Farm Aid 2005

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The annual humanitarian concert Farm Aid rolled into the Tweeter Center in Tinley Park Sept. 18 to celebrate its 20th anniversary. On the bill were concert founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young; Farm Aid board member Dave Matthews (top photo); Arlo Guthrie, Buddy Guy, Congressman Collin Peterson and the Second Amendments, Emmylou Harris, James McMurty, Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra, John Mayer, Kate Voegele, Kathleen Edwards, Kenny Chesney, Los Lonely Boys, Shannon Brown, Supersuckers, Susan Tedeschi, Widespread Panic and Wilco.

Since its first concert in 1985 in Champaign, Ill, Farm Aid has raised more than $27 million for local farmers. In particular, this year’s funds are expected to help farmers in Illinois who have been struggling through one of the worst summer droughts in decades. A portion of the funds is also being given to those affected by this year’s hurricane season in the Gulf Coast.

Farm Aid was founded in 1985 by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young to help raise funds for struggling American farmers.

Willie Nelson got the idea for the concert while watching Live Aid, the July 1985 world-wide concert to eliminate hunger around the world. During his set, Bob Dylan said it would be cool if a similar concert were held specifically for American farmers. And Farm Aid was born.

From the Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2005, issue

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