Willie Nelson welcomes new additions to the widely celebrated Farm Aid Food and Music Festival.
Jack Johnson, the Avett Brothers, and Sheryl Crow recently joined the annual event’s line-up of artists and growing list of superstars set to perform for the event’s attendees. Johnson has already been a frequent face in the said benefit event, while Crow was out touring all summer with Folk legend Bob Dylan prior to joining Farm Aid. However, she did a guest performance in the farm event in 2003 in Columbus, Ohio.
Meanwhile, Dave Matthews had previously been a part of the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. This time, the new artists who will be included in this year’s board include Jamey Johnson, Valerie June, Blackberry Smoke, as well as Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real.
The Farm Aid Food and Music Festival is an annual event that began in 1985. Filled with entire days of nothing but celebrating good food and good music, the event was originally established as a benefit concert in Champaign, Illinois for the family farmers in the United States. It was organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young.
Since then, it has been a yearly event where a distinct line-up of artists from various music genres are featured. More importantly, both local and organic foods that each have their own Homegrown Concessions are presented to all the event’s attendees and special guests. This enables guests to mingle with the farmers, participate in hands-on activities and learn first-hand how family farmers grow their produce and contribute in enriching our soil, growing our economy, keeping our water safe, and bringing us healthy food to serve on our dining tables.
For 32 years, over $50 million dollars have been raised since Farm Aid was first opened to the public. It has been successful in its goal of promoting a solid and flexible family farm system for agriculture. It is also known as the longest-running concert for a cause.
The festival will be held at Pennsylvania for the third time since it was launched. Unfortunately, the tickets have already been sold out. But fret not—if you are among the fans who was not able to purchase a ticket at the last minute, you can still watch the concert live through an HD live streaming available at farmaid.org. Streaming will start at 3pm EDT.
For more information on 2017’s Farm Aid Concert, check out the Official Website.