2020 has been a great year for music with so many live performances available for free streaming. Most social media platforms offer daily content and live shows directly from the homes of celebrities! There are also events where musicians come together for organized virtual festivals. Discover new genres, musicians, and more with free streams that you can enjoy from your sofa at home.
Virtual Colorado MahlerFest
The Colorado MahlerFest isn’t just about music. There are also films, virtual symposiums, art galleries, and more! Although it started on May 13th, you can still catch some of it this weekend. On Friday, May 15th you can enjoy a video exploration of Mahler, his music, and more. The other event that takes place on Friday is the Hommage to Kandinsky. This is a musical response to an exhibition of works by Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky.
The last three events take place over the weekend. On Saturday, May 16th you can enjoy Of Love, Death and Beyond: Exploring Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony. The same day you can also experience a virtual opera performance: Die Walküre: Act I, arranged by Francis Griffin. The festival ends on Sunday with Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C-minor. Each performance goes online for 24 hours so that you can watch it in your time zone.
Underground Music Showcase
If you’re looking for more daily videos, you can tune in to the Underground Music Showcase on their Facebook page. Here, you can enjoy daily live music shows with tips and donations going directly to the artists. After the live performances, you can still see past events and musicians. So there is a lot to see and some great new music to discover!
This free festival takes place on the third Saturday of May every year. It is a way to celebrate the history of Denver’s Five Points neighborhood. Five Points was once known as the Harlem of the West. It was home to several jazz clubs which hosted many legends in the industry including Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and many more!
This year the Five Points Jazz Virtual Festival will take place on Saturday, May 16th, and it will be two hours long. You can find out more information on what to expect and how to stream by visiting the official website. The featured bands and entertainers include Hazel Miller, Dianne Reeves, Josh Blue, Jazz Arts Messengers, JoFoKe aNem, Ben Markley, and so many more!
Block by Blockwest
The Block by Blockwest event takes place on Minecraft on Saturday May 16th at 15:00 EST. There will be three virtual stages that will feature Pussy Riot, Grandson, Fever 333, Nothing.Nowhere, Hunny, Citizen, Cherry Glazerr, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Oliver Francis, and others. This festival was originally scheduled for April 25th, but it was postponed after its servers crashed from the demand.
Will Hoge is a rock and roll, country, and soul singer from Nashville, Tennessee. He offers regular live performances on his Facebook page. His next upcoming event is on Friday, March 22nd. My House to Your House Tour with Will Hoge will be performed in the intimate setting of his Nashville home.
Secret Dance Addiction
Secret Dance Addition is a unique event. It is an ongoing event with live stream DJ sets. What makes Secret Dance Addiction so special is that it is a Dance Party as well as a social platform for the sober curious movement. The concept is that you don’t need to drink alcohol or use substances to party and enjoy dancing and music.
It is free to join the SDA and to join the mailing list to get updates on all their events. Their goal is to organize parties that fuel the soul. The mindfulness movement is about reimagining dance parties, free of distractions like drugs and alcohol. It is all about connecting with enlightened party-people on the SDA app to celebrate life together, both on and off the dance floor.
This platform is another great place to find ongoing events and performances. Dazzle features many artists that you can check out. These include Jeff Jenkins, MaryLynn Gillaspie, Tom Gershwin, Annie Booth, and many more. You can see the videos that they have uploaded of themselves playing at home. Everything on Dazzle is free, but donations are encouraged via Venmo and PayPal to support the musicians.
Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival
Taking place on Friday, May 15th starting in the morning EST, the Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival is a fun event that you don’t want to miss. The virtual festival features musicians including Alex Tyler, Morning Bear, New Mexican, Andy Sydov, Buffalo Commons, Sara Niemietz, and Pandasaywhat?! The show will also include two live painters: Laura McGowan and Jessica Vazzano.
The Grammy Museum is a great place to learn more about your favorite celebrities and their performances. Currently, the museum is offering something they call Museum at Home. This includes archival concerts and more fascinating content. It is free to stream, but donations are welcome to keep the Grammy Museum going strong. Some of the past featured artists that you can enjoy are Jim Lauderdale, Claudia Brant, Webb Wilder, and more!
JamBase is a great resource for music lovers. It offers an amazing selection of concerts, festivals, bands, and even podcasts. Every day they have around a dozen different live streams or pre-recorded options. Most events are free while others ask for a small fee or encourage donation. It’s hard to plan ahead with JamBase since they only show you what’s happening today, tomorrow, and past performances.
Most of the live performances feature current bands, some more obscure than others. Then there are also pre-recorded performances from more recent times as well as some that are older. For example, there have been streamings of Prince’s 1985 concert! One of the highlights is weekly broadcasts of Yonder Mountain String Band “Yonder May”. JamBase has so much to offer that you could spend days enjoying music.
The internet is overflowing with free music and great content from celebrities, artists, and performers. There are so many great places to stream live concerts and shows that would normally come with pricey tickets, crowded spaces, and overpriced drinks. Tuning into virtual performances is a great way to stay entertained and party from home!
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