Farm Aid's annual benefit concert took place at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC on September 24th. The sold-out crowd was treated to sets by headliner Willie Nelson and co-founder John Mellencamp, board members Dave Matthews and Margo Price, and featured artists Sheryl Crow and Chris Stapleton, among others. One significant absence at this year's event was co-founder Neil Young.
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have a new album out and they are touring across the country to sold out audiences and looking like they are having the times of their lives doing so. Last night in Fort Collins was no exception in the anticipation and excitement this band brings. They are not reinventing the wheel with their music, they are presenting it honestly, organic and raw, with sincerity and superb musicianship.
Lukas Nelson followed in the footsteps of his father Willie to become an unpredictable Americana troubadour, roaming the unplowed ground connecting rock and country. Possessing a reedy and strong voice reminiscent of his dad, Nelson is a muscular guitarist, a skill showcased in his band Promise of the Real. POTR came to prominence in the middle of the 2010s thanks to Neil Young hiring the quintet as his backing band.
The inaugural WWG in 2013 began in the parking lot of Crazy Mountain Brewery in Edwards, Colorado and has since grown to a multi-state, multi-genre extravaganza. WinterWonderGrass has cemented it’s place in music festival folklore. With locations in Colorado, California, and Vermont and attracting music fans from all over the country this festival not only provides the infrastructure for world class music ranging from bluegrass, roots, folk and much more, it also provides world class skiing and riding at each location.
Collaborations including Bob Weir joining Lukas Nelson for an unforgettable version of Willie Nelson’s “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”; an unamplified, in-the-dark, Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz/Elliott Peck-led version of Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home” during a power outage; and a unique closing musical sequence highlighted the eight annual benefit on November 23 for Music Heals International (MHI).
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Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will embark on an extensive headline tour this fall including newly confirmed shows at Chicago’s The Vic Theatre, Boston’s Royale, Brooklyn’s Brooklyn Steel, Atlanta’s Roxy, Seattle’s The Showbox, Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre (two nights) and Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium among several others. See below for complete itinerary.
As we all know, tours and venues are opening across the country and with this, shows are being scheduled wherever there is an open night and music lovers everywhere are digging every minute of it. Recently Colorado has been blessed with a number of surprisingly great week mid-week shows, including Bob Weir last week, and this week the trend continues.