Farm Aid Announces 30th Anniversary Concert Date
Farm Aid turns 30 this year, and the annual event has announced the date for a very special anniversary concert.
Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young spearheaded the first Farm Aid, which took place on Sept. 22, 1985 in Champaign, Ill. The event is the longest-running benefit concert in America, helping to bring attention not only to the plight of America's farmers, but to the Good Food movement, which encourages organic alternatives to factory farming.
This year's concert will take place on Sept. 19, marking the first event since Farm Aid received a $15,000 preservation grant from the Grammy Foundation to digitize, preserve and archive past and future performances.
"The first Farm Aid concert featured more than 50 artists on one stage," Nelson says. "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."
"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," Mellencamp adds. "The list of artists who have played on the Farm Aid stage is a who’s who of the best artists of our time."
The location and lineup for the 2015 Farm Aid concert are yet to be announced.
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