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Farm Aid to come to new KCK soccer stadium

May 11, 2011

Another major concert will be making its way to the VillageWest area of Kansas City, Kan.

In a press conference at the new Livestrong Sporting Park Farm Aid announced Wednesday that it will bring its annual benefit concert to Kansas City Aug. 13. It will marking the first time that the organization will stage the event in Kansas and the first concert event at the new Livestrong Sporting Park, which opens June 9.

“I’m looking forward to bringing my friends together in Kansas for the first time to honor family farmers,” Willie Nelson, Farm Aid president, said in a news release. “Farm Aid celebrates the independent family farmers and ranchers who make this country strong, and we know we can only fix the challenges our country faces with the know-how of family farmers.”

Farm Aid 2011 will feature Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. Other top artists will soon be announced. The concert benefits Farm Aid’s mission to keep family farmers on the land to guarantee an agricultural system that ensures farmers a fair living, strengthens our communities, protects our natural resources and delivers good food for all.

The concert event will again feature “homegrown” concessions — family-farm identified, local and organic foods. Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village will showcase hands-on activities that give concertgoers a chance to meet farmers, get their hands dirty, and learn how family farmers enrich soil, protect water and connect us to our roots.

“There is a strong culture of agriculture here in Kansas—rural and urban—and a growing movement to bring good food to everyone,” said Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid. “We’re proud to bring Farm Aid 2011 to the Sunflower State and shine a spotlight on the family farmers and ranchers whose hard work and innovations are essential for all of us.”

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Kansas City Mayor Joe Reardon welcomed Farm Aid to Kansas at the press conference and highlighted the value of family farmers and good food to the state.

“Farm Aid is a great inaugural concert announcement, as it builds upon a cause platform we started with LIVESTRONG Sporting Park,” said Robb Heineman, CEO of Sporting Club. “This unique opportunity for the region is just the first of many great events we will host, and we are excited for Farm Aid to kick it off.”

Farm Aid has been held in various locations throughout the country since 1985. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. May 20 are available by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com. Special advance sale tickets are available to Farm Aid members beginning today at farmaid.org.

Tickets for Farm Aid 2011 are $29 for general admission; $39, $69 and $99 for reserved seats; and $149 for a limited number of premium seats. Ticket prices include a $4 facility fee. Parking is free.

Another major concert also will take place in the area in August. The Kanrocksas two-day music festival is planned Aug. 5 and 6 at the Kansas Speedway.

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