Live promoter Blackbird Presents has rescheduled the Willie Nelson performance in Charlotte, North Carolina that was originally slotted to occur on Saturday, May 26th at the PNC Music Pavilion. The new date will be Wednesday, June 20th at the PNC Pavilion once again. At the moment there are no openers or other acts scheduled for the show. Ticketholders have been told to hold on to their original tickets. No exchanges will be necessary.
As for anyone looking for a refund, Blackbird Presents tells Saving Country Music, “Ticket holders can contact a representative at their point of purchase for details. Because of the many options to purchase tickets we cannot speak to individual policies.”
As for Willie’s health, Willie’s representatives say, “Willie is in good health and plans to resume his previously scheduled tour…”
Willie Nelson canceled his original performance Saturday night after suffering from a stomach bug. The performance was part of the serial festival called the Outlaw Music Fest, which Willie was slotted to headline. The Wild Feathers and Mitchell Lee opened the night, then Old Crow Medicine Show and Sturgill Simpson also performed. Some fans became angry after Willie Nelson walked out on stage 45 minutes after his original start time, only to toss his hat out in the crowd and saunter off. It wasn’t for another hour until concertgoers were informed the performance had been canceled.
Brandi Carlile and Elvis Costello were also originally scheduled to play in Charlotte, but canceled as well. Costello canceled on April 5th after deciding to undergo a non life-threatening surgical procedure, and Brandi Carlile canceled to deal with an unexpected family obligation overseas.
Another date on the Outlaw Music Fest tour for Sunday, May 27th at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA was canceled completely. However both Sturgill Simpson and Willie Nelson played The Anthem in Washington, D.C. that night. Reviews of Willie’s performance the day after his cancellation were positive, and concertgoers said he appeared to be in good health.
As for the other upcoming Outlaw Fest tour dates, Blackbird Presents assures, “The remaining dates for the tour are all going strong and we are excited to be back on the road with Willie and his family and friends in June!” More information and all updated lineups can be found at www.BlackbirdPresents.com/outlaw-music-festival.