HAPPY FOUR TWENTY, Y’ALL
It was a beautiful afternoon here in Ole Waterloo as the townspeople celebrated April 20th by not going to work, listening to reggae music, and gathering downtown for the unveiling of the new Willie Nelson statue outside the Moody Theater. As I wandered past the overt display that is Reggae Fest, I was reminded of just how lucky I am to live in such a fun city with a great sense of humor.
There were several hundred people in the streets outside of the W, and of course the red headed stranger himself was there for the unveiling. The 8-foot tall statue was created by Philadelphia sculptor Clete Shields. Shields reported that Willie’s look has evolved over the years, and different generations of fans remember him looking different ways. “We wanted to get a timeless Willie, an ageless Willie,” Shields said. I think he totally succeeded — the chill pose, the smile… he really captured his essence. What do you think?
The event provided some pretty darn good people-watching with fans from all age groups and walks of life. Willie’s awesome air-brushed tour bus was in clear view, and the wonderful “pigtails” installation on the W sign by Magda Sayeg was up again for the day. I was lucky enough to snag one of the event programs, which unfolds into a cool poster. Willie entertained the crowd with “On the Road Again” and his new song “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” which was officially released this morning.
All in all, just another day for a young, blonde armadillo…