By Abby Hassler
This year’s annual Farm Aid Festival will take place at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown on September 16th. The concert’s three original founders, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp, will headline the all-day music and food festival.
The trio organized the first concert in 1985 to bring awareness about the loss of family farms. The event has raised over $50 million since its inception. Dave Matthews joined the Aid Board of Directors in 2001. He also will be performing alongside Tim Reynolds.
“Family farm agriculture is the heart of Pennsylvania,” Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson said in a release. “What’s happening in western Pennsylvania and the region shows us that we can count on family farmers to strengthen our communities and connect people. Whether we live in rural or urban places, food — and music — brings us all together.”
Other artists who perform include Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, Valerie June, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Insects vs Robots. More musicians will be announced later this summer.
This marks the third time Farm Aid has been held in Pennsylvania (Burgettstown 2002, Hershey in 2012).
Tickets for this event are sold out.