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This week's local livestreams: May 28-June 3

Chastity Brown

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It's understandable if you're not in the mood for entertainment this week. But these musicians are here for you if you need a break.

Ongoing

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 5.28

Chastity Brown
A benefit for TakeAction Minnesota featuring the great local singer-songwriter. RSVP here.
When and where: 7:30 p.m. 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.

Flint Hills Family Festival
Free virtual festival for teachers, students, and families, featuring mini-concerts, sing-a-longs, musical theater lessons, and artist interviews. Presented by the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Today's full lineup is here.
When and where: 10 a.m. here.

Friday 5.29

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.

#DoomtreeTV
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.

Flint Hills Family Festival
Free virtual festival for teachers, students, and families, featuring mini-concerts, sing-a-longs, musical theater lessons, and artist interviews. Presented by the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Today's full lineup is here.
When and where: 10 a.m. here.

Patrick's Global Cabaret
Cabaret featuring an all-star cast of artists from Japan, Vermont, Brazil, and Minnesota, presented by Patrick Scully. Suggested donation of $15.
When and where: 7:30 p.m. here.

 

Saturday 5.30

Alexander O'Neal
The Minneapolis Sound veteran, best known for some truely slamming Jam/Lewis hits from the '80s, lives in England now, but he's still local as far as we're concerned. This is a fundraiser for homeless charities.
When and where: 4 p.m. on Facebook.

Holy Trinity: Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Nicki Dance Party and Drag Show
Flip Phone presents pop-up drag performances featuring Jaidynn Diore and a dance party featuring music by Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj. Digital tips during the performance accepted via Venmo at @FlipPhone.
When and where: 9 p.m. RSVP here.

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.

Joe Nicola
The acoustic singer-songwriter's performance is presented by Royal Foundry Craft Spirits.
When and where: 2 p.m. here.

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. on 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 5.31

Minnesota Varsity
Virtual talent competition for young musicians presented by (and broadcast live on) Classical Minnesota Public Radio.
When and where: 3 p.m. here.

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 6.1

Joyann Parker Band 
Not a livestream: a real live drive-in performance with concertgoers watching from their vehicles. There will be two sets: "The Music of Patsy Cline" followed by a blues set. $20.
When and where: 4 & 7 p.m. Crooners Lakeside Drive-In. Tickets and more info here.

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: Big George Jackson
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 6.2

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.

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 6.3

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.

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