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Music: Beats Go On, Outside Lands, Jason Aldean, Metallica and more...

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

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Arts, Beats & Eats is off this year. But the beats are going on.

"The Beats Go On..." is the festival's just-started music program, which will feature virtual performances by 225 acts (and counting) via social media, primarily Facebook Live. The artists will receive donations via virtual tip jars, and while the Arts, Beats & Eats Foundation is also accepting donations to share with metro area musicians. Oakland County has contributed a $500,000 matching grant for the artists as well.

The full and updated list of streaming performances , as well aas links, can be found via artsbeatseats.com.

Starting Sept. 4, The Beats Go On becomes a four-day live event with 15 acts performing in the usual national stage site at Sixth and Main streets in Royal Oak in front of a maximum of 50 cars holding two people each. Tickets are available via the web site.

Other Events (all subject to change):

San Francisco's Outside Lands is among the canceled festivals going virtual as Inside Lands, posting archival footage of performances by jack White, Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem, Anderson.Paak and many more Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28-29, on Twitch. More details via sfinsidelands.com.

Country star Jason Aldean will deliver a virtual backyard performance at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, on Live Nation's Twitter page (@LiveNation) as part of the company's Live From Home series. Bretty Young and Maddie and Tae will also perform.

The Metropolitan Opera Theatre continues its nightly streaming series with a trio of Verdi classics -- "La Traviata" from 2018 on Friday, Aug. 28, "Don Carlo" from 2010 on Saturday, Aug. 29 and "Falstaff" from 2013 on Sunday, Aug. 30. All at 7:30 p.m. via metopera.org and MET Opera on Demand social apps. Lisa Davidson, meanwhile, stars in "Met Stars Live" at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. Tickets are $20 via metstarslive.brightcove-services.com.

String Cheese Incident's "Friday Night Cheese" -- at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 via nugs.tv -- comes from an Aug. 1, 2010 show at Horning's Hideout in North Plains, Ore. Tickets are $14.99.

South of Eden celebrates the release of its debut EP, "The Talk," with a streaming show at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 live from Flannagan's in its native Columbus, Ohio, on the band's Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Reba McEntire returns to the internet for "Reba In Concert," filmed during 1990 in Austin, Texas, at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 via her YouTube channel.

Chris Janson will perform as part of "Live At The Ryman" at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, via ryman.com. Tickets start at $10.

South Carolina's NEEDTOBREATHE celebrates its new album, "Out of Body," with "an immersive concert experience" from Nashville at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28. Tickets are available through the group's official web site, needtobreathe./merchmadeeasy.com.

Pianist Lafayette Gilchrist and saxophonist David Murray team up for livestreamed concerts from New York's Village Vanguard at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28-20. Access is $10. villagevanguard.com.

"American Idol" winner Lee DeWyze will stream live from the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28. Tickets are $20 and available at viddd.co.

The British dance music festival Creamfields moves to the virtual realm this weekend with a House Party Edition at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29-30, with performances by Tiesto, Pete Tong, Fatboy Slim, Faithless, Jamie Jones, Carl Cox and many more. The party will be available via creamfields.com/houseparty, YouTube and Twitch.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra does double duty on Saturday, Aug. 29, with yoga accompanied by live music at 9 a.m. in the Fisher Music Center's Sosnick Courtyard and a sold-out small ensemble concert at Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores. The DSO wraps up its summer series with a Kirk Johnson Group performance Monday, Aug. 31 and another yoga session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, both 7 p.m. in the Sosnick Courtyard. COVID-19 precautions apply to all events. dso.org for reservations, tickets and more details.

Postponed from June, Record Store Day holds the first of three special dates on Saturday, Aug. 29, with limited activity at the independent record stores themselves but still broad batch of special, mostly vinyl releases from Billie Eilish, Elton John, Alice Cooper, Al Green, Bob Marley & the Wailers, the Romantics' Mike Skill with the MC5's Wayne Kramer and more. Future drops include Sept. 26 and Oct. 24. Get the full list as well as participating stores at recordstoreday.com.

Southfield-raised GRiZ hosts a "Virtual Kulabunga!" retreat online from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29-30, via Zoom. The event includes sessions on creative writing. philosophy, yoga, self-improvement fitness and other subjects. Tickets are $38.50 via eventbrite.com. The retreat takes the place of the Camp Kulabunga GRiZ has staged in Ortonville since 2018.

Progstock's online series episode for Saturday, Aug. 29 features Melanie Mau and Martin Schnella, Potter's Daughter and more. Tickets are available via stageit.com/ProgStock. More information and updates at ProgStock.com.

One Directions' Liam Payne is back online with "The LP Show Act 2" at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 -- the singer's 27th birthday. Tickets are pay-what-you-want via liampayne@veeps.com.

Hard rockers Trivium stream a free concert, "The Deepest Cuts," at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 -- live from the group's Orlando, Fla. rehearsal space -- via frontman Matt Heafy's "Twitch" channel.

Los Angeles' Leimert Park Jazz Festival goes virtual at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, via Facebook Live, with performances by Munyungo Jackson's Jungle Jazz Quartet, Michael O'Neill & Friends, Dwight Trible and others. More details at leimertparkjazzfestival.com.

The Celtic troupe We Banjo 3 hosts its Follow The Light festival via livestream starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, joined by Gaelic Storm, Sharon Shannon, Nathan Carter and the East Pointers. A variety of ticket packages can be found via webanjo3.com.

Metallica has filmed a special concert that will be shown at drive-in theaters on Saturday, Aug. 29. ticketmaster.com/encore-metallica for locations and tickets.

Heavy rock supergroup Down celebrates its 25th anniversary with "The Quarter Century Throwdown" at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, via livefrom.events.com. Tickets are $9.

The Pontiac-based non-profit Lighthouse had to cancel it's annual Rent Party fundraiser due to pandemic in June, but it's pivoted to a Virtual Rent Party, taking place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, live on the organization's Facebook page from the former Stanley Kresge Estate in Detroit's Arden Park-East Boston Historic District. Jazz pianist Mike Jellick will perform, and donations will be encouraged to help Lighthouse continue its work helping the underprivileged. lighthousemi.org.

Keb' Mo' plays four solo acoustic shows, one early and late each day, on Aug. 29-30 for City Winery in Nashville. Tickets and other information can be found via citywinery.com/nashville/.

George Bedard and the Kingpins, with special guest Mr. B, stream live from The Ark in Ann Arbor at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 via theark.org/ark-family-room-series. The show includes a special tribute section to the late Little Richard. Free, with donations accepted for the artist and venue.

While the concert by Golf Clap and others Saturday, Aug. 29, at Detroit's Aretha Franklin Amphitheater is sold out, it will be streamed at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 via the venue's Facebook live page. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased via theAretha.com.

Ingrid Andress joins Jordan Davis and Steve Wariner at the Grand Ole Opry at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 via Circle Television, Dish Network, and Sling TV. CirclePlus.com.

The Avett Brothers celebrate the release of their new album, "The Third Gleam," with a streaming concert from the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 via nugs.tv. Free, with HD and 4K versions available for $24.99 and $34.99 respectively.

Players such as Stanley Jordan, David Broza, Rory Block, Laurence Juber and more will be part of Muriel Anderson's "All Star Guitar Night," moving to virtual space (allstartguitarnight.com) at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 to benefit Guitars in the Classroom and Anderson's Music for Life Alliance. Registration can be made at the show's web site.

Singer-songwriter Anders Osborne streams at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, from Tipitina's in New Orleans via nugs.tv. $11.99.

Lee Burridge's "All Day I Stream" hosts Bross, Flowers On Monday and Amonita at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30 via twitch.tv/alldayistreamof.

Hard rockers Seether celebrate the release of a new album, "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum" with a livestream concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30. Tickets start at $20 via seether.veeps.com. peteyorn.veeps.com. Pre- and post-show sessions are also available.

Singer-songwriter Alan Williams begins a streaming series, "Live From the Aviary," at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, via ditty.tv.com.

Singer-songwriter Pete Yorn hosts a full, acoustic performance of his 2003 album "Day I Forgot" at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30. Tickets start at $15 via

CAM, Lindsay Ell, Cassadee Pope, members of Dr. Dog and Gone West and others perform as part of Get Your Vote On! a free virtual concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, presented by the Nashville Action Committee and HeadCount.org via nugs.tv.

Chris Daughtry resumes its Live From Home virtual acoustic tour, performing from Nashville for the Machine Shop in Flint at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30. Tickets are $10, with VIP options, via daughtryofficial.com/events.

Peruvian-born singer Cecilia Noel will be joined by her husband, Men At Work frontman Colin Hay, and San Miguel Perez for an Ark Family Room streaming concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday Aug. 30 via theark.org/ark-family-room-series. Free, with donations accepted for the performers and venue.

Brandy and Monica, who teamed for "The Boy is Mine" in 1988, will join together again for Verzuz event at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31 from Tyler Perry Studios, via Instagram Live.

Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, along with guests plays a Virtual Birdland concert at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, via @afrolatinjazzalliance on Facebook and on YouTube.

Billboard magazine hosts "Live at Home Sessions" concerts at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays via its Facebook page. This week's lineup will be announced Monday, Aug. 31.

Los Angeles rockers The Aces stream a pair of concerts, at 2 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, via the band's official website. Tickets and other details via theacesofficial.com.

The venerable Colorado concert venue Red Rocks will host a "Red Rocks Unpaused" virtual series at 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 1-3, via Twitter and visiblexredrocks.com. Performers include Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and Phoebe Bridgers on Tuesday, Megan Thee Stallion and Lil Baby on Wednesday and Sam Hunt and Brett Young on Thursday.

SummerStage Anywhere hosts a special "Solidarity For Sanctuary concert will Carla Morrison, il.e, Kaina, Alaina Castillo and more at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, via Amazon Music's Twitch channel.

Versatile Canadian singer-songwriter AHI plays an Ark Family Room series streaming concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1 via theark.org/ark-family-room-series. Free, with donations accepted for the performers and venue.

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band will make some big damn noise from his log cabin in Brown County, Ind. at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. Catch it on the group's Facebook page.

Britain's The Magic Gang will take fan phone calls for seven hours, starting at noon Wednesday, Sept. 2, in a "Death of the Live Stream" event to celebrate the release of its new album "Death of the Party." The session will stream live via Facebook and YouTube, with guest appearances from Sports Team and members of the Vaccines, Swim Deep, Spector and the Maccabees.

The reunited Billy Pilgrim previews its upcoming In the Time Machine album with a streaming Paste Sessions performance at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 from Eden's Attic via pastmagazine.com.

The Nashville duo of Shaun Richardson and Seth Taylor play a Family Room Series show for The Ark at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, via theark.org/ark-family-room-series. Free, with donations accepted for the performers and venue.

The Honey Straws will be joined by members of Phil Lesh's Terrapin Family Band and Midnight North for a free streaming concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 via nugs.tv.

Ghost of Paul Revere plays its entire "Good At Losing Everything" album at 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, from the State Theater in Portland, Maine, via nugs.tv. $14.99 or $44.99 for a four-show pass.

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