Willie Nelson draws 50K fans to Wichita Riverfest
What You Need To Know About Willie Nelson What You Need To Know About Willie NelsonWICHITA, Kan. — Willie Nelson was on the road again, and the country music legend showed he could still draw a crowd. >> Read more trending newsNelson, 89, took to the stage at the Wichita Riverfest on Saturday, KSNW-TV reported. WOW: Here is a picture taken by Wichita Festivals of fans at Riverfest for the Willie Nelson concert. >> Bobbie Nelson, Willie Nelson’s sister, dead at 91“Everybody was just excited for Willie,” Wichita Festivals Inc. President Nancy Duling told the newspaper. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 14 Willie Nelson Through The Years©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Coronavirus forces cancellations in Jazz Fest's 2nd weekend
2022 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival - Weekend 2 - Day 1 Festivalgoers are seen at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, on Thursday, May 5, 2022, in New Orleans. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) (Amy Harris)NEW ORLEANS — (AP) — Willie Nelson is cancelling an upcoming performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival and postponing other shows after a positive case of the coronavirus in his band. The news comes after Melissa Etheridge announced Thursday that she would not be able to perform Saturday at Jazz Fest due to “COVID hitting my crew." COVID heartbreak,” tweeted Etheridge after news that Staples would appear on Saturday was announced. The Times-Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate reported that Porter played multiple shows during Jazz Fest's first weekend and had a number of performances scheduled outside the festival during the second weekend.wftv.com
Coronavirus: Willie Nelson postpones Tennessee concert due to COVID-19 case in band
What You Need To Know About Willie Nelson What You Need To Know About Willie NelsonFRANKLIN, Tenn. — Country music legend Willie Nelson’s concert in Tennessee on Friday night was postponed due to an unnamed member of the band testing positive for COVID-19. Charley Crockett and Drayton Farley, who were also slated to appear with Nelson’s band, will return on June 19 for the rescheduled concert, WTVF reported. >> Bobbie Nelson, Willie Nelson’s sister, dead at 91Nelson’s older sister, Bobbie Nelson, died in March at the age of 91. Willie Nelson shared a Facebook post in January 2021, where he received a COVID-19 shot at a drive-through facility in Texas. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 14 Willie Nelson Through The Years©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Bobbie Nelson, sister of country music legend, dies at 91
AUSTIN, Texas — (AP) — Bobbie Nelson, the older sister of country music legend Willie Nelson and longtime pianist in his band, has died, her family said. An original member of the Willie Nelson and Family Band, Bobbie Nelson played piano for more than 50 years with her brother. “Her elegance, grace, beauty and talent made this world a better place,” the Nelson family said. “Our whole life has been one song after another,” she said, “learning to play music and his beautiful ability to write songs. She collaborated with her brother on two books: “Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of The Family Band” and a children's book called “Sister, Brother, Family: An American Childhood in Music.”Copyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Bobbie Nelson, Willie Nelson’s sister, dead at 91
Bobbie Nelson, Willie Nelson's sister, dead at 91 Bobbie Nelson performs at the Heartbreaker Banquet on Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Spicewood, Texas. (Rich Fury/Invision/AP)Bobbie Nelson, the older sister of country music legend Willie Nelson, has died, her family confirmed. Here’s what they were saying:Nobody played piano like Bobbie Nelson and nobody ever will. pic.twitter.com/6Jupjt12fF — Low Cut Connie (@LowCutConnie) March 11, 2022RIP Bobbie Nelson, your song has ended, but the melody lingers on. Condolences to Willie Nelson Family & Band @WillieNelson https://t.co/0MFRr3CxJC — William Lee Golden (@wlgolden) March 11, 2022Rest In Paradise Sister Bobbie Nelson 💔 pic.twitter.com/BFiFtL97IL — roger harvey (@xorogerharvey) March 11, 2022©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Thanksgiving 2021: Quotes – funny and touching – to honor the holiday; post on Instagram
Thanksgiving grateful It's the time of year to give thanks. (ODonnell Photograf/Getty Images/iStockphoto)With the strain of pulling together a Thanksgiving feast and the pressure of a house full of relatives, it would be easy to miss the reason for the holiday. The sweet potatoes. The pumpkin pie. Is there anything else we all can agree so vehemently about?wftv.com
New this week: 'Clickbait,' Sturgill Simpson and Addison Rae
This week’s new entertainment releases include a Sturgill Simpson's concept album called “The Ballad of Dood & Juanita” and TikTok star Addison Rae making her acting debut in a gender-flipped remake of the 1999 Freddie Prinze Jr and Rachael Leigh Cook teen comedy “She’s All That.”.
'Vote them out': Willie Nelson headlines Texas protest rally
Voting Bills Texas Beto O’Rourke, former Democratic congressman and presidential candidate, speaks at a rally for voting rights in Texas at the Capitol in Austin, Texas on Saturday, July 31, 2021. Hundreds of people packed the steps of the Texas Capitol as a protest rally which began Wednesday and ended Saturday with participants marching up to the doors of the Texas Capitol building. The march began Wednesday and ended Saturday when participants walked up to the doors of the Texas Capitol building. Renee Conley, 52, said she attended the rally with her daughter, for whom she is fighting against the Texas voting bill. When she goes to vote, Conley said she brings her daughter to the polls so she can learn the process in anticipation of the day she can cast her own ballot.wftv.com
'Vote them out': Willie Nelson headlines Texas protest rally
Country music legend Willie Nelson led more than a thousand spectators in singing “vote them out” Saturday from the steps of the Texas Capitol during a rally wrapping up a four-day march in support of Democratic state legislators who bolted for Washington two weeks ago to block GOP-backed voting restrictions. Families with lawn chairs spread out across the sprawling Capitol greens in Austin. Clergy, politicians, constituents and musicians all spoke out about the proposals to impose voter ID requirements, limit ballot drop boxes and mail voting, and strip local officials of their election authority.news.yahoo.com
The Latest: Astros to allow 50% capacity for games in April
Houston hosts 14 games in April -- Oakland and Detroit visit for three each, the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle play four times. ___The Charlotte Hornets will allow approximately 5,000 fans to attend NBA home games beginning March 26 against Miami, or about 25% percent of the Spectrum Center’s seating capacity. That’s a 10% increase from the 3,000 fans that were allowed to attend home games beginning March 13. ___The Preakness will be run in front of a limited capacity of 10,000 fans at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on May 15. AdSince the pandemic was declared in March 2020, the Ad Council has mobilized the industry to launch a multi-pronged communications effort to combat COVID-19.
New this week: Billie Eilish, Billie Holiday and Superman
This combination photo shows promotional art for Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry, a documentary debuting Friday on Apple TV+, from left, The United States vs. Billie Holiday," premiering Friday on Hulu and Superman & Lois," a new series premiering Tuesday on The CW. (AppleTV+/Hulu/The CW via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. Ad— Based on Johann Hari’s 2015 book, “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs,” Lee Daniels' “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” chronicles the legendary jazz singer's addiction and activism. Andra Day, who's nominated for a Golden Globe, plays Holiday in the biopic, which premieres Friday on Hulu. ET at the Amazon Music Twitch channel and will feature music from the group’s new album, “Life Rolls On,” released on Feb. 12.
Charley Pride overcame racial barriers as country music star
And he did it by winning over millions of country music fans. Until the early 1990s, when Cleve Francis came along, Pride was the only Black country singer signed to a major label. “Then it was ‘first Negro country singer;’ then ‘first Black country singer.’ Now I’m the `first African-American country singer.′ That’s about the only thing that’s changed. Throughout his career, he sang positive songs instead of sad ones often associated with country music. Even a country singer,” said country singer Rissi Palmer on Twitter.
Outlaw country artist Billy Joe Shaver dead at 81
FILE - Artist Billy Joe Shaver poses backstage following his concert "Billy Joe Shaver presented by WMOT/Roots Radio" at City Winery Nashville in Nashville, Tenn. on April 1, 2017. Shaver, who penned songs for Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Bobby Bare, has died. (Photo by Laura Roberts/Invision/AP, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Outlaw country singer songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, who wrote songs like “Honky Tonk Heroes,” “I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train” and “Old Five and Dimers Like Me,” has died He was 81. His big break came when Jennings recorded several of Shaver's songs for his 1973 album “Honky Tonk Heroes," which helped popularize the outlaw country genre. Shaver wrote songs that were covered by Elvis Presley, Patty Loveless, George Jones, Tex Ritter, Tennessee Ernie Ford and John Anderson.
Trailblazer Charley Pride to get lifetime achievement award
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Trailblazing country music star Charley Pride will get a lifetime achievement award at the CMA Awards in November. 1 hits between the 1960s and 1980s, with songs like “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'” and “Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone.”Pride, 82, will accept the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award on the CMA Awards on Nov. 11 on ABC. Pride was named CMA Entertainer of the year in 1971 and won male artist of the year in 1971 and 1972. He has three Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000. Other recipients of the award include Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Kris Kristofferson.
Toots Hibbert, beloved reggae star, dead at 77
FILE - In this May 3, 2018 file photo, Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans. Hibbert, frontman of Toots & the Maytals, had been in a medically-induced coma at a hospital in Kingston since earlier this month. Grammy nominations for Hibbert included best reggae album of 2012 for “Reggae Got Soul” and best reggae album of 2007 for “Light Your Light.” Hibbert was ranked No. Married to his wife, Doreen, for nearly 40 years, Hibbert had eight children, including the reggae performers Junior Hibbert and Leba Hibbert. Frederick Nathaniel Hibbert ("Toots" was a childhood nickname) was born in May Pen, Parish of Clarendon.
New this week: Willie Nelson, Nick race special, 'Hamilton'
This cover image released by Legacy Recordings shows "First Rose of Spring," the latest album by WIllie Nelson, available on July 3. The PG-13 film was shot in summer 2016 over two Hamilton performances with the original cast, and it comes complete with an intermission. The legend Willie Nelson will release his 70th studio album, First Rose of Spring, on Friday. AP Music Editor Mesfin FekaduTELEVISIONAlicia Keys hosts Kids, Race and Unity, a Nick News special aimed at helping children understand the crisis facing America. The special debuts 7 p.m. EDT Monday on Nickelodeon, TeenNick, and Nicktoons and online on sites including Nickelodeon YouTube.
Willie Nelson, Higher Together and the best 420 music livestreams to keep your day nice and chill
Proceeds go to Live Nations Crew Nation, Drug Policy Alliance, and Americans for Safe Access. 4 p.m.11 a.m.Tommy Chong and Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza, along with Too Short, Citizen Cope and loads more. Proceeds benefit Covid-19 first respondersDragondeer, Dopapod, Star Kitchen, SPAGAand comedianscome together to celebrate the day and raise money for t he Payback, the Angel Relief Fund, the Colorado COVD Relief Fund, and the Colorado Comedy Relief Fund. Also a benefit for the Last Prisoner Project.It may not be a fest, but rapper Snoop Dogg is celebrating 420 in a very befitting manner. The Doggfather (as DJ Snoopadelic) is taking to Instagram Live for a special DJ set celebrating his epochal 1992 collaboration with Dr. Dre,A constellation of musiciansDance Party Time Machine, Ghost-Live, DJ Logic,EDM-heavy all-dayer features Skratch Bastid,orlandoweekly.com
Willie Nelson is on the road again, and he's stopping in Orlando Friday night
All with that shy smile intact. Would it be churlish, though, for us to ask for a song or two from his dizzying 1970s song suitewith Cassidy Daniels | 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 | Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014 | drphillipscenter.org | $39.50-$125Consider supporting local journalism. Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida. Unlike many newspapers, ours is free and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlandos true free pressorlandoweekly.com
Ken Burns on the love and loss of 'Country Music'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Ken Burns, the renowned documentarian known for bringing American history to vivid life, debuts his latest effort on Sunday, "Country Music." "We say about country music, 'Oh, it's about pickup trucks and good ole boys and hound dogs and six packs of beer.' "We tend to think of country music as one thing, but it's always been many things," says Burns. In Burns' view, the genre has also minted some of the finest songwriters in popular music, country or otherwise. That's country music."
Willie Nelson cancels tour due to breathing problem
Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Blackbird(CNN) - Willie Nelson has as canceled the remainder of his current tour, citing a health issue. The 86-year-old singer performed a show in Toledo, Ohio, then took to Twitter to tell followers, "I'm sorry to cancel my tour, but I have a breathing problem that I need to have my doctor check out. Nelson was scheduled for 30 more shows, including a stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Friday and a grand finale at Thackerville, Oklahoma, in November. In 2018, Nelson canceled a performance at the Outlaw Music Festival, then pulled some shows from his tour. "I am sorry to have to cut the SLC show short tonight," he wrote on Twitter.
Willie Nelson on new memoir, music and marijuana
The singer and songwriter has always been a musical outlaw. He was inspired by blues, jazz, gospel, honky tonk and the '60s hippy movement, and he created a sound all of his own and revolutionized country music. Willie joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss his new memoir, "It's a Long Story."cbsnews.com
Willie Nelson's SeaWorld concert canceled
Nelson's departure from the 2014 "Bands, Brew, and BBQ" schedule comes days after Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies cancelled their concert at the marine park, citing concerns raised by the documentary "Blackfish". "Due to a scheduling conflict, Willie Nelson will not be appearing at Bands, Brew, and BBQ," said SeaWorld spokesman Nick Gollattscheck. Nelson's publicist, Elaine Schock, acknowledged the singer is no longer scheduled to perform at SeaWorld but did not provide a reason why. The band said they made their decision after viewing "Blackfish", a documentary that criticizes SeaWorld and the captive whale industry. All of their official websites indicate they are still planning to appear at the marine park.