New Year's Eve in Austin, Texas

Austin, TX has traditionally welcomed New Year’s Eve with ANY—an acronym for Austin New Year. This year, you can see two Austin icons not only on New Year’s Eve but on the two days leading up to it (December 29 and 30). How? By going to the Austin City Limits and seeing singer-songwriter Willie Nelson in concert, all three of the last days of 2015.

Willie Nelson is known for his classic songwriting (“Crazy,” “The Red-Headed Stranger,” and “Funny How Time Slips Away”) as well as his singing and performing (the Grammy award-winning album “Stardust” and Farm Aid). He established Austin as a the capital of alternative country music in the 1970s and was largely responsible for the popularity of it as a site of alternative music, period.

Five years ago, the City Council voted to re-name the then Second Avenue Willie Nelson Boulevard. And it ain’t only Austin who reveres him. He was recently awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress. The Gershwin Prize is awarded to songwriters whose body of work reaches the standards of excellence of George and Ira Gershwin (“Summertime,” “I Got Rhythm”). Previous awardees have included Paul Simon and Carole King.

And Austin City Limits! Moody Hall Theater is one of the city’s great music venues. It has taken the music of Austin to the world via the PBS program Austin City Limits, a broadcast of performers that has featured everyone from Jackson Browne to Stevie Ray Vaughn. Austin City Limits has been running for 41 years, making it the longest-running music series in American television history. In fact, the pilot took place in 1974, and the guest was…Willie Nelson. It remains the only TV series to ever be awarded the National Medal of Arts.

Father Time Texas and Baby 2016 will also make an appearance on December 31, as will rising country star Kacey Musgroves on all three dates. Be there or be square!

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