For my friends birthday I got her 2 tickets to go see Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp and my favorite, Willie Nelson. It's amazing to see these three musical geniuses in a lifetime, let alone at one place on one day, and it wasn't even part of one of the music festivals in Austin. It was at the Dell Diamond baseball park....not your typical concert venue...but also not your typical concert. The concert lasted about 4 or 5 hours, but no one batted an eye with all the great music that was playing! I heard songs that I knew every word...songs that I couldn't understand any of the words (thank you Bob)...and songs that I knew but didn't know that one of these epic artists wrote them. It was a great night of reliving where you were when you first heard that song and also making new ones with friends. If these three guys come into town again....together or seperately...I would definitely take the time to see all these legends again.
I've been fortunate to see Willie Nelson a half dozen times in concert and can say that he's truly one of the best. A Willie Nelson show is special because he is one of the legends in music with a song list full of hits. Willie also has a great voice that makes his live show as good as his recorded albums. Every musician alive loves Willie Nelson, so you never know who is going to wind up on stage with him (Snoop Dogg, Billy Bob Thornton, Merle Haggard, Dale Watson, John Mellencamp).
The crowd at a Willie Nelson show is also a must see. You'll see a mix of hippies, cowboys & yuppies - but everyone gets along. The beer at the show is going to be Lone Star, Pabst or the like. A Willie Nelson show is a salt of the earth experience, it's not going to have fancy special effects and lighting. It is Willie Nelson playing his guitar and singing on stage with his band - and its incredible every time.
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Review 3 for Willie Nelson
Always on my mind ...
Date:September 28, 2010
A rookie venue mistake: no shade and a lack of food, nearly ruined my first Willie Nelson Fourth of July Picnic 2010 at the new Backyard at Bee Cave outdoor venue.
It was the thought of seeing an up-close performance by an iconic singer-songwriter that made me buck up and stay until Willie Nelson took the stage late in the evening.
Joined by his little sister Bobbie, on the grand piano, and a crew of performers that played earlier in the day (Kris Kristofferson, David Allan Coe, other members of the Nelson family, etc.), the man did not disappoint.
Looking the part, with Trigger and an American flag bandana and cowboy hat, Willie played to a gushing audience, enthralled by their hero. Perhaps the second best thing about the concert next to Willie himself, was the eclectic crowd that stuck it out. I situated myself near the left side of the stage with an unobstructed view of the singers, lights and front of the crowd.
The highlight for me, was Willie's performance of "Whiskey River." Other performers had tried it earlier in the day, and just nothing compared to Willie singing it.