The 31st annual Farm Aid concertwas Saturday, September 17 at Jiffy Lube Live, an outdoor performance amphitheatre in Bristow, Virginia, about 30 miles west of Washington, DC.
Every year for more than three decades, musicians, farmers, and fans come together to celebrate—and raise money and awareness—for America’s family farms through Farm Aid‘s iconic concert.
John Mellencamp’s 2016 Set list:
1. Lawless Times
2. Small Town
3. Stones In My Passway (Robert Johnson Cover)
4. Check It Out
6. Rain on the Scarecrow
7. Paper In Fire
8. Crumblin’ Down
9. Authority Song
10. Pink Houses
The occasion brings together some of the greatest musicians around, including Farm Aid founder Willie Nelson and board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews.
Virginia farmers Robin Robbins and Roger Garrett with John after the Farm Aid 2016 press event.
John Mellencamp and Walk the Moon to be honoured by ASCAP
John Mellencamp is about to receive another honour — one he’ll share with Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Smokey Robinson and Burt Bacharach and Hal David, to name a few pop luminaries.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers will present Mellencamp with its Founders Award on April 27, at the 33rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles. Past honourees also include Joni MItchell, James Taylor, Tom Petty, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson, Carly Simon and Tom Waits.
In a statement, ASCAP president Paul Williams said that Mellencamp “has captured the American experience in his songs,” adding, “His infectious melodies and compassionate lyrics, wrapped in workingman’s rock, crystallize life’s joys and struggles and illuminate the human condition.”
ASCAP will also recognize Walk the Moon with its Vanguard Award, previously given to Diplo, Arcade Fire, Beck, the Killers, the Strokes and St. Vincent.
Elysa Gardner, @elysagardner, USA TODAY 8:01 a.m. EDT March 30, 2016