The Hollywood Bowl will host nearly as many stars over a pair of nights throughout the summer season April 29-30, all gathered to pay tribute to Willie Nelson, who turns 90 in the first of two evenings at America’s premier outdoor venue. .
Just over 30 artists are booked for shows, from Neil Young to Snoop Dogg to Ziggy Marley to Beck to Tom Jones — and, of course, crossover-appealing country stars like Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, The Chicks, Sturgill, The Simpsons and Miranda Lambert. .
If the bill for one night seems high, it is. “Each night will be a unique experience,” says an announcement for the concert, and two-night-only passes are set to go on sale next week.
Also starring Lumineer, Sheryl Crow, Billy Strings, Norah Jones, Tyler Childers, Margo Price, Bob Weir, The Avett Brothers, Allison Russell, Leon Bridges, Norah Jones, Warren Haynes, Lucas Nelson, Charlie Crockett, Lyle Lovett, Nathaniel Rateliff, Roseanne Cash. , Orville Peck, Eddie Brickell, Particle Kid and Warren Haynes. More artistes are also expected to join the bill.
Tickets for the two-day week go on sale Saturday, January 28, at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. A presale for Capital One Visa and MasterCard holders will begin on Wednesday, January 25, three days before that.
The shows are presented by Blackbird Presents and Live Nation Hewitt-Silva. Mark Rothbaum, Keith Wortman, Bill Silva, Brian Smith and Creative Artists Agency are credited as executive producers.
“I can’t think of a better way to spend my 90th birthday than surrounded by family, friends and, of course, fans,” Nelson said in a statement. “It’s an honor to perform with such an incredible group of artists in such an iconic venue.”
Blackbird Presents is one of the producing partners for a five-part docu-series about Nelson that premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival, “Willie Nelson and Family,” directed by Thom Zimney and Oren Moverman. No air date or platform has been set.
Nelson’s news doesn’t end there. Last week, Nelson announced that he will release a new studio album, “I Don’t Know a Thing About Love”, on March 3. The 10-song compilation spotlights the work of one of country music’s greatest songwriters, Harlan Howard, and includes a newly released preview single, “Busted.”
Which performers will perform on which night is apparently meant to be a surprise, though it’s a given that Stapleton and Childers’ appearances, at least, will come Saturday night, as both are booked to play the Stagecoach Festival in Indio the following day.
The Hollywood Bowl is one of the few major concert venues in America where Nelson has years; The historic amphitheater completes 102 years this year The poster art for the two-nighter is sure to be a popular item, as it depicts a silhouetted figure riding a horse facing a landscape that juxtaposes iconic Hollywood images of Luck Ranch, a movie set and concert venue on Nelson’s property. in texas
This is the second major tribute Blackbird Presents has offered to Nelson in recent years. On January 12, 2019, a show for A&E, “Willie: Life and Songs of an American Outlaw” was filmed at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. That tribute featured some of the same artists who would appear at the Bowl — including Stapleton, Ratliff, Crowe, Price, Lovett, Jones and Avetts — along with others not identified as repeaters (so far), Alison Krauss, Eric Church. , Emmylou Harris, George Strait and Jimmy Buffett. That show is made available on demand.
More information on bowl packages can be found at willienelson90.com.