by: Devorah Levy-Pearlman
2017 Best of the Beat Award winner for Best Club, House of Blues, will host country legend Willie Nelson on Thursday, March 8. Upheld as possibly the biggest icon of the “outlaw country” movement– and one of the most influential country stars of the 20th century– Willie Nelson shook up the Nashville sound in the ’70s, leaving a permanent mark on the genre. His career is a testament to the evolution of country over the century, absorbing genres and constantly evolving his sound over his long career. The release of his album God’s Problem Child last April– one day before his 84th birthday– marked the first time in three years Nelson had released all-new material.
Time doesn’t seem to slow Willie Nelson down: America’s beloved, old-school icon already has a packed schedule of touring for 2018. His House of Blues appearance will be just one of several in a series of nationwide stops to promote his 2017 album. After last year’s Outlaw Country Music Festival— headlined by Nelson, the Avett Brothers, and Sheryl Crow– canceled its New Orleans stop, anxious fans can finally catch the show they’ve been waiting for.
Online sales for the show will be suspended after 7 p.m. on the day of the event. To purchase tickets the day of, call the House of Blues box office at (504) 310-4999 or visit them at 225 Decatur in the French Quarter. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8. All general admission tickets are standing only.