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Outlaw Music Festival expands to U.S. tour in 2017; Scranton not yet on the itinerary

Outlaw Music Festival expands to U.S. tour in 2017; Scranton not yet on the itinerary
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The inaugural Outlaw Music Festival brought an incredible lineup of musicians to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton last September, including Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Promise of the Real, Sheryl Crow, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lee Ann Womack, and Scranton’s own Cabinet, who were added to the bill when Brothers Osborne backed out due to a scheduling conflict. The good news is that, this year, the festival has expanded to become a full tour across the United States. The band news is that, so far, Scranton is not on the itinerary.

Today, Nelson and Blackbird Presents announced the initial lineup for the 2017 Outlaw Music Festival Tour, which includes Willie Nelson & Family, Bob Dylan and His Band, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, My Morning Jacket, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Margo Price, Hayes Carll, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

The first leg of the summer tour kicks off on July 1 at the Shrine on Airline baseball park in New Orleans, Louisiana before hitting the Starplex Pavilion in Dallas, Texas on July 2; the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers, Arkansas on July 6; the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan on July 8; Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 9; and ending on July 16 at the Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse, New York.

This is only the first leg of the tour, so more dates are expected to be added, though there is no word yet on whether or not The Pavilion at Montage Mountain will make the cut.

Announced fairly late in the season last year, the Scranton festival was well-attended, with Neil Young largely stealing the show, but it wasn’t completely packed either. With My Morning Jacket already on the bill for the Peach Music Festival at The Pavilion this August, Outlaw may not stop in Northeastern Pennsylvania this time, though the lineups are different for each tour date, so there’s still hope for those who enjoyed themselves last year or were hoping to catch it locally in 2017.

See NEPA Scene’s photos and full review of the 2016 Outlaw Music Festival here.

Photo by Jason Riedmiller Photography