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Why Farm Aid Still Matters

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Farm Aid

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Farm Aid, the concert event that was started in 1985 by the likes of John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, and Neil Young after Bob Dylan quipped at Live Aid that he hoped some proceeds might help American farms in debt. That first year, acts as huge and disparate as Billy Joel, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Beach Boys, Lou Reed, Merle Haggard, and others joined in to help raise money and awareness of the plight of family farms in the U.S. Van Halen even took the opportunity to debut Sammy Hagar as their new lead singer, and the event has been going strong ever since. In 1989, Farm Aid president and your favorite marijuana advocate, Willie Nelson, took the show on the road and hit 16 different dates to improve outreach.

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Hollywood Hits Broadway

finding neverland

Earlier this year, when Tony Nominations were being announced, Finding Neverland – the musical based on the movie based on the real(-ish) story of J.M. Barrie’s journey toward creating Peter Pan – was notably absent from the list of nominees. Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who had also produced the 2004 film of the same name that starred Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, released a statement related to the snub (via The Wrap).

“With 27 nominations today for ‘Fun Home,’ ‘The Elephant Man,’ 'The Audience’ or ‘Wolf Hall,’ shows that we either co-invested or co-produced, we couldn’t be more thrilled,” Weinstein said. “As for ‘Finding Neverland,’ our passion for it remains unwavering. I could not be more proud of the magic created on our stage by Diane Paulus and the entire ‘Neverland’ team night after night, which has made this show a smash hit.”

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David Gilmour

Former Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour has a few more dates on sale this coming Monday for the tour in support of his latest album, Rattle That Lock.
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Garth Brooks

The country superstar isn't done yet. He has a couple new onsales today for concerts in Dallas, TX, this September.
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Shania Twain

Shania Twain has several Canadian concerts on sale today for her tour with Gavin DeGraw, with dates in October.
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Although the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards isn’t until the end of next month and MTV hardly associates itself with music these days, the nominees for this year’s high profile award show were announced yesterday.

While dozens of artists were nominated for awards, one musician leads the pack with 10 nominations. If you’re thinking Taylor Swift, then you’re right. The video for T-Swift’s "Blank Space” is up for two awards, including for “Best Female Video.” However, the cameo filled, futuristic action clip for the popular tune “Bad Blood” featuring Kendrick Lamar is nominated for eight awards, including “Video of the Year.” (If you haven’t watched the video check it out, it’s good. And that’s coming from someone who usually refuses to listen to Swift.)

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Janet Jackson

Earlier this week, Janet Jackson added another North American leg to her Unbreakable Tour. The new concerts, slated to begin in January, go on sale this coming Monday.
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Oddball Comedy Festival

The third edition of the comedy festival features Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer as headliners. More onsales are today.
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NFL

The Baltimore Ravens have more onsales this coming Tuesday for games from August to December.
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