In 1985, John Mellencamp, along with two other notable performers, started the Farm Aid concert to raise awarenessand garner support for American farmers who were losing their family farms due to financial or other reasons. The loss of family farms continues twenty-five years later, and so does the annual Farm Aid concert.

trans Artists Join John Mellencamp in Farm Aid 25 Line upMellencamp, with Willie Nelson and Neil Young, started the Farm Aid concerts and have performed in them every year. Here is the list of artists who will be joining the 25th Anniversary concert:

  • [lastfm]John Mellencamp[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm]Willie Nelson[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm]Neil Young[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm]Dave Matthews[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm]Kenny Chesney[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm]Norah Jones[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm]Jason Mraz[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm]Jeff Tweedy[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm]Band of Horses[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm]The BoDeans[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm]Amos Lee[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm]Robert Francis[/lastfm]

Norah Jones and Jason Mraz are the latest additions to the concert – Jones has collaborated with co-founder Willie Nelson and hopes to make an album with him in the future, while Mraz has performed at Farm Aid in previous years. This year’s concert will be held in Milwaukee, WI, on October 2nd. If you aren’t in the area, watch the live broadcast on DirectTV, beginning at 5PM CST.

The Farm Aid concert has raised $37 million to date. You can make a donation or learn more about the concert at


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