When I was covering Hinterland last year, I asked organizer Sam Summers who he wanted for year two. He mentioned a few possibilities for a second headliner, but only one for the main headliner: Willie Nelson.
He got his wish. The red-headed stranger will co-headline the Aug. 5-6 with Ray LaMontagne at the Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater in St. Charles.
Nelson will be 83 by the time the festival roles around, so he’s the kind of act that is now or maybe never if Summers wanted him. I hope Willie has a lot of tours left in him, but that’s not something you can count on.
Also on the bill are the Cold War Kids, Grace Potter, Lake Street Dive, Shovels & Rope (who I just discovered a week ago – I’m out of the loop – very excited about them), Houndmouth, Turnpike Troubadours, Hayes Carll, Pokey LaFarge, San Fermin and Iowa acts William Elliott Whitmore and Field Division.
Two-day passes are $95 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through the Hinterland website. Tent camping is an extra $25 per person.