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    Willie's kid, Lucas Nelson, and his band, Promise of the Real, will take the stage at Birch North Park Theatre Saturday night at a benefit for the Jobs for Autism organization.

    The show was put together by Jobs for Autism's founder, Jeffrey Stein.

    "Having a son who is autistic, I realized early that he had far more ability and potential than the doctors led me to believe," Stein said this week in a news release. "Therefore, I founded Jobs for Autism for the purpose of educating the business community and the public in general as to the skills, capabilities and potentialities of those within the autism spectrum."

    Stein's organization works with sympathetic artists to create awareness about the issue. Lukas Nelson is one such performer; the benefit will not be his first charitable work, either, having performed in the past at the Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit as well as at Willie Nelson's Farm Aid concerts.

    Joining Nelson on the bill Saturday will be the Kingsmen, a four-piece made up of young San Diego performers who are themselves autistic.

    The younger Nelson, who is known for his energetic performances, has been a regular visitor to San Diego this last year, including a performance in September at the Belly Up. He also played at the fair with his father this summer as part of Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown.

    Tickets are still available for Saturday's 8:30 p.m. benefit at the Birch North Park Theatre. Tickets are $19.95. the here to learn more about Jobs for Autism.

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