On Sunday, June 28, the all-day livestream marathon and virtual music festival Justice Comes Alive will let you tune in to live performances while you donate to a good cause. In order to secure a spot and participate, fans must donate to Justice Comes Alive in partnership with the PLUS1 for Black Lives Fund, to give proceeds to participating artists as well as organizations like Equal Justice Initiative, Impact Justice, and The Bail Project, and other black- and indigenous-led grassroots organizations combatting racism.
The livestream will include new live performances from 50+ artists specifically for Justice Comes Alive, including musicians like Big Sam's Funky Nation, Christone "KINGFISH" Ingram, Tank and the Bangas, Ivan Neville, and more. Performances will range from social distant studio sessions to remote video collaborations to crowd-less sets at different venues across the country.
Justice Comes Alive also follows the inaugural Quarantine Comes Alive Event, which benefited artists and PLUS1's COVID-Relief Fund, raising over $170,000. The event creators felt inspired and empowered to put on a similar event that focuses on issues of racial inequality that we are facing as a nation.
"Waking up the morning after Quarantine Comes Alive was bittersweet," Kunj Shah, president and founder of Live for Live Music and producer of Justice Comes Alive, said. "On one hand, we raised a lot of money for some incredible causes, which will be helping a ton of people for years to come. But on the other hand, the world was finally waking up to racial inequality in our justice system and everyday lives."
In the wake of a wave of national protests calling attention to police brutality and racial injustice, along with the seven days of protests in New Orleans, this virtual event aims to use the music community to raise money and awareness for organizations empowering black communities, keeping people out of the criminal justice system, and working to dismantle systemic racism in our society.
"I felt a responsibility to use our resources and platform once more, to create an experience where people can enjoy music while helping those in need and educating themselves on the current issues facing our society today, with the help of the black musicians who make up this beautiful community," Shah said.
In between the performances, Justice Comes Alive co-hosts Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Nigel Hall (Lettuce), Nigel Hall Jr. (Dumpstaphunk), James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band), and Robert Sput Searight (Ghost-Note), alongside Ari Fink of SiriusXM, will lead meaningful conversations, as a platform to discuss systemic racism, combating it, and what can be done to bring about change. Featured speakers include Terence Blanchard, Oteil Burbridge, Christian McBride, Karl Denson, Patrice Rushen, George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, and more.
For more information, go to justicecomesalive.com.
Cover photo by Carl Lender.