John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Willie Nelson will headline the 2018 annual Farm Aid concert set for September 22nd at Hartford, Connecticut’s Xfinity Theatre. Among the other high profile artists set to perform are Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well as Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, and Particle Kid. Additional artists will be announced later this summer.
Farm Aid President and founder Willie Nelson said in the official announcement: “Family farmers are the backbone of our country, but today, they are endangered. Whether we live in cities like Hartford or the rural areas of New England, each of us has the power to create positive, lasting change in our farm and food system and strengthen farm families to help them stay on the land for generations to come.”
John Mellencamp has been involved in the issues facing the American farmer for well over 30 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.” at 10 a.m. ET, with prices ranging from $54.50 to $279.50. For more information, log on to FarmAid.org.