Not all is lost in Luck, TX—the town that Willie Nelson built to film the movie The Red Headed Stranger that is adjacent to his home just outside of Austin, TX. Over the last few years, the Luck Reunion has been one of the premier events during SXSW in mid March, happening on the Thursday of the festivities, and drawing capacity crowds.
This year the Luck Reunion had an incredible lineup. But like everything else, it has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus. Nonetheless, they will be celebrating Thursday (3-19) with a live streaming event showcasing many of the artists originally scheduled to perform, and a few surprises.
Called “Til Further Notice,” the event will stream free to the public on luckreunion.com/tilfurthernotice, and on twitch.tv/luckreunion starting on 6 p.m. Central. Artists will broadcast from their respective houses all across the country. Confirmed performers include:
Willie Nelson – Lukas Nelson – Micah Nelson – Paul Cauthen – Randy Houser – Margo Price & Jeremy Ivey – Lucinda Williams – Paul Simon and Edie Brickell – Nathaniel Rateliff – Jewel – Ida Mae – Devon Gilfillian – Thomas Csobra – Tami Neilson – Sunny War – Ian Ferguson – Tre Burt – David Ramirez – Katie Pruitt – Nikki Lane – Early James
Though admission is free, a tip jar will be available for fans to pitch in. All proceeds will be distributed “equally and transparently,” and each artists can choose to donate the money to a charity or to a fellow artist in need.
“Everyone in our community is gutted. We are gutted. We couldn’t just sit around on Thursday when our event was supposed to take place, knowing that other producers and artists in our industry are also isolated and out of work,” says Matt Bizer, co-founder of Luck Productions. “This is our effort to bring back a bit of the Luck spirit, and to try to raise money for the people and charities we care about so deeply.”
The Luck Reunion is doing what SXSW proper was looking to do with a portion of their events for 2020, which was move them to the virtual world in the face of the pandemic before the City of Austin pulled the plug on the event entirely. Many artists are spending their evenings performing for fans via live streams, but this will be the first festival from the roots world to try out the idea after being cancelled.
6:15 PM – Ida Mae
6:25 PM – Nikki Lane
6:35 PM – Thomas Csorba
6:50 PM – Tami Neilson
7:00 PM – Lucinda Williams
7:15 PM – Devon Gilfillian
7:25 PM – Ian Ferguson
7:35 PM – Katie Pruitt
8:00 PM – David Ramirez
8:10 PM – Paul Cauthen
8:20 PM – Randy Houser
8:30 PM – Lucius
8:40 PM – Tré Burt
8:50 PM – Early James
9:15 PM – Margo Price & Jeremy Ivey
9:30 PM – Kurt Vile
9:40 PM – Sunny War
9:50 PM – Paul Simon & Edie Brickell
10:10 PM – Jewel
10:50 PM – Nathaniel Rateliff
11:15 PM – Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson , and Micah Nelson
Hosted by Ray Benson
Watch live video from LuckReunion on www.twitch.tv