Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Concert Moved to Knoxville Coliseum

Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Concert Moved to Knoxville Coliseum

photo by Danny Clinch

The announcement that Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown Tour would be arriving at World’s Fair Park on Sunday, June 19, sounded like a great way to anticipate the official start of summer—a sweaty, beer-drenched, all-day twangfest in the grass, featuring three stages of live performances by Nelson, Jamey Johnson, and more than a dozen up-and-coming Nashville stars.

Unfortunately, “uncertain weather conditions and severe drainage issues,” according to a press release from the tour’s promoters, have forced organizers to move the concert from the park to the altogether less fan-friendly concrete environs of the Knoxville Coliseum.

Music on the main stage, inside the Coliseum, starts at 6:05 p.m. with Lee Brice (“Love Like Crazy”), followed by Randy Houser (“Boots On”) at 7:30 p.m., Jamey Johnson (“High Cost of Living,” “Mowin’ Down the Roses”) at 8:35 p.m., and Nelson at 9:55 p.m., with two short singer/songwriter group sets scheduled for 8:15 p.m. and 9:35 p.m. Two outdoor stages will hold performances by Drake White, Lukas Nelson, Craig Campbell, Brantley Gilbert, and more between 3:40 p.m. and 7 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

Because of the change in location, organizers are now offering two different levels of general admission tickets at $47.50. Floor tickets guarantee space on the standing-room only Coliseum floor, just like in the good old days of Van Halen and Iron Maiden shows in the 1970s and ’80s. Seated tickets, also general admission, guarantee a spot in the seated upper level of the Coliseum. (All previously purchased tickets will be floor-level; contact the original ticket seller to exchange a floor ticket for a seated pass.)

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