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Music Roundup: Voting festivals, Rihanna, Josh Groban, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and more...

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

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Fitting for the campaign season, a batch of artists will be working overtime to help get out the vote in this campaign season. "Vote Ready" features performances by Rob Thomas, Portugal. The Man, Fitz & the Tantrums, Rival Sons, Jax Anderson and more at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 via headcount.org/voteready. HeadCount is also involved in Democracy Comes Alive, another virtual festival featuring Bruce Hornsby members of String Cheese Incident, Phil Lesh and Friends, Shawn Colvin, Billy Strings and many more at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 via nugs.tv. The event also includes conversations with members of the Grateful Dead, Phish and others. RSVP and more information at democracycomesalive.com. And the final Rave the Vote event takes place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3, with performances by DJ Jazzy Jeff, TOKiMONSTA, Soul Clap, Cakes Da Killa and many more. RSVP via ravethevote.org.

Other Events:

• Rihanna takes her annual SavageXFenty Show online with a "Vol. 2" roll-out of her latest line of lingerie on Friday, Oct. 2, exclusively via Amazon Prime Video. The event includes performances by Travis Scott, Bad Bunny, Rosalia, Miguel and more and appearances by Lizzo, Demi Moore, Paris Hilton, Big Sean and others.

• Six-string fanatics have a weekend to indulge via Guitar.com Live, a three-day festival Friday through Sunday, Oct. 2-4, loaded with performances, masterclasses, interviews, gear reviews and more. Register via Guitar.com.

• A weeklong celebration for the 25th anniversary of Oasis' "What's the Story) Morning Glory" album comes to an end with an Official Album Playback and Singalong event at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, on YouTube.

• Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman and author Corey Taylor celebrates the release of his first solo album, "CMFT," at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 with a "Forum or Against 'Em" full-production performance from the Forum in Los Angeles. Tickets available via thecoreytaylor.com.

• Punk rockers Bowling For Soup have two days of music planned, starting with a soundcheck and acoustic set at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, and concerts at 3 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, all via veeps.com. Tickets are available through the site.

All-star saxophonist Dave McMurray is at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe in Grosse P• ointe through Saturday, Oct. 3. Two seatings each night. 97 Kercheval. 313-882-5299 or dirtydogjazz.com.

• Celebrated pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet returns to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to perform Cesar Franck's Piano Quintet in F Minor for a streaming concert live from Orchestra Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, via dso.org/events-and-tickets. $12. 313-576-5111.

• It's an all-Mozart weekend for the Metropolitan Opera Theatre, which will be streaming a 2011 performance of "Don Giovanni" on Friday, Oct. 2, a 1998 delivery of "Le Nozze di Figaro with Renee Fleming on Saturday, Oct. 3 and "Idomeneo" from 2017 on Sunday, Oct. 4. All 7:30 p.m. via metopera.org.

• Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada ("Miss Saigon") plays a Zoom concert from Birland Jazz Club in New York at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 via cabaret313.org.

• String Cheese Incident's "Friday Night Cheese" show this week comes from a 2014 concert in Danville, Ill. at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 via nugs.tv. The streamcast is free.

• Country singer Chris Young performs as part of a virtual Great Futures Gala benefit for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2. There will also be live and silent auctions. More details via bgcmt.org/gala2020/.

• Frontmen from the Goo Goo Dolls (John Rzeznik), O.A.R. (Marc Roberge) and Poison (Bret Michaels) top the bill for the American Music Festival, taking the place of the Virginia Beach event, at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 via visitvabeach on Facebook and YouTube. Other performers include Michael Franti, Moon Taxi, Larkin Poe, Carbon Leaf and more.

• Red Jumpsuit Apparatus streams live from the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood at 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 via veeps.com.

• The Bluegrass Situation hosts a Shout & Shine showcase online, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 with Sunny War, Blind Boy Paxton, the Tray Wellington Band and others. thebluegrasssituation.com.

• British singer Sam Amidon previews his upcoming fourth album, due out Oct. 23, with a streaming performance at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 from King's Place in London. Tickets available via kingsplace.co/uk.

• Josh Groban plays the first of three planned livestreamed concerts at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, performing a selection of his Broadway favorites. Tickets $25-$145 via joshgroban.com/livestream.

• The Black Feathers, an Americana duo from Britain, plays a virtual set at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 as part of the Ark's Family Room Series via theark.org/ark-family-room-series. The show is free but contributions will be solicited for the artist and venue.

• Chicago prog rockers District 97 host a "Screening Tour," featuring unseen footage of its October 2019 concert in Belgium, a new video, a liv•e Q&A and more at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, via stageit.com. More information and tickets via district87.net.

• The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival is on, and online this year, with three hours of music starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 via hardlystrictlybluegrass.com. The lineup includes Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs, Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, Aaron Lee Tasjan and more.

• The non-profit Ridgefield Playhouse in Connecticut celebrates its 20th anniversary with a livestreamed performance by Bruce Hornsby at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, via premium.bandsintown.com/live. The show will also feature appearances by other artists who have played the venue over the years, including Todd Rundgren, Paul Shaffer, Stephen Schwartz and others. ridgfieldplayhouse.org.

• Canadian rockers Coney Hatch play their first-ever Pay Per View streaming concert from Toronto's El Mocambo at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, via nugs.tv. $9.99 and $14.99.

• Nashville's iconic Grand Ole Opry reopens for live audiences for the first time since mid-March, with limited attendance, at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 featuring Vince Gill, Dierks Bentley, Terri Clark and Lorrie Morgan. The show will be streamed via Circle All Access' YouTube, Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as on wsmonline.com.

• Larkin Poe plays an acoustic band concert airing twice, at 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 via larkinpoe.com. The duo is releasing a new covers album, "Kindred Spirit," on Nov. 20.

• The funky Brooklyn troupe Brasstracks livestreams a show from House of Yes at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, via Cadenza.tv. $10 and up.

• Plymouth singer-songwriter Kylee Phillips performs a virtual set at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, as part of the Ark's Family Room Series via theark.org/ark-family-room-series. The show is free but contributions will be solicited for the artist and venue.

• Garth Brooks continues his "Inside Studio G" weekly shows in its newly reconfigured studio at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5 on his Facebook Page and SiriusXM channel (55).

• Scottish troubadour Nic Gareiss performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 as part of the Ark's Family Room Series via theark.org/ark-family-room-series. The show is free but contributions will be solicited for the artist and venue.

• The Who raises money for frontman Roger Daltrey's Teenage Cancer Trust with a new series on YouTube featuring footage from previous TCT benefits at Royal Albert Hall. The first, at 3 p.m. Oct. 8, features Ed Sheeran, with a future docket that includes Muse (Oct. 9), Paul McCartney (Oct. 11), Pulp (Oct. 14), Noel Gallagher (Oct. 15), Them Crooked Vultures (Oct. 16), the Who (Oct. 17) and the Cure (Oct. 18). All are free, with donations solicited for the charity.

• Bill Charlap plays an evening of solo piano at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 at jazzatlincolncenter.squarespace.com/dizzys-club. Tickets are pay-as-you-wish via the web site.

• Michigan's Judy Banker Band plays at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 as part of the Ark's Family Room Series via theark.org/ark-family-room-series. The show is free but contributions will be solicited for the artist and venue.

• Shinedown's Smith & Myers, Jason Isbell, American Authors, Yola and others perform for the Come Together Mental Health Music Festival for Sound Mind at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, via the Relix YouTube channel. More details at soundmindlive.org.

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