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Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, “Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World’ (Farm Aid 2014) (Raleigh, NC)Saturday, September 20th, 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.
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.
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 etix.com 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.
In addition to the imposition the proposed pipeline would have on tribal land, farm owners in the area are also concerned about the environmental footprint if energy company TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline is approved, from contaminating groundwater to pollution. A handful of farmers along the pipeline’s planned route have refused to sell their land to TransCanada, including Art and Helen Tanderup, whose Neligh, Nebraska farm will host the 10,000 attendees.
“Farmers, ranchers and tribes that have been standing up to TransCanada are rock stars in my eyes,” Bold Nebraska director Jane Kleeb 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.” Because the proposed pipeline also would cross international borders, President Obama would have to sign off on the project, Omaha.com reports.
Young has long been one of rock’s most environmentally conscious rockers – the front page of his website currently features an essay on organic cotton T-shirts and the smart laundry practices – and he’s previously lent support to Native American tribes in his native Canada who are also fighting against Big Oil. Last spring, Young traveled to Washington D.C. to protest the Keystone XL pipeline, which is where he met Art Tanderup and the “Harvest for Hope” concert was conceived. Young and Nelson hadn’t performed together in Nebraska since the third annual Farm Aid visited Lincoln’s Memorial Stadium in 1987.
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Willie Nelson, Neil Young concert to raise funds, awareness about climate change, dangers of Keystone XL pipeline (9/27/14)Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
photo: Mark Heffinger
Marchers trekking across the country from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., on the Great March for Climate Action reached the wind- and solar-powered barn built by Bold Nebraska in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline.
by: Nicholas Bergin
Music legends Neil Young and Willie Nelson will perform a benefit concert Saturday, Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh that is on the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and also crosses the historic Ponca Tribe Trail of Tears.
It’s the first time the two have performed together in Nebraska since Sept. 19, 1987, when fans packed Memorial Stadium for Farm Aid III, the biggest concert in state history. That show, which also included performances by artists like John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson and John Denver, drew 29,000 people and raised about $1.6 million.
Organizers hope the duo will bring a little of that magic with them to what is being called the “Harvest the Hope” concert. Proceeds from the Neligh event will go to Bold Nebraska and the Cowboy Indian Alliance to help pay for the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, Bold Nebraska said in a news release.
The daytime, outdoor concert will be in a field on a farm owned by the Tanderup family, part of a collective of Nebraska landowners refusing to sign an easement with TransCanada for the pipeline that would carry oil from the tar sands of Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
Landowners Art and Helen Tanderup have been active in protests against the pipeline, including attending rallies, spelling out an anti-pipeline message using soybeans and planting sacred Ponca Indian corn to be harvested this fall. They plan to be in the courtroom when the Nebraska Supreme Court hears oral arguments on a challenge to the state’s major pipeline siting law on Sept. 5.
Art Tanderup said in an interview Monday he fears the pipeline will eventually rupture or leak oil and chemical diluents that would leech into the Ogallala Aquifer, a source of irrigation and drinking water that underlies eight states including most of Nebraska.
The 62-year-old retired school teacher said he also is rankled that Nebraska’s governor would give a foreign company the power of eminent domain.
“This company insists on running this very dangerous substance through the heartland of Nebraska, so they can get it to Texas, so they can export it to other countries,” Tanderup said.
The proposed $5.4 billion pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City on the Nebraska-Kansas border. There, it would meet up with an existing pipeline network. Opponents say its construction will hasten development of Canada’s tar sands and worsen climate change.
The northern portion of the pipeline, which needs a presidential permit to cross the U.S. border with Canada, has been under review for more than five years. The U.S. State Department in April put an indefinite hold on the process of determining whether the pipeline is in the nation’s interest until a lawsuit over the project’s path through Nebraska is resolved.
This will be the first concert on the farm that’s been in Tanderup’s wife’s family for about 100 years, and the first time he will see either Nelson or Young perform live.
“It’s absolutely awesome,” he said.
Tanderup met Young, 68, in April at the Reject and Protect protest in Washington, D.C. He said he showed Young around the camp protesters set up on the National Mall. They later rode together on a train to New York City and talked about vinyl records, family, the pipeline and the beauty of Nebraska.
It was then the seeds for the concert were first planted. Tanderup said many people helped bring it to fruition, including artist John Quigley.
Tickets will go on sale Wednesday at BoldNebraska.org. The concert is being produced locally by 1% Productions in partnership with Bold Nebraska.
Both Young and Nelson are known for their activism. They founded Farm Aid, along with Mellencamp, and continue to headline the annual fundraiser. Young has been an outspoken critic of development of tar sands in his native Canada and toured to support Indian nations fighting against it there.
Nelson graces the cover of the latest Rolling Stone magazine, and at 81 years old he still tours nearly constantly. His most recent album, “Band of Brothers,” released in June, topped Billboard’s Top Country Albums.
The concert also will feature performances by Native American hip-hop artist Frank Waln, of the Rosebud Sioux tribe, and the Stopping the Pipeline Rocks All-Stars, a collection of local Nebraska artists.
Since 1985, these two artists, along with John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews, who joined the Board, have worked hard in support of family farmers, through programs supported by Farm Aid: disaster relief,Helping Farmers Thrive; Promoting Food from Family Farms; Growing the Good Food Movement, providing resources for young farmers, and so much more.
This generous group has donated their time and energy and love , and brought their bands and families, and their families’ bands, and friends and their friends’ bands into their movement-that-wasn’t-supposed-to-turn-into-a- movement to support family farmers. While they thought the Concert would be a one-off concert in ’85 to help raise funds to support the farmers and help raise consciousness of people and law-maker’s to their plight, it soon became apparent that need was so great, more help was needed. And sadly, our government was not ready to pass a fair farm bill or offer support to struggling farmers.
Many other hard working board members, staff members, blog writers, farmers and volunteers work hard every day for Farm Aid, in support of Family Farmers. The need is there more than ever, and they do appreciate your support. You really get a big bang for your buck when you donate to Farm Aid.
The annual Farm Aid concert is a major fund raiser to support Farm Aid, and the support they provide to farmers. Their website is so great, worth the visit, full of information about the many programs supported through the funds raised by Farm Aid, stories about the farmers helped, how you can get involved, etc.
You can find out the amazing line-up of artists and how to purchase tickets to the Farm Aid Concert on September 13, 2014, in Raleigh, NC, and also make a donation, or buy yourself a souvenier: