. Belushi and Gilda Radner still clings.