Country legend graces Waterfront’s Main Stage

Country legend graces Waterfront’s Main Stage


One of country music’s greatest legends is “On the Road Again,” and he is coming to Rockford to perform at the 20th anniversary of the On the Waterfront Festival presented by Associated Bank. Willie Nelson will perform on the Miller Lite Great Lawn presented by Q98.5 on Thursday, Aug. 28. Reserved seat tickets for Willie Nelson go on sale at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 5 at the MetroCentre box office and all CentreEvents ticket outlets, by phone at 968-5222, or on the Web at Reserved seat tickets are $26.50 in advance and $31.50 the day of the show.

Gentleman Willie Nelson didn’t start out as a country star; in fact, his first 10 years in the music industry were actually spent writing hit songs for other artists such as Patsy Cline (“Crazy”) and Faron Young (“Hello Walls”). It wasn’t until the mid-’70s that Nelson joined the burgeoning outlaw country movement and really made a name for himself in the world of country music.

Nelson is truly one of the industry’s most well-known and respected artists, and is known for his many styles of music ranging from traditional pop to Western swing, jazz, honky tonk and even rock ‘n’ roll. His style has not only influenced the new generation of country but also left behind a legacy of classic songs and recordings that will be appreciated by future generations.

Some of Nelson’s most popular songs consist of “On the Road Again,” “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys,” and a rendition of Elvis’ “Always on My Mind,” which hit no. 1 on the country charts and no. 5 on the pop charts. In 1985, Willie Nelson began to use his

music to help others by founding Farm Aide. This organization has raised more than $12 million for a variety of rural American causes. Money is raised through annual concerts and other donations. In 1993, Nelson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, but that was by no means the end of his singing career. He has continued to put out one album each year since his induction. Willie Nelson’s latest work came out in November 2002, not only on CD, but also on TV. Willie Nelson & Friends: Stars and Guitars matched Nelson with some of country and pop’s greatest stars including Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, Matchbox 20 and Dave Matthews. Nelson will now join the list of shows that have made 20 years of On the Waterfront history.

Information: 964-4338 or on the Web at

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