Music

Farm Aid Lands at Northerly Island

Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and more hit Chicago


It’s hard to believe Farm Aid has been around for 30 years, but since family farms continue to struggle, the concert series keeps happening. This year, it lands at Chicago’s Northerly Island, which recently unveiled a 40-acre natural park with walking trails and wildlife habitats, for a night of music at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion.

The 30th anniversary show brings headliners Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Neil Young and John Mellencamp together with more handpicked artists like Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Mavis Staples and Kacey Musgraves to help raise money for America’s family farms. Since its inception in 1985 in Champaign, Ill., the non-profit organization has raised $48 million dollars to help farmers stay on their land and spread awareness about the local food movement.

Tickets, which range from around $65 for lawn seats to about $220 for reserve seats inside the pavilion, are still available. The price doesn’t seem that steep considering the music starts at around 1 p.m. and goes close to midnight (Willie Nelson headlines and starts at 10:45) — and think about all the good your money will do!

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