Willie Nelson and Family at Arkansas State University Mountain Home

Willie Nelson at Vada Sheid Community Development Center on the campus of Arkansas State University Mountain Home.
by:  Kevin Pieper

Music legend Willie Nelson is set to perform 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center on the campus of Arkansas State University Mountain Home.

This will be the second show Nelson has played at The Sheid – he played to a sold-out house in December 2010. Nelson was the first artist to sell out the venue.

If Nelson’s first show at The Sheid was any indication, the 79-year-old music icon is playing and singing as strong as ever. He released an album, “Heroes”, earlier this year, the latest in more than 60 studio albums in his storied career

Those who attended the first show will notice a difference in the venue. Back in 2010, retractable theater seating had not been installed in the back of Performing Arts Center and patrons had to sit on folding chairs, many with no direct line of sight to the stage. Now, an additional 815 retractable theater seats have been installed, offering comfortable seating with a clear view of the stage.

“Every seat is a good seat,” said Rickey Crawford, assistant facility manager at The Sheid.

The theater seats 1,639, making for an intimate setting for artists performing at The Sheid, one which Nelson seemed to enjoy the first time around.

“One of the cool things that happened there the first time,” promoter Curtis Pinkerton said, “was Willie came down to the front of the stage and shook hands and signed autographs. That never happens.”

Pinkerton emphasized there is no guarantee Nelson will do it again, but he did say that Nelson was excited to come back to The Sheid.

“He spoke really highly of the area and the venue itself,” Pinkerton said. “When we made the proposal this time, it was hard to tell who was more excited, Willie or us.

Tickets for the show are still available at The Sheid box office, at Etix 1-800-514-3849 and online at http://www.thesheid.com.

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