On Sept. 26, Farm Aid will celebrate its 35th anniversary via a virtual festival, “Farm Aid On The Road,” with performances from the festival’s board members Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson and Neil Young, as well as Brandi Carlile, Jack Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, and Chris Stapleton.
The lineup also includes Black Pumas, Edie Brickell (with Charlie Sexton), Jamey Johnson, Jon Batiste, Kelsey Waldon, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, Valerie June, the War and Treaty, and more.
This year’s virtual event will be aired from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. EDT on Sept. 26, via the FarmAid YouTube channel, AXS TV and fans.com.
“This pandemic and so many other challenges have revealed how essential family farmers and ranchers are to the future of our planet,” Willie Nelson said via a statement. “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.”
Farm Aid launched on Sept. 22, 1985 in Illinois, and has been held annually since 1992.
“Since we started in 1985, Farm Aid has kept its finger on the pulse of farm country and deployed funds and resources to help farm families confront the challenges they face,” Farm Aid Executive Director Carolyn Mugar said in a statement. “It’s clear that this is a critical moment for farmers and ranchers. We risk losing their important contributions to our communities and our families if we do not adequately respond as a country.”
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