Wednesday, September 12, 2018
– Willie Nelson announced today he will headline a concert and rally in support of Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke in Austin on Sept. 29.
This marked the first public concert Nelson ever staged for a candidate. O'Rourke, a congressman from El Paso, is locked in a tight race with incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz.
The concert will be open to the public, via registration and feature musical guests Particle Kid, Carrie Rodriguez, Tameca Jones and Joe Ely.
O'Rourke will be in attendance and address the crowd.
"My wife Annie and I have met and spoken with Beto, and we share his concern for the direction things are headed," Nelson said. "Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine."
O'Rourke has visited all 254 counties of the state. He has sworn off all PAC money and is being run in a grassroots fashion that includes town halls across Texas where O'Rourke can take questions from those he wants to serve and represent.
"Amy and I have had the amazing opportunity to talk with Willie and Annie about the kind of future we want for our state when everything we care about is on the line," said O'Rourke. "We are grateful to have Willie's support as we continue running this race the right way: no PACs, no corporations, no special interests -- just the people of Texas coming together to do something absolutely incredible."
O'Rourke recently appeared as a guest at Willie's July 4th Picnic, where he joined the band onstage to play guitar and sing during the final medley of songs.