Willie Nelson has announced plans to host a digital concert, “At Home with Farm Aid," on Saturday, April 11th at 8:00 p.m. ET, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The streaming concert will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Nelson himself, along with his sons Lukas and Micah. They will all be performing from their homes.
In a statement Nelson said, “On the Farm Aid stage last September, my friend and fellow board member John Mellencamp said, ‘Be hopeful about, have faith in and be grateful for right now; the miracle of life is in the dirt under our farmers’ fingernails.’ He was right and I’m so grateful for the farmers, ranchers and farmworkers who are on the frontlines sustaining all our communities. Now, more than ever, stay strong and positive.”
Farm Aid traditionally held in September at an outdoor amphitheater, but it’s quite possible that mass gatherings won’t be permitted by then. If that’s the case, “At Home With Farm Aid” may be their best possible alternatinative.
Farm Aid is currently working to support famers and ranchers during the pandemic. Nelson said, “We’re making emergency grants to help with household and medical expenses. We’re answering calls on our hotline. We’re creating lists of resources and working with our partners to advocate for policies that build a more resilient food system for the future.”