Farm Aid 2002 heads to western Pa.

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SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews will headline the 15th family farm benefit concert, Farm Aid 2002, Sept. 21 at the Post-Gazette Pavilion, just outside of Pittsburgh.

“We’re glad to bring our first Farm Aid concert in the northeast to Pennsylvania,” said Farm Aid President and founder Willie Nelson. “We know Pennsylvania farm families work hard on their land, and Farm Aid 2002 will celebrate and honor their efforts.

The Farm Aid 2002 lineup features co-founders Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, as well as Farm Aid’s newest board member Dave Matthews. More artists will be announced soon, along with ticket prices and the concert’s on-sale date.

Why Pennsylvania? “People in Pennsylvania know how much family farmers contribute to the state’s health, food quality, economy and environment,” said Nelson. “Farm Aid 2002 is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the perseverance of farm families.”

For the fifth consecutive year, Farm Aid 2002 will be telecast live on CMT: Country Music Television.

Started in 1985. Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid board of directors in 2001.

Farm Aid has raised more than $24 million to promote a family farm system of agriculture through public education and direct grants.

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