Farm Aid has announced that country star Kenny Chesney will join board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews for its first-ever New England music festival at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts, on Sept. 20.
 
Chesney is a four-time Country Music Association and three-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year.
 
“American family farmers are what this country is built on…and they have fed us and kept us strong and healthy for how many generations?” says the singer, who’s from Luttrell, Tennessee. “Growing up in a small town outside Knoxville, it was a big part of who we were—and it’s something we as a country shouldn’t lose. If I can help be part of that—whether it’s raising money or awareness, or just letting those family farmers know someone knows and cares— well, that’s why I’m coming to New England.”
 
Tickets for Farm Aid 2008, presented by Whole Foods Market and Horizon Organic, are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, livenation.com or by calling (866) 448-7849. They’re priced at $35 for lawn, $55 for uncovered seats, $95 for covered seats and $200 for VIP, plus a $7 parking and facility fee.
 
The day-long festival will celebrate music and good food, featuring hands-on activities in a Homegrown Village that will showcase the direct connection between who’s growing our food and what we eat every day. The event will again feature family-farm identified, local and organic foods at concessions, showing the many ways  family-farm food can be integrated into the general marketplace.
 
“Farm Aid is a movement inspired not only by the passion of Farm Aid board artists Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, but also by the more than 300 artists who have donated their performances at our shows year after year,” says Executive Director Carolyn Mugar. “We are proud to again welcome Kenny Chesney to the Farm Aid stage for what will prove to be a remarkable day of music, food, awareness and action.”