This year’s Farm Aid will be in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania (outside Pittsburgh) at Keybank Pavilion on Sept. 16, 2017. Farm Aid is a charity event that has been held every year at a different location for 32 years. The proceeds go to benefit troubled family farmers across the United States. AXS TV started televising the event in March.
The Farm Aid board consists of Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. The ‘board’ headlines every show. This year there is a bevy of performers performing in addition to the board. AXS has selected five bands to recommend to our readers:
Avett Brothers is an energetic acoustic based folk rock band. They combine bluegrass, country, and pop music to deliver one of the most engaging live shows touring today. They are also participating in Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival this summer.
Sheryl Crow, the one-time background singer for Michael Jackson, hit it big as a international superstar in her own right. Ms. Crow has sold 50 million albums and garnered nine Grammy Awards. The pop icon has mastered many genre of music and she gives a powerful performance that is a pleasure to see live. Sheryl is also presently touring with Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Festival with friends.
Blackberry Smoke is a Southern rock and jam band following in the footsteps of the Allman Brothers and Gov’t Mule. They are on tour promoting last year’s album release, Like An Arrow. The band’s rich, soulful vocals and layered, hard driving guitars are enough reasons to catch this set at Farm Aid. This is ‘rootsy’ rock at its best.
Valerie June is a vocalist who is as unique as they come. Her vocals are an Americana blend of folk, blues, and country music. Whether she is playing a cigar box guitar or her banjo-uke, this singer/songwriter is a powerful, mind-blowing entertainer.
Jack Johnson has performed at Farm Aid several times and he never fails to be a huge draw. The former surfer from Hawaii is very active in charitable causes with ecological themes. Johnson has typically given a laid-back performance with acoustic guitar at Farm Aid. Reggae has been a favored genre utilized by Mr. Johnson.
The musical offerings will be very diverse at Farm Aid this year. Add the returning headliners and you have an unbeatable showcase of entertainment that will be unforgettable. The best part is that the proceeds go to a phenomenal cause, the family farmers. For more information, please click here.