Register and then let us know your favorite song by Willie Nelson for a chance to win tickets to see him in concert at Downstream Casino!
Yes. As long as we receive your entry prior to 11:59 p.m on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.
- 5 pairs of reserved seating concert tickets
- 1 pair of VIP seating concert tickets with a $50 dining voucher
ABOUT Willie Nelson:
Willie Nelson was born on April 30, 1933, in Abbott, Texas. Willie Nelson rose to prominence at the end of the 1960s and contributed to the “outlaw country” subgenre, which challenged the conservatism of Nashville. Willie Nelson has written some of the most popular country songs of all time, including the hit song “Crazy.” He is also well known for his financial troubles and for his activism.
Artist and Activist
Singer, songwriter, actor and philanthropist Willie Nelson was born on April 30, 1933, in Abbott, Texas. During his extensive career, Willie Nelson has written more than 2,500 songs and has released close to 300 albums. He has won multiple awards, including countless Grammys, American Music Awards and Country Music Awards.
In 2012, the Country Music Association honored Willie Nelson with an all-star tribute at the CMAs in Nashville. He is recognized worldwide as an American troubadour and icon, transcended musical genres and has remained relevant through five decades for his music, acting and as the face of such social causes as Farm Aid, development of bio-diesel and the legalization of marijuana.
The son of Myrle and Ira D. Nelson, Willie Nelson and his older sister Bobbie were raised by their paternal grandparents during The Great Depression. With their grandmother, Willie and Bobbie attended their town's small Methodist church where they were first exposed to music. "The first music we learned was from the hymnbooks. Willie had such a beautiful voice," his sister Bobbie told Texas Monthly in 2008. Both grandparents loved music and encouraged Willie and his sister to play. Nelson's famous gospel song "Family Bible" refects the influence of his musical beginnings. He sold the song for $50 to his guitar teacher.
Willie Nelson got his first guitar at the early age of six and soon started writing his own songs. A few years later, he played his first professional gig with a local polka band. Willie Nelson later joined Bud Fletcher and the Texans and played the local club circuit. Also in the group was his sister Bobbie, who played piano. She later married Bud Fletcher. One of his early inspirations was Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys -- a group known for their upbeat country dance music, which included some elements of swing.
After graduating high school in 1950, Willie Nelson went into the U.S. Air Force. He did not last long, however. Stationed in Lackland in San Antonio, Texas, Willie Nelson had to leave the service because of back problems. He tried college, attending Baylor University for a time. To make ends meet, Willie Nelson took on odd jobs, including selling encyclopedias door to door.
Making Music in Nashville
Dropping out, Willie Nelson worked as a radio disc jockey for several years and played gigs in his spare time. He continued writing songs, producing some of his most famous works -- inclucing "Night Life," "Crazy" and "Funny How Time Slips Away" -- in the late 1950s.
In 1960, Willie Nelson moved to the country music capital: Nashville, Tennessee. He got a job as a songwriter for Pamper Music, earning about $50 a week.
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Everyone attending any of the summer concerts at the Downstream Casino Venue will get their Q Club card scanned when they walk through the gate to see the concert. Once the card is scanned, it loads $10 Free Q Play on that card which can be used after 10 pm that night (after the concert). If you don't have a card, you can take your ticket stub to the Q Club desk after the concert, sign up for a card and $10 Free Q Play will be loaded at that time. So ... everyone with a concert ticket gets $10 in Free Q Play to use after the concert!