ALBANY, N.Y. — Singer Willie Nelson is taking his annual Farm Aid benefit concert to upstate New York with an all-day festival of music and locally grown food in September.
The event in Saratoga Springs, 28 miles north of Albany, will feature Nelson and other Farm Aid board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, as well as other artists to be announced soon. Tickets go on sale to Farm Aid members June 18 and to the general public June 28, the Farm Aid organization announced on Friday.
The concert will be Sept. 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Jack Johnson fills in for Mumford & Sons
MANCHESTER, Tenn. — It was Jack Johnson to the rescue at Bonnaroo.
Johnson agreed to take the Saturday night headlining slot at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival last weekend after Mumford & Sons were forced to cancel because bassist Ted Dwane is recovering from a blood clot on his brain that was discovered the day after the band played two concerts in Austin.
The “Upside Down” singer last headlined at Bonnaroo in 2008.
“I called my band and asked if they were up for it,” Johnson said in a statement. “… hey are headed this way. … I was here to play the first Bonnaroo, and it is a very special festival to my band. We are excited to hit the stage again. Get well Ted!”
Mumford & Sons also canceled appearances at the Telluride Festival in Colorado and a performance in Bonner, Kan., ending their summer tour early.