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Midnight North Infuses “The Sailor & The Sea” With Marvin Gaye At Georgia Comes Alive [Watch]

On Saturday, December 26th, 50+ artists and hundreds of thousands of viewers around the world came together for Georgia Comes Alive, a virtual music festival aimed at promoting voter participation in Georgia’s critical Senate runoff elections on January 5th, 2021.

One of the many acts who participated was Midnight North, which features Grahame Lesh, the son of Grateful Dead bassist, Phil Lesh. The younger Lesh pulled double duty during Georgia Comes Alive as he also appeared with Phil Lesh & Friends to perform “Uncle John’s Band” earlier in the program.

With Midnight North, however, it was Grahame’s time to shine as he led his band through the original, “The Sailor & The Sea”. As Lesh’s infectious disco guitar rhythm coalesced with the sturdy backbeat from Nathan Graham (who also took part in the Phil & Friends performance), the stage was set for the vocal conversation between Lesh and Elliott Peck. The groove into which Midnight North entered was intoxicating and, before you have a chance to notice, the band seamlessly segued into Marvin Gaye‘s “Heard It Through The Grapevine” after about three-and-a-half minutes of the five-minute performance. The detour was a brief one, however, as before long Midnight North transitioned back into the original rhythm to close out the tune.

Revisit Midnight North’s performance of “The Sailor & The Sea” for Georgia Comes Alive below Georgia Comes Alive in the video below. If you enjoyed the show and have the means, consider donating to Georgia grassroots voter organizations via

Midnight North – “The Sailor & The Sea” – Georgia Comes Alive

Midnight North joined 50+ other performers and speakers as part of Georgia Comes Alive, presented by Live For Live Music in partnership with voter registration nonprofit HeadCount. The marathon streaming event, powered by Nugs.TV and Plus 1, generated more than $160,000 in funds for organizations like CivicGeorgia and Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda that are putting in work on the ground to get Georgians out to the polls. For more information, head here. For more information on Georgia Comes Alive, or to donate to CivicGeorgia and Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda, visit