As live music has been put on hold in 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic, musicians are still eager to connect with their fans. To help you stay abreast of the growing list of virtual events, we’re compiling an ongoing list of must-see livestreams, virtual festivals, and intimate concerts that will keep your spirits up during quarantine. Stay tuned for weekly updates.
Rufus Wainwright continues his successful livestream series “A Rufus-Retro-Wainwright-Spective!” For the holiday season, the Wainwright siblings are putting on a special show. Siblings Rufus, Martha and Lucy Wainwright bring their beloved Christmas show ‘A Not So Silent Night – Virtually Together’ on December 20th at 12PM PST, 3PM EST, 8PM GMT from Los Angeles, Montreal, and New York to living rooms around the world. They will be joined by aunts, mothers, fathers, nieces, cousins, sons, and daughters of the acclaimed musical clans of the Wainwrights, McGarrigles and Roches. The show will be accessible for purchase and stream until January 6th, 2021. See ticket details here.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe Walsh has unveiled the star-studded line-up for his fourth annual VetsAid Concert this Veteran’s Day. This year’s line-up is one of the most impressive yet, with a number of rock legends headlining the festival including Jon Bon Jovi, Willie Nelson, Eddie Vedder, Daryl Hall, James Hetfield, Steven Van Zandt, Brandon Flowers, and more. The ticketed livestream event will take place on December 12 via vetsaid.veeps.com.
Joe Walsh To Welcome Jason Isbell, Vince Gill, Jewel, Willie Nelson For VetsAid Festival https://t.co/Daha26vngS
— MusicRow Magazine (@MusicRow) November 11, 2020
Primus has announced a new livestream event, Alive From Pachyderm Station, a virtual concert airing on December 11th. The set was filmed at Claypool Cellars, Les Claypool’s Sebastopol, California, winery, and will stream on December 11th at 6 p.m. E.T. Pre-sale tickets go on sale on Tuesday through Friday starting at $15, increasing to $20 on December 5th. Viewers can stream the show for the next 72 hours following the air date. Tickets can be purchased here.
Country stars Maddie & Tae, Mickey Guyton, Travis Denning, Dustin Lynch, and Tyler Farr are teaming up for a virtual fundraising concert on December 9 to support Farm Rescue, a nonprofit that focuses on helping farmers during the coronavirus pandemic. The Farm Must Go On will take place at the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville and be streamed on YouTube for free, although donations are encouraged. All money raised will go to Farm Rescue. The show will start at 8:00 pm EST.
Join multiplatinum BRIT Award-winning and GRAMMY Award-nominated songstress Jessie J in an ultra-high-resolution studio audio quality livestream on Dreamstage. Having been unable to perform due to the Global pandemic, this concert marks the first time in over a year that Jessie J will return to what she loves most, giving her global fans a chance to see her live. The concert will take place at 11:00 AM (PST), click here for more info.
HAIM, Feist, Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Matt Sweeney, Ron Sexsmith, and many other artists are set to perform at CatSong, a virtual concert featuring artists covering the songs of Yusuf / Cat Stevens on December 5 at 3 p.m. EST on the official Yusuf/Cat Stevens YouTube channel. The online festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of Stevens’ 1970 albums Tea for the Tillerman and Mona Bone Jakon.
Aɴɴᴏᴜɴᴄɪɴɢ: CᴀᴛSᴏɴɢ Fᴇꜱᴛɪᴠᴀʟ
Over 40 fantastic musical artists cover the songs of Yusuf / Cat Stevens
Broadcast on 5th December at 8pm GMT / 12pm PT
Set YouTube reminder: https://t.co/QttL5SHEOG#CatSongFestival #CatStevens #Tillerman50 pic.twitter.com/eSMZv9PbYL
— Yusuf / Cat Stevens (@YusufCatStevens) November 30, 2020
Bon Jovi, Ziggy Marley, Snoop Dogg, Jon Batiste, Sheryl Crow, Machine Gun Kelly, and more will be performing in a benefit concert, Play On: Celebrating the Power of Music to Make Change, airing December 5th at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on CBS. The concert will raise funds for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund.
Play On’s musical performances will be broadcast from three venues across the country: The Troubadour in Los Angeles, the Apollo Theater in New York City, and the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. The Troubadour will host Gary Clark Jr. and Ziggy Marley with Andra Day, while Snoop Dogg will perform a tribute to the roots of hip-hop with Slick Rick. Meanwhile, Jon Batiste and Machine Gun Kelly are set to the play the Apollo, while Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe will feature performances from Maren Morris, Sheryl Crow, Yola, and the Highwomen. Bon Jovi will give an “exclusive performance,” from an undisclosed location.
Kevin Bacon and Eve host Play On, and the show will raise money for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and WhyHunger, through its Play On Fund, created by Bacon’s philanthropic group SixDegrees. Viewers will be able to donate to the organizations by texting “PLAYON” to 44-321 during the event.
One concert, three iconic venues. Thankful to be part of #PlayOnLive! On 12/5 tune in to @cbstv for the 2020 Play On concert to benefit our work & our allies @NAACP_LDF. So many amazing performances hosted by @kevinBacon & @TheRealEve! Learn more: https://t.co/Wagzny2WSt pic.twitter.com/DCUEyUlPVs
— WhyHunger (@whyhunger) October 28, 2020
Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Brett Eldredge, and Carly Pearce will join country legend Dolly Parton on the Pandora LIVE stage for a special virtual celebration on December 4, at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. RSVP for free here.
The David Lynch Foundation has announced a virtual benefit concert titled “Meditate America,” featuring performances by Elvis Costello, Angélique Kidjo, Graham Nash, Jim James, Sting, and Kesha, among others.
Additionally, Hugh Jackman will interview Katy Perry about motherhood and meditation. The free event will take place December 3 at 7 p.m. Eastern, and raise funds to bring free Transcendental Meditation (TM) training to adults and children in need, including healthcare workers, veterans battling PTSD and depression, and families living in at-risk communities. View ticket info here.
Rising country star Mickey Guyton is set to perform for “Next Up empowered by The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card from Chase” at 9:00 p.m. ET. RSVP for free here.
Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams continues her in-studio concert series, Lu’s Jukebox: In Studio Concert Series, which pays tribute to different music legends. Following her tribute to Tom Petty, “Southern Soul: From Memphis to Muscle Shoals & More,” she’ll be performing “Funny How Time Slips Away: A Night of 60’s Country Classics” on Thursday, December 3 at 7 pm CT/8 pm ET. From Nashville to Bakersfield and every high and lonesome corner of the country in between, Lucinda refreshes classic Country favorites like “Night Life”, “Fist City” and more, see ticket info here.
Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) is honoring Alice in Chains with a new livestream event, featuring tribute performances by Metallica, Billy Corgan, Duff McKagan, and many more. Eddie Vedder, Tom Morello, Robert Downey Jr., and others are also set for special appearances. The event begins 9:00 p.m. ET, and will also stream on the museum’s Facebook page, Amazon Music’s Twitch channel, and the Amazon Music app. RSVP here.
Elton John’s AIDS Foundation is partnering with TikTok for a virtual World AIDS Day event, featuring a live broadcast with fellow star guests Sam Smith, Rina Sawayama, and more on December 1, 2:00 p.m. ET on Elton John’s Tiktok.
Indie heroes Kaiser Chiefs will play a virtual gig from O2 Academy Brixton, exclusively on MelodyVR. With a setlist packed with tracks from their recent, much-praised album Duck and anthems such as ‘I Predict A Riot’, ‘Oh My God’ and ‘Ruby’, the groundbreaking livestream technology will transport fans from sofa to stage at the famous London venue, for a one-off show full of immersive features and surprises. The concert will take place on Nov 28 from 12:00-1:00 PM PST, click here for more details.
Bon Jovi has announced a new concert documentary, On a Night Like This – Bon Jovi 2020, that will stream for free on Nov. 27 at 6 PM ET, exclusively on the band’s official Facebook page. Filmed in Nashville, the concert special marks the first time the band will perform their new album 2020 live after the LP and supporting tour was postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
— Bon Jovi (@BonJovi) November 20, 2020
Qello Concerts’ Summer Encore Festival is offering decades’ worth of on-demand performances. The on-demand platform recently kicked off their Summer Encore Festival – which gives viewers a front-row seat to full-length sets from such artists as Beck, Queen, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, and The Killers.
From July 29 to August 18, relive some of the biggest #summerfestival performances!
Austin City Limits are making its online archives available for free as the pandemic continues. The long-running music series has made all of its archived shows available to watch including ones by Billie Eilish, Arctic Monkeys, The Raconteurs and Rosalía, among others.
Amid the lockdown in Paris, La Blogothèque has made all of its Soirées de Poches (Pocket Parties) series, shot in people’s apartments, to YouTube for free. Featuring St Vincent, Andrew Bird, Vampire Weekend, Beach House, Feist, Mac DeMarco and more.
Stay tuned for daily updates.