On Sunday, June 28th, over 50 artists and tens of thousands of fans came together for Justice Comes Alive, a one-day, virtual festival harnessing the power of music to bring about collective change in response to racial inequality. The donation-based streaming event generated $55,000 and counting in funds for the participating artists, who remain out of work as the pandemic continues, as well as a number of social justice-oriented causes via PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund.
The 12-hour live-stream marathon featured new contributions by an array of amazing artists from around the world including Big Sam’s Funky Nation, who delivered an extra funky performance of “Peace, Love & Understanding”. Just as they did for Quarantine Comes Alive on May 30th, Big Sam Williams along with Jeff Albert, Steve Turre, and Kirk Joseph set up their gear to play for all to hear in the quiet the suburban setting of New Orleans, LA.
It didn’t take Big Sam very long to ditch the microphone for his trumpet and some dancing room following the song’s intro as he led the charge through the lively funk tune. Surely the neighbors didn’t mind some mid-afternoon action, as fans throughout the famously busy music city have been without virtually any live performances since mid-March. The result was an energizing and inspiring performance that encourages all fans to dance on up and enjoy the music together as one while we still can.
Relive the Big Sam’s Funky Nation’s performance from Justice Comes Alive below. If you enjoyed the Justice Comes Alive performances and have the means, consider making a donation to Plus1 For Black Lives Fund via www.JusticeComesAlive.com.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation – “Peace, Love & Understanding” – Justice Comes Alive
Presented by Live For Live Music in partnership with PLUS1 and Nugs.TV, Justice Comes Alive was conceived as a way to harness the power of music to bring about collective change in response to racial inequality. All funds raised from Justice Comes Alive will be split evenly between the artists on the bill and the PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund, which was developed to address and continue the fight against anti-Black racism and violence in the U.S.
Directly supporting organizations like Equal Justice Initiative, Impact Justice, and The Bail Project, the PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund focuses on empowering Black communities, movement building, keeping people out of the criminal justice system while dismantling it more broadly, and a collective, international narrative change toward the equitable treatment of Black people. 30% of the PLUS1 for Black Lives Fund is also committed to small grants for Black and Indigenous-led grassroots efforts combating racism. For more information on Justice Comes Alive, head here.