Stuck Inside? Watch These Musicians Host Free Virtual Concerts

It goes without saying that we could all use any and every distraction we can get right now. With prolonged periods of self-isolation we’ve all got a lot of time on our hands — so what better way to make it go by a little faster than with the sounds of some of our favorite artists? Music is a proven mood-booster.

Blake Shelton, John Legend, Keith Urban, and other musicians have released virtual concerts amid the coronavirus pandemic so fans at least have a soundtrack for this unprecedented time of global quarantine. With venues and bars shut down all over in response to new social distancing protocols, your living room is now the hottest spot in town.

If you’re in need of the restorative power of a solid soundtrack right now, take a look at our growing list of live-stream performances, virtual concerts, and special broadcasts during the coronavirus pandemic. Bonus? You can watch from the comfort of your couch without being jostled around in an overcrowded concert heart full of rowdy fans and loud-talkers.

Katy Perry

The expecting star will be headlining SHEIN Together, a virtual music festival raising funds for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. You can watch the unique live stream event here Saturday, May 9.

Taylor Swift

While Taylor Swift announced in April she was postponing her 2020 concert dates she announced Friday (May 8) she’d be bringing her Lover Fest tour to fans in a different way — ABC will air a one-hour special Taylor Swift City of Lover Concert on May 17 at 10 p.m. ET following the season finale of American Idol.

One Direction

One Direction is secretly planning to reunite for a 10-year anniversary special according to Page Six which has Twitter ablaze with the hashtag #1DOnlineConcertStayAtHome.

Mandy Moore

This Is Us star Mandy Moore has said that her role on This Is Us lit a fire in her to start singing again — Moore took to Instagram singing with the band Dawes for a song sure to warm your heart.

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton

Shelton and girlfriend Stefani had planned to perform together at the ACM Awards but with current stay-at-home orders, the annual broadcast has been pushed to September —  however, the couple still wanted to give us fans a performance.

Carrie Underwood

Check out Carrie Underwood’s home performance of #DrinkingAlone.

Keith Urban

 

Seeing Nicole Kidman swoon over husband Keith Urban perform is enough to put a smile on anyone’s face. Check out the Aussie sensation’s two live-streaming mini-concerts (not to mention his wife’s adoring face).

Tim McGraw

Sheryl Crow

“Trying to bring a little joy to your day,” the country star captioned. “I hope you are all staying safe & healthy out there. Take care of yourself, and try to find little ways to bring peace & joy to your day as you can.”

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Chris Martin

On Monday, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin organized a virtual concert, welcoming anyone who “feels like chatting and listening to some music.” Because his bandmates were stuck in other countries, he flew solo, saying, “So I thought what would be nice would be to check in with some of you out there and see where you are and what I can do for you… so I’m here at your service for the next 20-some minutes.”

John Legend

With wife Chrissy Teigen on the piano, Legend performed a show for fans that lasted almost an hour.

Katharine McPhee & David Foster

It’s a twofer! Husband and wife David Foster and Katharine McPhee went live on her Instagram on Monday, treating fans to duet covers like Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and Nat King Cole’s “Smile.” They’re hoping to offer a show every day at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Okay, so it’s technically not a concert. But we couldn’t resist including this montage of dancers from the Alvin Ailey dance company! “We are off tour but we will not stop dancing! We put together a cast of ‘Buked’ from Alvin Ailey’s ‘Revelations,’ for your #DigitalDancing enjoyment,” the theater wrote on Instagram. Dancing during the quarantine? Yes, please.

NPR’s Live From Here

A new concert series spurred by the coronavirus, NPR’s Live From Here radio show has created “Live From Home” for artists to upload virtual concerts. Chris Thile’s got the ball rolling by revisiting “Laysong.”

Pink

Not only did Pink perform for fans on Monday, she also threw in “piano lessons” to boot. The mom-of-two has been staying connected to fans via social media since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Yo-Yo Ma

Need something soothing? Same. Fortunately, iconic cellist Yo-Yo Ma shared just the thing: a “song of comfort,” Bach’s “Cello Suite No. 3 — dedicated to “healthcare works on the frontlines.”

Yungblud

For those who prefer to work out their angst by blowing off a little steam, look no further than Yungblud’s rage-y YouTube concert featuring the likes of Machine Gun Kelly, Bella Thorne and more.

Hunter Hayes

After a few technical glitches getting things up and rolling, country singer Hunter Hayes pulled off an incredible YouTube concert on Monday night.

Diplo

You can always count on Diplo for a good party! He even brought in friends to dance along while he gifted fans with not one but two YouTube mixes: “Corona Sabbath” and “A Very Lazer Sunday.”

The Dropkick Murphys

It’s weird to realize that the Dropkick Murphys won’t be performing on St. Patty’s Day for the first time in nearly two decades. Happily, though, they’re going to live-stream their annual shindig from Boston at 7 p.m. ET on March 17.

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