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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 07:51 PM
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I only know about 11 of the performers. The other 8 I have no clue and one of them is from my area. Never heard of him! LOL!
There are several "first time to be seen" performers for me with this line up so I'm looking foward to it!

Willie Nelson
John Mellencamp
Neil Young
Dave Matthews
Kenny Chesney
The Pretenders
moe.
Arlo Guthrie
Jerry Lee Lewis
Steve Earle
Nation Beat
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Jakob Dylan and The Gold Mountain Rebels
Danielle Evin
Jamey Johnson
Jesse Lenat
Will Dailey
One Flew South
The Elms


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Farm Aid announced that its Sept. 20 New England music festival will be broadcast live on DIRECTV's The 101 Network, which reaches more than 17 million viewers. This broadcast will mark the first time that Farm Aid's annual benefit concert airs live in HD.

The show will broadcast from Farm Aid 2008 Presented by Whole Foods Market and Horizon Organic at the Comcast Center near Boston. The show will feature performances by Farm Aid president and founder Willie Nelson; board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews; as well as Kenny Chesney. Coverage on The 101 Network will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 11 p.m.

[Edited on 9/13/2008 by susea]

 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 08:01 PM
cool that it will be on 101 as I have that service.

 

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  posted on 9/13/2008 at 09:27 AM
I think it's cool they have the broadcast and if I wasn't going to be there, I'd be tuned in!

 

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  posted on 9/15/2008 at 08:02 PM
I guess I'm the only one going! LOL!

 

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  posted on 9/15/2008 at 09:28 PM
Can't afford to drive anywhere

 

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  posted on 9/16/2008 at 06:10 PM
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I guess I'm the only one going! LOL!


Can't go or afford the Direct teevee service!

 

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  posted on 9/16/2008 at 09:42 PM
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  posted on 9/17/2008 at 05:29 AM
wish i could go

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  posted on 9/17/2008 at 06:36 AM
Sue, I have always wanted to get to go to Farm Aid. I support them every year by buying the hubby and I t-shirts, and a few years in a row we have bought the webcast thingy.

Just think, if you are the only one going, all that dancin' room you will have! LOL!!!!

Have a blast! I know you will.

On Saturday, I'll be somewhere in Ohio sitting and listening to some guy from Gov't Mule...

Forgot to mention, Sue, what artists are you looking forward to seeing? I see Gracie will be there....

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  posted on 9/17/2008 at 10:36 AM
Looks like it will be a good one, Sue! Nice line-up! *sigh* .... wish I could be there ... will just have to enjoy the broadcast and your reviews.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2008 at 11:03 AM
I am really looking forward to Neil Young and Wiilie Nelson as every time I've attempted seeing them it hasn't worked out.

JoLyn, you will so enjoy that show with Warren

Deb, you know me, can't stop now!!!

 

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  posted on 9/17/2008 at 11:27 AM
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I am really looking forward to Neil Young and Wiilie Nelson as every time I've attempted seeing them it hasn't worked out.

JoLyn, you will so enjoy that show with Warren

Deb, you know me, can't stop now!!!


Willie was great earlier this summer in Atlanta! I thoroughly enjoyed it

 

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  posted on 9/17/2008 at 05:23 PM
Well, as of this moment, I may be sitting right here at home. Still trying to work out logistics to make it a success... Crossin' them finners.....

I saw Willie back in like, '01 or '02 opening for either Mule or the Brothers at Red Rocks. Man, I sure did enjoy his opening line...."Whiskey River Take My Mind..." You will have a blast, Sue!!

And I haven't seen Neil in about 12 or so years. Another one who won't disappoint. You can't go wrong with the lineup, even if you only know half of the artists!


 

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  posted on 9/17/2008 at 08:08 PM
That's what I'm thinking too! The Pretenders, Moe, Grace, Arlo Guthrie, John Mellencamp, Dave Mathews!

I sure hope your plans work out JoLyn and you get to your show!

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 06:50 AM
Hi Sue, I'll be there Saturday! Check your PMs, would love to meet up with you!

I have yet to see Grace Potter, Steve Earle, Jerry Lee or the Pretenders; really looking forward to it! The others, I've either not heard of or seen before (and want to see again, especially NEIL!)

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 11:29 AM
Nice lineup...should be great fun..

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 12:24 PM
Barb, I'm so happy to hear you'll be there. Can't wait to see you!! :-)

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 12:33 PM
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JoLyn, you will so enjoy that show with Warren

Deb, you know me, can't stop now!!!



Sue!!! You have never seen Neil Young in any form? You are in for a treat!!! I have seen Neil many times with many different bands and he is always awesome. Have a great time!!!

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 12:35 PM
I know!! Everyone has said the same thing! LOL! I guess I've spent the last 25yrs following around the Allman Brothers...

 

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  posted on 9/20/2008 at 07:04 AM
Here's another way to hear the show today...

http://wzlx.com/pages/2989873.php?contentType=4&contentId=2766750

My friend Carter Allen and another radio host Chuck Nolan will be bringing it to you live today. They'll be interviewing many from backstage starting at 6PM but I think they'll be doing something at 2 PM as well.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2008 at 09:06 AM
Danielle Evin - 1:00
The Elms - 1:15
Will Daley - 1:30
One Flew South - 1:45
Jessie Lenat - 2:00
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - 2:20
moe. - 2:40
Arlo Guthrie - 3:00
Jamey Johnson - 3:20
Steve Earle - 3:40
Nation Beat - 4:00
Jakob Dylan & the Gold Mountain Rebels - 4:30
Jerry Lee Lewis - 5:00
The Pretenders - 5:30
Kenny Chesney - 6:15
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds - 7:00
John Mellencamp - 8:00
Neil Young - 9:00
Willie Nelson - 10:00

 

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  posted on 9/20/2008 at 11:39 PM
Neil Young was awesome on the stream tonight. Just too damn short though. Killer version of "A Day In The Life"!!!

 

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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 12:07 AM
I thought the mellencamp band was smoking.
I thought Neil was really out there on "everybody knows this is nowhere"


Direct TV 101 is replaying the concert now

 

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I thought the mellencamp band was smoking.
I thought Neil was really out there on "everybody knows this is nowhere"


Direct TV 101 is replaying the concert now


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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 08:15 AM
MANSFIELD - A West Coast native, Katie Walken gingerly gripped the slippery, wet, and fake udder of a cardboard cutout cow. She squealed as fake milk - in this case water - squirted out.

It was the closest Walken, 26, or friends Sandy Hedges of Weymouth and Carole Cummings of Brooklyn, N.Y., had ever come to milking a cow, but they appreciated the unexpected opportunity at yesterday's benefit concert for Farm Aid at the Comcast Center.

"Since I moved to [Brooklyn] New York," said Walken, a native of Portland, Ore., "I've become more conscious of being healthy and knowing where my food is coming from . . . because it's necessary to make conscious choices in the city."

Walken and her friends were among more than 20,000 people at the sold-out event, held to support family farmers. People came from as far as Texas and Wisconsin to hear headliners such as Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp, as well as to network and support the movement.

From hot dogs to popcorn to whole wheat pretzels, the concession stands were filled with organic, locally grown, and family-farm fresh food. Trash cans were clumped in threes - landfill, recycle, and compost.

And rather than selling merchandise, most of the stands were about education, awareness, and advocacy of family-run farms.

"All of us feel like we are living in fragile times," said Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid, speaking at a news conference yesterday. "The health of our economy, bodies, and climate is at risk. . . . Family farmers are a model for the nation."

Expected to raise more than $1 million, the annual benefit concert for Farm Aid was held in the organization's home state for the first time in its 23-year history. Farm Aid, based in Somerville, helps family farmers thrive through grants and resource programs, raises awareness about the burgeoning Good Food movement, and promotes fair farm policies and grass-roots organizing campaigns nationwide.

"I was told as a child that the farmer, or agriculture, is the backbone of America," Nelson said at the news conference. "If the bottom rung, the farmer, if it falls down, everything else falls down."

Governor Deval Patrick also stopped by, touting the Commonwealth's commitment to open space and family farmers, who make up 80 percent of the 6,100 farmers in the state.

Mellencamp said the concert continues for many reasons, including the discrepancy in profit margins between family and factory farmers and the fact that suicide has replaced equipment-related deaths as the leading cause of family farm deaths.

In a crowd ranging in age from toddlers to the elderly, the youth appeared to embrace the headliners and the cause.

University of Massachusetts at Amherst freshmen Madeleine Maggio and Noah Simes, volunteers at the event, said it was a movement in which they could make a difference.

"It really feels like this is our generation's cause," said Maggio, 18, of Great Barrington. "If we can get a local food movement going in the United States, it can lead to solving big things - the energy crisis, global trade problems, our foreign diplomacy issues."

The day had a celebratory overtone with lawn chairs, cookouts, and games of Frisbee and beer pong filling the parking lot, and musical acts such as Dave Matthews, Kenny Chesney, the Pretenders, moe., Arlo Guthrie, Steve Earle, Jakob Dylan, and Grace Potter on stage. But the undercurrent was one of concern, particularly in light of the faltering economy.

Numerous family farmers said times were harder than ever, with the costs of fuel, fertilizer, and nitrogen rising as much as fourfold this year.

Joel Greeno, a dairy farmer from Kendall, Wis., and dairy farmer advocate, said in an interview that he is dealing with higher costs and a 30 percent drop in milk prices. He cautioned against being overexcited about the demand for organic products, saying corporations are seeing the demand and trying to change the definition of organic, so they can make more profit.

"When family farmers don't make enough to support their families and business, when they're struggling to make ends meet, the system is broken," Greeno said.

He echoed the words of Matthews, a board member of the organization, who had made an impassioned statement at the news conference earlier about how the world's economic system, not any individual, is at fault for focusing on the bottom line.

"It doesn't care, cannot care, is philosophically opposed to caring about us or our families," Matthews said. "The factory farmers will destroy the planet because that's the nature of what they do. The family farmer will save the planet."

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/09/21/farm_aid_draws_20000_a t_1st_bay_state_concert/

What a day and night of music!! Neil was most definitely my highlight! WOW!!! He closed with the Beatles tune that left my jaw on the floor!! He broke some strings then started doing this thang with the loose strings, can't even put it into words!! LOL! He was so great!!!

John Mellencamp had everyone calling their brothers and sisters then took some girls phone from the front row and said... Hi Terry?? This is John Mellencamp over at Farm Aid! Why aren't you here? LOL! TerriB, was that you?? LMAO!!!!

I was very pleasantly surprised at the Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds duo on acoustic and Tim has some wonderful slide playin' happening that really won me over!! The crowd went crazy, crazy for this!!

Today I will be buying anything I can get from Jakob Dylan & the Gold Mountain Rebels!! They were so wonderful and the apple didn't fall far from the tree! Is he Bob's son or what?? What a singer and songwriter!! Just fabulous!!!

Alro Guthie is just so wonderful too! He had his son and grandson with him sharing the stage! This was so wonderful. So much talent!!

Jerry Lee Lewis really got the crowd going early in the day!! People just loved him!!!

The Pretenders were tight and exceptional!! Unfortunately Grace and her band went on 20 min earlier than predicted so I missed their set and by the time Willie was rapping up the evening, his set got shortened too but he did sit in with so many throughout the day so that made up for it!!

The short sets didn't bother me because there was such a variety happening that everyone left very satsified. The venders were plentiful and the organic beer was a hit!!!

Wonderful seeing Barb and Bob, Paulann and Al, Fig and Todd then of coarse my partner in crime for the day... Jen!!! We had a great time... weather was perfect and very laid back crowd with "NO" security issues at all! We never even got searched!!! I am so glad I went to this.

Unfortunately, one of our local farms burnt yesterday while we were all at the show which is a terrible tragedy...

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/09/21/popular_verrill_farm_s tand_destroyed_in_concord_blaze/




CONCORD - A popular family farm stand that has fed generations and that was among the first to link with some of the area's top restaurants burned to the ground yesterday, in an apparent electrical fire that left stunned customers wondering where they would find home-grown goods and the owner vowing to rebuild.

The 3,000-square-foot produce stand at Verrill Farm on Wheeler Road was destroyed, said Concord Fire Captain David Curran. "There's not much left," he said by phone yesterday.

The four-alarm fire broke out about 5 p.m. and took firefighters about four hours to put out. Fire officials said a 911 call came in as "electrical sparking" in the building, but officials could not confirm the cause last night.

At least five employees and several customers fled the premises as it burned, and Curran said no one was injured. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion at Emerson Hospital and released.

The farm's owners said they were at a family wedding in Boylston when they were called about the fire.

"Obviously, it's a shock," said Stephen Verrill, one of the owners, who rushed to the scene last evening and was greeted by hugs and words of consolation from customers who came to see the damage. "There's a sense of loss. We've gotten a lot of great support, and we're hoping to get the store going again."

Standing near her father, Verrill's daughter, Jennifer Verrill Faddoul, added that they were "completely shell-shocked. This is what we do. This is where we spent our whole lives."

She recalled sitting on tractors and working in the fields as a child.

Robert Robichaud, 45, of Lincoln, is a regular customer. He was there when the fire broke out and noticed smoke rising from the roof. He said it was a sad sight to see.

"If there's one place that everybody knows, it's Verrill Farm," Robichaud said. "My wife comes here two to three times a week." He's particularly fond of Verrill's fresh-baked pies, for which the farm is renowned.

The farm is also a supplier of fresh produce to some top Boston-area restaurants.

"We buy from there regularly," said Steve Johnson, chef and owner of Rendezvous, a Western Mediterranean restaurant in Cambridge. "In fact, today we had a delivery. Great quality. [Verrill] has been a leader in the local farm community."

Johnson said he has known Stephen Verrill for many years.

"He was one of the first farmers to really connect with area restaurants and sell directly," Johnson said last night by phone. "He is responsible for the great quality of food in the restaurants of Boston."

Jason Bond, the executive chef at Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro in Boston, was also shaken by the fire.
"We've bought from Verrill for the last 10 years or so, so we know a lot of those people pretty well," he said.

Bond said that local restaurateurs might organize a fund-raiser for the Verrill family and farm.

"We'll do what we can to help them out," he said. "If they do want some help and need some help, we're definitely going to do that for them. A lot of us here in Boston use them and consider them one of our staple farms."

Verrill Farm was opened in 1918 by Verrill's father, Floyd, and grew into a key part of the state's agricultural community, a seminal piece of Concord's history and economy. In 1990, the farm ended its dairy operation and expanded its produce and retail business.

"It's very important," said Greg Howes, chairman of the Concord Board of Selectmen, in a telephone interview. "Our farms and agriculture are part of the history of the community."

Selectmen described Stephen Verrill as a leader in the community who is on the town's Natural Resources Commission.

According to the farm's website, it consists of about 200 acres in Concord and Sudbury, half farmland and half wildlife habitat, woodlands, and wetlands.

In 1982, the land was placed under a permanent Agriculture Preservation Restriction, protecting it from development, according to the farm's website.

The farm "is a real anchor for that part of town," said Virginia McIntyre, a Concord selectwoman. "A lot of people come to shop there. It is a treasure. Steve Verrill is a treasure . . . it's a great loss."

McIntyre said she saw a cloud of smoke as she drove into town after a trip to Connecticut.

"There was an anvil cloud. It was a perfectly clear blue sky and this cloud. It's tragic," she said.

Coincidentally, the fire occurred as a Farm Aid festival - held to promote survival of family farms - was winding down in Mansfield.

Fire Chief Ken Willette estimated the damage to the two-story wood frame building in the "high hundreds of thousands of dollars."

Firefighters assisted from eight communities - Lexington, Sudbury, Wayland, Bedford, Stow, Carlisle, Acton, and Maynard - as well as the Hanscom Air Force Base Fire Department.

Fire units from Littleton and Chelmsford responded to cover Concord's fire station.

"It can be rebuilt," McIntyre said. "The land is beautiful. . . . The heart of the community is aching."

 

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