Black Music Matters Fest kicks off; looks ahead to night two
Monday, August 3, 2020
– The Black Music Matters Festival, featuring Black Country and Americana artists got off to a strong start on Sunday with Rissi Palmer opening the five-day series of livestream concerts.
Palmer entertained the crowd in a 45-minute set from her home in Durham, N.C. with songs from throughout her career. Palmer spoke during the concert of being supportive of Black artists, while also getting personal by offering encouragement to those who had been hard times as she had two years ago when she suffered a miscarriage.
The series not only gives exposure to the musicians, but also raises money for the Equal Justice Initiative, the Montgomery, Ala.-based charity, which pushes for racial justice and helps prisoners in their cases. The movie and book "Just Mercy" was about the charity founded by Bryan Stevenson.
The Festival continues on Monday with a double-header. Seattle-based artist roots/acoustic blues singer Benjamin Hunter, who often has teamed with Joe Seamons, opens with a pre-recorded solo set at 7 p.m.
Oakland, Cal.-based country singer Miko Marks closes out the night at 8 p.m. Marks recently released the appropriate-for-these-times single "Goodnight America."