We would like to thank everyone who came out this summer to see Willie Nelson and Family along with Old Crow Medicine Show. OCMS is a great combination of musical talent featuring Ketch Secor, Critter Fuqua. Kevin Hayes, Morgan Jahnig, Chance McCoy and Cory Younts. Everyone had a musical blast together and we can’t wait for another paid summer vacation. If you’re really looking for some good country music go see Old Crow Medicine Show . These guys are a lot of fun on stage and put on an fabulous concert. So until next time, Rock me Mama like a wagon wheel…
“With his birth state’s flag draped large behind him and the Family Band he’s toured with since the Seventies, Nelson took the Celebrate Brooklyn! stage just as the sun set over Prospect Park. His legendary locks have long since faded to gray, but Nelson will always be known as the Red-Headed Stranger, a travelin’ man with a million stories to tell and a way of telling them through songs that have captivated audiences all over the world.”
“Though it’s rare to find hillbillies in the Big Apple, Nelson’s Celebrate Brooklyn! performance brought out the hillbilly in all of us, if only for one lovely evening.”
Read the entire review on villagevoice.com!
Willie had a blast performing at Celebrate Brooklyn! The crowd seemed to have a great time too…check out the photos on Facebook!
Limited Number of Tickets Remain for Farm Aid’s Food and Music Festival on Sept. 19 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Farm Aid today announced that Jamey Johnson, as well as Ian Mellencamp, will join the lineup for its annual concert for a cause, which will take place in Chicago at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on Sept. 19.
Johnson and Mellencamp join the already star-studded Farm Aid 30 lineup, which features Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews — with Tim Reynolds — as well as Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Mavis Staples, Old Crow Medicine Show, Holly Williams, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs Robots and Blackwood Quartet.
Tickets for Farm Aid 30 are available for purchase at LiveNation.com, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island box office and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices range from $49.50 to $189.50. There are a limited number of tickets available.
For event updates, follow Farm Aid on Twitter (@farmaid) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/farmaid), and visit farmaid.org/concert.
‘You have no clue how many times you’ve actually saved our daughter’s life,’ says Brittany, Ava’s mother. ‘There were times where her heart rate was incredibly low. She was not doing well. She spent so long in there and it was such a long road, but actually just playing that music for her really, really did change and save her life.’Continue Reading...
Learn all about Humus, the layer of soil essential for healthy food production which is being gradually depleted by unsustainable farming practices. Graeme Sait a lifelong human and soil health educator explains how 467 billion tonnes of carbon has been released from the soil into the atmosphere, and that we urgently need to return that carbon to the soil, and start replenishing the humus in order to reverse the impact.
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FARM AID TO MARK 30 YEARS OF ACTION FOR FAMILY FARMERS AT MUSIC FESTIVAL IN CHICAGO ON SEPT. 19
Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews to bring Farm Aid 30 to FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Farm Aid today announced that it will host its 30th anniversary music and food festival at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in downtown Chicago on Sept. 19.
“We organized the first Farm Aid concert in Illinois in 1985 to respond to the people suffering during the Farm Crisis,” said Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson. “Thirty years later, in Chicago, we’ll bring together so many of the people — farmers, eaters, advocates and activists — who have made the progress of the Good Food Movement possible. At Farm Aid 30, we’ll celebrate the impact we’ve had and rally our supporters for the work ahead.”
Farm Aid 30, an all-day music and food festival, will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews — with Tim Reynolds — as well as Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Mavis Staples, Old Crow Medicine Show, Holly Williams, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs Robots and Blackwood Quartet.
In addition to a diverse lineup of music, Farm Aid 30 festivalgoers will be able to experience family farm agriculture firsthand.
Festivalgoers will enjoy family farm-identified, local and organic foods at Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Concessions®. At the HOMEGROWN Youthmarket, young people from Growing Power, the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, and Windy City Harvest Youth Farm will be selling fresh apples, pears and baked goods.
In the HOMEGROWN Village, attendees will have the chance to meet farmers from Illinois and across the country. The HOMEGROWN Village also features hands-on activities by local, regional and national farm and food organizations that engage festivalgoers in 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. In the HOMEGROWN.org Skills Tent, festivalgoers can dig into food, farming and homesteading DIY demonstrations, such as learning how to identify wild edibles sprouting on city street corners with Chicago foraging guru Dave Odd, of Odd produce.
Leading up to Farm Aid 30, Farm Aid will gather family farmers and farm advocates to celebrate the roots of Farm Aid’s work and to engage in conversations about the issues that family farmers face and solutions for overcoming these challenges. These meetings, along with farm tours and other events, will serve to lay the foundation for Farm Aid’s continued work to advance family farm agriculture.
“The first Farm Aid concert sparked a family farm movement that has rallied hundreds of thousands in support of a system of agriculture that’s good for family farmers, good for the economy, good for the soil and water and good for all of us. Over the years, we’ve heard from so many people how crucial it is that we continue to work together and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with family farmers as we fight for change,” said Farm Aid Executive Director Carolyn Mugar. “At Farm Aid 30 on Sept. 19, we’ll celebrate the many actions — small and large — that we are all taking to make a big difference for family farmers. We’ll take stock of 30 years of action and strengthen our commitment to work for change in our farm and food system.”
To mark its 30th anniversary and honor the hard work of farmers, eaters, activists and advocates, Farm Aid launched the #Road2FarmAid, a virtual campaign inviting people to share the actions they are taking to support family farmers and grow the Good Food Movement. The campaign acknowledges the important role that each one of us plays in making change and inspires more people to get involved in family farm agriculture. People can participate at road2.farmaid.org and enter to win Farm Aid 30 tickets.
Tickets for Farm Aid 30 will go on sale Monday, August 3, at 10 a.m. CDT. Ticket prices range from $49.50 to $189.50 and will be available for purchase at LiveNation.com, the venue box office and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Farm Aid has partnered with Hotels for Hope to offer festival-goers discounted lodging in Chicago. Each room booked through Hotels for Hope (www.farmaid.org/hotels) results in a donation to Farm Aid.
Farm Aid 30 will be webcast live on Saturday, Sept. 19, at farmaid.org. The webcast, Farm Aid 30 Live Presented by Amy’s Kitchen, will feature artist performances and stories from family farmers and eaters across the country.
Festivalgoers can enhance their Farm Aid experience with the official Farm Aid 30 mobile app, which will be available for iPhone and Android in mid-August.
In addition, Farm Aid will offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences, from meeting Willie Nelson on his legendary tour bus to joining Farm Aid board artists for a concert kickoff event, available exclusively on IfOnly.com.
Sponsors of Farm Aid 30 include Amy’s Kitchen, Horizon Organic, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Canidae® Natural Pet Food Company, Greener Fields Together and Organic Valley. Farm Aid welcomes the participation of the Chicago area business community and offers corporate sponsorship and VIP seating opportunities. For more information, contact Glenda Yoder at email@example.com.
Farm Aid’s 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 Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. For 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised $48 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.
**Editors and Producers Note: Advance credentials are required for all media to attend Farm Aid 30. Please visit farmaid.org/media by Thursday, Sept. 10, to apply. Media can download official Farm Aid photos and videos at farmaid.org/media.**
“Amidst all the phony-baloneys that inflict themselves on American society wearing the cloak of charity and philanthropy, Malcolm Jones at the Daily Beast reminds us of two real McCoys who just published new autobiographies: Willie Nelson and Jimmy Carter.” Read more at nonprofitquarterly.org.
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic Schedule
DOORS AT 11:00AM
11:15AM – 11:30AM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #1 – PAULINE REESE
11:35AM – 11:50AM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #2 - AMBER DIGBY
11:55AM – 12:10PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #3 - HUDSON MOORE
12:15PM – 12:30PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #4 - FOLK UKE
12:35PM – 12:55PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #5 - RAELYN NELSON BAND
1:00PM – 1:20PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #6 - PAULA NELSON
1:25PM – 1:40PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #7 - DALLAS WAYNE
1:45PM – 2:05PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #8 - DAVID ALLAN COE
2:15PM – 2:35PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #9 - RAY WYLIE HUBBARD
2:45PM – 3:05PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #10 - GREEZY WHEELS
3:05PM PAVILION STAGE GATES OPEN
3:15PM – 3:35PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #11 - JOHNNY BUSH
3:35PM – 3:45PM GRAND PALZA & PAVILION INTERMISSION
3:45PM – 4:15PM PAVILION STAGE ACT #1 - KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
4:15PM – 4:40PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #12 - BILLY JOE SHAVER
4:40PM – 5:15PM PAVILION STAGE ACT #2 (35) – CHRIS STAPLETON
5:15PM – 5:45PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #13 (30) – LEON RUSSELL
5:45PM – 6:20PM PAVILION STAGE ACT #3 - STURGILL SIMPSON
6:20PM – 6:50PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #14 - ASLEEP @ THE WHEEL
6:50PM – 7:25PM PAVILION STAGE ACT #4 - JASON ISBELL
7:25PM – 8:00PM GRAND PLAZA STAGE ACT #15 - JAMEY JOHNSON
8:00PM – 8:45PM PAVILION STAGE ACT #5 - KASEY MUSGRAVES
9:00PM – 9:45PM PAVILION STAGE ACT #6 - MERLE HAGGARD
9:45PM – 10:00PM PAVILION STAGE CHANGEOVER - FIREWORKS
10:00PM – 11:05PM PAVILION STAGE ACT #7 - ERIC CHURCH
11:25PM – 12:30AM PAVILION STAGE ACT #8 - WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY
PAVILION STAGE MC: KINKY FRIEDMAN
GRAND PLAZA STAGE MC’S: BOB COLE & ERIC RAINES FROM KOKE-FM
All times subject to change.
Below you will find the current musicians appearing at the 2015 July 4th Picnic. The list is subject to change at any moment.Continue Reading...
My dear father is a sweet, mellow, loving man that makes me light up inside when I look into his eyes. He has been an inspiration and a role model, teaching me the most important lessons of my life.
First of all he taught us how to have patience, and not rush to judgment. Judge not, least ye be judged he would say. “You don’t know what that man’s been through just to get to where he is today.”
He has taught me to listen to what others have to say more than talk about myself. He always said that helping others with their problems would only help you with yours.
We would all go and laugh and play Hide and Go Seek every night after dinner, teaching us the importance of having fun and playing with your children; medicine that doesn’t have to cost a penny. He would run to base with one of us on his back to make it more of an even game. It was about the playing, not the winning. Afterward we would all be tired, ready for bed and we knew we were loved beyond a shadow of a doubt.
He always said, “Whatever you do, keep a positive attitude. Everything happens for the best. Everything”. That pill is hard to swallow while in the grips of sadness or turmoil, but somehow in the long run it has ALWAYS proven to be the truth.
So, if I fail or falter it isn’t because I wasn’t shown the way. Dad, here’s to you and your infinite wisdom. I love you and hope I never let you down. Happy Father’s Day.
“The veteran, who turned 82 years old this spring, shows no sign of slowing down, kicking off his summer tour at Ogren Park/Allegiance Field riding a new wave of interest and popularity.” Read more at kpax.com
The show in this town is over
And it’s goodbye to old Missoula, I’ve done all I can.
Goodbye to old Missoula, sleepy town.
“Country legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have made their way back to the top of the heap.” Read more at rollingstone.com
“With its fresh, revealing songs, striking harmonies and varying rhythms, it will no doubt be added to the long list of enduring recordings they have each been making since the early 1960s.” Read more of the review at wsj.com
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