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Music Weekend: Rock For Relief, Elton John, James Taylor, Eagles, Ringo Starr and more...

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

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Alice Cooper, Peter Frampton, George Thorogood, Don Felder and members of Slipknot, Stone Sour, Bush, Halestorm, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry and more will take part in Rock For Relief, a virtual benefit for Feeding America at 8 and 11 p.m. Friday, July 3 via rockforrelief.net. Cooper and Joe Satriani will also be conducting interviews with other artists during the event, a collaboration between United Stations Media Networks and Storic Media Podcast Network.

Other Events (all subject to change):

• Queen + Adam Lambert's "Roadies In Lockdown" series continues at 3 a.m. Friday, July on the group's official YouTube channel, this week focusing on bass guitar tech Jez Webb.

• The Essence Music Festival's second online weekend runs through Sunday, July 5, dubbed the 2020 Essence Festival of Culture: Unstoppable Virtual. A special gospel session will take place on Sunday. Check it out at essence.com.

• Bruce Springsteen is the subject of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's From the Vault series this week, with clips from his own 1999 induction as well as participation in other ceremonies, via rockhall.com and YouTube.

• Leftover Salmon will be swimming for early risers -- or those still awake -- at 2 a.m. Friday, July 3 via dittytv.com.

• Elton John launches a weekly "Classic Concert" archival series at noon Friday, July 3, via his YouTube channel. The first of six planned entries comes from Sept. 17,. 1976 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Donations will be solicited for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Each show will be available for viewing for 72 hours.

• The Allman Brothers Band alumni's 50th anniversary show, held March 10 at Madison Square Garden in New York City -- the last major concert there before the pandemic shutdown -- will stream Friday through Sunday, July 3-5, via nugs.tv. The lineup included co-founder Jaimoe, along with Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Chuck Leavell and Oteil Burbridge.

• Pickathon's #AConcertADay series is still up and running for the holiday weekend, with sets from Lucius on Friday, July 3, the Cactus Blooms on Saturday, July 4 and Cass McCombs on Sunday, July 5. All start at 4 p.m. on the festival's Facebook page and YouTube channel and Amazon Music's Twitch. Donations go to the MusiCares Covid-19 Relief Fund, matched by Spotify.

• OZZFest is certainly a no-go in a pandemic situation, but "The Spirit of OZZFest" will be live and well on Ozzy Osbourne's Boneyard on SiriusXM (Channel 38), starting at 5 p.m. Friday, July 3, and rocking with interviews and live performances by Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Tool, Slipknot Pantera, Megadeth, Slayer, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and many more. Osbourne will co-host with Luc Carl. SiriusXM.com.

• Vocalists Sara Serpa will perform a livestreamed concert at 5 p.m., Friday, July 3, to promote her new album, "Recognition." Tickets are available via crowdcast.io. Serpa has another show planned for July 13 as well.

• Fire From the Gods present a "July 4th Virtual BBQ" at 6 p.m. Friday, July 3, to benefit the social justice organization Until Freedom. Participants include Five Finger Death Punch, Bad Wolves, Filter, Sevendust, P.O.D., CeeLo Green, Ice Nine Kills and more.

• The Zac Brown Band, one of the first to cancel touring when the Covid-19 pandemic hit in March, plays a livestream concert at 7 p.m. Friday, July 3, on its Facebook and YouTube pages, to benefit the group's Camp Southern Ground.

• Britain's legendary Glastonbury festival, canceled like so many others this year, is hosting a Lost Horizons EDM festival Friday and Saturday, July 3-4, with four "stages" of performances by Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, Seth Troxler, Peggy Gou, Pete Tongue and many more, along with art and interactive installations. Dance to the music via losthorizonfestival.com, Twitch and Beatport.com.

• Louisiana singer-songwriter Kevin Gordon plays at 2 p.m. Friday, July 3, and at 2 a.m. Saturday, July 4, via dittytv.com.

• The Metropolitan Opera pulls out some heavy hitters for the holiday weekend on its nightly web series. Mozart's "Don Giovanni" kicks things off on Friday, July 3, with a 1979 performance of Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" starring Beverly Sills on Saturday, July 4 and Rossini's "La Donna del Lago" on Sunday, July 5. All 7:30 p.m. via metopera.org and MET Opera on Demand social apps. Tickets are $4.99.

• Kane Brown, Lauren Alaina and Old Dominion play the iHeartCountry 4th of July BBQ at 8 p.m. Friday, July 3, airing first on the CW Network and replaying throughotu the weekend on CWTV.com.

• The String Cheese Incident offers an archival performance at 8 p.m. Friday, July 3, via nugs.tv.

• Todd Rundgren is back with the second episode of his virtual TV show, "The Todd's Honest Truth," at 9 p.m. Friday, July 3. Tickets are $15 via onlocationlive.com.

• Philadelphia DJ Dave P. spins for a pair of Making Time parties at 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 3-4, via. nugs.tv. $6.99 admission.

• West Virginia’s ONA plays at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 4 and at 2 a.m. Sunday, July 5, via dittytv.com.

• Earth, Wind & Fire kicks off a virtual Saturdaze Summer 2020 dance party at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 4, on its YouTube channel. Starting with D-Nice, the group will feature a different DJ each week and solicit donations for the Black Lives Matters chapters in Chicago and Denver, the group members' hometowns.

• The Spring Awakening electronic music festival streams live from 4 p.m. Saturday, July 4, to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 5 via LiveXLive.com. The 22 artists include Krewella, Claude VonStroke, Destructo, Porn N' Chicken and more.

• James Taylor, who had to postpone his planned summer tour to 2021, is giving fans some music for the holiday weekend -- for a good cause. Taylor's Aug. 6, 2015 concert at Boston's Fenway Park, with special guest Bonnie Raitt, on Saturday, July 4 -- 2 p.m. on his YouTube channel and 5 p.m. on his Facebook page. Donations will be solicited for Live Nation's Crew Nation fund and the Boston Red Sox Foundation.

• CNN's "The Fourth in America," features a wealth of performances -- Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, the O'Jays, Barry Manilow, Kenny Loggins, Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Santana, Don McClean and more -- at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 4, both over the air and online, as well as on CNN apps.

• PBS's "A Capitol Fourth," featuring performances by John Fogerty, Patti LaBelle, the Temptations, Brantley Gilbert, Renee Fleming and more will stream live at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 4, via pbs.org. John Stamos and Vanessa Williams host. The show airs on television as well; Check local listings.

• Singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen hosts a virtual Fourth on the River concert at 8 p.m. Saturday via Facebook and YouTube. Staged at his Snake Barn Move Ranch Studio in Kerrville, Texas, the show will also feature Cody Canada, Willow City Music and Josh Morningstar.

• Tennessee Walt, the Americana/country/folk presentation by New York's Gayden Wren, plays "An Evening in a Distant Country" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 4, via Facebook, with a guest appearance by Texas Sally.

• Nashville's Cordovas offer Americana from its 2018 album "That Santa Fe Channel" at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 5 and 2 a.m. Monday, July 6 via dittytv.com.

• Jewel serves as co-host for the Voices of Siihasin benefit concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 5, for Covid-19 relief for indigenous communities in the western United States. It takes place on Jewel's Facebook page, and other performers include Sia, Mike Posnter, KT Tunstall, Jason Mraz, Rachel Platten, AWOLNATION and Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers. Register via love.consciouscityguide.com.

• The Ark has a pair of duos playing Family Room Series shows during the next week. The husband-wife team Freddy & Francine performs at Monday, July 6, while the R&B/classical-fusing SistaStrings are on tap Wednesday, July 8. Both at 8 p.m. via theark.org/ark-family-room-series. Free, with donations accepted for the venue and performers.

• The current edition of Eagles will broadcast a 2018 concert from Los Angeles, "Live From the Forum MMXVIII" at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 5, on ESPN. A live album and video from the show is due out Oct. 16.

• Trey Anastasio band singer and trombonist Natalie Cressman teams with guitarist Ian Faquini for a livestreamed show at 9 p.m. Sunday, July 5 via AuxChord. Tickets are $10 via auxchord.live.

• Metallica continues to raid its vaults for the Metallica Mondays series, taking place at 8 p.m. July 6 via metallicamondayslive.blogspot.com.

• Ringo Starr celebrates his 80th with "Ringo's Big Birthday Show" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, on YouTube. Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Shery Crow, Sheila E., Gary Clark Jr., Ben Harper, the All-Star Band and others will perform. Donations benefit MusiCares, the Black Lives Matter Global Network, the David Lynch Foundation and WaterAid.

• The Rave Family Block Fest, formerly Electric Blockaloo and postponed from late June, kicks off Thursday, July 9 and runs for four days on Minecraft platforms, with more than 850 dance artists including Kevin Saunderson, Carl Craig, Felix da Housecat, Steve Aoki, Blondish and more. Tickets at eventbrite.com. More details at rave.family.

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