Willie Nelson will headline concert and rally to support Beto O’Rourke on Sept. 29, 2018 in Austin

photo:  Gary Miller

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Legendary musician and Texan Willie Nelson will be headlining a concert and rally supporting Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke.

This will be the country singer’s first “public” concert held in support of a political candidate, a spokesperson for Nelson said. O’Rourke will be in attendance and speak at the concert.

“My Wife Annie and I have met and spoken with Beto, and we share his concern for the direction things are headed,” said Nelson.

“Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine.”

O’Rourke previously appeared with Nelson as a guest at the singer’s 2018 July 4th Picnic.

The concert will be held from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Auditorium Shores on Lady Bird Lake. In addition to Nelson, featured performers include Leon Bridges, Carrie Rodriguez, Tameca Jones and Joe Ely.

The rally will be open to the public. Anyone interested in attending needs to register at betofortexas.com.

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