A Little Ditty About Menino and Mellen-caaaamp

1216150771Earlier this afternoon, Mayor Tom Menino and Farm Aid co-founder John Mellencamp made a visit to the Copley Farmers Market to announce the star-studded line-up for the annual Farm Aid concert, which hits New England for the first time in its 23-year history on September 20.

Menino was quick to welcome Mellencamp to the Hub in his own special way—a complete mangling of the rocker’s name. Dozens of cringing fans tried to help Hizzoner, but he continued to stumble. Say it with us, Mayor— Mell-EN-camp!

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, and Mellencamp are already on the lineup for the Comcast Center show. The farm-friendly rocker also hinted that such artists as Robert Plant and Alison Krauss may be added to the roster soon, and that he plans to personally give James Taylor a call. (We really want to see Skynyrd-esque rock fans holding up lighters and yelling, ‘Play Sweet Caroline’).

The concert raises funds to support family farmers and aims to inspire people to choose locally-produced, family-farmed food. Sorry to say it folks, but there will be no nachos smothered in fake cheese or processed hot dogs at this show. Farm Aid will serve only locally-grown food at the concession stands.