Due to the coronavirus, many countries are beginning to enforce lockdowns and stay-at-home policies. Thankfully, many artists, like Dave Mattews and Elton John, are streaming live, free concerts online for everyone to watch! Here’s everything you need to know to enjoy these shows!
Coronavirus’ Massive Effects On The Music World
All around the world, we are seeing the massive devastation of the coronavirus. Millions have lost their jobs, while millions more now work from home indefinitely, due to new health guidelines. As a result, almost everyone now spends more time than ever before at home. While working, studying, and hobbies can fill up some of the hours, everyone is looking for innovative ways to pass the hours.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, nearly all concerts and events have been canceled. Everyone needs to stay at home and keep safe. However, the show must go on. And, in today’s age, that’s easier than ever! Many celebrity musicians and artists have started to live stream concerts online for free. It’s almost like having your favorite artist performing for you in your living room! The best part of all? Almost all of these concerts also provide relief to those most in need during this time of crisis!
Online Concerts From Home
One of the biggest names to perform an online show for coronavirus is Dave Matthews. One of the wealthiest musicians in the world, Matthews played from his humble apartment in Seattle on Thursday. However, that’s just the beginning! Matthews’ concert was only the premiere of Verizon’s new Pay It Forward web series. Earnings from the online concerts will go to a relief fund for small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus restrictions. Each week Verizon will announce a new performer, so stay tuned for who’s next.
At the same time, the company announced it will donate $2.5 million to Local Initiatives Support Corporation from the onset. Meanwhile, in future episodes, audiences will be encouraged to tag and share their local businesses who have been hit hard by the coronavirus. Afterward, Verizon will donate another $2.5 million to businesses from those viewers named!
Looking for something to stream this weekend? Well, you’re in luck! The legendary Elton John will host a virtual, all-star benefit special. The one-hour, commercial-free concert will also feature performances from Billie Eilish, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, and Tim McGraw, among many others. The special, entitled The Living Room Concert For America, will air on March 29 from 9-10 p.m. EST, on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide, as well as on the IHeartRadio app.
Previous Live Streams You Can Watch Now
Need to fill the time, and nothing is happening live? Well, in the past week, some giant names have streamed live concerts from their homes – Coldplay, John Legend, Charlie Puth, and Niall Horan. Now, you can watch these concerts on-demand, for free! Time to create your own music festival lineup!