Willie Nelson and Friends Head to Kansas for 2011 Farm Aid
Farm Aid -- the annual benefit concert that started with Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young 26 years ago in an effort to raise money for family-owned farms -- is getting a new home. After spending the first quarter-century in various states including Illinois, Nebraska, Indiana and Wisconsin, the star-studded musical event heads to Kansas this year.
"I'm looking forward to bringing my friends together in Kansas for the first time to honor family farmers," says Willie [quote via AllAcess.com]. "Farm Aid celebrates the independent family farmers and ranchers who make this country strong, and we know we can only fix the challenges our country faces with the know-how of family farmers."
This year's concert will be held August 13, at the newly-built LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City. Willie, John and Neil will be joined by frequent Farm Aid guest Dave Matthews on the Farm Aid stage, with more artists to be announced shortly.
Last year Farm Aid celebrated its 25th anniversary with an all-star line-up that included performances by Kenny Chesney, Jason Mraz, Jamey Johnson, Amos Lee, Norah Jones and several others. It's Willie's tireless efforts for the organization that bring in some of music's biggest celebrities every year -- and make the Texas activist worthy of being honored for his contributions.
"It is very important we point out that I think Willie should get Nobel Peace Prize for Farm Aid," fellow co-founder John Mellencamp insists. "This thing has been going on 25 years ... I am very proud of Willie. Whoever does this Nobel Peace Prize should look at Willie Nelson. My contribution is from the neck down. Willie is the brains behind the outfit."
The 78-year-old isn't showing any signs of slowing down. He kicks off his Country Throwdown tour, which includes Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Craig Campbell and Jack Ingram, on May 27, and will play 25 shows before wrapping up on July 4 in Ft. Worth, Texas. See his itinerary here.
Tickets for Farm Aid go on sale May 20. Pre-order information can be found here.