Jack White, Willie Nelson, Neil Young for Farm Aid 2014
Raleigh, North Carolina --- Farm Aid 2014 has announced its lineup, topped by Jack White. The one-day music and food festival-slash-benefit concert will take place on September 13 at Raleigh's Walnut Creek Ampitheatre.
Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization that was started in 1985 by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp, with the mission to support family farms across the country by promoting food grown on family farms, helping to strengthen regional markets for family farm food, and providing assistance to farm families in crisis. The Farm Aid concert is an annual event - in fact, it is the longest-running benefit concert in the US - headlined each year by the organization's founders, alongside fellow board member Dave Matthews.
This year's concert will also feature Tim Reynolds, Preservation Jazz Hall Band, Jamey Johnson, Delta Rae, Carlene Carter, Pegi Young & The Survivors, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Insects vs Robots.
Aligning with the organization's homegrown values, concert attendees will not snack on concession stand hot dogs and microwaved nachos with "cheese" - instead, local and organic foods from family farms will be available inside an area called the Homegrown Village. There, festivalgoers can also meet the farmers and learn more about what they do through hands-on food and farm activities.
Tickets for the Farm Aid concert go on presale Friday, July 25 with a $50 Farm Aid Presale Pass (which sounds a lot like just paying 50 extra dollars to buy your tickets early), and general sale starts on Friday, August 1.