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Hot time in Cowtown? Willie takes Picnic outside

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic

Fort Worth Stockyards

2520 Rodeo Plaza

Begins at 11:30 a.m. Thursday; final act at 9:45 p.m.

Tickets, $35 and $55 at the gate; VIP $110-$250.

For a complete lineup and more info, visit www.williespicnic.com

Posted 8:23am on Thursday, Jun. 27, 2013

For its 40th anniversary edition, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic is headed back outside.

Over the past couple years, the annual, daylong event has split its time between Rodeo Plaza and the blessedly cool interior of Billy Bob’s Texas. There will still be music inside the iconic venue this year, but the main action has moved back outside to the North Forty, where Nelson and his musical pals first held court in the early ’00s when the event returned to the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Starting at 11:30 a.m. with the Dirty River Boys, the 40th anniversary edition of the Picnic will stretch late into the sure-to-be-scorching evening, with its strongest lineup in years.

Performances from Ray Wylie Hubbard (12:50 p.m. on the North Stage), Kris Kristofferson (2 p.m. on the South Stage), Billy Joe Shaver (3:30 p.m. on the North Stage), Leon Russell (5:15 p.m. on the North Stage), Jamey Johnson (4:45 p.m. on the South Stage), Ryan Bingham (6:30 p.m. on the North Stage) and Gary Allan (8:30 p.m. on the North Stage) are scheduled for the outdoor pair of stages.

Indoors, the Quebe Sisters Band, David Allan Coe and Dale Watson, among others, will take the Billy Bob’s stage. Willie and the Family Band will close out things at 9:45 p.m. on the South Stage. (Note that Billy Bob’s Texas has said the schedule is set, but remains subject to change.)

— Preston Jones

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