Listening Together–at Home!
While it’s great that we can stream music 24/7 on Freegal, and watch an amazing selection of past concerts on Stingray Qello, we’re all missing the feeling of connection that only a live event can provide.
Musicians are reaching out to us with live performances online, as well as offering live streams of past concerts that we can experience together.
Like a real show, these events require that you make a plan to show up at a specific time. But you can keep your lazy clothes on!
A few tips:
- Monitor the social media accounts and YouTube channels of your favorite musicians–many have started streaming live performances from their homes on an occasional or regular basis.
- Instagram LIVE videos can only be viewed on a mobile device, but there’s a workaround if you want to watch on your computer. Watch or read how to do this by adding a browser extension!
- Make sure to translate times to EDT so you don’t miss a west coast or European show–all times below have been converted where needed.
Free free to contact us with questions about using any of these social media platforms!
Instagram Live, previously a place for celebrities to offer the public slick glimpses into their worlds, has been repurposed as a cabaret, abuzz with performing artists doing what they can for us from their living rooms.https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/04/06/performers-on-lockdown-turn-to-their-smartphones
Here is a list of some shared listening opportunities to check out. Let us know if you have others to recommend!
Living Room Live Classical Music
Living Room Live is a platform where classical musicians stream live recitals from their living rooms into yours. Check their website for the schedule of performances, taking place daily at 1pm.
Phish’s “Dinner and a Movie”
The jam band is streaming a full recorded show every Tuesday beginning at 8:30 pm at webcast.livephish.com. Phish will also provide fans with recommended in-home recipes so they can cook along and enjoy dinner while watching the show!
Melissa Etheridge invites you to join her these next couple of weeks on Facebook Live daily at 6pm for 15 minute sing-along get-togethers. Invite your friends and family!
Drew Holcomb of the Americana band The Neighbors is streaming his “Kitchen Covers” series every evening at 9:00 pm via Instagram and Facebook. Artists he’s covered include Tom Petty, U2, and Kenny Rogers.
British violinist Daniel Hope, one of the world’s most prolific classical recording artists, is offering a series of daily concerts live at 12 noon from his living room. The concerts will be live streamed daily on Deutsche Grammophon’s Deutsche Grammophon and Arte Concert YouTube channels.
Feinstein’s 54 Below
The Manhattan club known as “Broadway’s Living Room” is now a virtual living room where at-home audiences can enjoy performances, comment, and chat with each other. They will be streaming live shows and past performances as one-time only events on their YouTube channel, most evenings at 6:30pm. Upcoming performers include Lorna Luft and Ben Vereen.
Marie’s Crisis Café
Marie’s Crisis is a “West Village is a dive bar that epitomizes a deep love for show tune music, community, and fun.” Join their Facebook group (currently accepting all applicants) and sing along every night as their pianists live-stream sets of Broadway tunes to audiences at home. They’re on-duty from roughly 4pm to 9:30pm on weekdays, and a little later on Saturdays. They’ll take requests!
Royal Irish Academy of Music
The Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin is livestreaming concerts on Facebook every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday at 2pm, offering live music from the living rooms of RIAM’s staff, students, and special guests.
Verizon’s #PayItForward LIVE
As we all polish off our self-isolation snacks and try to do something other than binge Netflix, musicians are doing their best to replicate the effects of traditional gigs online as best they can.https://www.nme.com/features/the-show-must-go-online-the-rise-of-virtual-gigs-in-the-coronavirus-crisis-2627800