Two music legends — Neil Young and Willie Nelson — performed 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 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.
The day-long event also featured performances from Native American hip-hop artist Frank Waln, performing with traditional hoop dancers the Sampson Brothers; Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real with special guest Micah Nelson (sons 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: The Bottle Tops, Dr. John Walker, Jack Hotel, and McCarthy Trenching.
HARVEST THE HOPE
—CONCERT PRODUCED BY 1% PRODUCTIONS, SPECTRAL Q & BOLD NEBRASKA—
—SATURDAY, SEPT. 27—
PARKING GATES OPEN: 9:00 AM
CONCERT GATES OPEN: 10:00 AM
CONCERT ENDS: 6-7 PM
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM: PIPELINE FIGHTER VILLAGE
Pipeline Fighter Stage (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Performances of song, words and dance from tribes & local Pipeline Fighters
Tipi encampment representing many tribes; sharing stories of protecting land and water
Future Pipeline Fighters (Kids) Area (must be accompanied by adult)
Food Vendors + Beer Garden
Candidates’ + Community Group Booths
12:00: MAIN STAGE
Welcome to the land from farmers Art & Helen Tanderup, and Casey Camp of the Ponca Tribe
General welcome and prayer led by Randy Thompson and Arvol Looking Horse
Masters of Ceremony: Jane Kleeb (Bold Nebraska) & Dallas Goldtooth (Indigenous Environmental Network)
LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL
(with special guest MICAH NELSON)
LIVE ART INSTALLATION
MANY THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:
Indigenous Environmental Network
Nebraska Sierra Club
Natural Resources Defense Council
National Nurses United
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.”
- If you need to print out your ticket(s), please contact our ticketing vendor Etix directly:
DIRECTIONS, PARKING & TRAFFIC
- DIRECTIONS: Look for Harvest the Hope directional signs on the roads near Neligh.
- From Neligh: 8 miles north on HWY 14 to 857 RD, west 2/3 of a mile, then north up the lane.
- From the junction of HWY 20 and HWY 14: 7 miles south on HWY 14 to 857 RD, west 2/3 of a mile, then north up the lane
- GPS Coordinates: 42.25079 N, 98.04188 W
- Note: The street “address” of the farm takes you to the WRONG PLACE on Google Maps etc.
- Free parking will be available on the farm to ticketholders only. Nebraska State Patrol and local tow companies will strictly enforce the no parking policy on all county roads in the vicinity of the farm.
- Gates to the parking lot will open at 9:00 a.m; concert gates open at 10:00 a.m.
- Carpooling is strongly encouraged! We expect heavy traffic from 8am-8pm on Highway 275 into Neligh, and Highway 14 that leads from Neligh to the farm. Much of it two-lane highway with no shoulder. We encourage folks to get on the road early.
- Handicap parking: Please display your handicap parking placard and inform the parking attendants when you arrive. We will have staff to escort you (and a wheelchair) to the Accessibility Seating Area.
- THERE IS NO TAILGATING OR CAMPING IN THE PARKING AREA.
- Gas stations: There are two gas stations in town, including Cubby’s (210 L St.), and Casey’s, which sits on the one main highway through town, Highway 275. It’s located right where Hwy 275 meets Highway 14, which is the road that leads north from Neligh to the Tanderup farm.
- To avoid a post-concert logjam, consider refueling before you arrive at the concert in one of the towns on your way in to Neligh.
- SOLD OUT = NO TICKET SALES DAY OF CONCERT AT THE GATE
- WILL CALL: If you chose to pick up your tickets when you placed your order, park and go to Will Call at the gate.
- NO IN’s & OUT’s: Please bring your chair, blanket, jacket, empty refillable water bottle.
- NO FLIP-FLOPS: Please wear closed-toe shoes; you will be on a crop field that recently had corn harvested. Please mind the small roots and stalk still on the ground.
- PRE-SALE CONCERT POSTERS + T-SHIRTS
- *Print your receipt to scan at the booth or have photo ID of credit card used at purchase.
- ATM: There will be 2 ATMs on site
- FOOD + BEER: CASH ONLY
- T-SHIRTS, POSTERS, MERCH: CASH OR CREDIT CARD
DO’s & DONT’s
- THERE IS NO PUBLIC CAMPING ON THE FARM OVERNIGHT.
- 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 CCW concealed / carry weapons permitted inside the venue.
- No tents/umbrellas.
- No pets.
- No “pro” photo or video recording equipment.
- No flip-flops. Please wear closed-toe shoes, the venue is a cornfield.
- Children 7 and under get in free, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
For prospective bikers, local law enforcement has asked us to underline their concerns that Hwy 14, the main access road from the the town of Neligh, is a hilly, two-lane road with no shoulder. (See video above.) We anticipate heavy car traffic on Hwy 14, as well as Hwy 275 through Neligh, from 9am to 8pm on Sept. 27.
The final 2/3 mile from Hwy 14 to the farm is graded gravel road, with loose gravel on the edges, no shoulder. Bikes may need to be walked this distance. (See video above.)
Given these concerns, we are not able to promote traveling by bicycle as strongly as we’d like, but we can offer
Bike Valet Parking: Drop your bike off at main parking entrance; retrieve after the show
If you are planning to bike or know others who are, we are asking you to relay this info. Also, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of people in your party you expect to travel by bike to the concert.
- FREE: Bring a re-fillable (empty) water bottle from home, or purchase a souvenir water cup at the show for $5. There will be free water fountains from which you can drink directly, or fill your re-fillable or souvenir cup.
FOOD & BEER GARDEN
NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINKS INSIDE THE VENUE
- A variety of food vendors will be open from 10:00 a.m. until an hour before the event ends
- BEER GARDEN (21+ ID CHECK): Budweiser, Nebraska Brewing Company, Rockin’ Rooster Winery
- NO ALCOHOL OUTSIDE OF BEER GARDEN
- Beer Garden will close at 5PM
- THERE IS NO PUBLIC CAMPING ON THE FARM.
- 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
HOTELS & MOTELS
- There are two small motels and a B&B in Neligh, which have all sold out for the weekend. Thank you!
- Deluxe Motel: SOLD OUT!
- West Hill View Motel: SOLD OUT!
- Walnut Grove Inn Bed & Breakfast: SOLD OUT!
- Norfolk, NE (35 miles / 40 minutes from Neligh):
- O’Neill, NE (40 miles / 45 min from Neligh):
- Holiday Inn Express: 402-336-4500 (54 rooms)
- Carriage House Motel: 402-336-3403 (16 rooms)
- Elms Motel: 402-336-3800 (32 rooms)
- Golden Hotel: 402-336-4436 (25 rooms, 11 apartments)
- Super 8 Motel: 402-336-3100
- Atkinson, NE (59 miles / 1 hr from Neligh):
- Sandhills Guesthouse: 402-925-5600 (16 rooms)
- Holt County Ringnecks Lodge: 402-925-2528 (3 rooms)
- Eagle Spring Lodge: 402-925-2381 (4 rooms)
- Eagle Spring Guest House: 402-925-5420 (3 rooms)
Antelope County Museum
509 L Street | 402-887-5046
Pierson Wildlife Museum and Learning Center
205 E. 5th Street | 402-887-4212
Neligh Mill State Historic Site
N Street and Wylie Drive | 402-887-4817
White Buffalo Girl State Historic Marker
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Ponca Trail of Tears Memorial Garden
Across from the Visitor’s Center (just off HWY 275 on 2nd Street)
GAS + CONVENIENCE STORES
605 West 11th Street | (402) 887-4333
To-go pizzas, sandwiches, pasta, ice cream, donuts
210 L Street | (402) 887-4649
Godfather’s Pizza, Chester’s Fried Chicken, daily specials, ice cream
Antelope Country Club
2 miles southeast of Neligh | (402) 887-5211
American Cuisine, salads, wraps
Mama’s and Nana’s Café
312 M Street | (402) 887-5566
Homemade cuisine, daily specials
White Spot Bar and Grill
414 Main Street | (402) 887-4227
Burgers, daily specials, steaks on the weekends
1102 R Street | (402) 887-4844
Pizza, pasta, salads, buffet
306 West 11th Street | (402) 887-5073
Subs, salads, pizzas, cookies
BARS + ALCOHOL SALES
Dew Drop Inn
105 E. 3rd Street | 402-887-5350
Cabin Bottle Shop (reminder: no outside alcohol allowed into concert)
U.S. 275 W. | 402-887-7253
212 U.S. 275 | 402-887-4133
1108 U.S. 275 | 402-887-4182
113 W. 4th Street | 402-887-4446
Country Junction Antiques
401 Main Street | 402-750-4905
1107 O Street | 402-887-4186
Main Street Mall Antiques
406 Main Street | 402-887-4179
Moyer’s Department Store
314 Main Street | 402-887-5028
The Loft Antiques
Hwy 275 | 402-640-5226
Trailside Antique Mall
202 W. 4th Street | 402-887-4879
505 W. 11th Street | 402-887-9981
- The town of Neligh, Nebraska is home to over 150 businesses. For a full list click here.
MORE ABOUT THE FARM
*Read about the ART PARTY for “Harvest the Hope” Sept. 17-18 in Omaha, where Sicangu Lakota artist Steve Tamayo and volunteers hand-painted several works of art on buffalo hides and a tipi that will be prominently featured at the concert.
*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.
*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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