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Rock Picks: Willie and Kris lead Merle Haggard tribute at Booth

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson will lead a Merle Haggard tribute at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre Sunday.
Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson will lead a Merle Haggard tribute at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre Sunday. Getty Images for Essential Broad

Already, 2016 has been a miserable year for musical deaths, especially the loss of honky-tonk great Merle Haggard – who died of complications from pneumonia on April 6, his 79th birthday. The Hag had been scheduled to play Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre this weekend with his fellow country icon Willie Nelson. The show will go on, but repurposed as a tribute to Haggard. Nelson remains on the bill, joined by Kris Kristofferson (who played Booth with Haggard back in 2012) and The Strangers, featuring Haggard’s sons Ben and Noel. It should make for a cool wake, starting at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $49.50-$59.50. See boothamphitheatre.com for details.

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