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Neil Young and Promise of the Real Perform a Searing "Powderfinger" at Farm Aid

The 33rd annual Farm Aid concert was held Saturday at the Xfinity Center in Hartford, Connecticut on Saturday, September 22. Alongside Farm Aid co-founders Neil Young, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, performers at this year’s event included Dave Matthews, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and more.

Above, check out Young and Promise of the Real performing a searing rendition of Young’s classic 1979 jam, “Powerfinger.”

Earlier in the day Young, Nelson, Mellencamp and Matthews gave a press conference where they discussed, among other topics, their continued commitment to family-owned farms. ““The corporate farms suck!” Young said. “They are poisoning you … and you can stop this if you stand up.”

For more information on Farm Aid, including how to donate to the organization, go to




Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.