Farm Aid goes virtual for 2020 concert


Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and others will still be holding their annual Farm Aid On The Road concert, it will just look a little different this year.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Willie Nelson and 20 other artists artists are taking the performance online this year.

The show starts at 8 p.m. ET and you can watch on the Farm Aid Youtube page or on

“This pandemic and so many other challenges have revealed how essential family farmers and ranchers are to the future of our planet,” Nelson said. “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 will also still host its Spirit of Farm Aid awards which formally recognizes friends, advocates and partners who have contributed to the organization.

The first Farm Aid show took place in Champaign, Illinois in 1985 and raised $7 million. It was attended by 80,000 people and featured performances from Bob Dylan, Loretta Lynn, Billy Joel, Tom Petty and more.