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Chesney, Tweedy join Farm Aid 25

Thursday, August 12, 2010 – Kenny Chesney and Jeff Tweedy were among the artists added to Farm Aid 25.

Joining the country star and leader of Wilco will be Norah Jones, Jason Mraz, Band of Horses, The BoDeans, Amos Lee and Robert Francis. Already announced were concert organizers Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 2, at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

The all-day festival will be a celebration of music, family farmers and good food and will again feature homegrown concessions, family farm-identified, local and organic foods.

Tickets for Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America will go on sale Saturday, August 14, at 9 a.m. central and are available at the Brewers box office, by phone at (414) 902-4000 or online at www.tickets.com. Ticket prices range from $39.50 to $97.50, including facility fee.

Farm Aid is teaming up with Auction Cause to auction off unique Farm Aid memorabilia and Farm Aid 25 concert experiences. Beginning Sept. 7, visit http://3.ly/farmaid to bid on concert experiences; visit again beginning Oct. 2 for Farm Aid memorabilia from the past 25 years. All auction proceeds benefit Farm Aid

Farm Aid's mission is to build a "vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America," according to a press release. Farm Aid artists and board members Nelson, Young, Mellencamp and Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid's work with family farmers. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $37 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

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