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Despite arrests for marijuana, White House invites Willie Nelson back

In 1978, Willie Nelson reportedly smoked pot on the roof of the White House.

In 2010, Willie Nelson was arrested for pot possession ... and less than two weeks later, he was back at the White House again, this time for a reception paying tribute to this year's Kennedy Center Honorees.

We're not sure what this means, but we have a feeling it has something to do with Willie Nelson being invincible, or, at the very least, free from the shackles of law that bind every other American. For this alone, he deserved his Kennedy Center kudos.

Assuming he doesn't get arrested for pot possession anytime between now and February, Nelson will be back in Tampa Bay next year. He's scheduled to perform Feb. 16 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Tickets are $42.50-$88 and go on sale Dec. 17.

Not to go all Robert Evans on you, but: Willie, you're a star. Don't ever change. And even if you do run into trouble on the road again, don't worry, the White House will probably still welcome you with open arms.

Winter Jam headed to Tampa

There are 10 billion megatours for punk and hard rock fans, from Warped to Uproar to Mayhem to the Bamboozle Roadshow. So how can Christian music fans get in on the action?

Easy: Hit up Winter Jam.

The largest Christian music festival in the land is coming back to Tampa at 6 p.m. Jan. 15. Your headliners include NewSong, Newsboys, David Crowder Band, Kutless, Francesca Battistelli, RED, KJ-52 and guest speaker Tony Nolan. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Soundbytes

• Grammy winner Boz Scaggs, with special guest Marc Cohn, will play Ruth Eckerd Hall at 7:30 p.m. April 14. Tickets go on sale at noon Friday. His last show in Tampa Bay — 2009 with Michael McDonald — was sold out.

Rising country star Craig Morgan will perform a free concert Dec. 10 at MacDill Air Force Base for troops and their families. Go to macdillfss.com for more details.

The bad news: Jamey Johnson has pulled out of next year's Florida Strawberry Festival due to a scheduling conflict. The good news: Justin Moore and Josh Thompson will take his place on March 11.

New Year's Eve fun: Sister Hazel is performing at 10:45 p.m. in the new Hard Rock Cafe inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Tickets are $50. Call (813) 627-7755.

Despite arrests for marijuana, White House invites Willie Nelson back 12/06/10 [Last modified: Monday, December 6, 2010 10:57pm]

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