MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin will host the 25th annual Farm Aid concert two months from today – and the initial lineup of performers will be announced Monday morning.
Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp started the concerts to call attention to the plight of family farmers. They’ll perform at the October 2nd show at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, along with Dave Matthews and Neil Young. Other performers will be announced later Monday at a news conference. Tickets go on sale August 14th.
Wisconsin has never hosted a Farm Aid concert before. The show’s director, Carolyn Mugar, said the Badger State was chosen because of its strong agricultural tradition – and because it has the greatest successes in what she calls the “good food movement.” That’s defined as the growth in organic foods and family-made products.
Mugar also said the show recognizes the contributions of Milwaukee urban farmer Will Allen, whose efforts have been nationally-recognized from the White House on down. Allen said he’s elated that Milwaukee will host the Farm Aid concert. He calls it a big thing for both the state, and for his organization.