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Music Weekend: Astronmicon, Dropkick Murphys and Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes and more..
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Astronomicon, the metro area's winter pop culture convention, is hot for summer, too. The festival is hosting "On Your Couch: The Virtual Concert Experience" starting at noon Saturday, May 30, on Astronomicon's YouTube page, will full sets by Twiztid and Blaze Ya Dead Homie and guest appearances by Redman, B Real of Cypress Hill, actors Bill Mosley and Kane Hodder (Jason from "Friday the 13th"), members of Black Veil Brides, Nonpoint and Ice Nine Kills and Vans Warped Tour creator Kevin Lyman. Information and updates at netfestonyourcouch.com.com.



Other Events:



• DAWN, an all-night celebration of the Jewish festival of Shavuot, runs from 10 p.m. Thursday, May 28 to 9 a.m. Friday, May 29, via Twitch, featuring performances by a variety of artists as well as the premiere of a new score for Cecil B. Demille's "Ten Commandments" by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips and Scott Amendola.



• The Detroit Symphony Orchestra presents Richard Wagner's "The Ring" opera cycle -- without words -- at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 31, as part of its Facebook Watch Party series. The orchestra also offers a "Musical Tales" program at 2 p.m. Friday, May 29, and pieces by Ravel and Strauss at 7 p.m. May 28, both also on Facebook. More information and updates at dso.org.



• Australia's The Badloves will play the first ever full-production streaming event from Melbourne's Festival Hall at -- wait for it -- 5:30 a.m. Friday, May 29, on LoungeRoomLive.com.au. Tickets are $27.50.



• The just-opened RADArt4Aid exhibition and auction at christies.com features photographer Mark Seliger's images of Bruce Springsteen, U2, Keith Richards, Snoop Dogg, Johnny Cash, Kurt Cobain, Jerry Garcia, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Billie Eilish and more. Bidding runs through June 12 with proceeds going to Covid-19 related charities chosen by the photo subjects.



• Kygo, OneRepublic, Zac Brown, Jimmy Buffett, Alan Walker and magician Julius Dein will perform as part of the Golden Hour Festival at 4 p.m. Friday on Kygo's YouTube channel, Facebook, Tik Tok, Twitch, LiveXLive.com and other platforms. Proceeds will benefit Baby2Baby, crew Nation and the World Health Organizations' COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.



• Slay At Home, a "virtual metal music & art festival," features performances by Bush's Gavin Rossdale, Trivium's Matt Heafy, Tesseract and many others, as well as collaborations and special appearances by members of Megadeth, Stone Sour, Gwar, the Cult, Anthrax, Hatebreed and more. It runs 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 29-30 on Metal Injection's Facebook and YouTube pages, raising money for MusiCares and Global Giving. slayathomefest.com for more info and updates.



• The Pickathon Festival continues its #ConcertADay series on YouTube, with upcoming performances (at 4 p.m. daily) from Mandolin Orange (Friday May 29), Hiss Golden Messenger (Saturday, May 30); Courtney Marie Andrews (Sunday, May 31); Jerry Douglas (Monday, June 1) and more to come.



• Singer, songwriter and actress Sharon Van Etten will perform her 2009 debut album "because I was in love" in its entirety at 5 p.m. Friday, May 29, to benefit the National Independent Venue Association. Tickets can be purchased at go.seated.com.



• The Boston Celtic rock troupe Dropkick Murphys will take over Fenway Park, sans audience and socially distanced, for a full-scale concert, alternating some songs with special guest Bruce Springsteen -- remotely from New Jersey, of course -- at 6 p.m. Friday, May 29, via Facebook. Encores at noon Satudday May 31, 8 p.m. Sunday, May 31 and 9 a.m. Monday, June 1.



• Slipknot relaunches its Knotfest.com web site with a special streaming event -- also including Underoath and Code Orange -- at 6 p.m. Friday, May 29, on what would have been the launch of this year's Knotfest Roadshow tour.



• Michigan favorites the Accidentals and Stephie James are part of this week's HomeStyle Music Festival at 7 p.m. Friday, May 29, on Facebook Live. The Accidentals also perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30, for the Philadelphia Folksong Society's Digital Concert Venue series. Tickets are $15 via folksongsociety.wufoo.com.



• British pop icon Robbie Williams reunites with Take That for a one-off performance from their homes at 8 p.m. Friday, May 29 to raise money for Live Nation's Crew Nation fund and the Nordoff Robbins musical therapy organization. The show will be carried on Facebook Live and the Meerkat YouTube channel.



• Graham Young of the Michigan Rattlers plays solo at 8 p.m. Friday, May 29, for the Ark Family Room series at theark.org/ark-family-room-series. Free, but donations are accepted for the venue and performer.



• The weekend's Lullabies From Detroit performers include Dan Hazlett on Friday, May 29, and Lametra Small on Saturday, May 30, both at 10 p.m. on Facebook.



• Grammy Award winner Ramsey Lewis, an NEA Jazz Master, kicks off a monthly online performance series at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30 to celebrate his 85th birthday. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at stageit.com or ramseylewis.com. Future performances are scheduled for June 27, July 25, Aug. 29 and Sept. 26.



• DJ David Guetta will spin live at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30, on his Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Twitch and TikTok channels to raise money for Advance New York City, Feeding America, the World Health Organization and Hτpitaux de Paris - Hτpitaux de France.



• British singer Craig David, celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut album, performs live at 1 p.m. Friday, May 29, on Instagram.



• Led Zeppelin is streaming its concert film "Celebration Day," from the December 2007 reunion in London, on YouTube, starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 30, and running through Monday, June 1.



• Sponge frontman Vinnie Dombroski continues to plow through the tunes on his weekly "The Beer Sessions" at 4 p.m. Saturdays, while bassist Andy Patalan hosts his "Making It Up As We Go" performances at 8 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday, both on Facebook live.



• Star Pow-R, a new live performance platform started by Toronto's Canyon Entertainment Group, spotlights Durreyl, Kezia, Kibra and Mauve at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30. Registration via eventbrite.ca. Future shows will be on YouTube and Facebook Live. StarPow-r.com.



• Black Crowes brothers Chris and Rich Robinson, playing from home, and Canadian rockers the Trews. socially distanced at Iguana Studios in Toronto, will launch the new Budweiser Stage at Home series at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30 via livenation.me/livefromhome and Citytv.com. The shows will air weekly, with Blue Rodeo and Alan Doyle slated for June 6.



• Dave Matthews, Brandi Carlile, Nathaniel Rateliff, String Cheese Incident, the Lumineers, the Avett Brothers and more will be part of Banding Together: A Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30 to benefit the Colorado Music Relief Fund to raise money for Colorado music industry workers impacted by the pandemic. Viewing details at CoMusicRelief.org.



• Jimmy Buffett's Cabin Fever Virtual Tour stops at a 2006 show from Antigua at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30, with a encore at 11 p.m. via Margaritaville.tv.



• Country singer Colter Wall, from his home in Canada, plays a set for Filson Live at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30, on his Instagram account.



• The Michigan Opera Theatre's Austin Stewart a live preview of the Metropolitan Opera's performance of Strauss's "Salome!" at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 31, on the company's Facebook page. The MET's "Salome~!" follows at 7:30 p.m. at metopera.org. The MET is also streaming Bellini's "La Sonnambula" on Friday, May 29, and Donizetti's "L'Elisar d'Amore" on Saturday, May 30, both at 7:30 p.m. All are $4.99 or included with a MET subscription. undercover



• Singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton closes May on Sunday, the 31st, with a show at 7:30 p.m. for the Ark's Family Room Series at www.theark.org/ark-family-room-series. Free, but donations are accepted for the venue and performer.



• Pet Shop Boys, Jake Shears, Flint's Tunde Olaniran and others will perform as part of "Pride Month Eve," launching the Smithsonian Pride Alliance's Project Pride at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 31. si.edu/events/pride.



• Brandi Carlile willperformer her Grammy Award-winning album "By the Way, I Forgive You" and celebrate her 39th birthday at 9 p.m. Monday, June 1 on Veeps.com, with proceeds benefiting her band and road crew. Tickets, starting at $10, are available via brandicarlile.veeps.com.



• Willy Porter plays live at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, as part of The Ark’s Family Room Series, theark.org/ark-family-room-series. Free, but donations are accepted for the venue and performer.

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