Sept. 8, 2005

Farm Aid 2005 to Invade Tweeter Center

By Randy J. Klodz

It’s just about time to commemorate the 20 year mark for Farm Aid, the organization created by country legend Willie Nelson to protect the lives and lands of family farmers nationwide, and what better way to celebrate than bringing some of the biggest names in country and folk music to Tweeter Center on Sept. 18 for Farm Aid 2005.

Farm Aid 2005 is scheduled to include performances by some of the music industry’s top acts including Trey Anastasio, Kenny Chesney Dave Matthews, John Mellancamp, Willie Nelson, Wilco, Neil Young, and various others, while also offering information and events tailored toward family farming.

Many may think the Chicago area is an odd place to hold Farm Aid 2005, as the city of Chicago isn’t exactly a corn field, but as, the official Web site of Farm Aid, indicates, 80 percent of the land within the state of Illinois is farmland. Sure the Chicago area might not house much open land, but other regions, most notably south of Chicago, feature a plethora of farm country. The Web site also lists the Chicago area as having “one of the largest concentrations of food-related businesses in the world.”

Farm Aid has stood for years as a way for artists and fans to get in touch with family farmers in local communities, an industry dear to the heart, and stomach, of citizens nationwide.

Tweeter Center is at 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave. in south-suburban Tinley Park. Tickets for this all-ages show are listed for $33-$88 each with show time scheduled for noon. For more info on Farm Aid log on to

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