Freedom First: A Jazz Benefit Concert for Keith LaMar

By BLU Jazz+ (other events)

Thursday, April 13 2023 7:00 PM 9:30 PM EDT

Keith LaMar is a WRONGFULLY-CONVICTED Black man who faces state-sanctioned murder in just under a year for crimes he can now prove he did not commit—his execution date has been set for November 16, 2023.

Freedom First began as a concert series in the summer of 2020 on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan shortly after the murder of George Floyd, and at a time the country was shut down due to Covid. The aim of these beautiful shows has been to raise public awareness of yet another grave injustice being done in our names, and to seek support for the Campaign for Justice for Keith LaMar while we still can...

Keith is still breathing. Let's not wait for him to become a hashtag.

April 13, 2023, we are bringing this incredible jazz concert to Akron! Some of the most provocative and gifted contemporary artists will join us, this time to play music from the first ever album in history created and recorded by someone on death row, aptly titled FREEDOM FIRST. Keith, an avid jazz lover, lends his soulful and heart-wrenching spoken-word poetry to some of his favorite tunes and several original pieces written for/with him. After a year of sold-out and standing-room only shows, both in Europe and in the United States, embraced by his friends and family, Keith will be joining us by phone from Ohio's Supermax Prison where he has spent the past three decades in solitary confinement on death row. In spite of these unimaginably difficult years of torture, he continues to shine a bright light into the world, teaching, motivating, and loving people with great intention. We hope that you will join us in our support as we strive to get Justice for Keith LaMar.

Every ticket sold will help Keith's struggle to get back into court. Due to recent developments, he has a good shot, a clear pathway, and he needs our help for this final legal push now more than ever. Thank you for your help to spread the word and for being a part of the fight to FREE KEITH LAMAR! We only have 80 seats available, so buy here to reserve your ticket early!