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The 2019 Farm Aid festival will be held Saturday, September 21, at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin, in the heart of dairy country. As usual, the event will be headlined by Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Willie Nelson, with Matthews playing as a duo with his longtime collaborator Tim Reynolds.
Also performing at this year’s Farm Aid will be Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and country artists Tanya Tucker, Jamey Johnson, Brothers Osborne and Margo Price.
In addition, the bill includes Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Particle Kid. The two groups are led, respectively, by Willie’s sons Lukas and Micah. Promise of the Real has served as Young’s backing band in recent years.
Tickets for Farm Aid 2019 go on sale to the general public this Friday, July 12, at 10 a.m. CT, and will be available for purchase at LiveNation.com. A limited amount of pre-sale tickets can be purchased starting this Wednesday, July 10, at 10 a.m. ET at FarmAid.org/Festival.
Farm Aid president and co-founder Willie Nelson notes in a statement that this year’s festival takes place at a rough time for family-run farms.
“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,” the country legend says in a statement. “By bringing our festival to the heart of the struggle, we will stand side by side with farmers.”
The festival will feature local and organic foods produced at family farms, and will offer various agricultural-themed activities and forums.
Meanwhile, memorabilia signed by some Farm Aid performers and VIP seats to the event are being sold or auctioned at IfOnly.org/FarmAid to raise money for the cause.
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