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 Lettuce who channeled the spirit their funk forebearers, The Meters, for a take on the seminal New Orleans band’s 1970 original, “A Message From The Meters”.
The one-song performance saw all six members of the band (plus a special young guest in the Zoidis corner) perform their parts of The Meters’ tune from their respective home locations, though distance and social turmoil didn’t deter Lettuce from delivering a performance worthy of the funk anthem. Bassist Jesus Coomes also took some time to put his part through a video visualizer, adding some aesthetic depth to the ubiquitous split-screen format.
Of note, Lettuce keyboardist/Justice Comes Alive co-host Nigel Hall spent much of the day hosting conversations with artists ranging from Eric Krasno to Gary Bartz and performing with Terence Higgins & The NOLA Krewe and The Original Nth Power. Drummer Adam Deitch and guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff also served as the backing band for a power trio set led by keyboardist Deshawn D’Vibes Alexander. Look out for all of those conversations and performances over the next couple weeks on Live For Live Music.
Relive Lettuce’s virtual performance from Justice Comes Alive below.
Lettuce – “A Message From The Meters” – 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.