The 14th Farm Aid benefit concert will be held September 29 near Indianapolis, with Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp all on the bill.
Other performers for the concert at Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana, will be announced at a later date.
“I’m proud that, after 16 years, Farm Aid is still viable and thriving,” Mellencamp, who hails from Indiana, said in a statement this week. “It’s a true testament to Willie Nelson’s tenacity that it’s here this year in Indianapolis.”
For the first time, the charity organization also will raise funds through a road race, the Willie Nelson 10K for Farm Aid. Some 15,000 runners are expected to participate on October 21 in Austin, Texas, and Nelson will perform at a post-race concert.
Farm Aid was founded in 1985 to raise public awareness about the plight of the American family farmer and to provide assistance to those whose livelihoods depend on agriculture. Raising funds through benefit concerts and other events, Farm Aid has granted $16 million to more than 100 farm organizations, churches and service agencies. Farm Aid concerts were not held in 1988, ’89 or ’91. The concert was held in Indiana once before, in 1990.
Farm Aid was held in Bristow, Virginia, last year, and featured Alan Jackson, Barenaked Ladies, Sawyer Brown, Arlo Guthrie, Travis Tritt, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.