Farm Aid coming to Triangle

Jul. 24, 2014 @ 09:53 AM

John Mellencamp is following through on his pledge to bring the annual Farm Aid concert to North Carolina and the Triangle.

The concert featuring Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Dave Matthews will be held Sept. 13 at Raleigh’s Walnut Creek Ampitheatre.

This will be the first time the concert, which has raised $45 million to aid family farmers nationwide since it began in 1985, is being held in North Carolina.

"There is a fair-like feeling when you go to Farm Aid. All day long, people are performing onstage and food from family farmers is being served,” Mellencamp said in a statement. “It's a great occasion for families to come listen to great music and teach their children about where their food comes from. We're proud to bring Farm Aid 2014 to North Carolina for the first time to feature the family farmers whose hard work and innovations are essential for all of us."

Mellencamp’s son, Hud, is a walk-on football player at Duke. Last December, while attending Duke’s Chick-fil-A Bowl game in Atlanta, Mellencamp told the Herald-Sun the plan was to bring Farm Aid to Durham.

But Wallace Wade Stadium, the largest outdoor stadium in Durham, will be in use on Sept. 13 when Duke plays Kansas in a game that kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Still, the concert is coming to the Triangle nevertheless.

"In North Carolina and across the Southeast, family farmers have struggled to stay on the land, but they have also pioneered new roads to economic sustainability,” Nelson said in a statement. “This region knows the value of its farmers and offers increasing opportunities for new farmers to build a strong regional food system. On the Farm Aid stage Saturday, Sept. 13, we'll celebrate family farmers and the healthy communities they're growing for all of us."

Presale of tickets, which start at $49, begins on Friday at noon. The gates will open at Walnut Creek at noon on Sept. 13 for the all-day event.