The performing arts have ended a year like no other, but the touring and declassification of in-person shows have by no means eluded music fans’ love of live performances. And in many ways, artists have come up with creative new ways to connect with their listeners.
For example, since March 2020, the wildly popular Instagram live series Verzuz, created by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, has recruited some of the biggest names in rap, hip-hop and R&B for nostalgia-driven battles. Mimicking their musical music and DJ’s battles, each artist plays a song, then his antagonist is chosen with one of his own works, one-uplifted. The engaged audience argues passionately about the victor. (In a testament to its popularity and relevance, voting rights activist Stacey Abrams appeared on a November show promoting Atlanta cast members Gucci Mane and Geezy in the Georgia Senate runoff.)
At the same time as small concerts with socially distracted listeners are slowly returning, livestream music events have allowed unqualified and intimate shows from some of the greatest artists around the country to participate. The coming week features a selection of performances that are worthy of a festival lineup, but a comfortable front-row seat is guaranteed.
Pandora LIVE powered by women
Pandora is honoring Women’s History Month with a well-organized all-women event hosted by Hoda Kotb, which will feature presentations by Jazmine Sullivan and Gwen Stefani. He will sit with fellow artists Becky G and Lauren Alaina for a roundtable discussion on issues facing women in music. 9 pm Eastern, free for Pandora members; pandoralivepoweredbywomen.splashthat.com/PR
Blind Boys of Alabama Easter Weekend Special
The Grammy-winning gospel group will perform the Good Friday Show to celebrate the Easter holiday with a slate of new and old hits. The ensemble began performing in the late 30s – its first members were children attending the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind – and have since grown into a revolving roster of band members, many of whom are visually impaired. Huh. The socially perverted, in-person show, held at Nashville’s City Winery, will be LiveStreamed. 9 PM Eastern, Tickets start at $ 18; boxoffice.mandolin.com
Emmylou Harris and Steve Earl, “Woofstock at the Winery”
Steve Earle, who was recently featured on the cover of “The Times They Are-Changin” to benefit Feeding America, will perform live with the country-music icon and accompany dog-rescuer Emiloy Harris. Filmed at City Winery Nashville, the performance will benefit animal donations The Crossroads Campus and Bonaparte Retreat is a canine-rescue initiative, founded by Ms. Harris and located on her property. 9 pm EST, tickets $ 15; form.jotform.com/210543759066156
Dionne Warwick at home with you
The legendary songwriter spent the last year busy, appearing on Twitter in the third season of “The Masked Singer” (she was disguised as a mouse) and growing her fan base by popping up as a guest is. Gladys Knight vs Patti LaBel Verzu at the fight. Ms. Warwick, nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in February, will perform two virtual shows on Easter Sunday, and another two on Mother’s Day. She is expected to resume the tour in October. 2 pm and 8 pm EST, tickets $ 20, boxoffice.mandolin.com/pages/dionnewarwick
Verzuz: Isley Brothers vs Earth, Wind and Fire
The Verzuz battles have become one of the quirky joys of quarantine. Following the respected pairing of Snoop Dogg and DMX, and Alicia Keys and John Legend, Isley Brothers and Earth, Wind and Fire, will appear in the next round of the beloved series, the first time two bands have added it to the series. 8pm EST, free to watch on Instagram Live @verzuztv Or on the triller.