Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson announced today that its 30th anniversary music and food festival on September 19, 2015 in downtown Chicago at the First Merit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. The annual concert is to raise more funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. The event is one that sells out rapidly, so grab your tickets as soon as possible.
Tickets for Farm Aid 30 will go on sale Monday, August 3, at 10 a.m. CDT. Ticket prices range from $49.50 to $189.50 and will be available for purchase at LiveNation.com, the venue box office and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Pre-sale tickets and Premium packages on sale Friday, 7/31 @ 10am CT. These tickets are very limited, so order yours today at the link above.
The music lineup features Farm Aid board members Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews. The lineup also features newly announced performers Tim Reynolds, the Blackwood Quartet, Holly Williams, Imagine Dragons, Insects vs. Robots, Jack Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Mavis Staples and the Old Crow Medicine Show.
Created for its 30th anniversary, Farm Aid launched the #Road2FarmAid, a virtual campaign honoring the hard work of farmers and advocates by inviting people to share the actions it is taking to support family farmers, inspiring others to get involved in family farm agriculture, acknowledging the vital role that each one of us plays in making a change and to grow the Good Food Movement. People can participate at road2.farmaid.org and enter to win Farm Aid 30 tickets.
For 30 years, Farm Aid’s music artists contribute their performances each year, supporting the program to raise $48 million to help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family. Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America.
Farm Aid 30, is a highly supported and promoted all-day festival, fueled by the passion and love for the farmers of this nation, the advocates, and activitists, and rallies the people who truly appreciate the hard-working providers of all things for life’s existence. In addition to the diverse lineup of music, Farm Aid 30 Festival attendees are able to experience family farm agriculture firsthand. Pride in our homeland food providers seems to surround this enduring and critical event with a passionate comaraderie to save our family farmers everywhere.
In 1985, Farm Aid started through our homegrown musicians and the passion and efforts to help farmers suffering during the Farm Crisis. The first to step to the plate to help his beloved land, Country music icon was Willie Nelson. Willie says, “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.”
The music festival is just the piled-high icing on the cake for Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Concessions®. Family farm-identified, local and organic foods will be enjoyed at the HOMEGROWN Youth market where young people from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences’ and Windy City Harvest Youth Farm’s Growing Power will be selling baked goods fresh apples, pears and a variety of farming’s best crops.
Representatives for the Farm Aid Festival explain, “In the HOMEGROWN Village, attendees will have the chance to meet farmers from Illinois and across the country. The HOMEGROWN Village also features hands-on activities by local, regional and national farm and food organizations that engage festivalgoers in the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health. In the HOMEGROWN.org Skills Tent, attendees can dig into food, farming and homesteading DIY demonstrations, such as learning how to identify wild edibles sprouting on city street corners with Chicago foraging guru Dave Odd, of Odd produce.”
Just prior to Farm Aid 30, family farmers and farm advocates will gather to celebrate the work and roots of Farm Aid’s progressive efforts. Farmers, advocates and festivalgoers will be in conversations about family farmers’ struggles, issues and solutions for overcoming these challenges. Farm Aid press says, “These meetings, along with farm tours and other events, will serve to lay the foundation for Farm Aid’s continued work to advance family farm agriculture.”
Farm Aid Executive Director Carolyn Mugar says, “The first Farm Aid concert sparked a family farm movement that has rallied hundreds of thousands in support of a system of agriculture that’s good for family farmers, good for the economy, good for the soil and water and good for all of us. Over the years, we’ve heard from so many people how crucial it is that we continue to work together and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with family farmers as we fight for change.”
Farm Aid has partnered with Hotels for Hope to offer festivalgoers discounted lodging in Chicago. Each room booked through Hotels for Hope (www.farmaid.org/hotels) results in a donation to Farm Aid.
Farm Aid 30 will be webcast live on Saturday, Sept. 19, at farmaid.org. The webcast, Farm Aid 30 Live Presented by Amy’s Kitchen, will feature artist performances and stories from family farmers and eaters across the country.
Festival attendees can enhance their Farm Aid experience with the official Farm Aid 30 mobile app, which will be available for iPhone and Android in mid-August.
In addition, Farm Aid will offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences, from meeting Willie Nelson on his legendary tour bus to joining Farm Aid board artists for a concert kickoff event, available exclusively on IfOnly.com.
For event updates, follow Farm Aid on Twitter (@farmaid) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/farmaid), and visit farmaid.org/concert.
Farm Aid welcomes the participation of the Chicago area business community and offers corporate sponsorship and VIP seating opportunities. For more information, contact Glenda Yoder at firstname.lastname@example.org.