Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic (The other stages)

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Billy Joe Shaver

Willie Nelson always invites so many artists to his picnic, that they won’t all fit on one stage, or even two.   There were great bands performing on three stages, the South Stage, the North Stage and Inside Billy Bob’s stage.   The sound system was so good, and they broadcast all the performances so you could hear all the bands performing from anywhere you were.  And that’s really good because it gets so crowded that you can’t (easily) move from stage to stage to see all the bands you want to see.  And that is the only bummer, not getting to see all the bands.  We park ourselves in front of Willie’s stage, and just stay put.  It’s too hot and too hard to try to get to other stage at end of field, but it means you don’t get to see everybody.     We got to hear  but not see Ryan Bingham,  Ray Wyley Hubbard, Quebe Sisters, Ryan Bingham and Dirty River band, and

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Amber Digby

In years past, you could turn around and see the artists, from a distance of course. But for the past couple of years they have brought in a VIP skybox in the middle of the field.  It’s  a raised, tent, with tables and waiters and air-conditioning. The VIP experience, is $250.00, which includes early entry, private bar and waiters and some food and drink.  But it was when I learned the toilets were air-conditioned, that I got it.  There are no words to describe the smell of a port-o-potty on the 4th of July, in Forth Worth, Texas about 3:00 p.m., if you know what I mean. 

But best part about the VIP Box, you can sit there and swivel around on your swivel chair and watch either stage.  It’s not the same as being up front where we were, of course, but if you can’t go through what it takes to sit up front, or if you can’t take the Texas heat, then the Skybox might be the place for you.

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Ray Wylie Hubbard

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Dale Watson

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