In addition to the four Farm Aid board members who perform every year (Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews), the September 21 concert will also feature performances from Kacey Musgraves, Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Bahamas, JD & The Straight Shot, Carlene Carter, and Pegi Young & The Survivors.
FarmAid!! here i come! so honored to be a part of this amazing celebrationhttp://www.mellencamp.com/news.html?n_id=1931
— Carlene Carter (@CarlooneyCarter) June 25, 2013
Jack Johnson spoke this week with Radio.com about his support for Farm Aid.
“This will be my second time [at Farm Aid,” Johnson said. “Last year we had such a great experience doing it. It’s nice to take the spotlight that’s on you and shine it on something that’s more important than yourself.”
Johnson lives in Hawaii, where, as he explains, “my wife and I and a lot of friends have a foundation called the Kokua Hawaii Foundation. In Hawaii, 90 percent of our food is shipped in, so one of the things we try to work with kids is connecting them to their food at a really young age.”
Of course, he says, there’s a “selfish side” to participating. “I get to hang out with Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, all those guys. That’s pretty amazing for me. It’s also nice to hang out with your heroes.”
A nonprofit organization founded in 1985, Farm Aid has raised more than $43 million over the years with the goal of promoting family farms.
Farm Aid takes place on Saturday, September 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 28.
– Kurt Wolff, Radio.com