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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

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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


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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.”

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Pete Seeger Surprises at Farm Aid

“New York was made to be frack free”


Pete Seeger Surprises at Farm Aid 2013

Farm Aid is known historically for collaborations and one-time performances in an intimate setting. This year, Farm Aid had all of those qualities, and even included a major surprise. Pete Seeger, now 94, made an appearance at Saratoga Springs’ Performing Arts Center to perform two songs, “If I Had a Hammer” and “This Land Is Your Land” before a sold out crowd. Flanked by Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp, Seeger encouraged all to help him sing, as he admitted he didn’t have much voice left. No one in the building seemed to care, as Seeger received one of the few standing ovations of the evening.

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The aftermath of Farm Aid 2013

Farm Aid 2013
Aramark is Halliburton. A Dick Cheney company. Why Neil yould be proud of working with them is strange. For sure they are not “family farmers”.

Published: Monday, September 23, 2013, By Paul Post

Saturday’s Farm Aid concert, which included performances by Neil Young, John Melloncamp, Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews and Willie Nelson, drew about 25,000 people to Saratoga Performing Arts Center.  >> Farm Aid concert-goers left a sea of white litter on top of the green earth the event’s organizers are trying to promote.

Sunnyside Gardens owner Ned Chapman donated pumpkins and flowers for Saturday’s sell-out concert and was dismayed at the scene he found Sunday morning when he went to retrieve those items from Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

The grounds also were strewn with countless beer cans from some of America’s biggest corporate giants. At the same time, Farm Aid mandated that all food concessions had to be from organic or sustainable family farms.

“It was a mixed signal,” Chapman said. “It became crystal clear that it was all about the money. That’s what it was.”

Farm Aid Communications Director Jennifer Fahy said, “Food and beverage at a venue is under the purview of the venue. Farm Aid makes an arrangement as part of our contract negotiations with the venue we play at each year to change out all the ingredients for concessions at Farm Aid so that they come from family farm sources. We are very proud to work with Aramark and Live Nation to accomplish this. This year we brought in additional vendors, such as the Taste New York tent, where concert-goers seeking beer could instead choose New York beers, wines and ciders that featured New York farm ingredients.”

The full line of performers, including headliners and Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, donated their time and talents for the annual benefit concert, which raises money for the “Good Food Movement” that emphasizes fresh, locally grown food. This was Farm Aid’s first time in upstate New York since its founding 28 years ago in Illinois.

But Vincek Farm owner John Vincek of Wilton said, “They really should have promoted all the farmers, not just organic farms. Imagine trying to feed the whole country with early 1800s farming methods? There are too many people on the planet. You’ve got to embrace modern technology.”

Vincek, who donated hay and straw, said he was surprised at the event’s aftermath, too.

“It looked like a war zone,” he said. “These people are supposed to be about save the Earth. They had no problem throwing trash on the ground.”

Chapman is president of New York Flower Power, which promotes the state’s $400 million garden center and greenhouse industry. He is also a New York State Christmas Tree Growers Association board member.

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Random Quote

““Fort McMurray is a wasteland,” Young said. “The fuel’s all over, the fumes everywhere – you can smell it when you get to town. The closest place to Fort McMurray that is doing the tar sands work is 25 or 30 miles out of town and you can taste it when you get to Fort McMurray,” he said. “People are sick. People are dying of cancer because of this. All the First Nations people up there are threatened by this.””
by -- Neil Young

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