Farm Aid 7/10/19

John MellencampNeil YoungBonnie 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 RealNathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsMargo PriceJamey JohnsonTanya Tucker, Brothers OsborneYolaParticle 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.”] SOUNDCUE (:30 OC: . . .my involvement)

Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, July 12th, at 10 a.m. CDT.

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SOURCE: Press release


  • John MellencampNeil YoungBonnie 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.


  • It was on July 13th, 1985 that Bob Dylan shed light on the American farmer when he planted the seed for Farm Aid during his performance at Live Aid in Philadelphia. Dylan mentioned that maybe some of the millions raised for African famine relief could go to help the struggling American farmers.
  • Within two months Dylan shared the stage with such legendary acts as Willie NelsonNeil YoungTom Petty & The HeartbreakersJohn Mellencamp at the first Farm Aid on September 22nd, 1985 in Champaign, Illinois at University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium before a crowd of 80,000 people.
  • Among the notables that took part in the first Farm Aid concert were Bon JoviDon HenleyEddie Van Halen & Sammy HagarJohn FogertyHuey Lewis & The NewsJohn DenverJoni MitchellBilly Joel & Randy NewmanRickie Lee JonesCarole King, the Beach BoysAlabamaBonnie RaittLou ReedB. B. King, and many, many more.
  • Farm Aid has taken place every year since then — except for 1988 and 1991.

FAST FACTS — according to

  • Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America.
  • For more than 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $53 million to support programs that 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 farms.
  • Net farm income has dropped 53 percent since 2013 and median farm income is expected to be negative $1,316 in 2018.
  • In New England alone, more than 10,000 family dairy farmers have gone out of business since 1970. Farmer stress is growing, and a 2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the suicide rate for people working in agriculture, fishing and forestry is nearly five times that of the general population.