Icy Roads Don’t Dampen Willie Nelson Show In Fayetteville

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Snow and ice-covered roads did not freeze concert-goers’ plans to see Willie Nelson on Tuesday night at the Walton Arts Center.

A few thousand people braved the elements to see the country and folk music legend play to a sold-out hall in Fayetteville, and some said the journey to the concert wasn’t easy.

“There’s ice on the bottom and snow and moisture on top,” said Richard Osborne.

That’s how many describe the road conditions from Tuesday.

“Our street is covered solid,” said Patricia Osborne.

“I almost hit my house driving up my driveway today, but other than that, it was fine,” said Grant Hall.

But the conditions did not stop the avid concert attendees.

Marsha Evans said she had no issues driving on the main roadways in the area.

“It was perfect. I was very surprised,” she said. “It was the first time we had gotten out.”

Nelson played to a capacity crowd of about 2,000 people. Some said they were surprised by the number of people who made it to the concert.

“I got turn-back tickets about five minutes ago,” said Hall. “I thought it would be easier to get them, but everybody is hanging on to their tickets.”

Brandon Lobaugh said it was nice to finally get out of the house.

“I think it’s been a long winter. People are ready to get outside and do something fun,” he said.

Many other agreed, saying seeing Nelson in concert was worth the difficulty of driving on slick roads.

“I’m very excited, very excited to see Willie,” said Osborne. “And we need to go so we can see. He’s playing right now!”

The 80-year-old music artist will be back in Northwest Arkansas this summer, as he is scheduled to perform at the Arkansas Music Pavilion on July 7.