The Outlaws ride

Willie Nelson's Outlaw Music Festival announces a Woodlands stop

Willie Nelson's Outlaw Music Festival announces a Woodlands stop

Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson & Family will headline the Outlaw Music Festival on July 1 at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Photo by James Minchin
Sturgill Simpson
Alt-country crooner Sturgill Simpson is on the bill of the Outlaw Music Festival, July 1 in The Woodlands. Photo by Reto Sterchi
The Head and the Heart
Alt-rockers The Head and the Heart will perform at Willie Nelson's Outlaw Music Festival at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on July 1. Photo courtesy Sub Pop Records
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians are on the bill for the Houston stop of the Outlaw Music Festival on July 1. Photo courtesy of Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
Willie Nelson
Sturgill Simpson
The Head and the Heart
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

Despite battling the flu last month, famed Texas country star Willie Nelson is headed out on the road again and he’s bringing family and friends with him to Houston. Nelson announced the return of his popular Outlaw Music Festival, which had a successful 10-date U.S. run last year. The 2018 edition will feature stops in nine cities, wrapping up in The Woodlands at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on July 1.

Other than headliners Willie Nelson & Family, the Houston stop will include alt-country fave Sturgill Simpson, the soaring alt-rock of The Head and the Heart, Americana singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham, folk rockers Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, rock act The Wild Feathers, rootsy Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real, and folk-rock act Particle Kid. More acts will be announced in coming weeks.

“We had so much fun on the Outlaw Music Festival Tour last year that we decided to do it again!” said Willie Nelson in a statement.

Nelson has been known for his annual Willie Nelson Picnic, ongoing since 1973, with this year’s edition taking place in Austin on July 4. Think of the Outlaw Festival as his very own traveling picnic. Each festival date will feature attractions along with local cuisine, craft beers and local artisans to give each stop a distinct flavor.

The 84-year-old Nelson's strong ties to the many different branches of music genres and his respected status allows the elder country statesman to build an eclectic line-up. Outlaw started in 2016 as a sold-out one-off show in Scranton, Pennsylvania, featuring Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Lee Ann Womack. The success of that event led to the national tour in 2017 with a run that featured Bob Dylan, the Avett Brothers, and Eric Church.

General public tickets will go on sale 10 am on Friday, March 16. General admission will be $79.50 plus fees. Reserved seats are $69.50, $59.50, and $39.50 plus fees. Lawn tickets are $25 plus fees. VIP packages will also be available. 

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