Willie Nelson live-streams Luck Reunion festival from his ranch as Til Further Notice show due to coronavirus
The free live stream will feature performances from music icons Lucinda Williams, Paul Simon, Edie Brickell, Jewel, Margo Price and Nelson himself
Country music legend Willie Nelson was supposed to host his annual Luck Reunion music festival at his Texas ranch on March 19.
It was billed as an exciting and intimate experience, with around 4,000 people slated to show up and enjoy performances by music legends Lucinda Williams, Paul Simon, his wife Edie Brickell, Jewel, Margo Price, Willie Nelson himself and many more talented artistes. Ray Benson will host the show.
However, now that the coronavirus pandemic has effectively halted large public gatherings from taking place, the revered 86-year-old musician has decided to live-stream the event for free, calling it the rather appropriately named 'Till Further Notice' virtual festival.
"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. 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," said Matt Bizer, the co-founder of Luck Productions.
The live stream is now already underway, and will continue past midnight ET, when Willie Nelson himself will take the stage along with his sons.
The live stream began earlier today with a music video featuring Willie Nelson, and it is being hosted by the music legend Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel fame. People will also be given an option to make a donation at the bottom of the stream page.
Here is the full schedule of the 'Til Further Notice' live stream show (all times CT — Willie Nelson goes onstage at 12.15 ET)
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 and Jeremy Ivey
9.30 pm: Kurt Vile
9.40 pm: Sunny War
9.50 pm: Paul Simon and Edie Brickell
10.10 pm: Jewel
10.50 pm: Nathaniel Rateliff
11.15 pm: Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson
If you want to start watching the show, you can click here. It is also available on Twitch and Facebook.