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Farm Aid 2016: 10 Best Things We Saw

Willie Nelson’s a cappella opener, Neil Young’s epic “Rockin’ in the Free World” and other highlights from benefit’s 31st year

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Read our recap of highlights from Farm Aid's 31st year, featuring Neil Young, Willie Nelson and more.

Joy Asico for Rolling Stone

"There's a revolution starting!" Neil Young told the crowd early on in his set at the 31st annual Farm Aid. "It's called eating good food that your neighbors made for you. … Let the earth bring us all together, back to the roots. Eat good food. You don't need the drugs anymore. It took us a long time to get this far. We have a long way to go. But with people like you, we're going to make it!"

The brief speech was one of the few moments during the 11-hour concert at Bristow, Virginia's Jiffy Lube Live that wasn't centered around music. The packed bill featured a mixture of young acts (Insects vs. Robots, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats), country stars (Jamey Johnson, Margo Price) and, as always, the four members of the Farm Aid board (Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Willie Nelson.) It was a lot to cram into a single day, but the stellar stage crew kept things moving like clockwork. When the schedule said that Margo Price would take the stage at 2:17 pm, that's exactly what happened. The fest was also blessed with a day of pristine weather that kept the capacity crowd in fine spirits and made for one of the most enjoyable Farm Aids in recent memory. Here are 10 of the best musical moments.


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