Jerry Jeff Walker Memorial Concert to be Aired Live
Legendary songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker passed away on October 23rd, 2020 due to throat Cancer, but never got a proper send off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That will change on Saturday, June 5th when friends, fellow songwriters, and family will gather at Luckenbach, TX for a proper memorial concert. Those slated to appear include close friends Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, and Jimmy Buffett among others.
The event sold out within minutes of being announced, but if you’re a die hard Jerry Jeff fan and still want to participate, you can. Audio from the event will be broadcast on both SiriusXM’s Margaritaville and Outlaw Country stations starting at 8 p.m. Central on Saturday, and on margaritaville.com. And for $10, you can purchase a ticket to stream video from the event at jerryjeff.bubbleup.live. The live stream is set to begin at 7 p.m. Saturday.
“While limited in-person tickets to the Jerry Jeff Walker Memorial Tribute have already sold out, we wanted to make sure that all of Jerry Jeff’s tried and true fans who did not get tickets could still experience this one-of-a-kind memorial,” Jerry Jeff’s family said.
Proceeds from the event will go toward the creation of life-sized bronze statues of both Jerry Jeff Walker and his close friend and Luckenbach “Imagineer” Hondo Crouch, who purchased the Hill Country haven in 1970. The mystique of the hideaway led to Walker recording his landmark 1973 album Viva Terlingua at the property, including live cuts recorded in the Luckenbach Dancehall itself.
Jerry Jeff Walker was born in New York State, but following the Texas credo that if you’re not born there, you get there as fast as you can, Walker would take his prestige from writing the classic “Mr. Bojangles” and become one of the primary catalysts for creating the world-class music scene in Austin, TX in the early 70’s that would later launch Willie Nelson and others to superstardom.
A guy known as a songwriter became known as a guy who shouted out and recorded some of the greatest songs from other songwriters of the time such as Ray Wylie Hubbard, Rodney Crowell, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, helping to put them on the national map.
June 5, 2021 @ 6:13 am
No better place than Luckenbach to have this! Bummed i cant be there. May have to stream it. Trig, i hope you can go and get pics of this.
For those new to Jerry Jeff, his catalog is deep, theres quite a lot of great music to be found and in addition to Viva Terlingua, check out Ridin High as well as Contrary to Ordinary and the self titled one, Jerry Jeff. And his very last album is great as well. His version of Guy Clarks My Favorite Picture of You , is a must listen. Hope it gets a reissue.
Jeff had so much enthusiasm and passion for life, music and people. Seeing him live, you really could feel his joy, and he was one of those guys who could live ” in the moment” and you were glad to be there sharing that moment with him.
June 5, 2021 @ 7:19 am
I would like to attend this, reached out to them, but never received any kind of confirmation I would be let in, and wasn’t quick on the draw enough to secure a ticket. So unless something materializes in the next few hours, I’ll be experiencing it remotely.
June 9, 2021 @ 3:25 pm
Sad to say I never saw him live but an inspiring dose of that spirit comes through on is albums. A true gift to the world.
Matthew R Cooper
June 5, 2021 @ 8:41 am
You wont get in the show sitting on your couch .Head on over ill bet they’ll let you in. Have a great time, & take some pictures.
June 5, 2021 @ 9:20 am
I’m working the phones …
But for all their laid back vibes, Luckenbach is notorious for being super restrictive on media for some reason. I have driven the two hours out there before to be turned away.
Crispin A Tunila
June 5, 2021 @ 9:07 am
Much Thanks for all the music and shows I had the privilege of seeing.Thanks again, RIP.
June 5, 2021 @ 1:43 pm
Can we assume Sheryl Crow will be there?
June 5, 2021 @ 1:55 pm
Jerry Jeff is my all time favorite, got this Jerseyboy into Country and down to Texas.
I’ll be listening tonight and gave a few friends a heads up.
Thanks Trig for the note, I met Jerry Jeff once in New York City at the Lonestar Roadhouse many years back. And got him to sign his last CD that I bought from his Tried and True site. As mentioned before, his whole catalog is worth listening to, not a clam on any record.
Hope Susan, Django and his daughter are doing well!
June 5, 2021 @ 3:56 pm
Scamp Walker lives again in Lucenbach tonight!!! Gonna be a show for tbe ages! RIP JJW and thanks for the music. From San Pedro Amerbergris Caye Beleize to Gruene Hall to Lucenbach to Fort Worth i have seen a true maestro perform. I suspect JJW will be looking down tonight and smiling we will see you when we get there Scamp!
June 5, 2021 @ 7:29 pm
What a great show!
June 5, 2021 @ 8:54 pm
Thought it was really well done.
June 5, 2021 @ 8:48 pm
Where were the Lost Gozo Band members….what is the deal with that?
June 5, 2021 @ 8:50 pm
Fabulous concert! Thank you Susan, Django and Jessie. We always loved JJ and we were heartbroken when he passed away. To think that we would never see him again in concert whether in Colorado, Missouri or Belize was sad but this tribute made a lovely gathering of his friends a great send off for him.
June 5, 2021 @ 9:09 pm
I had tickets to one of his last shows at The Paramount but had to miss the show due to a family emergency. Just learned of this tribute concert today. Well worth watching the live stream!
Keeping Up the Tempo
June 6, 2021 @ 1:17 am
While the event started off slow, I was disappointed in the streamer, Houston-based Bubbleup’s lack of pre-event testing capabilities. Instead of providing the ability to pre-test the streaming services capabilities for casting video and audio, their support only pointed to how-to links that were not helpful.
Specifically leveraging Chromecast from a 2021 Android-based Samsung tablet to a 65″ Sony Bravia 4K (2020) Andoid-based TV. Typical of most weaker technology-based service outfits, BubblesUp tried to deflect the cause back on me, assuming I was using an old iPhone. I have no problem casting from any of my Android-based devices to either of my Sony Bravia 4K TVs both having built-in Chromecast using most video apps.
The only redeeming fact is that I only paid $10 to watch the event, albeit on nine inches versus sixty-five inches. :-/
June 6, 2021 @ 9:18 am
I first saw JJW in Oklahoma city. I was stationed at Ft Sill, and my best Army buddy and I drove up to OKC to seem him. We get there, and JJW and the guitarist recognize my Army buddy, because his Dad had been going to JJW concerts for years.
The show starts, and 2 song in, two guys in the back by the bar get into a fight. JJW, stops the show, tells the guys to “fing knock it off back there”. JJW starts the song again, and immediately the guys start fighting. JJW, stops singing, and says “last time I was here, you assholes got drunk and started fighting and heckling me and my guys. I swore I would never come back, but got talked into it. Congratulations. The show is over folks!”….. he unplugged his guitar, and walked off stage….. lights came on, band then walked off…. My Army buddy turned to me and said “Told you it would be a great show!”
June 6, 2021 @ 9:43 pm
I saw JJ many times over the years and loved every show. Fantastic catalog and I own every recording. I agree with Contrary To Ordinary and Jerry Jeff. My favorite song is L A Freeway.