J Pope (left) and Songs in The Key of Free will play Weathervane’s winter studio concert | via Facebook

Local nonprofit Weathervane Music invites us to close out 2018 with them at an intimate studio concert next month at Miner Street Recordings, the organization’s home-base studio in Fishtown which you may recognize as the backdrop to their Shaking Through series. The December 7 show will feature performances by “artists we think have an important message to share through their music,” as Weathervane writes on Facebook.

The show includes a headlining set by J Pope and the HearNow, the project of Baltimore singer and rapper Jasmine Pope, who blends activism into her music with backing from her jazz/funk ensemble. A performance by local collaborative venture Songs in the Key of Free will open the evening; the collective’s justice-focused music works to challenge mass incarceration and reform the prison system.

Below, watch J Pope and the HearNow’s performance of “How Long” for Weathervane’s Shaking Through series and see a short documentary about Songs in the Key of Free. Find more information on the concert at the XPN Concert Calendar.

“Songs in the Key of Free” by Gabriela Bulisova & Mark Isaac from Gabriela Bulisova on Vimeo.