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Farm Aid Announces 2013 Date

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As announced today, this year’s Farm Aid will take place in upstate New York on September 21st. The annual one-day festival, which benefits the American farming industry, will hit the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York.

As always, the show will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews.

Nelson and Mellencamp generally play Farm Aid with their constant backing bands. Young, on the other hand, has played solo acoustic, with Crazy Horse, with small combos and larger ensembles in the past. Although he’s been working with Crazy Horse lately, there’s no word as to who he will perform with at this year’s event. Similarly, Matthews has played with the Dave Matthews Band, but also with his acoustic duo with Tim Reynolds, and also solo acoustic. No announcement has been made yet about Matthews’ specific performance, either.

No other artists have been announced on the bill yet. Last year’s lineup also included Kenny Chesney, Jack Johnson and Jamey Johnson (read a review of Farm Aid 2012 here), and prior years have featured the Allman Brothers Band, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and Phish.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 28, at 10 a.m. ET, and range from $45 to $150. For more information about Farm Aid, go to their official website.

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