CONCERT REVIEW: Willie Nelson @ The Stone Pony

CONCERT REVIEW: Willie Nelson @ The Stone Pony

As Willie Nelson himself entered the stage at The Stone Pony over Labor Day weekend with the opening notes of “Whiskey River”, I knew immediately I was in for a show that would belong at the top of my most memorable list. The 83 year old serenaded not only a sold-out crowd within the venue, but a number of fans watching from the grass outside the venue, and those lucky people who secured spots on the boardwalk where you could catch a glimpse of the venue. If you were in Asbury Park on Friday September 2, you were there for Willie.

The crowd was a mix of generations, yet everyone shared the same excitement as he plowed through an assortment of his own songs, and songs of his fellow country greats such as, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings.

With little talking between, Nelson went on to perform “Beer For My Horses”, a duet which he did with Toby Keith, “On The Road Again”, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die”, and moving instrumentals on his beloved guitar.

Midway through the show, I turned to my friends and stated that I could listen to this all night. Willie Nelson’s set went by far too quickly, and I noticed the rest of the crowd standing in awe with me, until the final note was played.

Before Nelson took the stage, The Tangiers Blues Band set the tone with a captivating set packed with their signature rock and blues sound. This local group made up of several talented musicians gave off the perfect upbeat vibe to kick off the night.

My first Willie Nelson experience was just how I imagined, a night full of country classics, sung by one of the most iconic voices in the genre, and I was fully immersed in every second.

About Kristin Whyte

Kristin Whyte
There was no specific event that made me fall in love with country music, it was simply the style that hit me the hardest. I’ve been involved with music from a young age and it has helped get to where I am today. I graduated Albright College with a degree in Music Business and currently work in New York City with Music Licensing. When I’m not working with music, you can find me listening to it, watching it, or playing it. I consider myself lucky when I look back at the various concerts I’ve attended, from classics such as Brooks & Dunn and George Strait, to the incredible new talents of Eric Church and The Band Perry. It only makes me want more. Music is something I can always count on and I’m excited to have the opportunity to share this love with all of you!

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