On September 21, 2002 Willie Nelson hosted the 15th Farm Aid concert at the Post-Gazette Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, with Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Keith Urban, Anthony Smith, Lee Ann Womack, Gillian Welch, Allison Moorer, Toby Keith, Kid Rock and Dave Matthews.
Tickets for the 2002 concert sold out within 48 hours of going on sale. The Pennsylvania show marked the first time that a Farm Aid concert was held in the Northeast. The state is known for its strong family farmer tradition and its commitment to sustainable agriculture. Farm Aid worked with local organizations, farmers, and citizens, to highlight some of the critical issues facing Pennsylvania family farmers. On the eve of the 2002 concert, Farm Aid hosted a public forum in Pittsburgh, which brought together over 400 family farmers and regional residents.