On Saturday, 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 litany of charities via the comprehensive PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund.
The 15-hour live stream marathon featured virtual performances and never-before-seen videos by an array of artists from around the world including British fusion group, The New Mastersounds, whose QCA performance featured a take on unreleased original “Less Is More” with Lamar Williams Jr. on lead vocals.
“Less Is More” finds The New Mastersounds laying down their signature blend of jazz fusion blues-funk, only this time with some added soul courtesy of Williams. Lamar Williams Jr. is certainly no stranger to The New Mastersounds, as he was featured heavily on the group’s 2019 album, Shake It. “Less Is More”, much like Shake It, provides some new depth to The New Mastersounds’ signature vibes. The titular refrain of “less is more” reminds the audience to contemplate what is truly important during these times in which many of us are being forced to simplify our lives.
If you enjoyed the performance, The New Mastersounds guitarist/Color Red founder Eddie Roberts asks that you make a donation to The Payback’s Musicians Emergency Relief Funds, which provides aid to unemployed musicians struggling with the fallout of COVID-19. Watch The New Mastersounds and Lamar Williams Jr. perform “Less Is More” at Quarantine Comes Alive below.
The New Mastersounds ft. Lamar Williams Jr. – “Less Is More” – Quarantine Comes Alive
Presented by Live For Live Music in partnership with PLUS1 and Nugs.TV, Quarantine Comes Alive was conceived as a way to celebrate and support musicians, provide fans with unique musical experiences from the comfort of their couches, and raise money for comprehensive COVID-19 relief during this time of uncertainty. All funds raised from the donation-based event will be 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, head here.