Willie Nelson to sing at Sandler Center in Virginia Beach Friday, Oct. 21.

A Willie Nelson concert unfolds as a ritual dense with catchy melodies, good-natured clowning and relaxed improvisation. At age 78, Nelson is still able to make the American music ritual entertaining and meaninful for his fans. What’s new with the Redheaded Stranger? Earlier this year, he released the live album “Here We Go Again.” It was recorded with Wynton Marsalis and Norah Jones and it pays tribute to another giant of American song, Ray Charles. Nelson will perform at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach on Friday, Oct. 21. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $43-$90 from www.sandlercenter.org. Call 385-2541. — Sam McDonald Courtesy of Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
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