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Willie Nelson, Farm Aid coming to Raleigh in September

Posted July 24

Willie Nelson performs at Rapids Jam 2011 in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., on Thursday, June 16, 2011.

— Willie Nelson and the annual Farm Aid concert and food festival are coming to North Carolina for the first time.

The concert is scheduled for Sept. 13 in the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh. It features performances by Nelson, who is Farm Aid president and co-founder, along with fellow board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews.

Jack White, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jamey Johnson, Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Pegi Young & The Survivors and Insects vs Robots will also perform.

"In North Carolina and across the Southeast, family farmers have struggled to stay on the land, but they have also pioneered new roads to economic sustainability," Nelson said in a statement. "On the Farm Aid stage, we'll celebrate family farmers and the healthy communities they're growing for all of us."

Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised more than $45 million through the festival to help family farmers keep their land and publicize locally grown food.

Those in attendance can eat food from vendors, meet local farmers and learn about cultivating land.

"There is a fair-like feeling when you go to Farm Aid. All day long, people are performing on stage, and food from family farmers is being served," Mellencamp said in a statement.

Tickets for the concert go on sale in August and prices range from $49 to $175. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available Friday.

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  • wolfpackedrbc17 Jul 25, 9:27 a.m.

    $49 for an all day concert... ain't bad at all.

  • frogdog Jul 24, 7:11 p.m.

    I am not a country music fun. That being said Willie Nelson puts on a great show. He plays a bit of everything - country, folk, blues, rock, and reggae. Willie lets different band members take the lead. He lets everyone shine. You can tell he is there to have fun.

  • jwsawyer Jul 24, 6:56 p.m.

    Will he be bringing his weed with him this time.

  • Anita Woody Jul 24, 1:45 p.m.

    $175 tickets for that? lol.

    — Posted by Anita Woody

    Guess you didn't see the "$49 - $175" part.

    — Posted by UpChuck

    Yeah, even $49 is a bit steep. I'm sure the folks out them rural counties will manage a way to git to the capital city. I may have to leave town that weekend.

  • dwntwnboy2 Jul 24, 1:16 p.m.

    Gotta respect a guy who still fights for the smallest of the farmers. The number of family farms has dropped and its now all controlled by mega-farm operations. Bigger isn't always better. Actually looks like a great line up- the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is legendary.

  • Gork Jul 24, 12:58 p.m.

    "Mo Blues" or whatever - his back taxes were paid a long time ago and he certainly doesn't need your $49 to buy weed or to be cool.

  • Reformed Liberal Jul 24, 12:54 p.m.

    1985 wants its cool concert back....
    In 2014, you're just helping old Willie pay his back taxes... View More

    — Posted by Mo Blues

    I would be happy to help Willie keep up with his supply!

  • travisu65 Jul 24, 12:25 p.m.

    Thanks Willie, not many family farms left. dont mind smart commits from people that think food lion grows there food. lol !!!

  • Red Green Jul 24, 12:17 p.m.

    1985 wants its cool concert back....
    In 2014, you're just helping old Willie pay his back taxes... View More

    — Posted by Mo Blues

    Don’t forget to buy tickets for 2014 One Direction, They should be MUCH better than Willie, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Jamie Johnson and Dave Matthews. LOL

  • Mo Blues Jul 24, 11:22 a.m.

    1985 wants its cool concert back....
    In 2014, you're just helping old Willie pay his back taxes and keep up with his weed supply. Yawn.

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