The virtual benefit festival, Justice Comes Alive, was announced and will be streamed across multiple platforms. It will take place on June 28 at 12PM ET. The festival will be a donation based event supporting the PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund. It will feature live performances from big names like Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band, The Soul Rebels, and Lettuce. It will also feature speakers like Gary Bartz, George Porter Jr., and Harvey Mason tackling racism & the fight for equality.
This festival is taking place after the success of the Quarantine Comes Alive which raised over $170,000 to benefit participating artists and PLUS1’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. The creators of QCA and mainstay events Brooklyn Comes Alive and Denver Comes Alive decided to create Justice Comes Alive in hopes of having similar outcome and felt obliged to shift their focus to matters of racial inequality facing our nation. The festivals partnership with the PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund will donate proceeds raised during the day-long event directly to benefit participating artists as well as organizations. Some of the organizations include Equal Justice Initiative, Impact Justice and The Bail Project. The donations will also go to Black and Indigenous-led grassroots organizations combating racism. Justice Comes Alive is also partnering with HeadCount during this event to encourage voter participation and help people register to vote.
The virtual festival will feature performances by: Antibalas, Alvin Ford Jr., BANDEMIC (feat. John Scofield, John Medeski, Billy Martin and Jesse Murphy), Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Bobby Rush, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Christone “KINGFISH” Ingram, Cory Henry, D’Vibes Trio w/ Adam Deitch & Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, David Shaw, Doom Flamingo, Dumpstaphunk, Eric Krasno, Everyone Orchestra, Full Moonalice, The Funky Knuckles, G. Love, Galactic, George Porter Jr., The Ghost of Paul Revere, Ivan Neville, Jennifer Hartswick w/ Nick Cassarino & Christian McBride, Kim Dawson, Lettuce, Louis Cato, Marco Benevento, Maurice “MOBETTA” Brown, Mononeon, Moon Taxi, The Motet, MoTown Getdown, Nahko, Neal Francis, Nick Cassarino & Erin Boyd, Nigel Hall, The OG’s, The Original Nth Power, Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band, Robert Walter, Roosevelt Collier, Shaun Martin, The Soul Rebels, Southern Avenue, Stanley Jordan, Star Kitchen, Stout, Tank and the Bangas, TAUK, Terence Higgins & The Nola Krewe, Turkuaz, and Umphrey’s McGee.
The festival will feature talks by: Christian McBride, Dennis Chambers, Ellis Hall, Eric Krasno, Gary Bartz, George Porter Jr., Harvey Mason, Ivan Neville, Karl Denson, Oteil Burbridge, Patrice Rushen, Terence Blanchard, and Weedie Braimah.
Justice Comes Alive will be hosting a donations page which can be found on their website where the viewer donates the amount of their choice and then will be emailed links to watch on the day of the show. Options range from donating $5 to $1,000 and any donation gives the viewer the link to stream on the day of show to donating. There is even a custom donation amount viewers can use to donate less or more depending on their financial situation.
For more information please visit Justice Comes Alive’s website.