Updated: 10:30 a.m., 3/29/20
With most of us cooped up due to restrictions across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, our concert calendars have become suddenly blank. However, you can still get your virtual fix of live music thanks to DIY livestreams and free releases of previously recorded concerts. Here are a few of our favorites.
- Rockwood Music Hall is hosting livestreams at 8 p.m. and sometimes 10 p.m. every night. Upcoming highlights include Ben Thornewil of Jukebox The Ghost on Monday, March 30 and Elizabeth and the Catapult on Thursday, April 2.
- Lisa Loeb will perform from home at 2 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 29. Watch at her Facebook page.
- Rhett Miller will perform every Sunday at 3 p.m. EST for “Overseas Sunday.” Watch here.
- Anthony Hamilton will perform “Soulful Sundays” at 5 p.m. EST via his Instagram Live to support the MusiCares Covid-19 Relief Fund (h/t Variety).
- Bill Frisell, Chick Corea, Christian McBride and other jazz heavyweights will perform form April 1 to April 7 in a charity festival called Live From Our Living Room. The event will also feature master classes and child-friendly shows, according to Rolling Stone.
- The venerable Montreaux Jazz Festival has digitally released 50+ concerts for streaming, including Johnny Cash, Nina Simone and Wu-Tang Clan.
- Nine Inch Nails have released two albums, “Ghosts V: Together” and “Ghosts VI: Locusts.” You can download both from NIN’s website or listen to them on major streaming services. (h/t Brooklyn Vegan)
- Joe Russo’s Almost Dead have launched a Tuesday night concert livestream called “RAD Night in America.” You can watch at Nugs at 5 p.m. Eastern each Tuesday. The first show will be from Brooklyn Bowl, and will benefit employees at the band’s hometown venue.
- Steve Hackett has been playing short acoustic snippets from his living room, most recently sharing the classic Genesis track “Horizons.” Follow him on Facebook to watch.
- Death Cab For Cutie singer Ben Gibbard performs at 4 p.m. EST every day, for the time being, with donations solicited for a different charitable organization each day.
- Neil Young is performing Fireside Sessions from his home, with his wife, Daryl Hannah, filming.
- Tedeschi Trucks Band will be streaming “Swamp Family TV,” a different pro-shot concert, for free each Thursday at 8 p.m. Each show will also include a link to donate to a charity. Watch at Facebook.com/DerekAndSusan, YouTube.com/TTBFromTheRoad or nugs.tv.
- Dead and Company tonight have launched “One More Saturday Night,” a free stream of a Deadco concert hosted on the band’s Facebook page and nugs.tv starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. Kicking off things was Dec. 2, 2017, at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.
- String Cheese Incident launched “Friday Night Cheese” with a broadcast of Dec. 12, 2018, in Broomfield, Colo. The band will air a show via its Facebook page each Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern.
- Metallica launched “Metallica Mondays” this week with a free stream of its June 8, 2019, show at Slane Castle in Meath, Ireland. The band will air a different show each Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern on the band’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
- Phish has announced “Dinner and a Movie,” a Tuesday night free archival concert stream taking its name from the Phish song of the same name. The band will also be including a recipe for those inclined to cook and make it a true dinner and a movie. The shows, starting at 8:30 p.m. Eastern, kick off this week with Aug. 31, 2012, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Donations will be sought for charity but the stream is free. Watch at https://webcast.livephish.com/ or the band’s Facebook page.
- Erykah Badu launched her “Quarantine Concert Series” on Monday, an interactive performance from her bedroom in which fans choose her setlist and even her outfit.
- According to a press release: “At a time when musicians, engineers, and technicians have been spiked out of work, Badu gives them a safe place to land, all while exercising social distancing. An advocate for artists, as exemplified by her company Control Freq Records, Badu has transformed the role creatives play in managing their own careers. For many, her music releases are more than just albums; they reinforce a lifestyle and a movement, which she recently celebrated with the launch of her new online brand, BaduWorldMarket.com.” Follow Badu’s social media channels (@fatbellybella ) for more details.
- Karl Hall, the all-ages venue in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., is sharing videos from performers that have played there or were scheduled to do so before the cancellations hit. Follow Karl Hall on Facebook to catch the livestreams and other artist videos.
- “Austin City Limits” is making more than 35 episodes available for free streaming, including its recently broadcast 35th season, which features Billie Eilish, Gary Clark Jr. and Black Pumas, among others. Watch here.
- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band have made “London Calling,” a concert film from their 2009 show at the Hard Rock Calling festival in London, available on YouTube and Apple Music for the first time.
- Wilco says: In December, amid Wilco’s Winterlude residency in Chicago, the band played a surprise show – followed by a Q+A with Jeff moderated by TJ Jagodowski – from the CAA’s vintage basketball court. During these strange times, we hope this is a welcome distraction.” You can watch it here.
- Bruce Hornsby has made three of his 2019 concerts, all in Colorado, available for free download. More info below.
- Phish’s Trey Anastasio has been releasing newly written songs from home — three so far — via his social media pages.
- Cabinet’s Pappy is releasing a song a day via Facebook leading up to the April 15 release of his debut album as King Zeek.
- JamBase’s Couch Tour Alert is a great way to keep track of new livestreams as they’re announced.
- So is Pitchfork’s Isolation Check-In.
Photo: Tedeschi Trucks Band by Greeg Greenwood