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Music Roundup: Tom Petty, Billie Eilish, iHeartCountry, Jerry Lee Lewis and more...
 

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

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The late Tom Petty would have turned 70 on Oct. 20, but there'll be a Birthday Bash on Friday, Oct. 23, over the air and online, a week after the release of his "Wildflowers & All the Rest" reissue. Things kick off at 4:30 p.m. on SiriusXM's Tom Petty Radio channel, with special performances from the Killers, the Raconteurs, Jason Isbell, Grace Potter, Dawes and others. The big show, however, is a virtual concert at 7 p.m. The all-star lineup includes Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, Adam Sandler, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Lenny Kravitz, Roger McGuinn, Flaming Lips and many others via TomPetty.com and Amazon Music's Twitch channel. The show will also include never-before-seen footage from Petty and the Heartbreakers. More info at tompetty.com/festival.



Other Events (all subject to change):



Bruce Springsteen accompanies the release of his new album "Letter To You" with a documentary of the same name, co-directed by Springsteen and Thom Zimny and premiering Friday, Oct. 23 via AppleTV+.



Jazz singer Kurt Elling gives a nod to K-Pop during a pair of concerts, at 4 and 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, via watch.mandolin.com. Tickets are $15 and $40.



Rufus Wainwright continues his weekly "A Rufus-Retro-Wainwright-Spective" series, performing songs from his "Poses" album at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, with a Fireside Chat to follow, via rufuswainwright.veeps.com; $20.



Pepe Espinosa joins the Detroit Jazz Festival All-Stars for "American Songbook II: A Taste of Havana" shows through SAturday, Oct. 24, at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, 97 Kercheval, Groose Point Farms. Saturday's 6:45 p.m. show will be broadcast live on WDET-FM (101.9) and on the Detroit Jazz Fest LIVE! app. 313-882-5299 or dirtydogjazz.com.



Rappers Chief Keith and Pola G team up for a virtual throwdown at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, via Dreamstage.com; $14.99.



Jazz bassist Ben Allison performs with Ted Nash and Steve Cardenas as part of the Birdland on Demand series at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, via birdlandjazz.com. Tickets are $20 at stellartickets.com.



The Detroit Symphony Orchestra plays the "Four Last Songs" of Richard Strauss, sung by soprano Jacquelyn Stucker, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, streaming live from Orchestra Hall along with a Allegro from Elgar all conducted by Sir Ronald Runnicles. Tickets $12 via dso.org.



Singer-songwriter and "The Voice" runner-up Addison Agen streams a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, via watch.mandolin.com; $10.



After a few weekends of focusing on one composer, the Metropolitan Opera goes back to the musical smorgasbord this weekend with a 1992 production of Verdi's "Falstaff" on Friday, Oct. 23, a 2011 rendition of Rossini's "Le Comte Ory" on Saturday, Oct. 24, and a 2017 treatment of Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier." All at 7:30 p.m. via metopera.org.







The iHeartCountry Festival was postponed from May 2 but lives on virtually at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, via LiveXLive.com. Performers include Kane Brown, Dierks Bentley, Lady A, Kelsea Ballerini, Sam Hunt and more.



The Avett Brothers stream live from their drive-in concert at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, via nugs.tv. $24.99 HD, $34.99 in 4K.



Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio plays the third show in his virtual residence called "The Beacon Jams," live from the Beacon Theatre in New York, at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, via Twitch. Anastasio band member James Casey, meanwhile will host "The Afterparty" at 10:15 p.m. this week featuring Khris Royal, Jesse Davis and DJ Raydar Ellis via auxchord.live. Tickets are $10 with proceeds going to the performers.



Leftover Salmon is in residence at the Surf Hotel in Buena Vista, Colo., at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 23-25, via nugs.net; $14.99 per show, $29.99 for all three.



Guitarist Marc Ribot and his trio, Ceramic Dog, plays live from the roof of St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, via watch.mandolin.com; $10 advance, $12 day of show at bigearsfestival.org.



The reggae rock troupe Iration plays another show from Cocoon Malibu in California at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, $25 via nocapshows.com.



Vibraphonist Joel Ross and his Good Vibes band celebrate the release of his new album "Who Are You?" with a live show from the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, via bluenotlive.com; $15.



Hard rock quintet Sevendust streams what it says will be its only show of the year at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, from Orlando, Fla., $17, via nocapshows.com.



Scarypoolparty continues its Los Angeles venue tour with a livestream from Hotel Cafe at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 via nocapshows.com; $10.



Toronto punk band Pup plays its first-ever livestream show to celebrate its new EP, "This Place Sucks Ass," at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23; $13 via nonchorus.com/pup/.



Railroad Earth streams archival sets from its Hangtown at Home festival at 9:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 23-25, via nugs.tv. Tickets $14.99 per show, $29.99 for all three; hangtownfestival.com.



Canadian electronic duo Bob Moses streams a concert filmed in Topanga Canyon, followed by a Q&A, at 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, via Twitch.



Japanese vocalist Joji performs songs from his new "Nectar" and more during "The Extravaganza" at 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. Tickets are $17 via shop.jojimusic.com.



Hard rockers Trivium regroup for "The Deepest Cuts II," a free livestream from its rehearsal room in Orlando, Fla., at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, via frontman Matt Heavy's Twitch channel.



Japanese rock troupe Esprit D'Air celebrates its 10th anniversary with a livestream at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, via espritdair.com; $14.



Jack Black, Aloe Blacc, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe and others will perform for the MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. More information at TheTelethon.org.







Grammy and Billboard awards darling Billie Eilish makes up for her canceled concert tour, a bit, with "Where Do We Go The Livestream," a virtual concert on her website at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24; $30 via livestream.billieilish.com. Eilish will perform with her brother Finneas and touring drummer Andrew Marshall, and 500 fans get to interact with her during the show.



Jazz at Lincoln Center streams its "Ella at 100" concert, celebrating the centennial birthday of singing legend Ella Fitzgerald, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, via jazz.org. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis backs a lineup of guest vocalists for the event.



Avril Lavigne joins the livestream concert ranks with a show to raise awareness of Lyme disease at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, via her website. Rob Thomas, One Republic and Alessia Cara will be among the special guests, and Wilmer Valderrama hosts. Tickets $25 at avrillavigne.com, with proceeds to the Avril Lavigne Foundation.



Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Rita Wilson and others will play for the 12th annual Opry Goes Pink breast cancer awareness fundraiser at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. The show will be carried on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Circle All Access plus wsmonline.com.



Living Colour rocks a free live streaming concert to promote election voting at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, via nugs.net.



2 Chainz, Chloe x Halle, Saweetie and NLE Choppa and Tye Tribbet perform as part of "HBCU Homecoming: Meet Me on the Yard" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, on BET and via YouTube.



Styx returns to its Styx Fix concert series at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 on the band's YouTube page, including footage from various shows with separate mixes for speakers and headphones. Donations during the stream will go to MusiCares.



Saxophonist Joe Lovano offers a "Joyous Encounter" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, from the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York; $15 via bluenotelive.com.







The Goo Goo Dolls' Christmas album comes Oct. 30 but will focus on the hits for a streaming concert at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 via live.fantracks.com/ggd; $2.99.



The GO campaign to fight for racial justice takes its 14th annual gala virtual this year at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 via gogala2020.org. Haim, David Foster and Katharine McPhee, Ewan McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Judith Hill perform. McGregor, Robert Pattinson and Lily Collins host. Free with registration, donations will be encouraged.



Activist hard rock troupe Fever333 celebrates its new EP, "Wrong Generation," with a ticketed streaming concert at 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, via FEVER333.Veeps.com. The group also plays at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, and Friday, Oct. 30.



Stevie Nicks takes "24 Karat Gold The Concert," from shows during 2017 in Indianapolis and Pittsburgh, to the big screen on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and Oct. 25 at select movie theaters and drive-ins. Locations and ticket sales available via StevieNicksfilm.com.



Jamie Lynn Spears (Britney's sister) reunited with her Nickelodeon "Zoey 101" castmates for the "See It First: The Follow Me (Zoey 101) Experience" celebrating the release of her new single at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. Tickets start at $20 via seeitfirst.veeps.com.







Grammy Award winner Chris Thile of Nickel Creek, the Punch Brothers and more launch a three-week series of "Music is Life is Music" masterclasses at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, via christhile.com. Cost is $20 per class or $50 for all three, with VIP options available.



Kathy Mattea performs at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, from City Winery Nashville via citywinery.com or watch.mandolin.com; $10.



The Wrecks crank up for "The Nightmare Before Wreckmas" from Haddonfield, Ill., at 7 and 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, via nocapshows.com; $15 and $30.







Billy Strings is back onstage Sunday, Oct. 25, streaming live at 8 p.m. from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville; $24.99 via ryman-shop.mandolin.com.



Saxophonist Mike Phillips blows live from City Winery Atlanta at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, via citywinery.com or watch.mandolin.com; $10.



Terence Blanchard, Carla Bley, Oscar Hernandez and others will perform as part of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance "Notes 4 Votes" event at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, via the organization's Facebook page. A number of speakers will join the program as well.



The Lemonheads will livestream at 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, from the Bowery Electric in New York via RollingLiveStudios.com. Tickets $10-$250. More info at thelemonheads.net.



Cold War Kids are back and performing the new "New Age Norms 2," from CWK Studio in Los Angeles, at 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, via nocapshows.com; $15.



Singer-bassist Scott Mulvahill headlines a Nashville Sunday Night show from 3rd and Lindsley at 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, via nugs.tv. The webcast is free.



Lily Hiatt streams live from City Winery Nashville at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26; $10 via citywinery.com or watch.mandolin.com.



It'll be a killer birthday party when Jerry Lee Lewis celebrates his 85th at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, via jerryleelewis.com as well as his Facebook and YouTube pages. John Stamos hosts, with appearances by Elton John, Ringo Starr, Keith Richards, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Tom Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Gibbons, Joe Walsh, Marty Stewart, Priscilla Presley, former U.S. President Billy Clinton and others.



Matt Jones and the Reconstruction play at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, for the Ark's Family Room series via theark.org. Free, with donations solicited for the artists and venue.



Lady A performs on this week's "Taking the Highways Across America" episode, at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, via CampingWorld.com and the company's Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages.



Horror rockers Motionless in White celebrate the 10th anniversary of its album "Creatures" by playing it in its entirety at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, via Deadstream. Tickets are $15 at miwmerch.com.



Matchbox Twenty guitarist Kyle Cook plays live from Seven Steps Up in String Lake, Mich., at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, via watch.mandolin.com; $20 and up.



The Country Music Hall of Fame has a truly Big Night planned for its fundraising gala at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, on the museum's official YouTube channel. Performers such as Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Kane Brown, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Carlene Carter and others will use legendary gear from the exhibits, while the War and Treaty perform a special tribute to Ray Charles. Marty Stuart hosts.



British hard rockers Nothing But Thieves stream "Live From the Warehouse" shows over two days, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 28-29, to cover markets in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Tickets and full details can be found via shops.ticketmasterpartners.com/nothing-but-thieves-live-stream.



An ensemble of young lions, fronted by vocalist Shenel Johns, performs a "Let Freedom Swing" show for Jazz at Lincoln Center's Live From Dizzy's Club series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, via jazz.org. Free, with donations solicited.







Detroit's Gasoline Gypsies deliver a "Wall of Spooky Gypsy Sound Livestream" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, from the Parliament Room at Otus Supply in Ferndale, via the venue's Facebook page. TheGasolineGypsies.com.



The Americana quartet Mipso plays a virtual concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, via mipsomusic.com. Tickets are $6.



The Nu Deco Ensemble beings a new season from Miami Beach with guest vocalist Jose James at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, via Live.Nu-Deco.org.



Singer-songwriter Leslie Mendelson is live from City Winery Pier 57 NYC at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, via citywinery.com. Tickets start at $10.



Grammy Award winner H.E.R. follows up her "Saturday Night Live" debut with a performance for the Xfinity Awesome Gig Powered by Pandora series at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. The show is free, with RSVPs requested to xfinityawesomegigher.splashthat.com.

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