Posted in music | pictures on September 23, 2013

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

John, Willie, Pete, Dave and Neil @ Farm Aid 2013
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"Friends, I'm ninety-four and don't have much voice left," said surprise Farm Aid guest Pete Seeger when he took the stage near the end of the annual benefit concert. "Here is a song I think you may know. I think if we sing it together we'll make it a good song." He wasn't kidding about the state of his voice, but he projected as much as he could and 26,000 fans joined him in a sing-along rendition of "If I Had A Hammer," a tune he wrote with Lee Hayes a stunning sixty-four years ago.

Seeger, making one of his first major public appearances since the death of his wife Toshi in July, then invited Farm Aid board members Dave Mathews, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson onstage for a rousing "This Land Is Your Land." None of them brought guitars, allowing Seeger and his banjo to take the lead. He guided the crowd, and the four music icons huddled beside him, through the oft-ignored "private property" verse (causing Young to raise his arms in victory). They even introduced a new verse about New York state that culminated with "New York was made to be frack free." - [Rolling Stone]

Farm Aid 2013 happened on Saturday (9/21) atĀ Saratoga Performing Arts CenterĀ in Saratoga Springs, NY and this year's benefit concert featured sets from founders Neil Young, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, plus Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Charlene Carter, Pegi Young (Neil's wife -- he sat in on few songs), and more. The highlight, as mentioned in the quoted article above, was a surprise appearance by folk legend Pete Seeger. Pictures from the whole day are in this post.

Money raised at Farm Aid goes to help keep family farmers on their land. Lots more pics below....

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Comments (17)


Old White Men

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 1:47 PM

Old White Men, each of them with more talent than all Pitchfork-approved new bands combined.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 1:51 PM

bro infested waters

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 1:51 PM

pretty upset I didn't even know this was happening. would have liked to have been there.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 1:55 PM

Tons of bros out there. I blame The Dave, and possibly The Jack.

I never realized Neil's got a lazy eye before.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 2:09 PM

wonder how Toad the Wet Sprocket was, they have a number of good songs

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 2:38 PM

^they do..I did not see them at Farm Aid but saw them this year. Glen is the nicest lead singer you could ever meet. New album is good too.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 2:48 PM

I hope Willie Nelson lives to be 350.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 3:42 PM

these old dudes forever

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:20 PM

calm down young guys....these guys...especially pete seeger....have TONS of soul !!!i was in the 3rd row and loved the younger bands....great mix of young and old...just a great cause...great music...great fun !

Posted by 60 year old mitch from brooklyn | September 23, 2013 4:46 PM

Thank you for the great pictures from Farm Aid! Such wonderful pictures! Fun to see my Willie Doll from the Press Conference!

Posted by Linda Banks | September 23, 2013 4:52 PM

Thank You,it is so nice to see their faces.I could not go.I hope our nation recovers from the corporation
takeover.Love always wins,we are all one.

Posted by Rainbow | September 23, 2013 10:53 PM

Now thats old dad rock. Fucking boring.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2013 10:24 AM

Thank you for sharing these awesome photo's...made me feel like I was there....May God Bless the Farmer's....

Posted by Patricia Lopez Wiggs | September 25, 2013 12:02 AM

Fantastic photo spread, my friend! You're amazing, in more ways than one. Love your blog.

Posted by Ruth Boggs | September 26, 2013 10:53 PM

I Thank Neil Young for taking a stand Against Fracking!
Your concern and dedication to the preservation of Farms here in the United States of America makes you the most important person to make a ststement on this pivitol issue.
Food and Water Watch My wife Janice & I are Grateful for putting on the "Calm Down Just Ban Fraking" tee shirt in the presence of so many large land owners. Economic pressures, must never compromise food safety!
Fracking chemicals, Oil & Gas infrastructure, and Farms should never be in such close proximity.
Don't Frack Food!


Posted by Jimmy Rapp | October 17, 2013 6:10 AM

I think that together, we can save the world.

Posted by Adolph Scheiss | October 17, 2013 6:41 AM

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