Willie Nelson & Family, Minnesota Zoo (July 16, 2013) (SOLD OUT)


Fresh from the 40th anniversary installment of his temperature-defying Texas 4th of July Picnic and the big Twister Relief Concert in Oklahoma, Willie Nelson doesn’t play many summer gigs as intimate as the one he’s offering here. The 80-year-old American music icon has lost some members of his previously resilient Family Band in recent years, but he impressively keeps on ticking — and picking.

His jazzy, ruggedly elegant acoustic guitar skills are often more a focal point of the shows nowadays in lieu of his other bandmates, although longtime harp-blower Mickey Raphael’s unmistakable work remains integral. Everyone wonders: Might this be ol’ Willie’s last stand in the Twin Cities? Probably not, but it could be one of his more memorable visits. (7:30 p.m. Tue., Minnesota Zoo, sold out.) Chris Riemenschneider


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