Farm Aid 2013: A Message With Music

Farm Aid held its 28th annual music event in support of family farmers in Sarasota Springs, New York yesterday. Founded by Willie Nelson and supported by fellow board members Neil Young, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp, the 501(c)3 nonprofit promotes organic and sustainable farming and provides help to family farmers. The highlight of the event included a surprise visit by folk legend Pete Seeger who lead the crowd of 25,000 in a singing of “This Land Is Your Land”.

A quote, summarizing the intent of Farm Aid, by Dave Matthews, appears in today’s edition of The Saratogian . It reads:
“What we eat is the first medicine,” said Matthews, who grew up in the lower Hudson Valley. “We can eat well if we just know what we’re eating. Our mainstream media and big government are owned by big money and they won’t help us. It has to be grass roots. It has to be us spreading the word. We have to fight on the ground.”

For additional information visit Farm Aid’s Action Center and HOMEGROWN.org.

Music Venues In New Jersey

For a long time I’ve been collecting music and theatre links and adding them to the NJ links page of my website. In the past week I had help from family members who gave me names of a few more music venues. The new links can be found at www.njcommunityresources.info/nj.html/#music. All of the 9 new additions are in North Jersey. They are: Notes From Home House Concert Series (Montclair); The Meatlocker (Montclair); The Stanhope House (Stanhope); Bernie’s (Chester); Ringside Pub (West Caldwell); Immaculate Conception Music Ministry (Montclair); At The Tabernacle (Tabor); Tierney’s (Montclair); and Salt Gastropub (Andover).

Today I’m asking the larger community of music lovers to send me your additions. Where do you go in New Jersey for live music (and has a website)? I’m sure Central and Southern Jersey are under-represented in the current 147 music and theatre sites currently on the webpage. Send your additions and comments to me at info@njcommunityresources.info. Thanks and have a Happy (and safe) New Year.

Bruce’s Speech From Madison, WI

Below are excerpts from a speech Bruce Springsteen gave at a rally in Madison, Wisconsin on November 5, 2012 in support of the re-election of President Barack Obama. For a full transcript visit, http://brucespringsteen.net/news/2012/bruces-speech-from-madison-wi,.

Today we have another battle. Now we are charged with the hard daily struggle to make those possibilities, those changes real and enduring in a world that challenges your hopefulness, a world that is often brutally resistant to change. We’ve lived through that struggle over these past four years when the forces of opposition have been tireless.

I stood with President Obama four years ago and I’m proud to be standing with him today. Because…

I’m thankful for the historic advances in healthcare.

I’m thankful for a more regulated Wall Street that will begin to protect our citizens from the blind greed of those who over reach.

Go vote.

Newport Folk Festival

Late this afternoon I had a chance to listen online to The Decemberists , the closing act for the Saturday show of the Newport Folk Festival. In the early years – the festival was formed in 1959 – it featured well-known artists Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. Oops, I disgress. What was so special was that today I had a chance to hear and see today’s show. So I thought to pass on this note in hopes some of you might get a chance to hear tomorrow’s acts.

Sunday headlines include: Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello and Amos Lee. You should be able to listen to the Sunday show courtesy of WFUV. They have set up a Newport Folk Fest 2011 page. If you scroll down to the bottom of that page you will see a listing of most of the Newport scheduled acts. It will take you to dozens of NPR.org’s archived performances and interviews.

If you visit the Newport Folk Festival site, www.newportfolkfest.net you can download a free 2011 Newport Folk IPHONE/IPAD/IPOD app. Enjoy the show, tomorrow and online in the future – as the shows will be archived so I hear.