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Lukas Nelson & Hans, for Austin Pets Alive!

Friday, September 19th, 2014


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Neil Young, Willie Nelson, “Harvest the Hope” Concert (Sat., September 27, 2014) SOLD OUT!

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014


Poster design by Justin Kemerling


Two music legends — Neil Young and Willie Nelson — will perform a benefit concert on Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh, Nebraska that is on the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and also crosses the historic Ponca Tribe “Trail of Tears.”

Proceeds from the “Harvest the Hope” concert will go to Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance, to fund the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as a number of small, community-based clean energy projects on farms and tribal land. The afternoon concert will take place in a field on a farm owned by a family who are part of a strong collective of Nebraska landowners refusing to sell their land to TransCanada for the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline, and a sacred tribal ceremony will be included in the day’s events.

Also performing will be Native American hip-hop artist Frank Waln, Lukas Nelson (son of Willie!) and the “Stopping the Pipeline Rocks All-Stars,” some of the local Nebraska artists who recorded a benefit album in the solar-powered barn built inside the path of the Keystone XL pipeline last summer.

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Our gracious hosts Art & Helen Tanderup have invited us onto their farm for this once-in-a-lifetime event. We promise to tread lightly on this land that the family has stewarded for 100 years, and stand with them in their fight to protect our land and water from a risky tarsands pipeline. The farm lies directly on the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline, and also crosses the historic Ponca Tribe “Trail of Tears.”

Click here to join the Facebook event and post a rideshare offer or request.

•From Neligh: 8 miles north on HWY 14 to 857 RD, turn left and drive West 2/3 of a mile
•From the junction of HWY 20 and HWY 14: 7 miles south on HWY 14 to 857 RD, turn right and drive West 2/3 of a mile
•Parking for all ticket holders will be available on the Tanderup farm. It is prime Nebraska agricultural land, and will be surrounded by corn yet to be harvested. We must tread lightly and make sure it’s respected.
•ACCESSIBILITY? The concert will take place on a crop field. There is no pavement on the site. If you have questions about wheelchair access, please contact

DO’s & DONT’s:
•Collapsible camping/lawn chairs and blankets are allowed.
•No outside food or drink, including alcohol. Refillable (empty) water bottle OK.
•Vendors will sell food and beverages.
•No drugs.
•No tents/umbrellas.
•No pets.
•No “pro” photo or video recording equipment.
•Children 7 and under get in free, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Homegrown Youth Market, NYC @ Farm Aid, 2014 (Raleigh, NC) (9/13/2014)

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014


The Homegrown Youthmarket
Farm Aid Home Grown Village
by:  Pat Keeney

[Every year at Farm Aid, friends share their photos and stories with me.  This year, music lover and Farm Aid supporter Pat Keeney, of Texas, visited the Homegrown Youthmarket stand, and sent these great photos.  Thank you, Pat!]


I visited the YOUTH MARKET at Farm Aid& was inspired by these youth & their commitment to farm fresh food reaching the dining tables of America. YOUTH MARKET started in NYC. The warehouse is in the Bronx where the local farmers bring their produce. The youth then set up the market to sell the produce for the farmers.


They have 15 sites across NYC where they set up their markets. While talking to Kori Petrovic, the YOUTH MARKET program coordinator, she said they are planning on leaving behind a YOUTH MARKET in Raleigh. The youth working at YOUTH MARKET/Farm Aid were the grand children of local farmers. They were selling beautiful grapes, tomatoes, peaches & other farm fresh food grown by North Carolina farmers.

Farm Aid is a wonderful teaching opportunity. It is a fun way to educate the public on where their food comes from & showing them just how easy it is to buy from local farmers. That helps the local farmers as well as putting better food on the table.


— Pat Keeney

Annie and Willie Nelson accept the #ALSicebucketchallenge

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Willie & Annie Nelson accepted the #ALSIceBucketChallenge, while standing under their lemon tree, so it would benefit from the water. They will be making a donation to ALS Association, as well as to these other organizations: The Waterkeeper Alliance, Blood: Water Mission, and A Drop in the Bucket.

For more information or to make a donation for any of these organizations, visit:

#alsicebucketchallenge #strikeoutals.

Willie Nelson & Neil Young concert in Neligh, Nebraska (9/27/14) #NoKXL (sold out)

Saturday, September 6th, 2014


by:  Dave Saldana
He is the director, writer and producer of Keystone PipeLIES Exposed, a new short film that is a production of the Center for Media and Democracy Investigative Fund.

Jane Kleeb and Bold Nebraska were coy at first, posting a tantalizing message that held a promise of… what?

Big Bold Nebraska announcement coming in a few moments…watch your FB and Twitter and Email…

Well, what could it be? Could it be that their lawsuit against the governor’s unconstitutional power grab that handed over their farms and ranches to TransCanada won at the appellate level? Could it be that their efforts to wrest#NoKXL commitments and pro-New Energy policies from Nebraska’s congressional candidates were successful? Because either of those would be big news.

When the announcement came, it was a really big deal.

Country music legend Willie Nelson and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Neil Young will be performing next month in Neligh, Nebraska, to raise money for Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance, groups continuing to fight against Keystone XL and the threat it poses to their land and water. The concert is called “Harvest the Hope,” and will take place on a farm owned by a family who refused to sell out to TransCanada.

“Farmers, ranchers and tribes that have been standing up to TransCanada are rock stars in my eyes,” Kleeb, Bold Nebraska’s director, said in a statement. “Now we will have the honor to have music legends Neil Young and Willie Nelson stand with us against this risky pipeline that threatens our water and our livelihoods. It is our hope that President Obama in the end stands with us over Big Oil.”

Young and Nelson, whose combined careers exceed 100 years in the public eye, haven’t shied away from taking a stance on social and political issues.

After writing country standards like “Crazy” and “Hello Walls.”  Nelson’s musical career took on a new trajectory in the 1960s, when he and other rebellious stars– including Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, and Waylon Jennings– stepped away from the Nashville hit machine and began writing and playing songs that addressed the changing moods and mores of the times, and the social misfits they spawned. The movement was called “Outlaw Country.”

Young’s history of political involvement is no secret. His responses to racial turmoil in the South are rock classics; “Southern Man” and “Alabama” are foundational in the protest-rock canon. But it was “Ohio,” the song he wrote in the immediate aftermath of the killing of four students at Kent State University by National Guardsmen, that cemented his place in political music.

Young and Nelson have joined forces before in Nebraska. They, along with John Mellencamp, created Farm Aid, the musical festival to raise awareness and money for family farmers who were losing their land to banks and industrial farming. In 1987, a crowd of 69,000 joined Young and Nelson for Farm Aid III, the largest concert in Nebraska history.

Young has been especially outspoken about tar sands development. Earlier this year, he toured the country, criticizing the government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for, in Young’s words, “trading integrity for money.”

Naturally, Young’s criticism drew fire from the Harper government, which is known torespond with snark where diplomacy and statesmanship are called for. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver responded that “even the lifestyle of a rock star relies, to some degree, on the resources developed by thousands of hard-working Canadians every day.”

Young’s retort, quoted by Global News, took Oliver to task.

If rock stars need oil is an official response, how does that affect the treaties Mr. Harper’s government of Canada is breaking? Of course, rock stars don’t need oil. I drove my electric car from California to the Tar sands and on to Washington DC without using any oil at all and I’m a rock star. My car’s generator runs on biomass, one of several future fuels Canada should be developing for the Post Fossil Fuel Age. This age of renewable fuels could save our grandchildren from the ravages of climate related disasters spawned by the Fossil Fuel Age; but we have to get started.

Young and Nelson are ready to get started, and they’re inviting you along.

Annie and Willie Nelson challenged by the ice bucket #ALSicebucketchallenge

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Dr. Eric Olson, the Chair of Molecular Biology at UT Southwestern and Annie and Willie Nelson Professor in Stem Cell Research, accepts the #ALSicebucketchallenge from his lab and miRagen Therapeutics and challenges his friends Willie Nelson and Dirk Nowitzki to follow in his footsteps.

Dr. Eric Olsen sent this video and challenge to Annie Nelson today.  Dr. Olsen is the doctor who holds the Willie & Annie Nelson Stem Cell Professorship at UT Southwest in Dallas.

Annie Nelson responded:

“I may do the ice bucket, but it will be over my lemon tree & be the water for the day, and we will be donating not only to ALS, but to the following;

The Waterkeeper Alliance is a network of sustainable organizations across the U.S. Each organization is the voice for its community, made up of people who defend their local watershed by tracking down polluters, speaking out in courtrooms, classrooms and town meetings for every person’s right to clean fishable, swimmable, drinkable water. The Alliance keeps local Waterkeepers connected and provides them with legal support and the educational resources they will need to defend their local waterways. The website provides an opportunity for anyone to get involved by making a donation or becoming a Waterkeeper. Visit the Save our Gulf website to make a donation toward the Alliance’s effort to save the Gulf Coast from the recent BP oil disaster.

Blood: Water Mission was founded by the Grammy award-winning band, Jars of Clay. The water charity works to promote sustainable solutions to both the HIV/Aids crisis and the water crisis in Africa. Through community empowerment, Blood: Water Mission has succeeded in creating and maintaining several HIV/Aids clinics along with thousands of water projects, including drilled wells, rain catchments and Biosand filtration. Fundraising campaigns include walks for water and sacrificial commitments to drink only water for two weeks or forty days, donating the money that would normally be spent on other beverages to Blood: Water Mission’s efforts. The organization also advocates creating your own campaign to raise funds.

A Drop in the Bucket seeks out innovative technological solutions to water and sanitation problems. Started by a group of ordinary people in Los Angeles, this non-profit organization works to provide water wells and sanitation systems to schools in Africa. A Drop in the Bucket is a water charity that encourages people to get involved by making donations and by spreading awareness.

Aloha & Peace,
Annie Nelson

Final hours! Bid on chance of a lifetime – visit Willie Nelson on his bus, at Farm Aid

Thursday, September 4th, 2014


That could be you sitting where lucky Joe Nick Patoski is sitting!

Willie Nelson has kindly donated some of his personal time to be offered to help raise funds for the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, Farm Aid, and Reverb.

Place  your bid here

YOUR BID SUPPORTS: The Sustainable Biodiesel AllianceREVERB, AND Farm Aid

Grab a friend and head to Farm Aid 2014 on September 13th to join the ranks of rock royalty to meet with Willie Nelson on his legendary tour bus. Access to his home on the road is usually reserved for Willie’s family, friends and the occasional superstar or luminary.

As Willie’s guest you will receive:

  • 2 Tickets to Farm Aid 2014 from Willie Nelson’s personal allotment
  • A private, escorted backstage tour of Farm Aid 2014
  • A visit with Willie Nelson on his legendary tour bus at the show
  • A photo on the bus with Willie
  • The opportunity to have one personal item autographed
  • An official Farm Aid 2014 “Artist’ laminate pass signed by Willie Nelson

*laminate to be sent to winner after event for security purposes

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get personal access to an American legend and get a behind the scenes glimpse into his world. Farm Aid 2014 lineup includes Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Jack White, Jamey Johnson and more.

Proceeds benefit Sustainable Biodiesel AllianceFarm Aid and Reverb.

Donated By: Willie Nelson

Place  your bid here

Dallas Wayne shows his support for Austin Pets Alive, and Lucky

Thursday, September 4th, 2014


Stop the Pipeline, Supreme Court Ralley, Concert and album (Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, Lincoln, NE)

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014


On Friday, Sept. 5, the Nebraska Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Thompson v. Heineman, the case pitting three Nebraska landowners fighting to protect their land from eminent domain and TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, against an unconstitutional law passed by the Nebraska legislature fast-tracking the pipeline route approval process.

The hearing will take place at 9:00 a.m. at the Nebraska Supreme Court, located inside the State Capitol building in Lincoln.

*Advocates: Please RSVP below. Plan to arrive at 8:00 a.m. outside the Supreme Court hearing room on the 2nd floor of the Capitol, to start lining up for a seat in the courtroom.

*Press: Detailed info on the case, pictures of landowner plaintiffs is listed at Email for more info on interviews with landowners. You MUST contact Janet Bancroft, 402-471-3205, for credential inside court room.

Hearing & Press Conference

If the small Supreme Court hearing room fills up, we have reserved an overflow courtroom with live video of the court proceedings. The hearing will feature roughly 10 minutes of oral arguments from both sides, and any questions from the judges. Immediately after the hearing concludes, we will hold a press conference in the Capitol rotunda (also located on the 2nd floor of the State Capitol).

  • WHAT: Nebraska Supreme Court Hearing and Press Conference
  • WHERE: Supreme Court Hearing Room
    • 2nd floor of State Capitol (1445 K St, Lincoln, NE 68508)
  • WHEN: Hearing begins at 9:00 a.m. CT
    • Arrive at 8:00 a.m. on the 2nd floor to get in line!
    • Press conference follows at approx. 9:30 a.m. in the Capitol rotunda
  • RULES: NO photos, video, hats, food or drink is allowed in the courtroom. You must turn off your cell phone. You can wear your Pipeline Fighter t-shirt but can NOT bring in any signs.

If you’re not able to attend the hearing, the proceedings will be broadcast live on NET-2, and streamed live via (We will post a direct link to the livestream here the morning of the hearing. C-SPAN may cover the feed as well.)

Concert Rally

Bold Nebraska is planning a rally in the evening after the hearing at VEGA in the Haymarket area— that will double as a DVD+CD release party for “Stopping the Pipeline Rocks,” the album recorded by local artists inside the solar-powered barn built by volunteers last summer inside the path of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The evening will feature speakers including landowners’ attorney Dave Domina and other Pipeline Fighters, as well as live musical performances from artists who performed on “Stopping the Pipeline Rocks,” which will be available for sale at the event at the discounted rate of $10 (normally $25).

  • WHAT: Rally for Citizens v. Pipeline Lawsuit & DVD+CD Release Party
  • WHEN: Friday, Sept. 5th 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • WHERE: VEGA350 Canopy St #220, Lincoln, NE 68501
  • COVER FEE: $10 (plus another $10 gets you the DVD+CD!)



Click here to purchase “Stopping the Pipeline Rocks” on DVD+CD for $25.



Stopping the Pipeline Rocks” is a project of Bold Nebraska, Hear Nebraska and Red Rebel Media.

Proceeds from the fundraiser and album sales will go to the fight against TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, and support more clean energy projects.

Track list:

  1. Brad Hoshaw: “Gone”
  2. Southpaw Bluegrass Band: “No Bigger Crime”
  3. Gerardo Meza: “Hole In Your Heart”
  4. The Bottle Tops: “Power of Thought”
  5. McCarthy Trenching: “Ogallala Aquifer”
  6. Dr. John Walker: “Windmills Not Oilspills”
  7. The Toasted Ponies: “Pine Creek Crossing”
  8. Matt Cox: “Whipporwhill”
  9. David Boye: “Song Of Desolation”
  10. Dirty Talker: “Knocked Out”
  11. Jack Hotel: “Sideways Lightning Blues”
  12. Jim Pipher, The Toasted Ponies, Michael Semrad: “This Land Is Your Land”

Paula Nelson Band, Kinky Friedman, Johnny Nichols, “Benefit Dinner Concert for Clay McClinton” (8/28/14) @Hilltop Cafe

Thursday, August 28th, 2014


“Please adopt my friend Lucky Charms” — Amy Nelson

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014


“Please adopt my friend Lucky Charms. He’s soooo sweet. He’s been living at the shelter for way too long. I would adopt him myself if I wasn’t at the legal limit for pet capacity.

Please visualize this with me: someone wonderful will take his guy home and their lives will be filled with luck and charm. Viva Lucky Charms! ” — Amy Nelson

Willie Nelson, Neil Young anti-pipeline concert SOLD OUT

Monday, August 25th, 2014


by:  Marjorie Sturgeon

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – Bold Nebraska, the organization behind an anti-pipeline concert featuring Willie Nelson and Neil Young, says tickets are sold out.

The announcement was made in a post on Twitter Friday morning, just two days after tickets for the Harvest the Hope concert in Neligh went on sale.

Seven thousand tickets were made available for the show, which will be held on a farm organizers say is on the route for the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline through the state.

Money raised from the concert will go toward efforts to oppose the pipeline and also help fund community clean energy projects on farms and tribal lands, according to Bold Nebraska.


Neil Young Willie Nelson Sold Out: Thank You!

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014


“We are grateful to Neil Young & Willie Nelson for coming to Nebraska to help tell the stories of our Pipeline Fighters!” 

– BoldNebraska

Willie Nelson, Neil Young Harvest the Hope concert in Nebraska 9/27 SOLD OUT

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

by: Joe Duggan

LINCOLN — Tickets for next month’s Keystone XL pipeline protest concert headlined by Neil Young and Willie Nelson sold out Thursday, a day after they went on sale, according to the website.

Although the northeast Nebraska farm where the event will take place could have fit as many as 10,000 people, a decision was made to cap sales at 7,000 tickets, said Jane Kleeb, director of Bold Nebraska, the group organizing the event. The tickets sold for $50 each.

Proceeds from the Sept. 27 concert will benefit Bold Nebraska and two other organizations fighting a proposed pipeline that would move crude oil from western Canada to refineries in Texas.

Organizers started selling tickets at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The show will take place on a farm near Neligh lying on the path of the proposed pipeline.

Pipeline company Trans Canada remains in a holding pattern as it awaits a decision by the U.S. State Department on whether the project meets the national interest.

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama said he would postpone the decision until after the Nebraska Supreme Court settles a constitutional dispute on the pipeline’s route.

The State Supreme Court will hear arguments in the pipeline appeal Sept. 5, but is not expected to rule on the matter until late in the year.

Project supporters say that the pipeline would bring jobs and economic benefits while tapping a supply of oil from a friendly trade partner.

Opponents say that ramping up production from Canada’s oil sands region will boost greenhouse gas emissions and that potential leaks from the pipeline are a threat to land and water, specifically the vital Ogallala Aquifer that underlies much of Nebraska.

Nelson and Young have not played together in Nebraska since the 1987 Farm Aid show at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Both are advocates of alternative energy who notably have run tour buses and other vehicles on biodiesel fuel.

The concert also will feature musical performances by Lukas Nelson, Willie Nelson’s son, and hip-hop artist Frank Waln, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.

Read article here.


Willie Nelson shows us his peace sign #PeaceRocks #JohnVarvatos

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Willie thinks #PeaceRocks – show us your peace signs and @JohnVarvatos will donate $1 to the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund!



We know #peacerocks, but what else do you think rocks? Take your peace sign selfie with something you think rocks as much as peace. We’ll donate $1 to the Ringo Starr Peace and Love Fund for every peace sign selfie tagged with #peacerocks.

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