Farm Aid 2013 Coming To Saratoga Springs, NY September 21st
06.24.2013 - Additonal artists were just announced and the concert bill now includes: Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Kacey Musgraves, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Bahamas, JD & The Straight Shot, Carlene Carter, and Pegi Young & The Survivors.
Farm Aid announced today that its annual benefit concert will return to the Northeast on Saturday, Sept. 21, taking place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The event will be headlined by performances from Farm Aid Board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. More artists are expected to be announced in the near future. Tickets will go on sale Friday June 28 at 10 AM EDT via Ticketmaster.com. FarmAid.org will be holding a pre-sale for their members and we hope to offer a Mellencamp.com pre-sale as well. Please watch our TOUR page for more details.
This will be the second Farm Aid concert in NY that shines a spotlight on the entire Northeast region of the country. The Northeast, and NY in particular, is fertile ground for the new, beginning farmer movement and a proving ground for how local and regional food systems can improve our local communities, economies and natural resources. Click "Read More" for the official Press Release.
FARM AID MUSIC AND FOOD FESTIVAL HEADS TO NEW YORK ON SEPT. 21
Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews to headline Farm
Aid 2013 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
ó Farm Aid announced today
that its annual benefit concert will return to the Northeast on Saturday, Sept.
21, taking place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga
"In New York and across the Northeast, family farmers are pioneering change
in our farm and food system. This region has strong agricultural roots and
offers fertile ground for new farmers and sustainable agriculture," said Farm
Aid President Willie Nelson. "On the Farm Aid stage in September, weíll
celebrate the hard work of family farmers and support their efforts to grow
strong and healthy communities for all of us."
Farm Aid 2013 will feature Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John
Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. Additional artists will be announced
soon. The concert benefits and promotes Farm Aidís mission to keep family
farmers on the land, strengthen and revitalize Americaís food system, and
support the growth of the Good Food Movement ó the growing number of people
seeking local, organic, humanely raised and family farm-identified food.
Farm Aid 2013 will be an all-day music and food festival featuring a unique
mashup of artists and genres on the stage and serving concert-goers family
farm-identified, local and organic foods with its own HOMEGROWN Concessionsģ.
In Farm Aidís HOMEGROWN Village, concertgoers will have the chance to meet
farmers, engage in hands-on food and farm activities, and learn about 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.
"New York is pleased to host Farm Aidís annual benefit concert this September
in Saratoga Springs," Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said. "This star-studded event will
support Farm Aidís mission to promote family farmers and healthy eating, as well
as raise awareness about the important role farms play in our economy and
culture. Here in New York, we are continuing to grow our stateís vibrant
agricultural industry through initiatives such as the FreshConnect program,
which provides more avenues like farmers markets to connect New Yorkers with
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fresh, affordable and locally grown food products. We are also making
important investments in regional food distribution hubs and marketing efforts
like Taste NY to promote New York-made agricultural products and niche
industries such as yogurt and wine, beer and spirits. New York is committed to
its farmers, and so I commend Farm Aid for their work in helping farmers all
across the nation flourish."
Farm Aid has long collaborated with and supported organizations and
organizers in the Northeast who are growing the Good Food Movement. Many of the
regionís farmers have been served by Farm Aidís hotline and Farmer Resource
Network. Over the past 28 years, Farm Aid has made grants of more than $2.5
million in the Northeast region ó nearly half a million in New York alone ó
supporting programs that expand access to family farm food and grow new markets
for farmers, create change in the food system, and help farmers thrive.
"Over a year ago, several of my colleagues and I first hoped out loud that
Farm Aid would come to New York State to celebrate and support our hard-working
family farmers," said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). "I am so pleased that
Willie Nelson and Farm Aid have chosen New York to showcase the finest music
talent in the world alongside our New York family farmers, who are producing
some of the best dairy products and fresh fruits and vegetables in the world."
Tickets for Farm Aid 2013 will go on sale Friday, June 28, at 10 a.m. EDT.
Tickets will be available at www.ticketmaster.com
and through the
Farm Aid member pre-sale beginning June 18 at
"Saratoga Performing Arts Center is tremendously proud and excited to host
the 2013 Farm Aid music and food festival at our historic outdoor venue," said
Marcia J. White, SPACís president and executive director. "Over the past 48
years, SPACís stage has been at the center of countless legendary concerts and
live music events; Farm Aid may top them all with its superstar lineup of
artists fueled by the crucial mission of promoting and supporting family farms,
healthy eating and strong communities. SPAC itself is surrounded by a greenbelt
of nearly 75,000 acres of beautiful, fertile Saratoga County farmland. The
opportunity to be part of an event that will benefit these neighbors and farmers
across America represents a defining moment in SPACís history."
Farm Aid welcomes the participation of the local business community and
offers corporate sponsorship opportunities. For more information, contact Glenda
Yoder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For concert updates, follow Farm Aid on Twitter (@farmaid) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/farmaid),
and visit www.farmaid.org/concert.
Farm Aidís mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of
agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil
Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds
to support Farm Aidís work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose
family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who
contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $43 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.
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