For Immediate Release May 16, 2016
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic
Presented by Budweiser
Returns to Circuit of The Americas
Nelson to Headline Lineup Which Includes Brantley Gilbert,
Jamey Johnson Featuring Special Guest Alison Krauss, Leon Russell,
Lee Ann Womack, Shakey Graves, Asleep At The Wheel, Margo Price, and More
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Live Nation, C3 Presents and Circuit of The Americas (COTA) are proud to announce the return of Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic to Circuit of The Americas. The legendary Willie Nelson plays host to one of America’s most celebrated festivals, and the 4th of July Picnic returns to COTA for the second year. Joining Willie at this year’s party is a star-studded cavalcade of his friends.
The 43rd edition of the picnic takes place at the Circuit of The Americas’ Austin360 Amphitheater on Monday, July 4th. The all-day event on America’s birthday features performances from more than 20 artists on two stages, including Willie Nelson & Family, Brantley Gilbert, Jamey Johnson featuring special guest Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Shakey Graves, Leon Russell, Jamestown Revival, Cody Johnson, Margo Price, Billy Joe Shaver, Johnny Bush, Ray Wylie Hubbard, David Allan Coe, Asleep at the Wheel, Paula Nelson, Raelyn Nelson Band, Folk Uke, Dallas Wayne, and Amber Digby.
To accommodate over 20 artists, this year’s 4th of July Picnic will once again feature two stages: the main Austin360 Amphitheater stage and a second stage located on the Grand Plaza. The Grand Plaza will have picnic tables where fans can eat, drink, celebrate and watch their favorite artists, as well as a shopping area featuring a wide variety of Texas-based vendors. This year’s picnic will also incorporate a very special fireworks display to commemorate the show and to celebrate America’s birthday.
Tickets are priced at $85 for Reserved Seats, $65 for Tickets in the GA Pit Section in front of the stage, and starting at $39.50 for H-E-B General Admission Lawn. There are also a limited number of special VIP packages available for sale including the “Outlaw” hospitality package for $200, the “Trigger” package for $400, and “Shotgun” hospitality for $500. All tickets will go on sale Friday, May 20th at 10 a.m. CST and will be available at ticketmaster.com, circuitoftheamericas.com, all Ticketmaster outlets throughout Texas, or they can be charged by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Additionally, COTA has partnered with Hotel San José, a 40-room urban getaway in the heart of Austin, and hotel rooms can now be booked at www.circuitoftheamericas.com/bookaroom. With easy access to downtown Austin, Lady Bird Lake, and the vibrant shopping, dining and nightlife district on the popular South Congress Avenue, Hotel San José will be the perfect stay during the holiday weekend.
Standard parking lots at Circuit of The Americas open at 10 a.m., with premium parking lots opening an hour earlier at 9:00 a.m., and gates to the Austin360 Amphitheater will open at 11:00 a.m. Standard Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Premium Parking, Bus Parking, RV Parking, as well as campsites are also available for purchase at the time tickets are purchased.
For more information on the event please visit http://www.circuitoftheamericas.com.
ABOUT WILLIE NELSON:
With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red 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 the last five years alone he delivered eight new album releases (of which one resulted in a Grammy Award win), released a Top 10 New York Times’ bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, received his 5th degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, and graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. In 2013, Willie’s albums included Let’s Face The Music And Dance, an album of deep pop country repertoire classics performed with transformative patented ease by Nelson and Family, his long-time touring and recording ensemble; and To All The Girls… which features 18 duets with music’s top female singers. In 2014, he released Band of Brothers, a 14-track studio album of new recording that debuted at #5 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and #1 on Billboard’s Country album chart, and December Day: Willie’s Stash Vol. 1, an eclectic album collaboration of intimate new recordings from Nelson and Sister Bobbie Nelson. On May 5, 2015, “It’s A Long Story: My Life,” the unvarnished and complete story of Nelson, hit bookshelves. Also in 2015, he released an album with Merle Haggard titled Django And Jimmie. www.willienelson.com. For more information contact Elaine Shock at Elaine@shockink.com.
ABOUT CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS:
Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, is the only purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for all classes of racing. The 3.4-mile racetrack hosts the world’s most prestigious sporting events, including Formula 1, MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, Lone Star Le Mans, and ESPN’s X Games, as well as opportunities for track rentals. The 1,500-acre campus is also home to the Austin360 Amphitheater—PollStar’s 2013 “Best New Major Concert Venue” and a 2014 “Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue” Pollstar nominee—impressive meeting and hospitality spaces and an iconic 25-story observation tower that offers 360-degree views of the circuit, amphitheater and downtown Austin. For more information and to download videos and photos, visit www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com. For an experience as unique as Austin and a rush you’ll never forget, visit Circuit of The Americas, where exhilaration happens.