Willie Nelson & Family to Perform at Coronado PAC; Pegi Young to Open

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – NiteLite Promotions has announced that Willie Nelson & Family will be playing live at the Coronado Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m. Pegi Young has been confirmed as the opening act for the event.

Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, March 1st at 10 a.m and cost between $39.50 and $59.50.

Ticket pre-sale is Thursday, February 28 at 10 a.m.

Use the promo code: COUNTRY

Tickets are available at the Coronado box office, www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling 815-968-0595.

From NiteLite Promotions:

If ever the words “living legend” were more than just public relations bluster the application would be to Willie Nelson. The iconic Texan is the creative genius behind historic recordings like “Crazy,” “Hello Walls,” “Red Headed Stranger,” “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys,” “On The Road Again,” and “Stardust”. His career has spanned six decades and his catalog boasts more than 200 albums. He’s earned every conceivable award and honor to be bestowed a person in his profession. He has also amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. In the last five years alone, he delivered 10 new releases, two of which received Grammy nominations, a career-spanning box set, released his debut novel and again, headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, all the while continuint to lobby against horse slaughter and produce his own blend of biodiesel fuel. As ever, Nelson tours tirelessly, climbing aboard Honeysuckle Rose III (he rod his first two buses into the ground), taking his music and fans on a seemingly endless journey to places that were well worth the ride.

You can find more information about this event at www.willienelson.com and www.nitelite.com.

For more about Pegi Young:

Singer-songwriter Pegi Young has said, “I’m just trying to tell some stories and make music that I can get behind.” That conviction has never rung truer than on her latest album, Bracing For Impact (2011). Her third release, and second for Vapor Records, the 11-song disc spotlights Pegi’s beautifully spare and resonant vocals, world-weary and eloquent lyricism, and hushed yet immediate emotional landscape.

Bracing For Impact features Pegi once again accompanied by her acclaimed recording and touring band, The Survivors: legendary keyboard player Spooner Oldham on piano, bassist Rick Rosas (part of the reunited Buffalo Springfield), guitarist Kelvin Holly, and drummer Phil Jones. The album was produced by Pegi Young with The Survivors, with the exception of the final track, “Song For A Baby Girl,” produced by Elliot Mazer (who co-produced Young’s last full-length, Foul Deeds).

Eight of the album’s 11 songs are originals written by Pegi Young, with highlights including “Flatline Mama”—featuring a horn section and background vocals from The Watson Twins—“No Heart Beats Sound,” and “Trouble In A Bottle.” Neil Young wrote the rollicking “Doghouse,” and contributes background vocals and harmonica as well. Neil is also featured playing electric guitar on “Lie” and “Song For A Baby Girl,” and on harmonica for “Number 9 Train,” written by the late bluesman Tarheel Slim. On “I Don’t Want To Talk About It”—a song by Crazy Horse’s Danny Whitten that first appeared on that group’s 1971 album—Chandra Wilson delivers additional vocals.

Bracing For Impact follows up 2010’s Foul Deeds, which Pegi co-produced with veteran multi-instrumentalist Ben Keith (who passed away shortly after the album’s release). In addition to her own compositions—with highlights including “Broken Vows,” “Starting Over,” “Traveling,” and the title track—Foul Deeds features Pegi’s distinctive interpretations of four songs by others: Will Jennings' “Pleasing to Me,” Lucinda Williams' “Side of the Road,” Devendra Banhart's “Body Breaks,” and B. Boatman's “Blue Sunday.” Throughout, Pegi displays an uncanny knack for cutting to the heart of thorny emotional issues and difficult truths.

Pegi first became known through her longtime role as backup singer—onstage and on record—for Neil Young, her husband of three decades. Pegi and Neil, whose son Ben was born with cerebral palsy, also founded the non-profit Bridge School in 1986, serving children with severe speech and physical impairments. The school’s innovative methods have established it as a leader in its field, and the Youngs are also the driving force behind the annual all-star Bridge School Benefit concerts. As well, Pegi is the president of the school's Board of Directors.

She debuted as a solo artist with a self-titled 2007 album that Allmusic.com described as “loose, relaxed, and flows from beginning to end…it's an intimate, hopeful and melancholy look at life and love from a songwriter who has been there.” Pegi Young—also co-produced by Ben Keith—features guest appearances from Neil Young (guitar), Marty Stuart (mandolin), The Jordinaires (background vocals), and a mix of personally charged originals and inspired covers, including songs by Joe Sample, Jimmy Buffet, and Will Jennings.

With Bracing For Impact, Pegi continues her progression as a singer-songwriter whose work is defined by uncommon grace, affecting warmth, and heartbreaking honesty. “I don't write happy songs, and the songs I'm attracted to tend to be kind of melancholy,” Young has observed. “I don't really know why that is, but that's just how they come to me, and I have to let 'em come on through.”

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