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Phosphorescent & Willie Nelson @ Farm Aid 2009 (Ebet Roberts, Farm Aid)
Neil Young - "Stop Factory Farms" @ Farm Aid 2009 (Matt Edson, Farm Aid)
Farm Aid finally planted its deep seeds in St. Louis for the first time Sunday, with the big benefit event unfolding all day at a sold-out Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.Wilco and Phosphorescent were also on Sunday's bill. As you can see above, Phos even shared a stage with his hero Willie (who he made a tribute album for). If you want to watch the whole event, it seems to just be continually streaming at Farm Aid's website. A few YouTubes from Neil Young's set below...
It was a long day of messages -- just say "no" to factory farming and "yes" to family farming. The point couldn't be stressed enough, it seemed, whether via the interactive Homegrown Village area, the concessions, the PA system on the concourse and the performers from the stage.
"We want our farms back," said rock icon Neil Young at the top of his set. Later, he said: "I hope you're enjoying Farm Aid. We'd enjoy it more if you'd give us some money."
But it was the music, not the messages necessarily, that packed the joint, the wall-to-wall rock and country music. And Farm Aid overflowed with it, culminating in headliners Willie Nelson, Young, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp, all Farm Aid board members. [St Louis Dispatch]