When Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp organized the first fair concert in 1985, it was to bring awareness to the loss of family farms and bring in funds to help keep families farms and bring in funds to help keep families farms in business. Thirty-seven years later, that message remains the same, and the cause was further with a large donation from Indianapolis colts owner Jim Irsay on Saturday night at the annual farm aid concert at Coastal credit union music park at the walnut creek in Raleigh just before Mellencamp set Irsay presented him with a check for $1million for farm aid.
The festival farm focus was intense, from the food vendors to the artist on stage. The regular concession staples swapped for Homegrown concession features local and organic foods, including fresh seafood and pork. Farming and agriculture remained at the forefront of the packed event, with the Homegrown village a section of the venue devoted to education and advocacy . There were also opportunities to visit with animals. Guest interacted with pigs, goats, and sheep. A veterinary section of the village hosted fainting goats, even allowing children to listen to their heartbeats. Rising country star Brittney Spencer and American performer Charley Crockett were among the first artist to take the Farm aid stage.
Crockett dedicated his set to the farmers who helped him when he was just a hobo musician. Singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton donned his famous Charlie 1 horse hat for a nearly hour-long set. Dave Matthew and frequent collaborate Tim Reynolds took the stage just before 8 p.m. Their set was dotted with some of Matthew’s hits crush, and they didn’t drink the water.
Matthew began the set by expressing support for the farmers’ community he said they should not have to struggle as much as they do. Nelson 89 closed out benefits around 10 p.m. NFL owner donates $1M to farm aid during the Raleigh show and more news if anyone wants to find out more and is curious to have a study in detail, then there are many sites and newspapers as well some magazines also are available to read this concept according to their needs.
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