Updated: Jun 12, 2020
I'm the Analogue Guy. I was born in the mid-1960s. I grew up in a time when computers and the internet were something we saw in Syfy shows. These are my adventures in our modern digital world.
Today I'm talking about live music streaming on the world wide web ( if you're not sure what streaming is? Check my blog post-Analogue Guy does music streaming). I know its not the same as actually being there (check out Chris's post on live music) but when pretty much every gig in the western world is cancelled and we're all sitting in our homes hoping for better days, online is about the only place we're going to be able to get our live music fix.
This is the second in a serious of articles we will be posting here at 50plus4men.com designed to help you cope with the challenges coronavirus has forced upon us. Remember "stay home and save lives."
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From superstars to fresh new faces. From Jazz to punk, R&B to Country, opera to traditional theatre there's something for everybody online right now.
The performances are often stripped back to their most basic, an artist and their instrument. The best of these shows offer us a peek behind the curtain. There is an intimacy that even in the smallest of venues we as audience members do not often enjoy. Filmed in front rooms or home studios with none of the normal production or staging that is often associated with live music performance in the 21st Century, these Coronavirus concerts give us an insight into the artist and their creative process. It's a view of these individuals that we don't often see.
So how do you access this brave new world? Well, it's pretty simple really just punch in "free coronavirus concerts" into your google machine and click on the link. I have listed below some of my favourite sites which list the various gigs that are happening and the web addresses from which they can be streamed.
For mainstream artists check out :
This is a site provided by Glamour magazine. It's updated regularly and claims list every artist offering free online concerts during the coronavirus lockdown. It doesn't! But it does provide an interesting list of big-name artists and is certainly a good place to start. One of the artists they mention is John Legend. Below is the rather excellent "stuck at home concert" he did recently. Enjoy! It will give you a taste of what to expect.
John Legend Together at Home Concert Series.
For those like me who enjoy a little jazz check out:
This site provides an ever-changing list of jazz artist offering free online performances. The names may not be as big, but the talent speaks for itself.
Shelter in Place 6 Peter Martin
Not quite the stripped back to basic concerts we have so far been discussing. This is a chance to enjoy opera at its opulent finest. Some of the worlds greatest stars at the height of their powers on some of the worlds greatest stages. If you haven't tried it before well, there's no excuse now!
There's even something for the fans of classical music.
This site from Classic FM offers a comprehensive list of live classical performances that can be enjoyed on line.
And for those of you who are missing the theatre the UK's National Theatre has launched a new way for audiences to access its productions online while it is closed. National Theatre At Home offers content including NT Live productions available to watch for free on YouTube, and resources from the National Theatre Collection being made available online to schools and universities.
A selection of NT Live productions, recordings of stage shows which have previously be screened in cinemas, will be made available on the National Theatre's YouTube channel from Thursday 2nd April 2020 . Productions are shown every Thursday at 7pm, and then available for seven days.
Shakespeare’s Globe will put six of its productions online to watch for free while the theatre is closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Plays including Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, will be available to stream at the Globe’s on-demand service for free starting from April 6, with the films rotating every two weeks.
And finally the Tiny desk concerts series.
OK these concerts have not been recorded specifically because of the coronavirus and they are not being streamed live but they are intimate video performances, recorded live at the desk of NPR's (National Public Radio - American public radio) "All Songs Considered" host Bob Boilen and they can be brilliant. With an extensive backlist of artists- covering everything from experimental rap - through R&B to jazz into classical and even opera. Its all free and all excellent. What are you waiting for?
Here is one of my favourite concerts. The artist is PJ Morgan - sometimes called the spiritual son of Stevie Wonder:
And just because I can, here is one more live track from PJ Morgan
And that's it for this post. There are many more concerts and shows online. If you find some you like, don't be shy, share them in the comments section below. We're all going to have to work together if we're going to get through this.