Hootie, Phish And Wilco To Play Farm Aid; Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies And Wallflowers Set For Bridge School Benefit

Phish, Hootie and the Blowfish, and Wilco will help to raise money for farmers in need by performing at Farm Aid on October 3 with concert co-founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young.

Also performing at Farm Aid, which will be held at the New World Music Theater in Tinley Park, Illinois, is John Conlee, Steve Earle, and Martina McBride. The organization, founded in 1985, has given over $14 million to more than 100 farming groups, churches, and service agencies in 44 states.

In other benefit concert news, Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, the Wallflowers, Jonathan Richman, and Eels, are getting ready to join Farm Aid acts, Phish and Neil Young, for the Bridge School benefit on October 17 and 18.

The annual concert, founded in 1986 by Young and his wife, seeks to raise funds for the San Francisco-based school for children with severe speech and physical disabilities. The Bridge School benefit will be held at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View,
California.