‘Georgia Comes Alive’ online music festival raises $160,000 for grassroots voting organizations
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Dave Matthews, shown at Love Rocks NYC!, a Benefit Concert for God's Love We Deliver at the Beacon Theatre in March 2020, was a headliner of the "Georgia Comes Alive" virtual festival. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
The “Georgia Comes Alive” virtual music festival raised more than $160,000 for grassroots organizations such as CivicGeorgia and Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda.
The Dec. 26 concert featured collaborations between Phil Lesh & Friends and Mike Mills of R.E.M. (also with Big Something); Blind Boys of Alabama and Preservation Hall Jazz Band; and the debut of The Lame Ducks, a collective including Bob Weir, Dave Schools of Widespread Panic, Jeff Chimenti from Dead & Company and Jay Lane of Wolf Bros. and Primus. Additional sets came from Dave Matthews, Foo Fighters, Chuck Leavell, Ben Folds, Big Freedia, Nathaniel Rateliff, Musiq Soulchild and dozens of other musicians.
Melissa Ruggieri has covered music and entertainment for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2010 and created the Atlanta Music Scene blog. She's kept vampire hours for more than two decades and remembers when MTV was awesome.