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01/29/2014 - Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger passed away Monday, January 27, 2014. John had developed a friendship with Pete and was a vocal supporter and fan of his work. Pete was 94.

When word of Pete Seeger's death reached John, he issued a statement where he commented, "Pete Seeger always tried to make the world a better place through his music and activism. His lifelong commitment to the cause of peace and to addressing the plight of the downtrodden has been an inspiration to all those who have championed society's victims and have done what they could to combat injustice. His music and commitment was more powerful than a thousand armies. We are fortunate that he lit the way for so long."

Later, he told the New York Times, " Probably my most inspirational moment with Pete was playing at his 90th birthday concert, at Madison Square Garden. I asked him, ‘What do you think of this?’ He said, ‘It’s awfully nice. But you know, if you want to make a difference, you’ve got to keep things small. Keep it small, John. These big things are fine occasionally, but they make a big noise and then people forget them.’ And I think he was right. Farm Aid is an example: it’s small, but we keep plugging away.”

At the 90th birthday celebration for Pete, John covered Pete's "If I Had A Hammer" and performed his own Seeger inspired "A Ride Back Home." John and Pete teamed up again at the 2013 Farm Aid Concert in Saratoga Springs NY. Pete joined John, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Dave Matthews to sing "This Land Is Your Land" and "If I Had A Hammer." After the jump you can watch all of those performances. Read More
10/04/2013 - Read Billboard Magazine's complete review after the jump. Here are some excerpts from John's introduction of Pete Seeger: "Oh, but ain't that America, for you and me!" sang John Mellencamp on "Pink Houses" at Farm Aid 2013.."

"That song," he explained, "was inspired by people who had come before me, that were trying to make a difference with music..."

"I'm so humbled," he continued, "to bring out the guy who really made that song what it is… Ladies and gentlemen, Pete Seeger!" Read More
09/25/2013 - Surprise guest Pete Seeger performs "This Land is Your Land" with Farm Aid board artists John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young live at the Farm Aid concert in Saratoga Springs, NY on September 21, 2013. Check out the videos of John's complete set after the jump.

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09/22/2013 - Read Andy Greene's complete review of Farm Aid 2013. "Farm Aid has continued to thrive and grow. It's partially due to the passion of Nelson and his fellow board members..." Read More
07/03/2013 - Saratoga Springs, N.Y. — Farm Aid announced today that the organization has sold all of the available tickets for Farm Aid 2013, the family farm benefit festival scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

“We are honored that upstate New York has embraced Farm Aid in this way,” said Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid. “Your enthusiasm is a clear sign that people here and across the Northeast value family farmers and the work they do to grow strong and healthy communities for all of us.” Read More

06/24/2013 - Additional 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.

Farrm 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 will be holding a pre-sale for their members and we hope to offer a 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. Read More
06/24/2013 - We will be offering a VERY LIMITED amount of tickets in a member pre-sale on Wednesday, June 26 beginning at 10 AM ET through Thursday, June 27 ending at 10 PM. The pre-sale tickets will be offered through using a password posted on the TOUR page for logged in members. Read THIS tutorial to learn how our pre-sale works. Please watch our TOUR page for more details. Read More




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