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Outlaw Music Festival Coming to Forest Hills Stadium in September

April 30, 2019 By Meghan Sackman

Outlaw Music Festival will be coming to Forest Hills Stadium on Wednesday, September 11th as part of the second half of their summer tour.

The festival, which began touring annually in 2016, has a line up that includes Willie Nelson & Family, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Alison Krauss, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

Willie Nelson, a singer of the outlaw country genre that emerged in the 1960s, is an eight-time Grammy award winner and is known for hit songs created throughout his 6-decade long career such as “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up As Cowboys” (1978), “Always On My Mind” (1982), “On The Road Again” (1998), among others.

Nelson, who was part of the multi-platinum album group Highwaymen with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson, will be performing with his recording and touring backup group “The Family.”

The group consists of Nelson’s sister and pianist Bobbie Nelson, drummer Paul English, bassist Kevin Smith, harmonicist Mickey Raphael, and percussionist Billy English.  

Nathaniel Rateliff, a Denver based American singer, created the group Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats in 2013 which will also be performing at the Outlaw Music Festival.

The group, described as a soulful R&B/Alternative group,  is known for songs such as “Still Trying” (2013), “I’d Be Waiting” (2016), and “A Little Honey” (2018).

Band members include bassist Joseph Pope III, pianist Mark Shusterman, drummer Patrick Meese, guitarist Luke Mossman, trumpet player Wesley Watkins, and saxophone player Andy Wild.

“To come back [to Forest Hills Stadium] on such a meaningful day for New York City, hand in hand with Willie, will be something we never forget,” said Nathaniel Rateliff of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats in a release.

Alison Krauss, American bluegrass country singer, will also be apart of the Outlaw Music Festival at Forest Hills Stadium.

The singer, who started recording at age 14, is part of the group Alison Krauss and Union Station, which was formed in 1987. She is known for songs such as “When You Say Nothing At All” (2002), “I’ll Fly Away” (2000), and “Simple Love” (1993).

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, a California based American country rock group, is part of the tour coming to Forest Hills as well.

The group, headed by Willie Nelson’s son, consists of vocalist and drummer Anthony LoGerfo, bass guitarist and vocalist Corey McCormick, keyboard player, harmonicist, and vocalist Logan Metz, and percussionist Tato Melgar.

The group is known for songs such as “Just Outside of Austin” (2010), “Find Yourself” (2015), and “Georgia” (2016).

Tickets to experience these artists perform, as part of the Outlaw Music Festival at Forest Hills Stadium on September 11th, go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on May 3rd.

Tickets to all stadium events will be available for purchase without service fees at the new Forest Hills Stadium box office, located just outside of the stadium on Burns St., every Friday from 12pm-8pm.

The Box Office will open at 10am on Friday, May 3 for this on sale.

Fans can also purchase tickets at Williamsburg’s Rough Trade, located off of the Bedford Ave stop on the L train, during their box office hours, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm-6pm.

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