Photos: Willie Nelson's birthday bash benefits West

Photos: Willie Nelson's birthday bash benefits West

Credit: MICHELLE HOMER / KHOU.com

From old hippies with weathered faces to college students in flip flops, a sold-out crowd poured into The Backyard at Bee Cave Sunday for a special treat. The concert was a celebration of Willie Nelson's 80th birthday and a benefit for residents of West.

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by Michelle Homer / KHOU.com

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Posted on April 29, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Updated Thursday, May 2 at 5:20 PM

BEE CAVE, Texas -- From old hippies with weathered faces to college students in flip flops, a sold-out crowd poured into The Backyard at Bee Cave Sunday evening for a special treat.

The concert featuring Willie Nelson and his family was originally scheduled as an 80th birthday celebration for Willie and a 20th anniversary party for The Backyard.


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But when Nelson learned about the fertilizer explosion that killed 14 people in West, he insisted on turning the concert into a benefit.  The blast was personal for Nelson, who grew up a few miles from West in the tiny town of Abbott. He knew some of the first responders who died and counts many of the victims among his friends. 

Two busloads of folks from West enjoyed the outdoor concert on a beautiful and breezy Hill Country evening. 

The mix of country, bluesy rock and folk music from Willie and his children, Lukas, Paula, Amy and Mikah, helped lift their heavy hearts -- even if just for a little while.

 

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