×

Willie Nelson, Back on the Road After Illness, Announces ‘Outlaw Music Festival’ Tour Dates

Willie Nelson, back on the road after cancelling multiple shows due to the flu and respiratory issues, is back on the road and plans to stay there: Today he announced the lineup for the first leg of Outlaw Music Festival Tour for summer 2018. The traveling show’s lineup includes Nelson and his band, Sturgill Simpson, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Alison Krauss, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, The Head and the Heart, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ryan Bingham, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Wild Feathers, JD McPherson, Delta Rae, and Particle Kid. The tour is produced by Nelson with Blackbird Presents and Live Nation and sponsored by Southern Comfort. More artists and dates will be announced in the coming weeks; the tour’s lineups for specific markets are detailed below.

The first leg of North America’s biggest touring festival will stop in nine cities, beginning in Raleigh, NC, on May 25, 2018 and ending on July 1, 2018 in Texas. Each festival tour date will feature a range of attractions including local cuisine, craft beers, and crafts by local artisans. The inaugural Outlaw Music Festival made its debut in 2016 featuring Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Sheryl Crow, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lee Ann Womack, and Cabinet. Nelson took the concept on the road last year and performed for more than 100,000 fans.

Nelson, who will release a new album called “Last Man Standing” on April 27, two days before his 85th birthday, said in a statement: “We had so much fun on the Outlaw Music Festival Tour last year that we decided to do it again! See y’all out on the road this summer.”

“Family. That’s what this touring group of artists, fans, and friends are when we come together for our annual Outlaw Music Festival Tour. I am thrilled to continue this journey with Willie, this extraordinary group of performers, and Live Nation,” says Keith Wortman, CEO of Blackbird Presents.

“This started out with a one-show storyboard two years ago. Now, you can hear, feel, smell and immerse locally in that joyous exuberance,” says Geoff Gordon, Live Nation Philadelphia Regional President. “Outlaw is really just a celebration of everything Willie, which the Picnic has been for decades.”

In addition to the Outlaw tour, Nelson has multiple solo concert dates scheduled into November of this year.

FRIDAY, MAY 25

RALEIGH, NC – COASTAL CREDIT UNION MUSIC PARK AT WALNUT CREEK

Willie Nelson & Family

Sturgill Simpson

Alison Krauss

Delta Rae

Other Artists To Be Announced

 

SATURDAY, MAY 26

CHARLOTTE, NC – PNC MUSIC PAVILION

Willie Nelson & Family

Sturgill Simpson

Elvis Costello & The Imposters

Brandi Carlile

Old Crow Medicine Show

Other Artists To Be Announced

SUNDAY, MAY 27

BRISTOW, VA – JIFFY LUBE LIVE

Willie Nelson & Family

Sturgill Simpson

Elvis Costello & The Imposters

Other Artists To Be Announced

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 22

CINCINNATI, OH – RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER

Willie Nelson & Family

Sturgill Simpson

The Head and the Heart

Old Crow Medicine Show

Other Artists To Be Announced

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 23

NOBLESVILLE, IN – RUOFF HOME MORTGAGE MUSIC CENTER

Willie Nelson & Family

Sturgill Simpson

The Head and the Heart

Old Crow Medicine Show

JD McPherson

Other Artists To Be Announced

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 24

DETROIT, MI – DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATRE

Willie Nelson & Family

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

The Head and the Heart

Old Crow Medicine Show

Other Artists To Be Announced

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 29

LITTLE ROCK, AR – VERIZON ARENA

Willie Nelson & Family

Sturgill Simpson

The Head and the Heart

Ryan Bingham

Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real

Particle Kid

Other Artists To Be Announced

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 30

DALLAS, TX – STARPLEX PAVILION

Willie Nelson & Family

Sturgill Simpson

Ryan Bingham

The Head and the Heart

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

The Wild Feathers

Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real

Particle Kid

Other Artists To Be Announced

 

SUNDAY, JULY 1

THE WOODLANDS, TX – CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL PAVILION

Willie Nelson & Family

Sturgill Simpson

The Head and the Heart

Ryan Bingham

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

The Wild Feathers

Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real

Particle Kid

Other Artists To Be Announced

 

More Music

  • Mary Bailey Steve D'Angelo, Jim Belushi

    Cannabis Industry Tackles Justice Reform With 'Last Prisoner Project'

    Jim Belushi is standing two feet away in the backyard of his spacious Brentwood home, honking a harp like he’s a Blues Brother back in sweet home Chicago accompanied by noted reggae band Rebelution’s Eric Rachmany and Kyle Ahern, who provide a 12-bar shuffle. There’s the sweet smell of marijuana – and success — hanging [...]

  • Post Malone

    Post Malone Announces Fall Arena Tour With Swae Lee

    Post Malone has announced a fall arena tour, where he’ll be joined by Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh, kicking off Sept. 14 in Tacoma, WA and running through November, where it’ll wrap up with southern California shows No. 16 at the Honda Center and Nov. 20 at the Forum. The “Runaway Tour” will also make [...]

  • Sean Diddy Combs

    MTV, Sean 'Diddy' Combs Reunite for 'Making the Band' Return

    MTV and Sean “Diddy” Combs are reuniting to reboot the reality competition series “Making the Band.” The show is slated to premiere in 2020. Its return was prompted by a tweet Diddy recently posted suggesting it was time for a comeback. Originally featuring the creation of early 2000s boy band O-Town (the show was conceived [...]

  • Bob Dylan Neil Young

    Bob Dylan and Neil Young Duet — Finally! — at Joint Tour Finale (Watch)

    Bob Dylan and Neil Young harked back to the days of the Carter administration — the Carter Family administration, that is — on Sunday for their first-on stage duet in a quarter-century: “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Fans had hoped for a teaming between the two at other stops along the way on their European [...]

  • BMI Promotes David Levin to Senior

    BMI Promotes David Levin to Senior VP of Digital Licensing

    BMI today announced that David Levin has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Licensing, effective immediately. In his newly expanded role, Levin is responsible for all of BMI’s domestic licensing and revenue generation, encompassing radio, television, digital media, cable, satellite and general licensing.  Levin, who will oversee teams in New York and Nashville, reports [...]

  • Austin Butler to Star as Elvis

    Austin Butler to Star as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann's Biopic

    Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic has found its king of rock ‘n’ roll. After numerous screen tests, Austin Butler has been tapped to play Elvis Presley in Luhrmann’s next feature film for Warner Bros. The studio tested with a handful of actors in full hair and make-up at the end of June to see who [...]

  • Warner Music Group Logo

    Warner Music Acquires Musical Theater Indie First Night Records

    Warner Music Group has acquired First Night Record, an independent record label for West End and Broadway musical theatre cast recordings. The company will be overseen by WMG’s Arts Music Division, led by President Kevin Gore. First Night co-founder John Craig will join the Arts Music team under a multi-year consulting agreement to identify and record musical theatre productions in [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content