Willie Nelson & Family - Celebrity Theatre - 12/18/13

Harmonica player Mickey Raphael is so smooth and adept at his craft that it made me want to go home, pull the old harmonica I was gifted as a child out of a drawer, and start a determined lesson of my own. It seemed every band member received their fair share of time in the spotlight.

Other highlights of the performance included "Shoeshine Man"; Django Reinhardt's "Nuages"; "To All the Girls I've Loved Before," originally a duet with Julio Iglesias; the anthem "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys", which got the crowd clapping and hollering; and the Grammy-winning "Always on My Mind."

Nelson and the family ended the concert with the humorous "Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die" and the Hank Williams gospel favorite, "I Saw the Light." Eschewing encores, Nelson instead hung around to sign autographs and shake hands.

Set List:
Whiskey River
Still Is Still Moving To Me
Beer for my Horses
Good Hearted Woman
Funny How Time Slips Away
Night Life
Down Yonder
Me and Paul
Help me Make it Through the Night
Shoeshine Man
Hey Good Lookin'
Mamas Don't Let Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
Angel Flying Too
On The Road Again
Always on My Mind
Move It On Over
Blues Eyes Crying
City of New Orleans
I Been to Georgia
South of the Border
Have You Ever Seen the Rain
Roll Me Up and Smoke Me
I Saw the Light

Critic's Notebook:
What: Willie Nelson & Family at Celebrity Theater
The Crowd: A mix of Scottsdale cowgirls in hot pink, rhinestone-studded outfits, classic Marlboro cowboys, young tattooed cowboys, more than a few canes and walkers, and even a little five-year-old "cowchild" or two.
Personal Bias: I had never seen Willie perform before, but with such a seasoned music veteran, it's no surprise that the performance was easy-going, wonderful and warm. Perfect, and just in time for Christmas. However, it's definitely the type of show to see with another music fan and not alone.
Overheard in the Crowd: "I saw Willie more than 30 years ago in Nashville," a woman next to me said to her 10-year-old grandson. "Now you're going to see great music in person for the first time."

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Anita Valles
Anita Valles

Love the cool Willie Nelson! You'll never grow old!

Kal Varnson
Kal Varnson

ugg I wish I could've gone. I saw him live when I was 14...and im 42 now.... hey willie.. as snoop lion said "you got a problem with willie? you got a problem with me!" LOVE YOU. this bowl of Lemon Trainwreck is in your honor :)

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