Willie Nelson’s 43rd Annual Fourth of July Picnic Will Return to Austin Read More: Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic Will Return to Austin
Ethan Miller, Getty Images Pack your finest baskets and coziest blankets, because Willie Nelson has announced that his annual Fourth of July Picnic will return to Circuit of the Americas’ Austin360 Amphitheater for its second consecutive year. To honor America’s birthday, Nelson has invited some star-studded guests to help him, and all of his fans, celebrate. There will be two stages packed with more than 20 of country music’s finest acts. Some of the biggest names booked on this year’s bill are Brantley Gilbert, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson with Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack, Asleep at the Wheel, Billy Joe Shaver, Shakey Graves, Leon Russell, Ray Wylie Hubbard, David Allan Coe and Margo Price. Nelson & Family, Jamestown Revival, Cody Johnson, Johnny Bush, Paula Nelson, the Raelyn Nelson Band, Folk Uke, Dallas Wayne and Amber Digby will be performing at the venue as well. Beyond musical entertainment, guests will also have the opportunity to do some shopping from Texas-based businesses, picnic with family and friends and witness a traditional Fourth of July fireworks display. “I got the idea from Woodstock about how music could bring people from different places together,” Nelson said last year when he decided to bring the show back to Austin. “I had just moved to Austin and had come to realize what a great music center it was and could be.” Tickets for the event go on sale on May 20 at 11AM ET. Prices range from $39.50 to $85, with VIP packages also available. More information is available at Ticketmaster.com. Read More: Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic Will Return to Austin |
Cowsky and her husband came all the way from Florida to catch the action.
“This is our first time. We were with family for the Fourth of July so we decided to come here,” she said.
This is the 43rd edition of the musical picnic, but just the second time at Circuit of the Americas and fans are loving the choice of venue.
“I'm a racer myself, drag racing. It's at a racetrack that's why I'm here. I’ve got the RV parked over there. Been here since 9:00 yesterday morning,” Kenny Bass, concert attendee said.
Our cameras were not allowed to shoot performances per festival policy, however, Bass gave us a private concert singing one of his favorites by Willie.
"Whiskey river take my mind, don't let her memory torture me," Bass sang.
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