Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young will play the 30th anniversary of the annual concert benefit in Chicago Sept. 19.
The lineup for the 30th anniversary of Farm Aid, which also features East Texas-born Kacey Musgraves, Mavis Staples, Imagine Dragons, Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson, was announced Tuesday.
“We organized the first Farm Aid concert in Illinois in 1985 to respond to the people suffering during the Farm Crisis,” said Nelson, Farm Aid President, in a press release. “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.”
According to the Farm Aid website, the annual one-day festival has raised nearly $48 million since 1985 “to help family farmers thrive all over the country while inspiring millions of people to take part in the Good Food Movement.”
Well known for his advocacy of America’s farmers, this past year Nelson made headlines for penning an editorial for the Washington Post and a letter to the House Appropriations Committee in defense of America’s poultry farmers against bigger poultry companies.
Since the annual concert benefit first began in 1985, two Farm Aids have taken place in Texas: one in Irving in 1992 and one in Austin in 1986 as part of Willie Nelson’s Annual Fourth of July Picnic celebration.
Photos: Farm Aid 2013
The concert will take place at FirstMeritBank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Tickets go on sale Aug. 3.
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