We get it, you’re bored. “Breaking Bad” binges don’t hit the same the second time around and calendar reminders for nixed events you bought tickets for sting a little more each time. Silver lining is there’s never been a better time to be couch bound. It’s no replacement for actual live-in-the-sweat concert going, but quarantine times have resulted in a wellspring of livestreaming concerts and other unearthed footage hitting the web for the first time. Here are a few of the highlights.
FRIDAY, APRIL 10
Nectar Lounge Virtual Concert Series
Bless the funky little hearts at Fremont’s eclectic jam den who launched an online concert series from Nectar’s stage. Nectar booker Andy Palmer is aiming to livestream local acts most Friday and Saturday nights through the club’s YouTube channel, with suggested PayPal donations going to the bands, out-of-work staff and the club. Past performers include Seattle reggae stalwart Clinton Fearon and rock ‘n’ roll dynamos Thunderpussy. Next up: local jam-fusion troupe Buzz Brump (8 p.m. April 10). Check nectarlounge.com for upcoming virtual gigs.
SATURDAY, APRIL 11 (AND ANYTIME)
Grammy Museum at Home: Tanya Tucker, Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings
Seems the only thing that could slow down Brandi Carlile is a global health crisis. The folk-rock star and the Hanseroth twins had planned to get cracking on their next album this year, but those needing a Carlile content fix now can watch a previously taped interview with her, country star Tanya Tucker and Shooter Jennings. The convo with the trio who worked together on Tucker’s Grammy-bagging comeback album is part of the Grammy Museum’s series of interviews and “virtual exhibitions” being released throughout the month. The episode is available April 11, but a previous solo chat with Carlile has already posted. See grammymuseum.org/museum-at-home for details.
THURSDAY, APRIL 16
Ben Gibbard: Live From Home
As America’s initial frontline for COVID-19, Seattle artists were slightly ahead of the livestreaming curve. Ben Gibbard quickly became indie rock’s unlikely king of the livestream, broadcasting intimate acoustic concerts daily for two weeks, soliciting donations for various charities and taking questions from fans. Death Cab for Cutie’s songwriter-in-chief has since eased back into more manageable weekly sessions (6 p.m. Thursdays), but expect the same mix of deep cuts, fun covers and staple hits during Gibbard’s request-heavy sets from his home studio. See found.ee/BenGibbard-LiveFromHome for viewing options.
Live Nation Live From Home
With its tours on ice, the concert industry juggernaut is hosting a “Live From Home” series of its own, gathering dozens of livestreaming performances each day through artists’ social media accounts. Artists range from big-time pop stars like Miley Cyrus to Bremerton pop-punk vets MxPx and New Orleans bounce queen Big Freedia. Check LiveNation.com/livefromhome for the upcoming schedule.
Montreux Jazz Festival: 50 free concerts
One of the cooler archives to surface in these idle times, the jazz-rooted Swiss fest has made 50-plus shows from its Lake Geneva grounds available for free online. The 54-year-old festival’s concert dump is culled from an eclectic stable of artists, everyone from Phil Collins to Wu-Tang Clan, Nina Simone to Korn. But our eyes are on the classics here. Call us homers, but the top of our Montreux queue is occupied by sets from Seattle-linked icons Ray Charles and Quincy Jones, including an all-star bash celebrating Q’s 75th b-day in 2008. Registering with host site Stingray Qello is required, but promo code FREEMJF1M is good for 30 days free. Details at montreuxjazzfestival.com/en/50-concerts-to-stream.