Farm Aid 2022 was a massive success in Raleigh on September 24.
The concert festival and fundraiser for the American farmers, was held at Coastal Credit Union Music Park on Saturday, and went about as perfect as possible.
Particle Kid (Willie’s son Micah Nelson) started the day off with a memorable set, including his “manager” in the form of a stuffed octopus.
Brittany Spencer was up next, followed by a wild country time with Texas crooner Charley Crockett.
Allison Russell had one of the day’s most memorable sets, closing out with an incredible number featuring special guests that included Tift Merritt and a host of the other Farm Aid lineup artists.
Legendary rock goddess Sheryl Crow had an incredible set, followed by another one of Willie’s son’s, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. Lukas was set to go on before Crow, but was late in arriving and thanked her for swapping spots, saying he would never let her open for him otherwise.
Next up was Chris Stapleton, accompanied by his band, featuring his wife Morgane Stapleton. Chris notably said he wasn’t going to talk much because he wanted to get as many songs played as possible in the shorter set time.
Per tradition, the members of the Farm Aid Board of Directors capped off the show. Margo Price was first up from that group. She was followed by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds in a quirky set.
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay made a special appearance to present a $1 million check to his friend, and the next performer, John Mellencamp.
And then of course to close out the night, was Farm Aid founder and president, the legendary Willie Nelson, with family and friends joining him on stage.
“By bringing Farm Aid back to North Carolina, we can showcase what family farmers do to benefit everyone, thanks to their on-farm practices,” Nelson said. “Family farmers have an intimate relationship with the earth’s soil, water and climate, farmers give back to the land that brings good food to all of us.”
Here’s a look at some of the best images from a full day in Raleigh, thanks to the team at Farm Aid 2022.