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Country music icon Willie Nelson to play Aug. 21 at Foellinger Theatre

May 9, 2014

The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

May 09--Country music legend Willie Nelson will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m.Aug. 21 at Foellinger Outdoor Theatre, off Sherman Boulevard in Franke Park.

Ticket are $39, $49, $59, $69 and $99, said Peter Kernan, who operates concert-booking company Pacific Coast Concerts of the South Bend area.

They go on sale at 8 a.m.May 23 at the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department office, 705 E. State Blvd., or via the parks department's website,, said Garry Morr, parks department deputy director.

Pacific Coast Concerts also has scheduled concerts at Foellinger Theatre by REO Speedwagon on June 24 and Styx on Aug. 16.

Working on behalf of the parks department, Kernan also scheduled a concert by the band Foreigner for July 12 at the theater, Morr said.

Nelson, 81, is in the news this week with plans for a new album and the announcement he will donate many of his platinum records, manuscripts and creative documents to the University of Texas Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The Associated Press reported.

Nelson's new album, "Band of Brothers," will be released June 17, SONY/Legacy Recordings announced Tuesday. The studio album features 14 performances, including nine new songs written by Nelson.

University of Texas officials said the Willie Nelson Collection will be the focus of an upcoming Dolph Briscoe Center exhibit about the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and farm advocate, the Associated Press reported.

"Willie Nelson is an iconic American and an iconic Texan, so it's fitting that the Briscoe Center for American History should help safeguard his archives," said Bill Powers, UT president. "Because of his generous gift, scholars for decades to come will have access to the inner workings of his creativity and will better understand his influence on American culture."

The collection includes letters and photos from fellow musicians such as Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard, the Associated Press reported. The items also pay tribute to Nelson's fans and their gifts and notes to him over the years, UT officials said.

Nelson, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993, was born in Abbott, Tex., in the central part of the state. Along with his music career, he co-founded the Farm Aid movement to help family farmers, and he has appeared in more than three dozen films and television shows.


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