The week in local livestreams: May 21-27

Emily Kastrul of Sister Species

Emily Kastrul of Sister Species Taylor Donskey

Our first three-day weekend in the Pandemic Era. Enjoy accordingly.


DJ Hampster Dance
Free online dance parties every night of the week, with a featured artist mix every Thursday and themed dance parties on Friday and Saturday. 
When and where: 7-9 p.m. on Twitch

Thursday 5.21

Dessa's Show of Force Majeure
For this installment of her weekly literary readings, Dessa suggests "Maybe invite a digital date—think of it like a BYOB snowball dance in pajama bottoms, with chaperones that don’t allow you to be in the same room." Dress code is, as always, cocktail attire from the waist up. Every reading benefits a nonprofit, Venmo info announced in the stream. 
When and where: 7:45 on Instagram

10 with Jen
CP alum Jen Boyles hosts a weekly musical discussion series where she connects with DJs, artists, producers, and musicians to ask them ten questions about music and life. This week's guest is Junior Sanchez.
When and where: 8 p.m. on Facebook

“Lunch Ladies” with Annie Fitzgerald
We know you’re not going out for lunch… unless it’s takeout. Tune in to Annie Fitzgerald's virtual song circle with your grub of choice.
When and where: Noon on Instagram

Ralph's World Virtual Concert
Free virtual concert series from children's musical artist and performer Ralph Covert of Ralph's World, presented by Ridgedale Center.
When and where: 5 p.m. on Facebook and Instagram


Friday 5.22

Sister Species
Minneapolis's favorite indie chamber pop octet is now Minneapolis's favorite indie chamber pop septet, but their sound has lost none of its lushness, and Emily Kastrul's songs remain as open-spirited as ever, on their terrific new record, Light Exchanges. Today's performance on Radio K's Instagram is a virtual album release show.
When and where: 3:30 p.m. on Instagram

It's Friday, I'm in Low
Well, technically they're in Low every day of the week, as far as we know, but Friday is the day the Duluth indie veterans have chosen for their weekly livestream performance.
When and where: 3 p.m. Instagram

Join members of Doomtree every Friday night for a new episode featuring pre-recorded clips, livestreamed performances, and footage from the Doomtree Vault.
When and where: 8 p.m. here

Back Catalog Listening Party
Every Friday afternoon, hosts Mother Banjo and Anthony Ihrig bring in some fellow musicians to chat about their music and the stories behind their favorite recordings. 
When and where: 4 p.m. on Facebook

Taylor James Donskey
“From his wall covered in Nat Geo maps,” Taylor James Donskey will provide two full hours of music and “uplifting commentary,” including two songs made up on the spot. He suggests you send emojis.
When and where: 7 p.m. on Facebook and Instagram

Saturday 5.23

Transmission Presents: A Celebration of International Synthesizer Day
A virtual dance night featuring classic synth-based alternative music and videos by DJ Jake Rudh.
When and where: 8 p.m. on Twitch

Ann & Charlie Heymann: At Home with the Gaelic Harp
Presented by Celtic Junction Arts Center. The artists will be accepting free will donations during the concert.
When and where: 3 p.m. on Facebook

Bad Bad Hats
"Islands in the Livestream" is a weekly stream from Bad Bad Hats featuring a set of originals, covers, Q&A, and more.
When and where: 4 p.m. YouTube

Michael Shynes
The central Minnesota singer-songwriter will perform from his living room every week. "Chances are his wife, kiddos, and three furry friends (hairless cat not as furry) may make an appearance."
When and where: 7:30 p.m. Facebook

Amanda B. Perry
The Cottage Grove singer-songwriter performs "Live From My Living Room" every Saturday night. She'll sing a couple covers along with her originals.
When and where: 7 p.m. on Facebook  

Sunday 5.24

Sunday Supper with Vicky Emerson
"We'll do a recipe, play three songs, and also help someone," the Americana singer says of her new Sunday series. "Think of this show as Mr. Rogers with Chardonnay." 
Where and when: 5 p.m. on Facebook and Instagram

Mother Banjo Sunday Singalong
Ellen Stanley will lead listeners in folk and gospel tunes that the whole family can sing together.
When and where: 11 a.m. on Facebook

Shotgun Ragtime Band
The weekly Grateful Sunday gig gone digital. This week, Shotgun Ragtime Band will showcase an acoustic set and an electric set. Tune in for what you’re feeling or stay for both.
When and where: 6:30 p.m. acoustic, 8:30 p.m. electric on Facebook 

Monday 5.25

Bad Songs with Jeremy Messersmith
Messersmith will drink whiskey and "showcase some of the worst, most terrible, tasteless, and half-finished songs I’ve never dared to play for anyone."
When and where: 8 p.m on Instagram

Leslie Vincent's Weekly Ukulele Show
Live performance from Vincent's living room every Monday night.
When and where: 7 p.m. on Facebook and Instagram

Blues Fest Live: Chubby Carrier
Live online performances from a variety of blues artists every Monday night, presented by Dual Citizen Brewery and the Lowertown Funk & Blues Festival.
When and where: 7 p.m.; register here

Jordan Carr: Mondays with Master 
Master is Carr's cat, who loves C minor chord (with which the singer-songwriter happily obliges him).
When and where: 7 p.m. on Instagram and Facebook

Tuesday 5.26

Shannon Blowtorch & Mpls Adonia: Quarantine Live dance party 
This week's theme hasn't yet been announced, but whatever they choose to play, it'll be a blast.
When and where: 6 p.m. on Zoom (meeting ID and password here)

Gabriel Douglas's Tuesday Night Free Fall
Wednesdays belong to 4onthefloor’s guitarist Nick Costa, so the frontman is on for Tuesday. Tune in for Gabriel Douglas’s “Tuesday Night Free Fall” every week. (If you’re there 15 minutes early there will be a dance party.)
When and where: 7 p.m. on Facebook and Instagram

Sarah Morris
Who needs a living room? Morris is broadcasting five songs and “big love” live from “the big green bathroom” every Tuesday.
When and where: 7 p.m. on Facebook

Yam Haus
They’ve done live Zumba classes, hosted some guest stars, and played bingo. What will tonight bring?
When and where: 7 p.m. on Facebook

Wednesday 5.27

Concerts on the Couch: Benefit for St. Stephen's Human Services
Seventeen artists will perform throughout May in support of St. Stephen's work of ending homelessness. Tonight's show, the last in the series, features Michelle Lewis, Vicky Emerson, Ben Cook-Feltz, Annie Fitzgerald. Donations are being accepted here.
When and where:
7 p.m. on Facebook

Nick Costa
Venmo him with a request before the show and he’ll practice, Venmo him during and he’ll wing it (“which is fun in its own way”).
When and where: 6 p.m. on Instagram and Facebook

Joyann Parker
On Wednesdays it’s all about requests, usually featuring a special guest.
Where and when: 7 p.m. on Facebook

Katy Vernon
The singer-songwriter puts on her weekly shows a little early so they can watch her back home in the U.K. as well
Where and when: 3 p.m. on Facebook and Instagram

Dan Israel
The guest cap in Dan’s living room is one, but anyone can come online.
When and where: 6 p.m. on Facebook

Ben Cook-Feltz
The piano-playing singer-songwriter performs his eclectic mix of pop, rock and quirky originals.
When and where: 7 p.m. on Facebook

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