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.”
Young and Nelson last appeared together in Nebraska in 1987 at the third Farm Aid concert.
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.
The concert will be hosted by Art and Helen Tanderup of Neligh, who planted crop art against the pipeline in the spring. The Tanderups have refused to sign an easement with TransCanada Corp.
Also performing will be Native American hip-hop artist Frank Waln, and the “Stopping the Pipeline Rocks All-Stars,” some of the local Nebraska artists who recorded the benefit album in the solar-powered barn built inside the path of the Keystone XL pipeline last summer.
“Harvest the Hope” Concert tickets will go on sale the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 20, for $50 each. The Tanderup land is expected to hold up to 10,000, according to organizers.
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