Seed Savers Exchange

Benefit Concert


AUGUST 3, 2019

Tickets For Sale at the Gate

Online ticket sales and online concert t-shirt sales are now closed. You may purchase tickets at the gate, $30/ticket, and you may purchase t-shirts at the Visitors Center.

All of our campsites on the farm are full; if you still require accommodations, take a look at other lodging options in the area.

The Artists

Dave Simonett

Dave Simonett

Dave Simonett is the lead singer and songwriter for the Duluth-based acoustic powerhouse bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles and his electric rock ’n’ roll side project, Dead Man Winter. He has toured the world many times over and released several acclaimed records for an ever-expanding fan base. His songs up the ante for the bluegrass genre with wickedly insightful and confessional poetry; the latest Trampled by Turtles album, Life Is Good on the Open Road, is nothing short of a modern classic, hailed by Glide Magazine as one of the 10 best albums of 2018.

Video: I Remember This Place Being Bigger



Elisabeth Maurus—known by her stage name, Lissie—is an American folk-rock artist and Paste magazine’s top new solo artist of 2010. She released her debut EP, Why You Runnin’, in 2009, and her fourth studio album, Castles, in 2018. This year brought the release of her 10-year retrospective, When I'm Alone: The Piano Ballads. A poignant performer, Lisse recently returned to her Decorah roots, making her home on a small farm in the Driftless Area.

Video: Don't You Give Up By Me

David Huckfelt

David Huckfelt

Singer and songwriter David Huckfelt returns to Heritage Farm, having previously performed here in 2017 with The Pines, the popular Iowa indie-folk band he co-founded. In 2018, he left his home in Minneapolis (and the camaraderie of The Pines) and relocated to Isle Royale National Park, America’s most remote national park. There, in Lake Superior, as a National Park Service Artist in Residence, Huckfelt spent two straight weeks writing in solitude, channeling the mysterious island’s spirits into his stunning debut solo album, Stranger Angels.

Video: Stranger Angels

Pieta Brown

Pieta Brown

Hailed as a “self-styled poetess, folk goddess, and country waif” by the BBC, Iowa treasure Pieta Brown is a talented poet and songwriter who last graced the Heritage Farm stage in 2017. Her “moody, ethereal” songwriting has been hailed by the Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal, and she has shared stages with the likes of Emmylou Harris, JJ Cale, and Neko Case. Her most recent album of collaborations, Post Cards, met with critical claim; it builds on the human, personal, and compassionate folk music championed by her father, Greg Brown.

Video: Flowers of Love

Michael Rossetto

Michael Rossetto

Self-taught banjoist and guitarist Michael Rossetto moved from Wisconsin to the Twin Cities in 1997 and began writing and recording instrumental music with his quartet, Spaghetti Western String Co. He spent the last several years working as a sideman for The Pines, David Huckfelt, Pieta Brown, Frankie Lee, Erik Koskinen and Buffalo Gospel. In 2015, he began recording what would become Intermodal Blues, a collection of instrumental music that is a homage to the global-music well from which he draws inspiration.

Video: Intermodal Blues

Greg Brown

Greg Brown

Legendary folk artist Greg Brown is a longtime Seed Savers Exchange supporter, having performed the first of several benefit concerts for the organization in August 2000. His seasoned songwriting, storytelling, and music—all deeply rooted in his Iowa upbringing—have attracted a large and loyal following of fans who enjoy his warmth, humor, thundering voice, and unpretentious musical vision.

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Event Details

Six talented and inspiring artists, one great cause. Join us at Heritage Farm in Decorah, Iowa, for a rollicking outdoor concert to support our nonprofit mission.

The concert offers the perfect chance to revel in the beauty of the Driftless Region while enjoying first-rate music. All concert proceeds will support our work to preserve America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food-crop heritage for current and future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom and open-pollinated seeds and plants.


Terra Chips
Decorah Bank
K North Studios
Decorah Hotel Motel Marketing Committee
Toppling Goliath
Wisconsin Public Radio


Saturday, August 3, 2019: Gates open at 5:00 p.m., concert begins at 7:00 p.m.; tour of Diane’s Garden led by Seed Savers Exchange cofounder Diane Ott Whealy at 6 p.m.


Seed Savers Exchange’s Heritage Farm, 3094 North Winn Road, Decorah, Iowa, 52101.

Food & Beverages

Food vendors and cash bar will be available.


All of our campsites are full. If you still require accommodations, take a look at other lodging options in the area.

Rustic camping will be available at Heritage Farm for Saturday night only. Please reserve your campsite when you purchase your concert tickets. Sites are primitive--no water or electrical hookups are available. Tents and small campers only; we are unable to accommodate RVs.

Refund/Cancellation Policy

The concert will go on, rain or shine. We are unable to refund ticket sales, so call us with any questions before you reserve your place: (563) 382-5990.

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