With all the uncertainty in the world, especially in the music industry, a lot of fans, musicians, and tour folk are staring straight at a huge question mark. When we will be able to gather again and enjoy the power of community and music? When will musicians be able to play for a crowd? When will lighting, roadies, and sound techs be able to get back to work? When will be able to dance, hug, and laugh together in a sea of sweating bodies? And shudder, when will we able to festival together again? For now, the temporary answer is Quaran-Streams.
Thankfully, technology and creativity have fused together to bring us some incredible content via quaran-streams to enjoy music at home. For me, it has been incredibly therapeutic and healing to still be able to virtually connect with some of my favorite artists. Oh, and being able to dance around the house has been equally healing and added an extra layer of fun to this stay-at-home order.
With this being said, we have composed a list (that will be continually updated) of our favorite quaran-streams that are easing the pain of not being able to see live music. This list features a wide variety of music so that hopefully there is a little something for everyone to enjoy. We urge you to tune into to one, three, or ALL of these suggestions and do not forget to throw your favorite artists some virtual tips to show them some love for all their hard work.
Andy Frasco’s World Saving Shitshow
If you have not been paying attention to quaran-streams the last two months, you need to know that Mr. Andy Frasco is THE reigning quaran-king. The man is working overtime to keep the people entertained and it definitely shows. Every Thursday night, Frasco serves up his World Saving Shitshow live from Denver, Colorado. Each shitshow, fans are blessed with favorites from the band’s catalog with guitarist Shawn Eckels. Andy interviews incredible guests, featuring some of the jam scene’s most prominent figures. The shitshow ends with the Stay-at-Home dance party, which we assure you, is the most fun you’ve had in quarantine. Every week offers a contest with dope prizes and proceeds go to Backline, supporting mental health in the music industry.
Where to Watch: Facebook Live
How to Tip: Venmo (@Andy-Frasco), Paypal (paypal.me/AndyFrasco)
Questlove #QuestosWreckaStow & Musical Exploration
If you have not jumped on the Questlove quaran-streams team, then you are surely missing out and not just on live music, but on in-depth explorations into some of the producer’s favorite artists throughout time. The prolific musician has covered some of the most life-changing artists of our time and beyond, including Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Janet Jackson, Busta Rhymes, Andre Harrell, and so many more. In conjunction with his weekly streams, this week Questlove will be throwing a special potluck series with The Food Network and all of his friends.
Bringing together some of the best in R&B, hip-hop, and 2000’s popular culture, the VERZUZ Series offers a fresh take on the DJ battle concept. Curated by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, watch two of your favorite artists go head-to-head in an Instagram Live throwdown. The previous series have included “Nelly VZ. Ludacris” and “Erykah Badu VZ. Jill Scott.”
Lost in Sound.Live
This one is for our visual art lovers out there. Every week and month, Lost in Sound, a content creator and platform focusing on live streaming and syndication of creative multimedia, has been bringing the HEAT straight to your living room. Join for their weekly SIGNALFLOW quaran-streams, a live A/V experiment focussed around showcasing visual artists and dank producers every Thursday night. Also, every month you can catch another live stream featuring local artists (sound, paint, VJ, etc.) so give them a follow to keep up with dates and featured creators.
The Motet frontman and soul-funk extraordinaire, Lyle Divinsky, has been bringing an array of genres to his Facebook live for some feel-good get down music. The setlists range widely over the last two months and feature Lyle originals, Luther Vandross, Tom Waits, The Band, Chris Issak, The Beatles, and so many more favorites. You might even get lucky and hear a song of your choice at the tail-end of the stream, where Lyle presents his request hour.
Where to Watch: Wednesdays 7pm EST / 4pm PST on Facebook
How to Tip: Venmo (@LyleDivinsky) & PayPal (PayPal.me/LyleDivinsky)
Mandolin magic maker and vocalist of Greensky Bluegrass has been offering a loving Sunday quaran-stream called “All4Songs.” Every Sunday afternoon, the beloved Phoffman sits down with a fellow singer-songwriter to talk tunes, music, life, and whatever comes up. Past guests have included Theo Katzman, Mimi Naja, and Billy Strings. It’s always a treat tuning into All4Songs.
Where to Watch: Every Sunday on Instagram at 3PM Mountain Time
SHISH Sessions is a weekly stream put on by the lovely Shira Elias of Turkuaz. Every Saturday, Shira comes to use live and direct from her home, presenting her own tunes, talking about her forthcoming EP, and talking to some of our musical faves. You know how it goes. All the song flips, all the mashups, all the SHISH sangin’ vibes specially curated just for you. Mega on production and beats and streaming with Live For Live Music.
Where to Watch: Saturdays, 7:30 EST on Shira’s Facebook
How to Tip: Venmo (@Shira-Elias) PayPal ([email protected])
On Friday nights, join saxophonist and producer Khris Royal for his bumping house parties. Powered by Restream, the weekly throwdown offers a live solo set followed by specially curated genre DJ sets that sometimes go super late if the vibes are right. Featuring funk, soul, R&B, hip-hop, and everything in between, the Friday night house parties are sure to go OFF.
How to Tip: Venmo (@Kingwakanda504) or Cashapp ($Khrisroyalmusic)
Quarantine Comes Alive
Brought to you by Live For Live Music, PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund and nugs.tv to present a one-day virtual music festival, Quarantine Comes Alive, on Saturday, May 30th. This donation-based event will directly benefit the participating musicians as well as Sweet Relief, MusiCares, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, World Central Kitchen, Partners In Health, Trans Lifeline, Backline, and local organizations helping the homeless.
Where to Watch: Saturday, May 30th at 1pm EST. Facebook Event
How to Tip: Please donate whatever you can to help those in need. Those who donate will be e-mailed a link to watch the event on various platforms.
DH brings City Hearts Festival to the digital realm this weekend, all weekend long. Along with their incredible livestream content they are bringing weekly, this weekend house music lovers and keep the bumpin’ vibes for FOUR days of curated quaran-streams straight to your home.
Where to Watch: May 28-31st on Twitch
How to Tip: Donate to Desert Heart Records
Austin, Texas’ Happy Happy James brings the dance party to your house weekly, but a special addition of Wurble Church is happening THIS weekend. Straight from a makeshift stage in the James’ bedroom, complete with video mapped art and fun lights, this stream is happening “because I feel led to help those of you who are feeling this moment deeply… to have a respite every Sunday evening…a time for a super diverse journey into beats, bass and vibes. a time to let go of the anxiety of this moment and feel free.”
How to Tip: Venmo (@Happyjames) Cashapp ($happyhappyjames)
Purple Bee TV
Based out of Austin, Texas, Purple Bee is a professional recording studio and live video production soundstage. They produce live music and put on unforgettable events and lately, they have been serving up the dope and tight streams. Every week features local Austin bands and past episodes have included Heartbryne (A Talking Heads Tribute Band), Vincent Antone Music, Trouble in the Streets, and more.
How to Tip: Donate to the artist fund
If you have not heard of them, The Fungineers are a supergroup of musical magical weirdoes based at the Funderground Station, an underground complex of kooky caves located somewhere in the Pacific Northwest of the Planet. Every week, they are bringing the people what they want: A Live Stream Dream show. Tune in and get wacky, weird, and eccentric with The Fungineers.
Where to Watch: Every Thursday evening on Facebook
A man sure to make you groove, laugh, dance, and be entertained, Mark Rebillet, is a human of many talents. He is a one-man-band, a multiinstrumentalist, a comedian, a showman of all sorts and he is bringing his talents to YOU every week. He recently announced his 2020 Drive In Concert Tour as well. Join the quaran-streams OR plan to attend a hot box show in your city. You will not be disappointed by the loop daddy.
How to Tip: Just the tips
Live From Out There
Steady providing the world with livestreams galore through this quarantine, Live From Out There has been straight crushing the quaran-stream game. Every week, support your favorite artists who have been affected by COVID-19. Running through the summer, LFOT has been streaming concerts, comedy, and cooking. Brought to you by 11E1even Group.
Where to Watch: Schedule & Tickets
How to Tip: Donate to MusiCares
I Want to Dance With Somebody Dance Party
Put on by Relix’s Peter Shapiro and FANS.com, this epic interactive dance party is taking the stay-at-home order to the next damn level. This experience brings the dancing community to your home. Two screens makes this dance party absolutely unforgettable. One screen serves as the virtual Zoom dance floor, where you can see all the other people participating. The other screen shows Andy Frasco and DJ Sleepy (the dance party hosts) and his crew getting down like James Brown. You can even be chosen to have a dance-off with Andy on the big screen.
Where to Watch: Every Saturday at 10PM ET Website
That Show Was Epic – Lettuce
Presented by FANS.com, LD Systems, and hosted by Kunj Shah of Live For Live Music, revisit one of the band’s legendary Lockn sets from 2018. The said show is Lettuce’s Jerry Garcia Band set with sit-ins from John Mayer, Bob Weir, Oteil Burbridge, and OG Lett member Eric Krasno. This quaran-stream will offer live commentary and Q&A by band members, including Adam Deitch, Jesus Coomes, and Ryan Zoidis.
Where to Watch: Wednesday day, May 27th at 9PM ET on Fans.com
How to Tip: Donate to Lettuce
Fruition’s The Thursday Thing
We love what Fruition is doing with their quarantine and that is, having a different member of the band go live every week with their own personalized showcase. It’s been a wonderful way to get a little more familiar with each member, while also feeling connected to the band as a whole! It’s also super fun and they play rare covers and originals you won’t hear anywhere else.
Where to Watch: Thursdays on Facebook, 5/28 is Tyler Thompson & 6/4 is Jeff Leonard
How to Tip: Each week on the stream, there will be links to each band member’s perspective virtual tip jar.
There you have it. A thorough list of all of our favorite quaran-streams to keep you moving and grooving while you are stuck at home. Share, comment, and like your favorites and keep sending us your favorite quaran-streams as we will continually edit this list to keep the most up-to-date information available to you. OH and for those who have to check the time change calculator every single time –> here you go.