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Farm Aid: Music festival
Farm Aid started as a benefit concert held September 22, 1985, in Champaign, Illinois, to raise money for family farmers in the United States. The concert was organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, spurred on by Bob Dylan's comments at Live Aid earlier in that year that he hoped some of the money would help American farmers in danger of losing their farms through mortgage debt. The first concert was at University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium in Champaign on September 22 before a crowd of 80,000 people. Performers included Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, B.B. King, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty, among others, and raised over $9 million for U.S. family farmers.

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Farm Aid 2019: Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Luke Combs turn out in the rain for family farmers

It was a long, rainy day at Wisconsin's Alpine Valley Music Theatre Saturday, but the stellar lineup for Farm Aid brought plenty of warmth and star power.
USATODAY.com - Published

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