This week’s local livestreams: March 20-26

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New Primals Silvia Jennings

What does a City Pages “best concerts” roundup look like in the age of COVID-19? A blank page? A broken link?

For the time being, it looks like a livestream roundup.

Watching a stream of your favorite local artists isn’t the same as going out to the club with your friends, but there are some positives. Cheaper drinks. No bathroom lines. And you can attend two shows at once and can support your favorite musicians from the comfort of your home.

(Listen, we’re all trying.)

Here’s what’s planned for the next week, to be updated as announcements are made.


Lydia Liza’s Live Script Readings
The Cable Guy, Goodfellas, Shrek (with Gully Boys), Ferris Bueller (with Har Mar Superstar). What will she read next? Who will join in?
When and where: Every night (so far) at 8 p.m. on Instagram.
Donate: Venmo @lydia-hoglund

Actual Wolf
Almost every night, Actual Wolf will go live from Duluth to show off some songs and chat about projects. “It’s kind of like a talk show/request show,” the artist says.Stay tuned for updates on his socials where he’ll announce the night’s plans. On Friday, special appearances by Low’s Alan Sparhawk and Misisipi Mike Wolf are planned, with proceeds going to Union Gospel Mission of Duluth.
When and where: Facebook 7 p.m. on 3/20, check out other nights’ plans on Instagram.
Donate: Venmo @TheEmbassy and PayPal here for Friday’s show.

Friday 3/20

Drone Not Drones
A broadcast of the seventh annual 28-hour drone show from January. Sure to keep you busy for... well, 28 hours!
Where and when: 7 p.m. on
Donate: Through the website when you sign up to watch. Proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders.

Gaelynn Lea
Having had to reschedule her March shows, Gaelynn Lea is planning some live virtual ticketed concerts. This is the first of two this weekend.
Where and when: 7 p.m. on YouTube.
Donate: Buy “tickets” here, join Patreon, or download music on Bandcamp.

Vicky Emerson
Every Friday the artist is going live on Facebook with her “piano, guitar and songs.” Stick around for the encore—she’ll have some suggestions for other artists you can check out.
Where and when: 7 p.m. on Facebook.
Donate: PayPal [email protected], Venmo @Vicky-Wallace, Patreon.

New Primals ft. Gay Witch Abortion
An album release show for Horse Girl Energy, coming to you live at supper time. Watch and then buy the album.
Where and when: 7 p.m. on Facebook and Instagram.
Donate: Paypal @newprimals or [email protected], Gay Witch Abortion music available to buy on Bandcamp.

Joyann Parker
The description for the event promises “‘60s country, originals, improv and fun.” Requests will be taken seriously.
Where and when: 7 p.m. on Facebook.
Donate: Venmo @joyannparker, Paypal @JoyannParkerMusic.

Kind Country
Kind Country is broadcasting a 90-minute live-stream from the Hook and Ladder. It’s cool to see people’s living rooms, but it will also be nice to have some venue scenery.
Where and when: 8 p.m. on Facebook.
Donate: Venmo @kindcountry.

Matt Wilson and His Orchestra
Celebrating the release of the When I Was A Writer. Available on vinyl, CD, and—for tonight anyway—live through your device. Read all about it in our recent profile.
Where and when: 8 p.m. on Youtube and his website.

Saturday 3/21

Trash Catties
It’s not at Mortimers this month, but it’s still a brunch show. Sipping while watching encouraged—the hand-drawn poster prominently features mimosas.
Where and when: 1:30 p.m. on Facebook.
Donate: Music for sale on Bandcamp.

Nur-D’s “Quarantined World Tour” with Gully Boys, the Bad Man and John Chuck
There’s even a poster for it. “W/ #COVID-19 leaving artists suddenly w/o income I thought of an idea to help,” wrote the rapper on Twitter when he announced his 100 percent live-streamed concert tour. A general fund Venmo has been set up for tipping with proceeds going to all artists.
When and where: 6 p.m. on Facebook.
Donate: @MNArtistRelief for general artist fund (individual artist Venmos also work).

So the Ren Fest is probably cancelled too, huh? No worries as long as we have these “bards of the modern age.”
When and where: 4 p.m. on Instagram.
Donate: Venmo @Loreweavers, Patreon.

Timbre Ghost
Timbre Ghost’s Dustin Tessier is planning a “housebound livestream” on Saturday. Savannah Smith will be joining. #CouchTour usage encouraged.
When and where: 7 p.m. on Instagram and Facebook.
Donate: @timbreghost on Venmo.

Katy Vernon
Instead of rescheduling their show at the Record Room, Katy Vernon and Leslie Rich are going on with it sans audience.
When and where: 7:30 p.m. on Facebook.
Donate: Ticket sales will go directly to artistsPaypal [email protected], Venmo @KatyVernonMusic.

Boutique record label Give/Take is offering a livestream tour that spans the U.S.A. The first show will be streamed from Minneapolis and will feature KPT’s “dark electronic.”
When and where: 8 p.m. on the label’s website.
Donate: Here.

Sunday 3/22

Gaelynn Lea
If you missed her on Friday, catch the matinee today.
Where and when: 2 p.m. on YouTube.
Donate: Buy “tickets” here, join Patreon or buy music on Bandcamp.

Nur-D’s “Quarantined World Tour” with Dwynell Roland and Mae Simpson Band
The third and final (for now) show of Nur-D’s digital tour.
When and where: 6 p.m. on Facebook.
Donate: @MNArtistRelief for general artist fund (individual artist Venmos also work).

Shotgun Ragtime Band ft. Super Duty
The weekly Grateful Sunday gig gone digital. “MN DEAD FREAKS UNITE: Who are you? Where are you? How are you?” reads the event Facebook page. Lots of questions. Minnesota (and I suppose everywhere!) Deadheads, we’re glad you’re all in this together.
When and where: 6:30 p.m. on Facebook.
Donate: GoFundMe.

Tuesday 3/24

St. Dominic’s Trio
This subset of the Belfast Cowboys may not be able to continue its weekly fundraising gigs at the Driftwood, but they plan to stream a concert every Tuesday.
When and where: 8 p.m. on Facebook.
Donate: TBD

Wednesday 3/25

Nick Costa
A residency! For the next few weeks, the 4onthefloor guitarist/writer of his own things is going to be live every Wednesday on multiple social media sites. 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.
Donate: Venmo @nick-Costa-6.

Joyann Parker
On Wednesdays it’s all about requests. If last week was any indication, the singer will be live with guitarist Mark Lamoine.
Where and when: 7 p.m. on Facebook.
Donate: Venmo @joyannparker, Paypal @JoyannParkerMusic.

Charlie Parr
three-camera production live from Duluth Cider. We’d expect nothing less.
When and where: 7 p.m. on Facebook.

Dan Israel
The guest cap in Dan’s living room is one (maybe two if Steve Brantseg decides to show up again). But anyone can come online.
When and where: 6 p.m. on Facebook.
Donate: GoFundMe, Paypal [email protected], Venmo @DanIsraelMusic.

Thursday 3/26

Annie Fitzgerald
Do you have lunch plans on Thursday? Probably not. Make yourself a treat and tune in for Annie Fitzgerald’s song circle, featuring Vicky Emerson.
When and where: Noon on Instagram.
Donate: Paypal

Got a tip on a hot local livestream? Email Sophie Vilensky with the details at [email protected]