Rock On with Virtual Live Concerts

Niki D'AndreaJune 22, 2020
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So, all your favorite summer music festivals got canceled and artists scrapped their tours. You still can’t stand shoulder-to-shoulder in a crowded club while bobbing your head along to live music in unison with tons of other people. That doesn’t mean this has to be the Summer of No Fun. Here’s a trio of live and local concerts you can stream into the comfort of your own living room or bedroom, plus one on-site, drive-in concert series with some social distancing twists.

ASU Summer Concert Series
This concert series, conceived by ASU president Michael Crow to engage with students during the coronavirus crisis, kicked off on June 4 with a live performance by singer-songwriter Jason Derulo. It continues Friday, July 10, with a show from Swedish pop duo Icona Pop. The free concert starts at 6 p.m. Visit the ASU 365 Community Union website for more info.

Beams: A Live Online Music Series
Kerr Cultural Center kicks out the jams with the Beams concert series featuring global artists performing a variety of musical styles. R&B singer Tuena Marie gave a soulful performance on June 18, and the series continues on June 25 with a concert by “world soul artist” Porangui, who puts elements of his Brazilian, Mexican and U.S. cultures into his songs. The free show starts at 7 p.m. and can be viewed on the Kerr Cultural Center Facebook page.

The Nash at Home
During the shutdown, Downtown Phoenix jazz venue The Nash has been streaming some great previous shows on its Facebook page and streaming live performances as part of its The Nash at Home series. Recent events included a Father’s Day Matinee with jazz pianist Joel Robin and his sons Adrian and Julian Goldenthal, with Tony Vacca on saxophone and flute and Dennis Rowland on vocals. The Nash at Home series has featured such acts as legendary jazz singer Margo Reed, vibraphonist Chuck Redd and free-form jazz quartet Odd Man Out. Visit The Nash’s Facebook page for details on future events.

Sunday Night Drive-In Concerts
Digital Drive In AZ, at 1901 N. Alma School in Mesa, has given the public a place to congregate and enjoy events without having to leave the comfort of their cars. Sunday nights in June, bands take the stage and play live (with performances also shown on a massive screen) while concertgoers rock out in vehicles parked 6 to 12 feet apart. Contactless food truck delivery is also available. The next show kicks off at 7 p.m. on June 28 and features country bands Jaty & the Black Stallions and the Garth Brooks tribute band Garth Live! Pork on a Fork BBQ and Udder Delights Ice Cream will be serving from food trucks. Tickets cost $60 per vehicle space and include $20 in food truck credit. Visit the event page for more details.

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