Last week some desperate Willie fan posted a request on Craigslist offering double the face value for tickets to see the country star. If they succeeded, they may be kicking themselves today. As noted in this week's Hum, People Productions and Tom Dimmick went before the Humboldt County Planning Commission this week asking to adapt their use permit for the Ranch to allow for one additional concert per year. The commission said OK, which gives the green light for moving the sold-out Aug. 31 Willie Nelson show from Benbow to a larger venue.
Here's the official press release:
People Productions and the Dimmick Ranch are excited to bring "Willie Nelson" to Humboldt County for an exclusive North Coast performance, Sunday August 31st at the Dimmick Ranch in Piercy, California. The new site for the concert offers more on-site parking, a larger concert bowl with seating, 180° view of the stage plus a 360 of the exceptional scenery.
In a business built on changes in cultural fashion, Willie Nelson seems very much the same as he was when he rose to national prominence in the mid-1970s -- still the same sinewy, off-the-beat, jazz-inflected voice, the same benign countenance and the same hippie/thrift-shop costuming. The mileposts along his way tell a lot: He first charted in 1962 (with "Willingly"), had his first No. 1 in 1975 ("Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain"), scored 19 more No. 1's and 120 hits – many pop crossovers – over the next 14 years and then returned triumphantly to the top again in 2003 via his duet with Toby Keith, "Beer for My Horses."
Tickets are $75 in advance and are on sale now at all the usual local outlets as well as available online at www.peopleproductions.net. Gate opens at 2 p.m. for food, drinks arts, crafts and great country music.