Tickets: Willie and Lithgow at last

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The last time I saw Willie Nelson play a show it was at Big Mountain, and there were rumors that John Lithgow was wandering through the crowd.

That was a great show, by the way, for just the encore alone. Unlike most musicians who milk the audience’s call for “one more,” Willie didn’t make us wait. Almost as soon as he walked off stage at the end of the show, and just as the audience began to stomp and cheer for more, he turned right around and came back on to play an extra six songs, including “Whiskey River,” “Georgia On My Mind” and “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.” There was something so considerate about it, like he wanted to give us exactly what we wanted without making us beg for it.

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But the weird part of the night was that several different people reported hearing that John Lithgow was drinking a beer and wandering around the grassy bowl of the venue. But nobody I talked to ever admitted to seeing him firsthand. Very mysterious.

At any rate, the memory came flooding back when I got notice that tickets are now on sale for both Willie Nelson and John Lithgow. Not together, but still.

Willie Nelson, his hair-raising makeover and his bio-diesel bus, the Honeysuckle Rose IV, will appear at the Meadow Village Pavilion at Big Sky, Friday, Sept. 3., with Chuck Mead (of BR549 fame) and His Grassy Knoll Boys and another special guest opening. Tickets go on sale to the general public tomorrow, Friday, June 4, at 10 a.m. $55/$45 advance. Go to Big Sky Arts or call 406-995-2742 for more information.

Tickets to see the Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor John Lithgow (“3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Dexter”), in his one-night-only performance of Stories by Heart are on sale now. In the performance Lithgow talks 'bout reading to this father when he was gravely ill—the same story his father had read to him 50 years before. The show is a benefit for the Alpine Theatre Company and shows at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center, Monday, July 19, at 7 p.m. $40/$60 with special post-show reception with John Lithgow. Go to the website or call the ATP Box Office at 862-SHOW.

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