Farm Aid 2013 Sells Out
This year's Farm Aid concert is completely sold out. The annual benefit concert, which takes place in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. this year, filled all of its 25,000 seats just days after going on sale last Friday (June 28).
"We are honored that upstate New York has embraced Farm Aid in this way," Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid, says in a press release. "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."
This year's concert will feature performances from Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. They will be joined by an all-star lineup that includes Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R., Bahamas, JD & The Straight Shot, Carlene Carter and Pegi Young & the Survivors. Hot newcomer Kacey Musgraves will also perform.
The all-day music and food festival not only raises money to support family farmers, it also raises awareness of the importance of locally grown and organic foods as a viable alternative to corporate farming. The event features Homegrown Concessions, showcasing local, organic, sustainable, humanely-raised family farm ingredients. The Homegrown Village gives concertgoers the opportunity to meet farmers, engage in hands-on food and farm activities, and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching the soil, protecting the water supply and growing the national economy.
Since its inception in 1985, the annual event has raised $43 million to support Farm Aid's stated mission to "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."
This year's Farm Aid concert will take place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on Sept. 21.