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 Senate runoff elections on January 5th, 2021, which saw a record-breaking voter turnout.
One of the many long-running musical institutions to take part in the nine-hour livestream marathon was foundational New Orleans jazz outfit Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who served up a pair of performances. First, saxophonist/clarinetist Charlie Gabriel took the lead on Pres Hall staple “Come with Me”, a hot-jazz love letter to the Crescent City that sounds like it was plucked straight out of the 1950s. For the band’s second song, saxophonist Clint Maedgen took to the mic for a soulful reading of Charles Mose Brown and Gene C. Redd‘s holiday favorite, “Please Come Home for Christmas”, squeezing a little extra seasonal cheer into the post-holiday festivities.
Even beyond the band’s performance, the team at Preservation Hall helped Georgia Comes Alive raise funds for Georgia grassroots voter organizations by offering one lucky donor a private, two-song Zoom performance by a member of the group and a Pres Hall prize pack featuring a mini Bluetooth speaker, a custom tambourine, stickers, patches, a wine tumbler, and more via Fandiem.
Revisit the two-song Preservation Hall Jazz Band segment from Georgia Comes Alive below and subscribe to the Live For Live Music YouTube channel for more Georgia Comes Alive videos:
Preservation Hall Jazz Band – “Come With Me”, “Please Come Home for Christmas” – Georgia Comes Alive
Preservation Hall Jazz Band 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 $170,000 in funds for grassroots voter organizations like CivicGeorgia and Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda that put in work on the ground to get Georgians out to the polls. For more information on Georgia Comes Alive, visit GeorgiaComesAlive.com.