On May 30th, over 70 artists and thousands of fans came together for Quarantine Comes Alive, a virtual music festival that raised over $150,000 for a slew of charities and participating artists via the comprehensive PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund. As QCA was streaming, people around the country were taking to the streets in protest of police brutality and racial injustice in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. The next day, Live For Live Music got to work on Justice Comes Alive, a second virtual festival that harnessed the power of music in hopes of inspiring collective change in response to racial inequality. Justice Comes Alive succeeded in generating $55,000 and counting in funds for a number of social justice-oriented causes via PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund.
One man who was posed a powerful presence at both events was Ivan Neville, a familiar face at Live For Live Music events over the years including the inaugural Denver Comes Alive this past January. Prior to Quarantine Comes Alive on May 30th, Neville had tested positive for COVID-19 while also battling pneumonia following a trip to New York City in March, where he attended The Brothers 50 anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden on March 10th and performed at the Love Rocks NYC benefit event at the Beacon Theater a few nights later.
Thanks to the home care he received from his girlfriend throughout his health emergency, the 60-year-old Neville was on the mend by the time Quarantine Comes Alive took place in late May. For his QCA appearance, Neville performed a solo, at-home rendition of 2002 original “What You Want From Me” along with a cover of Willie Dixon-penned blues classic, “Spoonful”. Revisit Ivan Neville’s performance at Quarantine Comes Alive below:
Ivan Neville – “What You Want From Me”, “Spoonful” (Willie Dixon) – Quarantine Comes Alive
Fully recovered after his bout with the coronavirus, Neville contributed a number of performances to Justice Comes Alive on June 28th. It was the video for Neville’s recent collaboration with Galactic and Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph, “Something’s Wrong With This Picture” that kicked off the 12-hour livestream marathon, and he appeared with his band, Dumpstaphunk, for a performance of Sly & The Family Stone‘s “Stand!” later in the evening. Ivan also took to his keyboard once again for a pair of solo songs including Stevie Wonder‘s “Big Brother” and his recently-penned appeal for unity, “Hey Hey All Together”. Revisit the Ivan Neville solo segment from Justice Comes Alive below:
Ivan Neville – “Big Brother”, “Hey Hey All Together” – Justice Comes Alive
If you enjoyed Neville’s Justice Comes Alive performance, and have the means, consider making a donation to Plus1 For Black Lives Fund via www.JusticeComesAlive.com. By doing so, you will be 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. For more information on Justice Comes Alive, head here.
All funds raised from Quarantine Comes Alive were split evenly between the artists on the bill and the PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund, which works directly with leading non-profit organizations like Sweet Relief, MusiCares, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, World Central Kitchen, Partners In Health, Trans Lifeline, and Backline to provide aid where it’s needed most. For more information on Quarantine Comes Alive, head here.