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Farm Aid 30: Willie Nelson, Neil Young Headline 30th Anniversary Show on Sept. 19

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Farm Aid is coming to Chicago.

According to Rolling Stone, the annual event, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, will be held on September 19th at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island near downtown Chicago. In addition to board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, the show will feature Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Kacey Musgraves, Old Crow Medicine Show, Mavis Staples, Holly Williams, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs. Robots and Blackwood Quartet.

“We organized the first Farm Aid concert in Illinois in 1985 to respond to the people suffering during the Farm Crisis,” Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson said in a statement. “Thirty years later, in Chicago, we’ll bring together so many of the people — farmers, eaters, advocates and activists — who have made the progress of the Good Food Movement possible. At Farm Aid 30, we’ll celebrate the impact we’ve had and rally our supporters for the work ahead.”
Tickets for this year’s Farm Aid — ranging in price from $49.50 to $189.50 — go on sale Monday, August 3rd at 10 a.m. CDT at FarmAid.org.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/farm-aid-30-willie-nelson-neil-young-headline-30th-anniversary-show-20150728#ixzz3hfYsinY6

 

 

Farm Aid set for Sept. 19

Farm Aid 19852015 Farm Aid date is set for Saturday, Sept. 19 and this year they are celebrating a 30th anniversary.

Their press release reads:  “Our annual concert is a time for celebration where artists, music fans, farmers and people who love good food come together with one purpose: to keep family farmers on the land. We’re thrilled to announce that this year’s 30th anniversary concert will take place on September 19.

“That’s all we can share with you right now, but we wanted to be sure that you—our most loyal fans and supporters—are the first to know the date. We’ll announce more details as soon as possible singulair for asthma. We hope you can reserve that weekend to join Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews and many more artists to be announced for a festival of amazing music, good food, and a full day of experiences that celebrate family farmers.”

“The first Farm Aid concert featured more than 50 artists on one stage. In the 29 years since, hundreds more artists have given their time and talent to support family farmers. This year, we would like to invite even more artists to join us onstage as we celebrate family farm agriculture.” –– Willie Nelson

“The legacy of Farm Aid is twofold: in the change we’ve made in our farm and food system, and in the rich musical record of concerts held since 1985. The list of artists who have played on the Farm Aid stage is a who’s who of the best artists of our time.” – John Mellencamp

 

We know Zuman Jasper is excited.

 

Check it out at: http://www.farmaid.org/site/c.qlI5IhNVJsE/b.2723595/k.EE67/Family_Farmers_Good_Food_A_Better_America.htm?sid=367554628

Don’t try to take it with you

Seeger & Young 2013 Farm AidA touching story about an exchange between Neil Young & Pete Seeger at 2013 Farm Aid turned up in the editorial section of the New York Times.

It was the last time the 94-year old troubadour of Americana performed on stage.

Written by NYT editorial writer Jesse Wegman, who attended the benefit concert, and exchange between Young & Ochs involved the deaths of musicians Phil Ochs and Curt Cobain. Seeger told Young of the night in 1976, he was with Ochs before he hanged himself.

Wegman writes:

On Tuesday morning, the day after Pete Seeger died, Mr. Young told me the story that Pete had told to him: Pete had been in New York City and was late for the train home to Beacon, an hour up the Hudson River. Ochs, a good friend and fellow folk singer, was in trouble. He’d been depressed and drinking for a long time, and he reached out to Pete.

“Phil really wanted to talk,” Mr. Young recalled. Pete had to choose between staying in the city another night or getting home. He chose the train.

“Pete remembered shaking hands with him, and when he said goodbye to him for the last time,” Mr. Young said. “He regretted not talking to him.”

For 37 years, the decision to leave that night ate at Pete. “ ‘I wish I’d done something more to stop that from happening,’ ” Mr. Young recalled him saying shortly before he took the stage.

Neil, having a similar experience dealing with Kurt Cobain’s death, gave Seeger this advice:

“Don’t try to take it with you. Leave it where it happened. I felt similar to how Pete felt for a while. But there’s nothing — you can’t carry it with you.”

Read the entire editorial at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/opinion/pete-seegers-last-night-on-stage.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=1

 

Neil continues criticism of KeystoneXL at Farm Aid

Farm Aid 2013

Rocker Neil Young continues criticism of Keystone XL at Farm-Aid

Joe Pavia Sep 21, 2013 03:42:22 PM

Neil Young is continuing his verbal assault on the Alberta oilsands.

Young called the oil the dirtiest in the world this weekend at the annual Farm-Aid Concert in Saratoga Springs, New York.

He touched on Fort McMurray while telling a story about a cross-country drive he took in his electric car, bringing up the subject in support of farmers on the front line of climate change.

“The farmer wakes up in the morning and figures out ‘what the hell can I do with this mess now?’” he said. “This fuel is going to be shipped to China and Asia, don’t think this fuel is for America, it’s not.”

“The reason I am talking about that ugly situation is because the farmers again are the solution to the problem.”

Earlier this month, Young compared Fort McMurray to post-apocalyptic Hiroshima.
“They have the dirtiest oil in the world, where the Keystone pipeline is going to originate and cut through our country through our back lawns and through our farms all the way to a free trade zone in Port Arthur, Texas,” Young said.

Premier Alison Redford recently dismissed Young’s criticism, along with those of actor Robert Redford this month, saying it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone and that we need to have a conversation on facts.
“I’ve really got to question how people who are using energy flying on planes can make these sorts of comments and assume that they are going to have any credibility,” Redford said Tuesday.

Young called the oil the dirtiest in the world this weekend at the annual Farm-Aid Concert in Saratoga Springs, New York.

He touched on Fort McMurray while telling a story about a cross-country drive he took in his electric car, bringing up the subject in support of farmers on the front line of climate change.

“The farmer wakes up in the morning and figures out ‘what the hell can I do with this mess now?’” he said. “This fuel is going to be shipped to China and Asia, don’t think this fuel is for America, it’s not.”

 

Neil Young Set List: 2013-09-21, Farm Aid 2013. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA

Farm Aid 2013

Neil Young
2013-09-21
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
Farm Aid 2013
Solo

01. This Land Is Your Land (guests with Pete Seeger; backing vocals)
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02. Blowin' In The Wind (Bob Dylan song; acoustic guitar)
03. Early Morning Rain (Gordon Lightfoot song; acoustic guitar)
04. Old Man (acoustic guitar)
05. Heart Of Gold (acoustic guitar)
06. Since I Met You Baby (Ivory Joe Hunter song; piano, harmonica)
07. Reason to Believe (Tim Hardin song; pump organ)
08. Changes (Phil Ochs song; acoustic guitar)
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09. Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die (guests with Willie Nelson)
10. I Saw The Light (guests with Willie Nelson; harmonica)

Neil also played with Pegi Young and the Survivors 
during their entire set.
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Random Quote

Neil: These days it\'s all about closure of this and that for me. I have too many things to finish. How can I move on until I clean that slate? My film Human Highway [made in 1982] is one of those things. It should be available to the public. Dean Stockwell and Russell Tamblyn, my old friends from Topanga Canyon, and Dennis Hopper, a good old friend, were in this movie with me, and we wrote the dialogue as we went along. It is the dorkiest damn movie ever, and it walks a very fine line right on the edge of being too dorky. Some may say it falls over that line. The film was never put to rest to my satisfaction. When I finish something, I want it to be right, or as right as it can be.
by --Neil Young, 2012 interview with Costco

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