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 contributions by an array of amazing artists from around the world including Maine-based outfit The Ghost of Paul Revere, who paid tribute to the Union soldiers who fought for Maine in the Civil War with “Ballad of the 20th Maine”. The song tells the story of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, best known for its bravery at during the Battle of Gettysburg defending Little Round Top on July 2nd, 1863.
As the pre-video titles explain, the story of the 20th Maine is “a testament to the strength and willpower of those from our beloved State as well as unequivocal and historical proof that true Mainers believe Black Lives Matter and we are willing to fight for it.”
As many Southern states move into modern times kicking, screaming, and clinging to Confederate monuments, The Ghost of Paul Revere has instead immortalized the memory of the soldiers who fought to abolish slavery and move us closer, however gradually, toward equality. The band’s song was even chosen by Maine as the state’s official ballad.
While live, in-person concerts mostly remain at a stand-still, fans can catch The Ghost of Paul Revere performing a drive-in concert on Friday, August 8th at the Yarmouth Drive-In in West Yarmouth, MA. For more information or to grab your tickets, head here.
Relive The Ghost of Paul Revere segment 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.
The Ghost of Paul Revere — “Ballad of the 20th Maine” — 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.