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FarmAid 30 goes to Windy City

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 – Farm Aid 30 is coming to Chicago in September.

Featuring the music of Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews - with Tim Reynolds - plus Kacey Musgraves, Old Crow Medicine Show, Holly Williams, Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, Mavis Staples, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs Robots and Blackwood Quartet, the event will be held on Sept. 19 at First Merit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island.

"We organized the first Farm Aid concert in Illinois in 1985 to respond to the people suffering during the Farm Crisis," said Nelson, Farm Aid president and founder. "Thirty years later, in Chicago, we'll bring together so many of the people - farmers, eaters, advocates and activists - who have made the progress of the Good Food Movement possible. At Farm Aid 30, we'll celebrate the impact we've had and rally our supporters for the work ahead."

Festivalgoers will enjoy family farm-identified, local and organic foods at Farm Aid's HOMEGROWN Concessions. In the HOMEGROWN Village, attendees can meet farmers from across the country. The Village also features hands-on activities by local, regional and national farm and food organizations that engage festivalgoers in the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy.

Tickets will go on sale Monday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. Central with prices from $49.50 to $189.50 at LiveNation.com, the venue box office and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

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