New virtual festival to raise funds & awareness for equality

Article Contributed by Big Hassle Media | Published on Monday, June 22, 2020

On Sunday, June 28th, Justice Comes Alive—a brand new, one-day, donation-based virtual event—will unite the live music community to raise funds and awareness for organizations empowering Black communities, keeping people out of the criminal justice system, and working to dismantle the systemic racism which persists in our society.  In partnership with the  PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund, proceeds raised during the day-long event will directly benefit participating artists as well as  organizations like Equal Justice Initiative, Impact Justice and The Bail Project, as well as Black and Indigenous-led grassroots organizations combating racism. Justice Comes Alive is also proud to partner with HeadCount to further encourage voter participation.

Fans can donate any amount to participate and are encouraged to make their contributions early in order to secure a spot at the show via Those who opt to donate in advance will receive a link to stream the event across various platforms on the morning of the show.

The all-day livestream marathon will feature new live performances from 50+ artists captured during the ongoing lockdown specifically for Justice Comes Alive. The new content will be created by the artists in a variety of ways, from socially distant studio sessions to remote video collaborations to crowd-less sets at venues around the country.

In between performances, Justice Comes Alive co-hosts Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Nigel Hall (Lettuce), Alvin Ford Jr (Dumpstaphunk), James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band), and Robert Sput Searight (Ghost-Note), alongside Ari Fink of Sirius XM, will lead conversations with speakers providing a platform to discuss systemic racism, how to combat it, and what can be done to bring about these changes. Featured speakers include Terence Blanchard, Oteil Burbridge, Christian McBride, Karl Denson, Patrice Rushen, George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, and more.

A full list of Justice Comes Alive featured musical performers and guest speakers can be found below. For more information or to RSVP/donate, visit

Featuring Performances By:


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


Eric Krasno

Everyone Orchestra

Full Moonalice

The Funky Knuckles

G. Love


George Porter Jr.

The Ghost of Paul Revere

Ivan Neville

Jennifer Hartswick w/ Nick Cassarino & Christian McBride

Kim Dawson


Louis Cato

Marco Benevento

Maurice "MOBETTA" Brown


Moon Taxi

The Motet

MoTown Getdown


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


Tank and the Bangas


Terence Higgins & The Nola Krewe


Umphrey’s McGee

Speakers Include:

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

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