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Legendary Willie Nelson bringing Outlaw Music Festival to Phoenix

May 27, 2021, 4:35 AM | Updated: 11:13 am
Willie Nelson performs at MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Dolly Parton at Los Angeles Convent...
Willie Nelson performs at MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Dolly Parton at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 08, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
(Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

PHOENIX – Country legend Willie Nelson will soon be on the road again with some of his superstar musical friends, including a fall stop in Phoenix.

The latest version of the red-headed stranger’s Outlaw Music Festival Tour will take over Ak-Chin Pavilion on Oct. 15

(Take note, country fans, that’s right in the middle of the Arizona Country Thunder run, which was delayed until Oct. 14-17.)

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The tour will be headlined on all stops by Willie Nelson and Family — his touring and recording band — with varying lineups of all-star support acts.

The Phoenix slate is sure to please a wide range of fans, with folk-rock heavyweights The Avett Brothers, Southern rock jam band Gov’t Mule, Americana icon Lucinda Williams and British roots-rock duo Ida Mae.

“The Outlaw Music Festival Tour has always been about family and friends coming together for a great day of music and fun, and with the amazing group of artists joining us, this year promises to be our most special Outlaw tour to date,” Nelson said in a press release.

The Outlaw Music Festival debuted as a 2016 event in Scranton, Pennsylvania, before evolving into an annual tour franchise that has featured the likes of Robert Plant, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.

Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are among the performers lined up for parts of the 14-show 2021 tour, which kicks off Aug. 22 in Austin and concludes Oct. 24 in Wheatland, California, outside Sacramento.

Nelson last visited Phoenix for a two-night stand at Celebrity Theatre in May 2019.

The 88-year-old singer/songwriter/actor/cannabis aficionado will likely be glad to know that Arizona has since legalized marijuana for recreational use.

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Legendary Willie Nelson bringing Outlaw Music Festival to Phoenix