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Harvest the Hope: Neil Young and Willie Nelson in Concert


Poster design by Justin Kemerling


Two music legends — Neil Young and Willie Nelson — will perform a benefit concert on Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh, Nebraska that is on the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and also crosses the historic Ponca Tribe “Trail of Tears.”

Proceeds from the “Harvest the Hope” concert will go to Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance, to fund the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as a number of small, community-based clean energy projects on farms and tribal land. The afternoon concert will take place in a field on a farm owned by a family who are part of a strong collective of Nebraska landowners refusing to sell their land to TransCanada for the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline, and a sacred tribal ceremony will be included in the day’s events.

Also performing will be Native American hip-hop artist Frank Waln, Lukas Nelson (son of Willie!) and the “Stopping the Pipeline Rocks All-Stars,” some of the local Nebraska artists who recorded a benefit album in the solar-powered barn built inside the path of the Keystone XL pipeline last summer.

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Our gracious hosts Art & Helen Tanderup have invited us onto their farm for this once-in-a-lifetime event. We promise to tread lightly on this land that the family has stewarded for 100 years, and stand with them in their fight to protect our land and water from a risky tarsands pipeline. The farm lies directly on the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline, and also crosses the historic Ponca Tribe “Trail of Tears.”

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  • From Neligh: 8 miles north on HWY 14 to 857 RD, turn left and drive West 2/3 of a mile
  • From the junction of HWY 20 and HWY 14: 7 miles south on HWY 14 to 857 RD, turn right and drive West 2/3 of a mile
  • Parking for all ticket holders will be available on the Tanderup farm. It is prime Nebraska agricultural land, and will be surrounded by corn yet to be harvested. We must tread lightly and make sure it’s respected.
  • ACCESSIBILITY? The concert will take place on a crop field. There is no pavement on the site. If you have questions about wheelchair access, please contact

DO’s & DONT’s:

  • Collapsible camping/lawn chairs and blankets are allowed.
  • No outside food or drink, including alcohol. Refillable (empty) water bottle OK.
  • Vendors will sell food and beverages.
  • No drugs.
  • No tents/umbrellas.
  • No pets.
  • No “pro” photo or video recording equipment.
  • Children 7 and under get in free, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.



  • Public camping is available in the town of Neligh. Details here.
    • Riverside Park: Camping Pads are $13/day, first-come, first-serve with electric and water hook-ups, sewage dump, and Wi-Fi access. Old school camping (aka tents) is also available for $5/day first-come, first-serve. Call (402) 887-4066 for more information.
    • Fred Penn Park: Tent camping is available with electricity and a new tornado shelter bath house. Call (402) 887-4066.
    • Grove Lake Wildlife Management Area: Just outside of Royal, Nebraska — located 20 miles from Neligh. Campsites are available with restrooms and drinking water but no electric hook-ups.
  • Public Campgrounds in Norfolk (35 miles / 40 minutes from Neligh):
    • Maskenthine Lake and Recreation Area: Open year around, Electric pads 30 & 50 amp East of Norfolk on Hwy 275, watch for sign between Norfolk and Stanton then 2 miles south (402) 439-2046

    • Off Road Ranch: Electric pads 2900 Old Hwy 8 – South of Norfolk off Highway 24 (402) 844-5044

    • TaHaZouka Park: Season April 15-October 15. Park amenities: bathhouse, electricity,playground, trout fishing, ball fields, shelters, 24 court horseshoe complex, sand volleyball, and 4 cabins for rent (daily use only).In the off-season campers may park outside the campground along the road and plug into the power pedestals at a reduced rate. The bathrooms are not available to campers in the off-season. S Hwy 81 & TaHaZouka Drive (402) 844-2180

    • Willow Creek State Recreation: 100 camping pads, 84 with electrical hookups. State park permit required. Located 10 miles northwest of Norfolk near Pierce (402) 329-4053

    • Sherwood Forest Park (6 sites): Woodland Park, East Hwy 35 (402) 371-6440



Photo by Mary Anne Andrei

Photo by Mary Anne Andrei

*Read about how the Cowboy & Indian Alliance hand-planted Ponca sacred corn on the Tanderup farm, that will be harvested this fall for the first time on the tribe’s ancestral homeland since the Ponca were forced out of Nebraska 137 years ago.

Crop art protest of the Keystone XL pipeline.

*Get the behind-the-scenes story of the creation of the world’s largest living crop art installation, which spans 80 football fields of soybeans on the Tanderup farm with the message “Heartland #No KXL” and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance icon.


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