Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Following in Willie’s footsteps, Lukas Nelson will play free set at pre-show farmers market

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. (Port City Daily photo / Credit Joey Martinez)
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. (Port City Daily photo / Credit Joey Martinez)

WILMINGTON — Taking inspiration from his father, Willie, Lukas Nelson is working to connect with local farmers and farmers markets on his current tour. Before he takes the stage at Wilmington’s Greenfield Lake Amphitheater (GLA) this weekend, Nelson will do just that, playing a free set for local farmers and their customers.

For the latest Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real tour, Nelson is calling back to Farm Aid, the concert series founded to support family farming in 1982 by his father, along with John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Nelson and his band are currently touring in support of their new album Turn off the News (Plant a Garden) due out in June.

Nelson recently took to social media to promote the effort, writing, “[w]e are going to celebrate the release of our new record in a very active way, connecting with local farmers and farmers markets in towns we play coming soon, coordinating street teams to help get people growing their own food and supporting their local farmers.”

To help make that happen, Kyle Stenersen of Humble Roots farm is moving the Wilmington Farmers Market to Greenfield Lake Amphitheater for the event. Stenersen helped found the market in early 2018, along with Tidal Creek Market, which hosts it every Saturday. The Wilmington Farmers Market features producers selling directly from their own farms, from a limited area around Wilmington.

The pop-up market will run from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Greenfield Lake Rotary Garden and adjacent Fragrance Garden — located next door to the Amphitheater — on Saturday, May 4. During the market, Lukas Nelson will perform a free set. The market and Nelson’s performance are open to all, with or without tickets to the full show at GLA.

Those with tickets to the show should consider bringing coolers to store produce in their car during the event.

(Disclosure notice: The Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real concert is being produced by 98.3 The Penguin, which is owned by Port City Daily’s parent company Local Voice Media.)

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