Musicians will take the stage at the Flynn Center in Burlington next month to support Vermont farmers impacted by July’s floods.
The September 7 benefit, called “Hug Your Farmer: Hard Rain,” will be headlined by all-star group of musicians. The event is part of a concert series founded by Select Design. Since 2010, Hug Your Farmer has raised over $120,000 for Vermont farmers.
“For us to be able to host something that’s going to be incredibly entertaining and be just a really amazing show, but at the same time be making a pretty significant impact on the farming community who really needs it right now—that’s what’s important to us,” says Matt Rogers, programming director for the Flynn.
All proceeds will go to the Vermont Community Foundation’s Flood Response and Recovery Fund, which is handing out grants to farms, homes, and small businesses in need.
“This is about how much Vermonters not only love our farmers, but we know how much we need them,” says Holly Morehouse, vice president of grants & community impact for the VCF. “We will have a particular eye on farms and farmers that may not be able to access other relief—whether it’s by the crop, or the size of their farm, or other barriers to accessing state and federal funds.”
The concert will celebrate the music of Bob Dylan. A band led by Vermont musician Bob Wagner will perform, along with some special guests.
“We’re hoping that because of what the causes are and because of what the musical element is that people are going to show up,” Rogers says. “Vermont always shows up to help when help is needed.”
Tickets went on sale Wednesday, and they range from $35-55. If you can’t make it to the concert, you can donate directly to the VCF’s fund on the Flynn’s website, flynnvt.org.