Blog | June 3, 2013

Farm Aid Music Monday, Starring the Grateful Dead

by Caroline Malcolm Fiore

Happy Music Monday, folks! This week, we’re taking you back to Farm Aid 1987 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The ‘87 show featured the likes of Steppenwolf, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, John Denver, Lou Reed and Kris Kristofferson, in addition to Farm Aid board artists Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp, all taking the stage to support family farmers!

Also jammin’ in spirit, if not in person, that day was the Grateful Dead, who appeared on the Farm Aid stage via live satellite feed from their show at Madison Square Garden. Check out their performances of Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm” and “Black Peter” below.

As a little bonus, here’s a new video we just posted with three songs from Farm Aid’s 1986 concert, where the Dead also appeared via satellite from Buffalo, New York. Watch them perform “The Wheel,” “I Need A Miracle” and “Uncle John’s Band.”

For more videos of Farm Aid performances, visit our YouTube channel.

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