Farm Aid 2020: Benefit concert will go on despite COVID-19, will be different

Farm Aid 2020: Benefit concert will go on despite COVID-19, will be different
FILE PHOTO: Willie Nelson performs during Farm Aid 2009 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on October 4, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri. Farm Aid 2020 will be held on Sept. 26. (Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Sept. 22 marked the 35th anniversary of Farm Aid, and despite the coronavirus pandemic, there will be another benefit concert in 2020.

But it will look a bit different than in years past.

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The concert, dubbed Farm Aid On the Road, will be held virtually, like many other events in 2020.

The concert was started in 1985 by Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson to help raise money for farmers who were struggling in the 1980s, Austin 360 reported.

The trio still sits on the board of directors and was joined by Dave Matthews in 2001.

Young, Nelson, Mellencamp and Matthews will be joined virtually by:

  • Black Pumas
  • Bonnie Raitt and Bozz Scaggs
  • Brandi Carlile
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Edie Brickell with Charlie Sexton
  • Jack Johnson
  • Jamey Johnson
  • Jon Batiste
  • Kelsey Waldon
  • Luckas Nelson & Promise of the Real
  • Margo Price
  • Nathaniel Rateliff
  • Norah Jones
  • Particle Kid
  • The Record Company
  • Valerie June
  • The War and Treaty

The performances will be live-streamed starting at 8 p.m. EDT Saturday.

You can either watch it on, Farm Aid’s YouTube channel or on

It will also be on cable on AXS TV and on Sirius XM on Willie’s Roadhouse, channel 59, or Dave Matthews Band Radio, channel 30.

For more information on how to listen, click here.