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Willie Nelson packs the house at Northern Lights Theater

Willie Nelson & Family perform live at Northern Lights Theater within Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee, Wis.


Beloved country icon Willie Nelson performed a pair of sold-out shows at the Northern Lights Theater on August 13 and 14. The intimate venue within Potawatomi Casino offered the perfect setting for the Willie Nelson & Family performance.

Willie Nelson performs at Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee, Wis.
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Willie Nelson performs live at Powatatomi Casino in Milwaukee
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Nelson showed his vitality with a pair of 90-minute sets over the two-day run. When the lights dimmed, Willie appeared from side stage and quickly saddled up to his sidekick "Trigger"--his battered Martin N-20 acoustic guitar. Needing no assistance, despite his 81-years, he rolled into "Whiskey River" and flashed a grin to crowd.

Though his movements aren't quite as fluid as they might have been in his prime, Nelson and his signature voice are still enough for his adoring fans. Whether he's belting out his classic "On the Road Again," the applicable "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" or any number of country covers, his fans are quick to join along in the traveling party.

The sold-out performance precluded the reviewer from staying more than a few songs. Click through the links for some images from Wednesday's show.

Willie Nelson 2014 tour dates:

Aug. 16 - Brown Country Fair - Aberdeen, S.D.
Aug. 17 - Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center - Deadwood, S.D.
Sep. 7 - Lockn' Music Festival - Arrington, Va.
Sep. 9 - 9:30 Club - Washington, D.C.
Sep. 10 - Grand Opera House - Wilmington, Del.
Sep. 11 - F.M. Kirby Center - Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Sep. 13 - Farm Aid - Raleigh, N.C.
Sep. 15 - The Palladium - Carmel, Ind.
Sep. 16 - Benedum Center - Pittsburgh, Pa.
Sep. 17 - Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, Conn.
Sep. 19 - Harrah's - Atlantic City, N.J.
Sep. 20 - Indian Ranch - Webster, Mass.
Sep. 21 - New Jersey PAC - Newark, N.J.
Oct. 10 - J. Scheldegger Center for the Arts - St. Charles, Mo.
Oct. 11 - First Council Casino & Hotel - Newkirk, Okla.
Oct. 12 - Missouri Theatre - Columbia, Mo.
Oct. 14 - Shrine Mosque - Springfield, Mo.
Oct. 16 - Grand Casino - Shawnee, Okla.
Oct. 17 - Floore's Country Store - Helotes, Texas
Oct. 18 - Floore's Country Store - Helotes, Texas
Nov. 14 - Grand 1894 Opera House - Galveston, Texas
Nov. 15 - WinStar World Casino & Resort - Thackerville, Okla.
Nov. 18 - House of Blues - Houston, Texas
Nov. 20 - Mississippi Coliseum - Jackson, Miss.
Nov. 21 - Horseshoe Tunica - Robinsonville, Miss.
Nov. 22 - Horseshoe Casino Riverdome - Bossier City, La.
Nov. 23 - Majestic Theatre - San Antonio, Texas
Nov. 25 - Pharr Events Center - Pharr, Texas

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