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Farm Aid to Host 35th Anniversary Virtual Festival feat. Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, Black Pumas, Brandi Carlile, Nathaniel Rateliff, The Record Company and more 

The Farm Aid organization announced this week that they will celebrate their 35th anniversary with a virtual at-home festival experience - called Farm Aid 2020 On the Road.  The 3-hour event  scheduled for 8pm on Saturday, Sept. 26, will include performances from more than 20 artists and be streamed at, on Farm Aid’s YouTube channel, AXS TV and



The Farm Aid 2020 On the Road lineup includes: – Willie Nelson and The Boys – John Mellencamp – Neil Young – Dave Matthews – Black Pumas – Bonnie Raitt and Boz Scaggs – Edie Brickell with Charlie Sexton – Brandi Carlile – Chris Stapleton – Jack Johnson – Jamey Johnson – Jon Batiste – Kelsey Waldon – Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Margo Price – Nathaniel Rateliff – Particle Kid – The Record Company – Valerie June – The War And Treaty – and more artists to be added




The goal of the virtual festival is to raise critical funds for and awareness of the organization and its mission, which it typically does through ticket sales to the annual in-person music and food festival. Farm Aid accepts donations year-round at



Willie Nelson said in a release: 

"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."

The Farm Aid Organization was formed by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 - Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001 - and their mission  is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America