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Music: Cat Stevens, Dua Lipa, Mariah Carey, Dolly Parton, Lindsey Buckingham and more.....

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

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It's been a busy year for Yusuf/Cat Stevens, with a reimagined "Tea For the Tillerman 2" and recent deluxe issues of the original "Tillerman" and "Mona Bone Jakon." The wild world goes on with the CatSong Festival, a virtual event at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, via YouTube, with Dave Matthews, HAIM, Jack Johnson, Incubus' Brandon Boyd, Feist and more than three dozen others playing Stevens' songs. Visit catstevens.com.

Other events (all subject to change)...


After breaking virtual ticket sales and viewing records (more than 5 million views on its first night a week ago), multi-Grammy Award nominee Dua Lipa's "Studio 2054" concert with guests Elton John, Miley Cyrus, Kylie Minogue, Bad Bunny and others remains available through Sunday, Dec. 6. Tickets via live-now.com.

On "My Gift: A Christmas Special from Carrie Underwood," the country star and "American Idol" champ sings for the season, with help from John Legend and Underwood's son Isaiah, via HBO Max.

All Mariah Carey wants for Christmas is for you to watch "Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special" via Apple TV. Her guest list is impressive, too, with Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland and Mykal-Michelle Harris, as well as Carey's twins, Moroccan and Monroe.

This week's "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Vault" podcast features Tupac Shakur's 2017 entry, with Snoop Dogg doing the honors from the podium; rockhall.org.

"Celebremos: Eterna Navidad" teams Latinx musicians and comedians for an all-star holiday celebration, hosted by Juanes and Karen Martinez, via pantaya.com.

Robyn Hitchcock and Emma Swift play "Live From Sweet Home Quarantine" at 3 p.m. via stageit.com.

All Time Low's "Basement Noise" livestream series continues at 6 p.m. from Nashville, with bassist Zack Merrick choosing this episode's set list. Tickets via shop.alltimelow.com.

The Metropolitan Opera goes to the Wayback machines for this weekend's livestream concerts, including: A 2010 production of Bizet's Carmen on Friday, Dec. 4; a 1988 presentation of Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos" featuring Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle on Saturday, Dec. 5; and Puccini's "Tosca" from 1978, with Luciano Pavarotti, on Sunday, Dec. 6. All at 7:30 p.m. and free via metopera.org.

Detroit's We Came As Romans and Bad Omens rock at 7 p.m., free via thebarricade.live.

Seattle rapper Sadistik offers a performance and Q&A at 7 p.m. Tickets via noonchorus.com.

String Cheese Incident streams a Dec. 7, 2011, show from the Pageant in St. Louis at 8 p.m., free via nugs.tv.

Christian McBride and his New Jawn quartet play at 8 p.m. from the Village Vanguard in New York, with a repeat show Saturday, Dec. 5. Tickets via villagevanguard.com.

Duke Robillard pushes his latest album, "Blues Bash with Duke Robillard & Friends" with a free live stream concert at 8 p.m. from the Narrows Center in Fall River, Mass., via narrowscenter.org.

The Bad Plus streams one of its Big Ears Festival shows at 8 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

California rap-rockers Fever 333 host a "Wrong Generation Townhall" at 8 p.m. featuring music and conversation via linktr.ee/Fever333.

Dolly Parton, Brett Eldredge and Carly Pearce team up for a special Pandora Live holiday show at 9 p.m. from Nashville, free to Pandora subscribers.

The Hold Steady which recently announced a new album, "Open Door Policy," for February release finishes its "Massive Nights 2020" "tour" live from the Brooklyn Bowl at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5. Tickets via fans.live.

Maren Morris also performs from the Brooklyn Bowl at 9 p.m. Tickets via fans.live.

Heavy rockers Atreyu play the second of two "Carry the Fire" virtual concerts at 9 p.m. Tickets via atreyumerch.com.

Dawes plays 2009's "North Hills" album in its entirety at 9 p.m. Tickets via noonchorus.com.

Casting Crowns plays a set of Christmas favorites along with its own material at 9 p.m. from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

"American Idol" champ David Cook plays a "December To Remember" show at 9 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

Big Chief Monk Boudreux plays classic New Orleans music at 9 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

"The Show: The Saga of Wiz Khalifa," spotlighting the hitmaking Pittsburgh rapper, streams at 11 p.m. Tickets via livexlive.com.


New York's Tennessee Walt plays a "Christmas in a Distant Country" concert, featuring favorites by Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Earnest Tubb and others at 2 p.m. via Facebook Live.

Andy Timmons re-creates his 2011 album "Andy Timmons Band Plays Sgt. Pepper" with a two-part streaming performance, at 3 and 9 p.m., via stageit.com/AndyTimmonsOfficial.

The Dales stream live at 6:30 p.m. Tickets via watch.topeka.live.

Though its new album, "The Bitter Truth," has been postponed into 2021, Evanescence will rock at 4 p.m. from remote locations in Nashville, Sacramento and Germany. Tickets via EvanescenceLive.com.

ProgStock continues its Moogvember series with Paul Whitehead at 6 p.m. and Nektar at 8 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

Patty Griffin concludes a three-show virtual concert series at 8 p.m., live from the Continental Club in Austin, Texas. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

Liam Gallagher performs solo material and Oasis favorites live from a barge on the River Thames in London at 8 p.m. Exclusively via MelodyVR. Tickets via livenation.co.uk.

Widespread Panic starts a December series of Saturday shows at 8 p.m. with a Dec. 30, 2007, performance at Philips Arena in Atlanta. Tickets via nugs.tv.

Singer-songwriter Chris Buhalis plays at 8 p.m. for the Ark's Family Room Series via theark.org/ark-family-room-series. Donations benefit the artist and venue.

Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith plays with members of the Niagra Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. from St. Catherines, Ontario. Tickets via sessionslive.com.

Outlaw country singer Cody Jinks presents a show from Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre at 8 p.m. Tickets via noonchorus.com.

Theater and TV actress Ali Stroker who won a Tony Award as Ado Annie in the 2019 revival of "Oklahoma!" holds a live virtual performance and Q&A at 8 p.m. Tickets via cabaret313.org.

Fleetwood Mac alumnus Lindsey Buckingham is back with "At Home with Lindsey Buckingham," his first public concert since last year, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets via lindseybuckingham.com, with a pre-show Q&A available for additional charge.

Bon Jovi, Jon Batiste, Machine Gun Kelly, Maren Morris, Sheryl Crow, the Highwomen, Snoop Dogg and others perform as part of "Play On: Celebrating the Power of Music to Make Change," at 9 p.m. on CBS (WWJ-Channel 62 in Detroit), benefitting the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and WhyHunger. Kevin Bacon and Eve host. The special starts streaming at 1 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 on YouTube.

"This Is Us" co-star Chrissy Metz rolls out a new episode of her "Live From Home ..." at 9 p.m. Tickets via topeka.live.

Felix Cavaliere's Rascals will be "Groovin'" in its first livestream on Hellooo at 9 p.m. Tickets via stellartickets.com.

"American Idol" runnerup David Archuleta plays a live holiday show at 9 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

Marc Broussard is the Tipitina's TV guest at 9 p.m. Tickets via nugs.tv.

Sammy Hagar, Boz Scaggs and Bonnie Raitt, Joe Satriani, Los Lobos, Steve Earle and many more contribute performances for "Love You Madly: A Benefit for Santa Cruz Fire Relief" at 10 p.m. via nugs.tv. Free, with donations accepted.

The Marcus King Band plays live from 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville at 10 p.m. Tickets via nugs.tv.


Chicago singer-songwriter Michael McDermott gets the day going at 11 a.m. He also plays an all-request show at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. Tickets via stageit.com.

The Cyrus Chestnut Quartet plays "A Charlie Brown Christmas Program" at 4 p.m. from Orchestra Hall. Tickets via dso.org.

Kurt Elling steams a "Christmas in Chicago" concert at 4 p.m., with special guest Lizz Wright. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

Shawn Mendes follows the Friday, Dec. 4, release of his fourth album, "Wonder," with "Wonder: The Experience," a concert streaming at 6 p.m. RSVP details via WonderTheExperienc.com.

Country star Chase Rice streams a full band acoustic show at 8 p.m. from Twin Eagles Creek Farm in Tennessee. Tickets via chaserice.com. Proceeds benefit Rice's band and crew.

Charlie Mars' "Live From Charlie's House Vol. 28" opens its doors at 8 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

Dolly Parton continues to celebrate "A Holly Dolly Christmas" on a CBS/CBS All Access special named after her latest album at 8:30 p.m. Parton will be joined by Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Michael Buble, Jimmy Fallon, Willie Nelson and others.

The Suitcase Junket streams live at 9 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

Grant-Lee (Buffalo) Phillips is back with a "Live From the North Pole" set at 10 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.


Beady Belle and the Arild Andersen Group play for the Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival at 7 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

Jen Cass & the Lucky Nows play at 8 p.m. for the Ark's Family Room Series via theark.org/ark-family-room-series. Donations benefit the band and the venue.

Paul Thorn plays an all-requests show from Nashville at 8 p.m. Tickets via watch.topeka.live.

Carrie Underwood performs a virtual concert for Pandora LIVE at 9 p.m. Free for Pandora subscribers.


Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Chris Hillman (the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, Desert Rose Band and more) will promote his new memoir "Time Between" during a Grammy Museum Livestream Conversation at 7 p.m. Tickets via grammymuseum.org or chrishillman.com.

Country singer Dustin Lynch streams live from Nashville's Brooklyn Bowl at 8 p.m. on YouTube to benefit Farm Rescue. He'll be joined for "The Farm Must Go On" show by Maddie & Tae, Mickey Guyton, Travis Benning and Tyler Far.


In lieu of its annual holiday tour, the a capella troupe Straight No Chaser kicks off a 10-show streaming series at 7:30 p.m., from the MGM National Harbor in Maryland. Tickets via sncmusic.com/tour.

The Etienne Charles Trio plays Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club series at 7:30 p.m. Tickets via jazz.org.

A stellar lineup including Kenny Barron, Sheila Jordan, Patrice Rushen, Tom Scott and others celebrate saxophone great Charlie Parker's centennial for the Jazz Foundation of America's "Bird Calls" benefit at 8 and 11 p.m. via fans.live/birdcalls. Donations benefit the JFA's Covid-19 Musicians' Emergency Fund.

Sara Evans begins a three-night run of shows with a "Greatest Hits" set at 8 p.m. Tickets via vye.live.

Colin Meloy of the Decemberists streams "Live From the Farm" at 8:30 p.m. Tickets via go.seated/com/events; $1 of each ticket goes to Fair Fight Action.

Dropapod declares "We're Gonna Get Through This" from the Ardmore Music Hall in Pennsylvania at 8 p.m. via YouTube, Facebook Live and Nugs.tv.

Matisyahu kicks off Hanukkah at 9 p.m. from the Capitol Theatre in New Jersey, with subsequent shows Friday, Dec. 11, and Dec. 17. Tickets via fans.live.

Robert Earl Keen's "Merry Christmas From the Fam-O-Lee" concert streams at 9 p.m. from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Tickets via watch/mandolin.com.

The duo Smithfield plays its Christmas show at 9:30 p.m. from 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville. Tickets via nugs.tv.

New York indie rockers Parquet Courts celebrates its 10th anniversary with a virtual concert at 10 p.m. from Brooklyn Pioneer Works, along with rare archival footage and new interviews. Tickets via noonchorus.com/parquet-courts.

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