Willie Nelson Concert Film To Premiere June 11 At SALA


The highly anticipated limited-release concert film, Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90, is set to premiere at SALA Los Alamos Event Center on Sunday, June 11, bringing the memorable moments and legendary collaborations from the two-day event celebrating Willie Nelson’s 90th birthday. The film captures the essence of the sold-out concert, held recently at the iconic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on April 29 and 30. Fans will have the opportunity to experience this historic celebration of Willie Nelson’s legacy on the big screen.  

SALA is among a select group of theaters across the country that will be screening the premiere, allowing fans here to enjoy the concert experience.  There will be an encore presentation on Thursday, June 15.  Showtimes are at 6:30 pm on both days.  Tickets are $13 and are available online at sala.losalamos.com and at the door.

With a career spanning seven incredible decades, Willie Nelson is widely recognized as one of the greatest and most influential artists in the history of popular music. As a musician, author, actor, and activist, he has built a globally celebrated career, and his 90th birthday celebration is a testament to his enduring impact on the music industry.

The concert film will feature full performances and special guest presentations from both nights of the event. Fans can expect to witness once-in-a-lifetime interpretations of many classics from the Willie Nelson songbook, as well as unimaginable collaborations and surprise appearances from music royalty.  The film showcases a remarkable lineup of musical guests who joined Willie Nelson on stage for his birthday celebration. Among the many artists were Keith Richards, Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Dave Matthews, George Strait, Emmylou Harris, Chris Stapleton, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark, and many more. Celebrities such as Chelsea Handler, Ethan Hawke, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Owen Wilson, and Woody Harrelson also took the stage for special tributes and presentations.

“Picking up this film is a bit of an experiment for us,” according to SALA owner Allan Saenz.  “We don’t know yet how well the community will respond to live and film performance events like this and this is an effort to see what we can learn.  We expect an increasing trend toward artists of all kinds sharing their work through big-screen offerings, both live and on film, and we are interested in making these kinds of things available at SALA if there is an audience for it here.  I’d like to hear what people think.”  Willie Nelson’s manager Mark Rothbaum expressed enthusiasm for sharing the concert in this way. “Willie wanted to make sure his 90th birthday party included and was accessible to all of his fans. This concert film is a way to share this concert event in smaller communities in a unique and powerful way.”

This is a great opportunity for an early meal at one of our local restaurants, a beer at one of the pubs, or a stroll in the Los Alamos Creative District followed by a unique, musical performance film.