The Farm Aid Music Festival returns to Raleigh this weekend

By | September 24, 2022

The 12 months was 2020, and like most issues on the earth, the Farm Support music pageant had gone digital. On the finish of the live-streamed live performance, nation music icon – and co-creator of the pageant – Willie Nelson appeared on display screen together with his sons Lukas and Micah to encourage assist for native farmers throughout America . The group steered that in these tough instances, folks at residence may even begin their very own backyard as a pandemic pastime.

“Develop every little thing you’ll be able to!” Willie stated with a smirk and a chuckle.

Farm Support will return to Raleigh for the second time in pageant historical past on Saturday, and Nelson, 89, and his household are headlining the present. They are going to be joined at Coastal Creek Credit score Union Music Park in Walnut Creek by Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp and Allison Russell, amongst others.

The music pageant is held yearly in favor of household farmers and good meals. The thought originated on the well-known Stay Support profit live performance in 1985, and since then over $64 million has been raised to assist farmers. The group’s prime points this 12 months are local weather change, racial justice and North Carolina agriculture, the latter residence to 45,100 farms and offering 17.5% of all jobs within the state.

“A thriving motion – particularly of younger farmers; BIPOC farmers and girls farmers – is main the way in which for conversations, methods and alter to create a extra democratic agricultural and meals system that may maintain us,” an announcement from the group. “Now greater than ever, persons are conscious of the inherent fragility and injustices of our agricultural and meals system, and the urgency of constructing a democratic, various and resilient household farming system.”

    Allison Russell performing at Farm Aid 2021 in a purple shirt

Allison Russell acting at Farm Support 2021.

All dishes served might be comprised of substances which can be sustainably produced by household farmers. A few of these highlights embody meals from Tastiest Nook in Durham, Ran-Lew Milk Firm from Snow Camp, The Pit Genuine Barbecue in Raleigh, and Triangle-based Dusty Donuts.

Pageant-goers can cease by the Homegrown Village to study soil, water, power and agriculture. A seed change begins at midday. A presentation on barnyard animals begins at 1 p.m. and one other on the gourmand tradition of mushrooms at 2 p.m.

Farm Support final got here to the Triangle in 2014. Neil Younger, who’s a board member and co-founder of the occasion however is not going to be performing this 12 months, kicked off the press occasion with a rant.

“We like doing Farm Support, however we do not like us doing Farm Support,” Younger stated as he sat alongside board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews. “It is not a celebration, it is a mission.”

Margo Price sings against a backdrop of bright blue skies and rolling fields.png

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Singer and Farm Support board member Margo Value performs at Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy, Wisconsin in 2019.

Music Schedule

12:50 p.m. — Earth Reconnaissance by Purple Clay Singers
12:58 p.m. — Welcome with Knowledge Indian Dancers
1:08 p.m. — Particle Child
1:43 p.m. — Brittney Spencer
2:18 p.m.—Charley Crockett
3:08 p.m. — Allison Russell
3:58 p.m. — Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Actual
4:48 p.m.—Sheryl Crow
5:43 p.m.—Chris Stapleton
6:43 p.m. — Margo Value
7:43 p.m. – Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds
8:43 p.m. — John Mellencamp
9:43 p.m. — Willie Nelson and his household

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Evening Sweats had been initially scheduled to carry out. This present was canceled resulting from a optimistic case of COVID within the group.