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Music Roundup: Farm Aid, Bonnaroo, Liam Payne, Michael McDonald and more...

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

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Festivals have been sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic — in person, at least. But this weekend they go from fields to streams for viewing and listening pleasure.

• The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival lives online with Virtual Roo-ality, four days of archived performances through Saturday, Sept. 26 — including sets by Metallica, James Brown, the White Stripes, and more, as well as the Beastie Boys' final concert — via YouTube. The lineup and schedule are at bonnaroo.com.

• The Philly Music Fest streams live from the Ardmore Music Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 24-25, via Nugs.tv. Performers include Japanese Breakfast, the Districts, Mt. Joy, Langhorne Slim, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and more. Admission is free.

• The 63rd edition of the Monterey Jazz Festival will be virtual, streaming on YouTube at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 25-27.

• Farm Aid's 35th show goes "On the Road" with a virtual festival at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 via YouTube, FarmAid.org and AXS TV. Performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Bonnie Raitt, Brandi Carlile, the Black Pumas, Chris Stapleton, the War and Treaty and many more. Proceeds continue to help family farmers around the U.S.

Other Events:

• Prince's 1987 New Year's Eve concert from his Paisley Park headquarters, a benefit for the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless and included in the upcoming "Sign O' the Times" deluxe editions, will stream at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, via Prince's official YouTube channel. Maya Rudolph will host a pre-show Q&A with Prince bandmates at 7 p.m., while an afterparty with D-Nice, DJ Spinna, Moody Man and others streams after the concert.

• The War and Treaty, formed in Albion, celebrates the release of its new album "Hearts Town" with a live show streaming at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, from Grimey's in the duo's current home of Nashville, via the group's Facebook and YouTube pages and Grimey's Facebook page. For more about the album visit theoaklandpress.com/entertainment.

• British electronic group A Certain Ratio celebrates the release of its new album, "ACR Loco," with pair of listening parties this weekend -- 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, via livefrom.event/ACR/ and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, on the group's Twitter page.

• Heavy rockers Lamb of God play their entire 2004 album "Ashes of the Wake" virtually from Richmond, Va., at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25. A pre-show begins at 4 p.m.; $15 via watch.lamb-of-god.com.

• The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's digital fall series continues with Tito Munoz conducting pieces by Bach and Takemitsu at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, live from Orchestra Hall. Tickets available via dso.org.

• The Metropolitan Opera Theatre's nightly streaming series goes all-Puccini this weekend, with a 2018 performance of "Tosca" on Friday, Sept. 25, a 2019 presentation of "Turandot" on Saturday, Sept. 26 and the iconic "La Boheme" from 2008 on Sunday, Sept. 27. All at 7:30 p.m. via metopera.org.

• Guitarists Damon Johnson and Judas Priest's Richie Faulkner join forces for "A Tribute to Thin Lizzy" at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25; $10 and $25 via veeps.com.

• "Fandango at the Wall": The inspiring documentary, co-produced by Quincy Jones and Carlos Santana, about the recording of a live album featuring Mexican musicians at the border wall with the United States debuts at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, on HBO.

• Quinn XCII and Chelsea Cutler team up for a live-streamed concert from the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25. $20 via bit.ly/33Y4EWj.

• Nugs.net is bringing live music back to scenic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, virtually at least, with four shows streaming in 4G starting with Tiesto at 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, and including Fitz and the Tantrums on Friday, Sept. 25, Michigan's Billy Strings on Saturday, Sept. 26, and Lotus on Sunday, Sept. 27. Admission is $19.99 per show or $39.99 for all four via nugs.net.

• Perpetual Groove plays a full band, full-production concert from Music Matters in Atlanta at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, via nugs.tv. Admission is free but special "seats" are available via pgroove.net.

• Liam Payne returns to "The LP Show" at 3 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, via veeps.com. Proceeds will benefit Payne's touring crew.

• The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 92nd season virtually with a Beethoven festival spotlighting pianist Stewart Goodyear on Saturday, Sept. 26, and concertmaster Aaron Berofsky with his son, Charles, on Sunday, Sept. 27, both at 5:30 p.m. from the Kerrytown Concert House. Tickets are available via a2so.com.

• Michigan country singer Julianne Ankley and her band, the Rogues, celebrate their new album "With Love From Lake Huron" with a livestream concert at 7 p.m. Saturday night, Sept. 26 via Facebook Live.

• Washington, D.C., headbangers Darkest Hour celebrate the band's 25th anniversary with a streaming concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, via veeps.com; $10-$50. Proceeds go to the Black Cat employee fund to benefit workers at the D.C. nightclub.

• Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder streams archival performances from his Ohana Festival -- including the Strokes, Incubus, Mudhoney and more and new sets from Deaf Charlie, Pluralone and others -- starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 via YouTube and Nugs.tv.

• Sierra Hull, Connie Smith and Marty Stuart perform live from Nashville's Ryman Auditorium at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 via opry.com.

• North Carolina rock septet Big Something streams for free from Ovation Sound Studios in Winston-Salem at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, via nugs.tv.

• String Cheese Incident's Kyle Hollingsworth repeats his guest-filled Big Show from Denver at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. Tickets $9.99 via nugs.tv.

• Charles Lloyd, Zakir Hussain and Julian Lage team up for a Healdsburg Jazz concert at 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, from the Paul Mahder Gallery in Healdsburg, Calif. A minimum donation of $15 is required via healdsburgjazz.org.

• K-pop star Wonho steps up for a global livestream supporting his debut album, "Love Synonym #1: Right for Me," at 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, via livexlive.com; $19.99-$79.99.

• The versatile Toronto troupe Sultans of String play a livestream concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, via Zoom. Tickets are $10 via sidedooraccess.com.

• Singer and TV personality Scarypoolparty (aka Alejandro Aranda) performs at 3 and 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, from The Wiltern in Los Angeles. Tickets start at $10 via Ticketmaster.com.

• Miami-based jazz keyboardist Marlow Rosado plays a virtual benefit for Gigi’s At Home educational and therapeutic programs for youths with Down syndrome at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, via Facebook and gigisplayhouse.org.

• Tim McGraw, Sam Hunt and Breland, Kane Brown and others will perform during the 2020 Canadian Country Music Awards, streaming live this year at 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, via the Global TV app.

• Wilco, Los Lobos, Bill Frisell, Stone Foxes and Matt Jaffe have contributed performance footage for Sound Effects: SF Bay Area Musicians Relief, streaming at 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, via nugs.tv. The show is free and donations will go to Sweet Relief to benefit musicians in need.

• Country singer Dustin Lynch is joined by Jimmie Allen and Locash from 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, via nugs.tv. Tickets $9.99.

• Chris Young performs on this week's "Taking the Highways Across America" episode, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, via CampingWorld.com and the company's Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages.

• The hard rock troupe Blacktop Mojo unplugs for a "Storytellers Live Stream" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, via livefrom.events/blacktopmojo. Tickets are $7.

• Incoming Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (with the Doobie Brothers) Michael McDonald streams "Home Alone: A Special Solo Concert" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. Tickets are $20 via boxoffice.mandonlin.com.

• AWOLNATION returns to the stage at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 for a livestreamed show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. Tickets start at $15 via ticketmaster.com, and proceeds from VIP packages willb enefit Live Nation's Crew Nation relief fund for touring workers affected by the pandemic.

• To celebrate the release of its upcoming new album "Utgard," Norway's Enslaved will perform at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, via the band's Facebook page.

• Machine Gun Kelly showcases his new album "Tickets to My Downfall" during a livestreamed show on Thursday, Oct. 1, from the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, Calif. On Oct. 8, meanwhile, he'll play his 2019 release "Hotel Diablo" in its entirety. Tickets via mgk.nocapshows.com.

• The Catherine Russell Trio plays a "Live From Dizzy's" set for Jazz at Lincoln Center at 7;30 p.m. Thurday, Oct. 1, via jazz.org/livefromdizzys. A $10 donation is suggested.

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