As we all wait to see how the ongoing COVID-19 crisis will affect upcoming live events, we at Alabaster CityFest, our sponsors and the Alabaster Arts Council want to offer some entertaining, fun and educational music events you can watch—and some even LIVE—from home with streaming services and social platforms. We will add to the list as we hear about more. If you want to suggest similar events you don’t see here, or just a great concert you saw online (no bootlegs, and keep it within the last decade, please), email us at email@example.com.
Throughout June: The Black Jacket Symphony returns to the stage this summer with the live series “Concerts from the Car.” Enjoy a different classic rock album each Thursday in June live at the Hoover Met Complex in Hoover, AL. Come experience your classic rock favorites from the safety and comfort of your own car. Event capacity is extremely limited. Click here for more info and tickets.
June 6: Lady Gaga, BTS and Barack Obama are set to give a commencement speech during YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” virtual commencement. The event will also feature appearances by Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland, and more. The schedule will be announced May 17; the event can be streamed on YouTube.
May 29: The Dropkick Murphys are performing from an empty Fenway Park, with pal Bruce Springsteen joining them remotely. The band and The Boss will be doing a double play — two songs — one from each musical act. The livestream will be available on the Dropkick Murphy’s Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Twitch pages, and begins at 6:00 p.m. EST.
May 28: Questlove will host a virtual dinner party called “Questlove’s Potluck” for his famous friends on Food Network. Patti LaBelle, Olivia Wilde, Kenan Thompson and more will be cooking and making some of their favorite dishes and drinks from their home kitchens. The virtual dinner will benefit America’s Food Fund. It airs at 10 p.m. ET on Food Network.
May 26: The seventh annual Gretsch Presents Georgia On My Mind concert benefitting the Georgia Music Foundation will air at 8 p.m., hosted by the Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray and singer/songwriter Brett Cobb. Among the artists performing are Amy Grant, Chuck LEavell, Katie Pruitt, John Berry, The War & Treaty, Jontavious Willis, Tony Arata, Kalen & Aslyn, Adam Wright, Channing Wilson, John Driskell Hopkins, Caroline Aiken, Rutha Harris, Kim Michael Polote and Dark Water. Fans can watch at Facebook/georgiamusic.
May 25: The inaugural Virtual APRA Music Awards will feature performances from the likes of John Butler and Mama Kin, Kira Puru and Mo’Ju, Nikka Costa and Justin Stanley, The Dawn of MAY, and William Crighton. Hip-hop star Briggs will host. The Virtual Red Carpet kicks off 6:30 pm AEST (4.30 a.m. ET) and the #VAPRAs broadcast commences at 7:00 p.m. AEST (5 a.m. ET). Stream at hyvio.com/apraawards.
May 24: The annual National Memory Day Concert that traditionally airs from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol will switch to a virtual event. Hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, the PBS concert will feature new performances and tributes filmed around the country to honor the military as well as heroes on the frontline of the pandemic crisis. Among those appearing will be Gen. Colin Powell, Cynthia Erivo, Renee Fleming, Trace Adkins, CeCe Winans, Kelli O’Hara, Mary McCormack, the National Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Jackson, Sam Elliott, Laurence Fishburne and Esai Morales. Starting at 8 p.m. ET, the concert will stream on Facebook, YouTube and on PBS.
May 23: John Butler, Michael Franti, Nahko, Trevor Hall, FINK, Rising Appalachia and more will headline One Earth Live, a two-day transformational online festival from May 23 to May 24 that promotes positivity and explores the solutions and pathways for a brighter future ahead. The international lineup includes other notable musicians, artists, motivational speakers, Indigenous elders, wellness experts, yoga instructors, youth activists and poets. Donations made during the festival will benefit Proof of Impact, a charitable organization providing COVID-19 relief efforts, as well as the artists involved with One Earth Live who are unable to tour because of the pandemic.
From May 23-25, organizers will stream Movement At Home, a virtual edition of Detroit’s Movement Music Festival, which usually takes place over Memorial Day weekend. In partnership with Beatport, the three-day live stream will be hosted on Beatport and Paxahau’s Twitch channels and broadcasted on Movement’s website, Facebook and YouTube channels. Look out for the lineup and programming to be announced soon.
Ten years after they disbanded, legendary Australian rockers Powderfinger will reunite for One Night Lonely, a fundraiser for Support Act and Beyond Blue. The virtual gig starts 7pm AEST (5am ET). For sign-up details, visit Powderfinger.com.
May 22: All Time Low will perform a livestreamed show to raise money for their touring crew at 5:00 p.m. EST.
May 21: Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Sam Smith, James Taylor, Meghan Trainor and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical‘s Adrienne Warren are all set to perform for this year’s Red Nose Day Special, which begins at 9 p.m. on NBC.
The Overcoats curate The Fight for NYC in collaboration with Amazon Music, an online fundraiser for the Association to Benefit Children. Overcoats, Porches, Margaret Glaspy, Torres, Bailen, Blu de Tiger, Adam Melchor, Mia Gladstone and Samia perform here at 7 p.m. ET.
Chick Corea, Ruben Blades, Greg Camp, Kate Ceberano and more perform the Stay Well Concert at 8 p.m. ET, which you can watch live here.
Vera Blue will perform acoustic versions of her songs for OPPO’s Under the Covers Livestream Concert Series. The Aussie singer will also hit a special cover that fans can vote on via her social channels. The performance starts at 7 p.m. AEST (5 a.m. ET) at OPPO AU YouTube Channel and Vera Blue Instagram Live.
May 20: Breast Cancer Research Foundation will hold their first-ever Virtual Hot Pink Evening at 8 p.m. The star-studded Broadway tribute to Hamilton’s Mandy Gonzalez will feature special guests Laura Benanti, Norbert Leo Butz, Edie Falco, Sir Elton John, Elizabeth Hurley, Karlie Kloss, Joan Lunden, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gretta Monahan, Rachael Ray, Amy Robach, Nile Rodgers, and many more. Receive event access here.
May 19: Aloe Blacc, Grouplove, Matt Berninger of The National, Milk Carton Kids and many more are scheduled to perform during the “Safe and Sound” virtual concert benefiting Safe Place for Youth. The show kicks off at 8:00 p.m. EST; RSVP here to receive the link to watch.
If you have a Netflix or Amazon Prime account, we think these concerts are pretty great. (NOTE: Some may have curse words here and there; use your judgement based on the band!)
AC/DC – Hell’s Highway Live https://www.amazon.com/AC-DC-Hells-Highway-Live/dp/B00G2H9768
Alan Jackson – Small Town Southern Man https://www.amazon.com/Alan-Jackson-Small-Town-Southern/dp/B07NQZN7XB
Blondie Live at Round Chapel (4K UHD) https://www.amazon.com/Prime-Live-Events-Blondie-Chapel/dp/B078GQ9Y2Y
Coldplay: A Head Full Of Dreams https://www.amazon.com/Coldplay-Head-Dreams-Chris-Martin/dp/B07JW5PRDN
Culture Club Live at Wembley https://www.amazon.com/Culture-Club-Live-at-Wembley/dp/B078HFXQ18
Eagles: Farewell I Tour – Live From Melbourne https://www.amazon.com/Eagles-Farewell-Tour-Live-Melbourne/dp/B07K6TSXRL
Jeff Goldblum In Conversation: The Capitol Studios Sessions https://www.amazon.com/Jeff-Goldblum-Conversation-Capitol-Sessions/dp/B07VLPKBYS
Maroon 5 – Live at Casino de Paris https://www.amazon.com/Maroon-Casino-Paris-Adam-Levine/dp/B07TSQPZ15
Mumford and Sons https://www.amazon.com/Mumford-Sons-Marcus/dp/B07FVLF23V
Ryan Bingham Live (4K UHD) https://www.amazon.com/Ryan-Bingham-Live-4K-UHD/dp/B01M9GLYB9
Santana – Greatest Hits Live At Montreux 2011 https://www.amazon.com/Santana-Greatest-Hits-Live-Montreux/dp/B07QV43GTX
Stevie Nicks: Live in Chicago https://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Nicks-Live-Chicago/dp/B07JHNZVFD
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin Down a Dream https://www.amazon.com/Tom-Petty-Heartbreakers-Runnin-Dream/dp/B07JRDS777
Toto: 35th Anniversary Tour – Live in Poland https://www.amazon.com/Toto-35th-Anniversary-Tour-Poland/dp/B07JYS6HT8
ZZ Top: Live at Montreux 2013 https://www.amazon.com/ZZ-Top-Live-Montreux-2013/dp/B07JYQQY45
Beyoncé: Homecoming https://www.netflix.com/title/81013626
Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids https://www.netflix.com/title/80127559
Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison https://www.netflix.com/title/81030342
Springsteen on Broadway https://www.netflix.com/title/80232329
Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour https://www.netflix.com/title/81026251
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