Photos: Farm Aid Rocks Hartford

John Mellencamp

This past Saturday saw over 20,000 fans get together at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT for the 33rd annual Farm Aid concert, an event that benefits farmers in crisis. The music was tremendous with top stars in rock and country playing short sets of hits, a few lesser known gems, and an occasional protest song thrown into the mix.

The festival was developed in 1985 by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp to raise money for struggling farmers, a challenge many still face today. The artists raised their voices to implore fans to shop local, support your family farm and fight unsafe practices of corporate farming. That message was well-received by concert-goers.

WhatsUpRI music writer Ken Abrams was there and shares these photos.