Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Tickets on sale Friday, July 21, 2017 at 10 a.m.
July 17, 2017 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announces Willie Nelson & Family, live in concert for the first time at the arts center in downtown Orlando. The renowned GRAMMY®-winning singer-songwriter will appear in the Walt Disney Theater for one night only onSunday, October 15, 2017 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, July 21, 2017 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $59.50 and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.
With a six-decade career and 200+ albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of “Crazy,” “Read Headed Stranger” and “Stardust.” Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. In recent years, he has delivered more than 10 new album releases, released a Top 10 New York Times Best Selling book, returned to headline Farm Aid – an event he co-founded in 1985, received his fifth degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, headlined the last three consecutive Luck Reunion food and music festival at his ranch in Luck, Texas during the SXSW conference and festival, announced the launch of his cannabis company – Willie’s Reserve, and graced the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine.
In 2015, Nelson added “It’s a Long Story: My Life,” the unvarnished and complete story of himself. It hit bookshelves and landed him on the New York Times Best Sellers list. He also released a new studio album with Merle Haggad titled “Django and Jimmie,” which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Country album chart and #7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart. In November 2015, the Library of Congress honored him with their Gershwin Prize for Popular Song for his contributions to popular music. He is the first country artist to receive the distinguished award. 2016 began with the release of “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin,” a collection of 11 newly-recorded Gershwin classics. The album debuted at #1 on both the Top Current Jazz chart and the Top Traditional Jazz chart, as well as earned him a GRAMMY for the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. In September, he released “For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price,” an album of newly-recorded interpretations of 12 Ray Price songs. A month later, Nelson released “Pretty Paper,” his new novel inspired by his classic holiday song of the same title about a legless man who sold wrapping paper in front of a department store in Fort Worth, Texas. In April 2017, Nelson released “God’s Problem Child,” his latest studio album with 13 new songs. Nelson continues to record more new songs for upcoming projects, as well as touring through North America.
About the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization operating the state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Florida. With its opening in November 2014, the performing arts center launched its vision of Arts for Every Life by being a gathering place for creativity and discovery; a vibrant urban destination where artists, audiences and students come to experience, explore and learn. The two-block community destination features the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts, the DeVos Family Room, and other event rental spaces. Future expansion includes Steinmetz Hall, a 1,700-seat acoustical theater, along with rehearsal, classroom, office space and commercial development spaces. Dr. Phillips Center is a private non-profit collaborating with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the City of Winter Park, the State of Florida and generous donors.