Farm Aid 2018 came to the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT, on Saturday, boasting an all-star lineup that featured Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp, among several others. There were a few collaborations throughout the show, which was broadcast for free on YouTube, including during Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ set, when Rateliff and company welcomed out fellow Farm Aid performers Margo Price and Lukas Nelson (who later helped form the backing bands for Young and Lukas’ father Willie during their respective sets) for a cover of The Band’s classic “The Shape I’m In.”

That wasn’t the first collaboration of the day, however, as Price joined Lukas and his Promise of the Real during their early set for the POTR original “Find Yourself.” Price then offered her own set—which featured the singer getting behind the drum set for a stint—followed by Jamey Johnson. Rateliff and The Night Sweats then took the stage to play some songs from their latest release, Tearing at the Seams, plus their debut-album hit “S.O.B.,” which led into the Price and Lukas-assisted “The Shape I’m In.”

Kacey Musgraves then took the stage, followed by a fiery five-song performance from Sturgill Simpson. After Chris Stapleton’s set, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds kicked off the Farm Aid board members portion of the show, with the duo offering Dave Matthews Band favorites like “Don’t Drink the Water,” “#41,” “Lie in Our Graves,” “Grey Street” and “Ants Marching.”

After John Mellencamp’s set, Promise of the Real returned to the stage to back up Neil Young, who fit a few calls to action into his performance of classics like “Heart of Gold” and CSNY’s “Ohio,” along with the live debut of “Children of Destiny” and Young’s first performance of “Tell Me Why” with POTR. Willie Nelson and his band (featuring Lukas) then closed out the evening with a longer set that wrapped up with all the Farm Aid performers joining him on stage for his usual closing medley of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” and “I’ll Fly Away.”

Below, watch pro-shot video from most of the performances from Farm Aid 2018 thanks to the free webcast (which also features interspersed video of some of the local farmers that the event supports), starting with Margo Price’s closing song, plus fan-shot video of Price joining Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real earlier in the afternoon. Setlists from yesterday can also be seen below the videos.




Farm Aid 2018 Setlists:


Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real: Entirely Different Stars, Die Alone, Turn Off the News, (Forget About) Georgia, Find Yourself (w/ Margo Price), Something Real

Margo Price: All American Made, Tennessee Song, Don’t Say It, Do Right by Me, Letting Me Down, (webcast starts) Cocaine Cowboys

Jamey Johnson: High Cost of Living, The Dollar, Can’t Cash My Checks, Give It Away, Rainy Night in Georgia, In Color

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats: Shoe Boot, Be There, Say It Louder, Hey Mama, Intro, I Need Never Get Old, S.O.B., The Shape I’m In (w/ Margo Price, Lukas Nelson)

Kacey Musgraves: Slow Burn, Butterflies, Love is a Wild Thing, High Time, Velvet Elvis, Follow You Arrow, Rainbow, Neon Moon, High Horse

Sturgill Simpson: Brace for Impact (Live a Little), You Don’t Miss Your Water, It Ain’t All Flowers, Going Down, Call to Arms

Chris Stapleton: Midnight Train to Memphis, Them Stems, Nobody to Blame, Hard Livin’, Broken Halos, Scarecrow in the Garden, Outlaw State of Mind, Tennessee Whiskey

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds: Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin), Don’t Drink the Water, #41, Mercy, Lie in Our Graves, Come Tomorrow, Grey Street, Ants Marching

John Mellencamp: Lawless Times, Small Town, Stones in My Passway, Check It Out, Jack & Diane, Easy Target, Rain on the Scarecrow, Crumblin’ Down, Pink Houses

Neil Young + Promise of the Real: Tell Me Why, Field of Opportunity, Show Me, Powderfinger, Heart of Gold, Ohio, Children of Destiny, Love and Only Love

Willie Nelson: Whiskey River, Still is Still Moving to Me, Good Hearted Woman, Texas Flood, Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys, Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground, On the Road Again, Always On My Mind, Jambalaya (On the Bayou), Hey Good Lookin’, Move It On Over, Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (ensemble), I’ll Fly Away (ensemble)