John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, and Willie Nelson will headline the 2019 annual Farm Aid concert set for September 21st at East Troy, Wisconsin's Alpine Valley Music Theatre. Among the other high profile artists set to perform are Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well as Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Margo Price, Jamey Johnson, Tanya Tucker, Brothers Osborne, Yola, Particle Kid, and more. Additional artists will be announced later this summer.
Farm Aid President and founder Willie Nelson said in the official announcement: “With devastating weather, low prices and harmful farm and trade policies, America’s family farmers are facing immense challenges to hold on to their farms. It’s not right. Family farmers are essential for all of us. By bringing our festival to the heart of the struggle, we will stand side by side with farmers. At Farm Aid 2019, we’ll highlight solutions and show our support for family farmers’ contributions to our health, economy and environment.”
John Mellencamp has been involved in the issues facing the American farmer for well over 35 years — both with his time and his music. It was his 1985 album Scarecrow that first got the attention of Farm Aid co-founder Willie Nelson: “We had some mutual friends that were hanging around with him, and they told him I had just made a record called Scarecrow that dealt with the family farm crisis. And he, at that time, had been thinking about putting together Farm Aid, and he just called me up out of the clear blue one day and said, ‘Hey I’m in Bloomington and I’ve been thinking about doing this. . . ' and ‘Would you help organizing?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ And that’s my involvement.”
Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, July 12th, at 10 a.m. CDT.
For more information, log on to: https://www.farmaid.org/festival/tickets/