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Music Weekend: Detroit Music Weekend, Ringo Starr, Darius Rucker, Jeff Daniels and more...

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

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After skipping a year, a third Detroit Music Weekend takes place Saturday, July 25, both live and online. Nearly 30 local arcts -- including Larry McCray, the Kern Brantley Band, Audra Kubat, Carolyn Striho, Alise King and many more -- will play during the nine-hour event, which starts at noon in the parking lot next to Detroit's Music Hall Center, 350 Madison Ave., and streamed via Facebook Live. Admission is free but in-person attendance is limited to 88 people, with Covid-19 prevention measures in place such as masks, socially distanced seating and stage disinfecting between acts. Additional information and updates at detroitmusicweekend.com or musichall.org.

Other Events (all subject to change):

The Summer Encore Festival, an ambitious three-week series of landmark archival live performances from some of rock's biggest names, launches Friday, July 24 with both free and ticketed streams. Artists such as the Rolling Stones, Queen, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, the Who, Green Day, Janis Joplin, Wu-Tang Clan, Mumford & Sons and more will be featured from a variety of concerts and festivals spanning more than 50 years. Details -- including schedules, updates and ticket information -- at stingray.com/encore.

The all-star "Ringo's Big Birthday Show" -- during which Beatles drummer Ringo Starr celebarted his 80th with brother-in-law Joe Walsh and friends such as Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Sheila E., Gary Clark Jr., Edgar Winter and more -- has moved to the CEEK Virtual Reality, adding a new Q&A and other content. Details at ceek.com.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's latest watch party is dubbed "Passport to Europe," featuring archival performances of pieces by Johann Strauss II, Jacques Offenbach and others. Check it out on the DSO's Facebook page. 313-576-5111 or dso.org.

Lost Resort TV begins "Rave the Vote," a monthly series, that will feature performances by Seth Troxler, Carl Craig, Soul Clap, TOKiMONSTA, the Blessed Madonna and more starting Friday, July 24, with subsequent episodes on Aug. 14, Sept. 11 and Oct. 1. The shows will include voter registration as well. Info and updates at ravethevote.org.

The Virginia duo Illiterate Light streams its February performance of My Morning Jacket's "Thank You Too!" in Nashville at noon Friday, July 25, on its YouTube page. The streamcast will raise money for the Basement East, which was closed by the Nashville tornado just two days after the show.

Elton John presents another archival concert, from 1995 in Rio de Janeiro, at 3 p.m. Friday, July 24, on his YouTube channel. The show will be available for 72 hours.

Jazz pianist Kevin Hayes plays a live solo show from his home in Woodstock, N.Y., at 3 p.m. Friday, July 24. $7 via kevinhays.veeps.com.

Pickathon's #AConcertADay series is still up and running, with sets from Lake Street Dive on Friday, July 24, Boulevards on Saturday, July 25 and House and Land, July 26. 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.

The Prodigy celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its Milton Keynes Bowl show in the UK by streaming its "Worlds On Fire" concert film at 4 p.m. Friday, July 24 on the band's YouTube channel.

Consequence of Sound is hosting "Back in Black 40th Anniversary: A Virtual Celebration" for the landmark AC/DC album, which has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. The event starts at 5 p.m. Friday, July 24, via its social media platforms with guitarist Jared James Nichols hosting testimonials from Slash, Dee Snider and members of Anthrax, Lamb of God and other bands, as well as tutorial performances. Details and updates at consequenceofsound.net.

Hip-hop pioneers DJ Kool Herc and Cindy Campbell offer a Culture Talk at 6 p.m. Friday, July 24, via the SummerStage Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitch pages.

The Metropolitan Opera continues to dig into its vaults for its nightly streaming series. This weekend's offerings include Verdi's "Falstaff" from 1992, Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier" from 2010 and Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West" from 2018 -- all 7:30 p.m. via metopera.org and MET Opera on Demand social apps. The Michigan Opera offers a pre-show talk about "Falstaff" at 7 p.m. Friday via its Facebook page. More details at motopera.org. The MET will also present an archival performance of Wagner's "Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)" as part of the "Great Performances" series at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26, on PBS (Detroit Public Television, Channel 56, or check local listings).

Ekoostik Hookah and JSG continues its Spring Hookahville 2020 streaming series at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 24-25, from Cloud, Ohio, via nugs.tv. Tickets are $9.99 per show, $29.99 for all three.

The String Cheese Incident offers another free "Friday Night Cheese" archive streamcast at 8 p.m. July 24 via nugs.tv.

Heavy rockers Underoath performs its 2006 album, "Define the Great Line" in its entirety at 8 p.m. Friday, July 24. Tickets $15-$70 via underoathobservatory.com.

Americana up-and-comer Billy Strings concludes his Streaming Strings tour from Nashville with virtual "stops" on Friday and Saturday, July 24-25, from the Exit/In and Sunday, July 26, from 3rd & Lindsley, via nugs.tv. Tickets are $9.99, with proceeds benefitting the ACLU, Backline and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. streamingstrings.com.

Dixon's Violin inaugurates a live music series at Detroit's Food Field at 8 p.m. Friday, July 24. 1600 Lawrence St. $20. dixonsviolin.com or foodfieldorganicfarm.com.

Ska rock troupe Dirty Heads livestream an acoustic version of its 2017 album "Swim Team" at 8 p.m. Friday, July 24. $10 via dirtyheads.veeps.com.

Chicago singer-songwriter and activist Joe Jencks plays for the Ark's Family Room Series at 8 p.m. Friday, July 24 via theark.org/ark-family-room-series. Free, with donations accepted for the artists and venue.

Dirty Honey rocks out from the Viper Room in Los Angeles, and promises two brand new songs in the set, at 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 24. $9.55 via dirtyhoney.veeps.com.

Venerable jazz bassist and Ferndale native Ron Carter and his Golden Striker Trio stream a pair of performances for the "Live at the Village Vanguard" series at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 24-25. Russell Malone is on guitar and Donald Vega has the piano bench. $10 via villagevanguard.com.

Katy Perry, David Guetta and Steve Aoki are among more than 60 artists performing virtually as part of the Tomorrowland Around the World festival at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26, via Tomorrowland.com. Tickets are $14 for one day, $23 for both, with other packages also available.

London's Royal Albert Hall presents a "Classical For Kids" special at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 25, via royalalberthall.com.

Galaxie 500's Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips team up for a livestream from the U.K. at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 25. $10 and $20 via deanandbritta.veeps.com.

The Empty Pockets will play Al Stewart songs live from City Winery Chicago while Stewart tells the stories about those songs from his home at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 25. $12 via citywinerychi.veeps.com.

Singer-songwriter Pete Yorn plays his entire debut album, 2001's "musicforthemorningafter" at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 25. $15 via peteyorn.veeps.com. A pre-show Q&A at 5:30 p.m. is also available for $60 (includes the performance as well).

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass hosts a live performance and Q&A with Los Lobos, which has played the festival on three occasions, at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 25, via HardlyStrictlyBluegrass.com and the fest's Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and Nugs.tv pages.

Country star and "The Voice" judge Blake Shelton will be joined by girlfriend Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins for a drive-in theater simulcast concert on Saturday, July 25. Tickets are $114.99 per car (up to six people). Details and tickets via ticketmaster.com/encore-blakeshelton. Shelton and Stefani will also perform their new single, "Happy Anywhere," Friday, July 24, as part of the Citi Music Series on NBC's "Today" show (WDIV, Channel 4 in Detroit).

Detroit-born Inner City celebrates the release of its new album, "We All Move Together," with alive show on Saturday, July 25, at Detroit's Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre. Attendance is capped at 100 and has already sold out, with masks, social distancing and other pandemic restrictions in place. thearetha.com.

Texas swing masters Asleep at the Wheel -- whose founder Ray Benson had Covid-19 back in March and April -- plays a full-band "At Home Dance Live from Star Hill Ranch" in Austin, Texas at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 25. Tickets are $15 advance, $25 day of show with other packages available. livestream.asleepatthewheel.com.

"Haunted" hitmaker Diamante offers a Rock Fiesta at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26, with guests from the Butcher Babies, Stitched Up Heart, Escape the Fate and more. Tickets and updates at thisisdiamante.com.

Jazz artists Miguel Atwood-Ferguson holds a Q&A and premieres footage from his 2012 performance at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 25, via the SummerStage Facebook, Instagram YouTube and Twitch pages.

Rapper Nelly celebrates the 20th anniversary of his debut album "Country Grammar" by performing it in its entirety at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 25 as part of MelodyVR's "Live From LA" series, free via the MelodyVR app.

Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young ("Jersey Boys") performs a one-night-only virtual concert at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 25, via BroadwayonDemand.com. $30, and $100 for a VIP afterparty with Q&A.

The Rolling Stones' "Extra Licks" series features a past performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 26, on the group's YouTube page.

California hard rockers Adema offer a full-production livestream from 3rd Encore Studios in Los Angeles at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 26, via the band's Facebook page.

Canadian singer-songwriter Royal Wood plays a benefit at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26 via theark.org/ark-family-room-series. Free, with donations going to Black Lives Matter Canada and Detroit at 7:30

Widespread Panic continues to "Never Miss a Sunday" with an archival show streaming at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 26, via nugs.tv. Free, with donations solicited for Nuci's Space and Conscious Alliance.

Chelsea's Jeff Daniels, still waiting for production to begin on his next TV series, plays a streaming live show via The Ark at 8 p.m. Monday, July 27, with a Q&A afterwards. $15 via theark.org.

"Metallica Mondays" continues at 8 p.m. July 27 with another vintage concert, on the group's Facebook page and YouTube channel and via nugs.tv.

Delaware singer-songwriter Marielle Kraft plays a virtual concert for the Ark's Family Room Series at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 via theark.org/ark-family-room-series. Free, with donations accepted for the artists and venue.

Country star Kane Brown performs for for the Pandora Live series at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 28. The show is free but RSVP required to pandoralivekanebrown.splashthat.com/PR

Kin Copaset plays live at 8 p.m. Tuesday July 28, via auxchord.live. $10 advance, $12 day of show.

Donavon Frankenreiter plays virtually at 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, from the Belly Up in Solano Beach, Calif. $10 via nocapshows.com.

Indie singer-songwriter Fenne Lilly plays a SummerStage Anywhere Session at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 via SummerStage's Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages.

Mick Flannery plays live from Ireland to celebrate his new album, "Alive," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, via theark.org. $9.11. Susan O'Neill, aka SON, will also perform.

Ann Arbor-raised Bill Kirchen, a founding member of Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, plays an Ark Family Room Series show at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, via theark.org/ark-family-room-series. Free, with donations accepted for the artists and venue.

Hootie & the Blowfish's Darius Rucker will be joined by Clint Black and Tracy Lawrence for virtual a "Darius & Friends" concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, via LiveXLive.com/Darius. Tickets start at $15 with proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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