As mass gatherings remain on hold, Farm Aid has announced its plans for its 35th-anniversary celebration: Farm Aid 2020 On The Road, a virtual, at-home experience. The virtual Farm Aid 2020 will stream live in HD for free on Saturday, September 26th from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET on the Farm Aid YouTube channel.
The virtual Farm Aid event will feature performances from more than 20 artists including the organization’s longtime musical faces—Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews—as well as Black Pumas, Bonnie Raitt and Boz Scaggs, Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, Edie Brickell with Charlie Sexton, Jack Johnson, Jamey Johnson, Jon Batiste, Kelsey Waldon, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Nathaniel Rateliff, Particle Kid, The Record Company, Valerie June, and The War and Treaty.
We are thrilled to announce #FarmAid2020 On the Road will take place on September 26! Join us for our 35th anniversary with a virtual at-home festival experience. https://t.co/472H7Xm96G pic.twitter.com/Flam1hlJzj
— Farm Aid (@FarmAid) September 1, 2020
Since 1985, Farm Aid has provided critical support and resources to help our country’s farmers and ranchers confront the many challenges they face. First staged by Nelson and friends on Sept. 22, 1985 in Champaign, Ill., in response to the family farm foreclosure crisis of the 1980s, Farm Aid is the longest running concert for a cause.
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Fans who donate $75 or more to the cause will receive an official Farm Aid 2020 t-shirt. Additional merch items are available on the Farm Aid website.
As Farm Aid co-founder Willie Nelson noted in a statement, “This pandemic and so many other challenges have revealed how essential family farmers and ranchers are to the future of our planet. Farm Aid 2020 is going to give the whole country a chance to learn about the important work of farmers and how they’re contributing to our well-being, beyond bringing us good food.”
For more information about the virtual Farm Aid 2020, head here. You can also check out Live For Live Music‘s coverage of last year’s Farm Aid here.