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.)