When Willie Nelson returns to Charlotte’s PNC Music Pavilion next week to make up the concert he couldn’t perform last month, he’ll be bringing along an entirely new lineup of guests.
The most noteworthy? The Avett Brothers, the three-time Grammy Award-nominated folk-rock group that hails from Concord.
Country music artist Jamey Johnson will co-headline with the Avetts and Willie Nelson (performing with his Family band) at the Outlaw Music Festival redux on Wednesday, June 20; the opening act will be Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, an alt-country band from Chapel Hill.
The 2018 incarnation of the festival originally came to Charlotte on May 26, when Sturgill Simpson, Old Crow Medicine Show, Wild Feathers and Mitchell Lee performed ahead of what was to be a night-capping set by Nelson. But the 85-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer twice came on stage and almost immediately walked back off of it, and his set was eventually scrapped without him ever playing or singing a single note.
Promoter Live Nation announced late that evening that he was unable to perform “due to illness.”
Fans who saw that show will be able to return on June 20 with the same tickets, which will be honored again (with no advance exchange necessary). Additionally, tickets for the makeup date are on sale now at www.LiveNation.com, via the Live Nation app, the PNC Music Pavilion box office, Ticketmaster, or by phone at 800-745-3000.
It’s been a rough year for Nelson. He also canceled multiple concerts in February due to the flu, although — fortunately for fans in those cities — he made the call well in advance.
Nelson’s abrupt departure on May 26 was the most significant of a number of blows to the festival’s Charlotte date, which also lost Elvis Costello because of “a nonlife-threatening surgical procedure” and Brandi Carlile “due to unexpected family obligations overseas.”
But the Avett Brothers — who continue to tour on the strength of their 2016 album “True Sadness” — are a great get for the show, as they perform near their hometown only sporadically. They have 42 more concerts on their schedule in 2018, but this is currently the only date they plan to do in the Carolinas.
On June 20, doors will open at 6 p.m. at PNC Music Pavilion, and the concert is scheduled to begin at 6:45.