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Music Roundup: Joe Walsh's VetsAid, Cyndi Lauper, Jingle Ball, Foo Fighters and more..

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

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A pair of benefit concerts top this weekend's virtual music offerings. Cyndi Lauper teams with TikTok's #GivingSzn campaign, presenting a "Home For the Holidays" packed with big-name guests such as Taylor Swift, Adam Lambert, Billie Eilish, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler, Cher, Boy George, Brandi Carlile, Harvey Fierstein and many more. It premieres at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, on TikTok, then moves to Lauper's Facebook and YouTube pages at the same time Sunday, Dec. 13. Proceeds go to Lauper's True Colors United charity. ... Meanwhile, Joe Walsh holds his fourth annual VetsAid benefit for grassroots veterans organizations at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, with Jon Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Darryl Hall, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and many others, plus footage from the three previous shows. Information and updates at vetsaid.org.

Other events (all subject to change)...


"Guitar Man": The documentary about guitar hero and music impresario Joe Bonamassa is available via digital platforms.

This week's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "Induction Vault" podcast spotlights the Jackson 5 and Diana Ross; rockhall.com.

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and producer Greg Kurstin have launched "The Hanukkah Series," playing one song by a Jewish artist each night through Dec. 18.

Harry Shearer and Judith Owen have invited a slew of friends including Jeff Goldblum, Toto's Steve Lukather and Ringo Starr, Richard Thompson, Jon Cleary, Beth Nielsen Chapman and many others for "A Very Virtual Christmas Without Tears" variety show at 5 p.m. Tickets via nugs.tv.

Black Veil Brides streams a set of "greatest hits of fan favorites" as well as the live debut of its latest single "Scarlett Cross" at 7 p.m. from Los Angeles. Tickets via BlackVeilBrides.live.

Goo Goo Dolls are back online with a special holiday show at 7 p.m. Tickets via live.fantracks.com/ggdxmas.

Celtic Thunder brings its annual holiday show online at 7:30 p.m. especially for Detroit's Fox Theatre. Tickets via 313Presents.com.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Musical Director Jader Bignamini is back in town, conducing pieces by Beethoven, Richard Strauss and Jessie Montogmery, virtually from Orchestra Hall at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11. $12 via dso.org, or 313-576-5111. Those who purchased tickets for the Thursday, Dec. 10 concert that was combined with Friday will have access to the show.

Those who find opera intimidating may want to tune in for a trio of more accessible productions this weekend from the Metropolitan Opera Theatre's streaming series. The troupe presents "Porgy and Bess," taped Feb. 1, on Friday, with Kurt Weill's "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahoganny" from 1979 on Saturday, Dec. 12, and John Corigliano's "The Ghost of Versailles" from 1992 on Sunday, Dec. 13. All at 7:30 p.m. and free via metopera.org.

Michael Stanley and Cleveland's Contemporary Youth Orchestra premiere their new collaboration, "Another New Year's Eve," at 8 p.m. via the CYO YouTube channel.

311 plays the second of free "Live From the Hive" shows at 8 p.m., playing 1994's "Grassroots" album in its entirety. Tickets via 311streamsystem.com.

"The Bee Gees One Night Only" concert film, airs at 8 p.m. on PBS (WTVS-Channel 56 in Detroit).

Sara Evans continues her Virtual Series Concert tour at 8 p.m., performing covers she recorded for her "Copy That" album. Tickets via vye.live. The "tour" concludes at the same time Saturday, Dec. 12, with an "At Christmas" holiday concert.

Straight No Chaser continues its virtual residency from the MGM National Harbor in Maryland at 8 p.m., with shows running through Dec. 20 and matinees on Saturday, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 snc.com/tour. For an interview visit theoaklandpress.com/entertainment.

Trey Songz hosts The Lockdown Awards, recognizing artists who kept working and found new ways to present their music during the pandemic, at 8 p.m. via livexlive.com.

Mark G. Meadows presents "Cool Yule: A Motown Christmas" at 8 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

Jazz bassist Dave Holland leads a quartet at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Village Vanguard in New York City. Tickets via villagevanguard.com.

Ann Arbor's Laith Al-Saadi streams live from The Ark at 8 p.m. The show will be carried via theark.org as well as the Ark, the Michigan Theater and Al-Saadi's Facebook pages.

moe. plays a benefit at 8 p.m. for the Palace Theatre in Albany, N.Y. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

Lyle Lovett teams with Elvis Costello for a virtual tag-team of songs and stories at 9 p.m. via lylelovett.com.

The fourth annual Allman Family Revival, celebrating the late Gregg Allman's birthday, will stream at 9 p.m. from Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. This year's lineup includes the Allman Betts Band, Luther Dickinson, Wet Willie's Jimmy Hall and more. Tickets via ryman.com or allmanbetssband.com.

Primus makes its first livestream statement of the year with "Alive From Pachyderm Station" the cellar of bassist-vocalist Les Claypool's winery at 9 p.m. Tickets via primuslive.com.

Veteran R&B trio En Vogue plays live from Los Angeles at 9 p.m. Tickets via sessionslive.com.

Hiss Golden Messenger enters the virtual real at 9 p.m. from Durham, N.C. Tickets via noonchorus.com.

Los Lobos will be "Still Home for the Holidays" at 10 p.m. from the Belly Up Tavern in Solano Beach, Calif., with guests Making Movies, Southern Avenue and others. Tickets via bellyuplive.com.

Dragon Smoke plays from Tipitina's in New Orleans at 9 p.m. Tickets via nugs.tv.

Bootsy Collins brings the funk, Live at Bear Creek, at 9 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

A Kooky Kristmas Party! with the Aquabats, at 9 p.m., can't help but be a good time. Tickets via theaquabats.veeps.com.

Blues-rocker Mike Farris brings a 13-piece band to 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville for a virtual show at 9 p.m. Tickets via nugs.tv.


Genre-blending artist GRiZ takes his annual 12 Days of GRiZmas festival and benefit virtual this year, starting with today's Killer Crafts & Cocktails event and including a Holiday Jazz Stream on Sunday, Dec. 13. GRiZmas runs through Dec. 23, with a full schedule at 12daysofgrizmas.com.

Wake up with New Jersey singer/songwriter Bea Miller at 3 a.m. from Ollie Bear Studios Down Under. Tickets via nocapshows.com.

Singer-songwriter Vienna Teng plays from Bluehouse Studios in Maryland at 2 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

British hard rockers TesseracT offer "a cinematic live experience" monolithic structures on several continents are involved, we hear at 2 p.m., with a pre-show including band interviews and more at 1 p.m. Tickets via portals.show.

Another British rock troupe, Lancaster's Massive Wagons, hosts a Hallescrewya 2020! virtual concert and party at 2:30 p.m. Tickets via hotel-radio.com.

One Direction refugee Louis Tomlinson performs live from London at 3 p.m. Tickets via veeps.com.

Engelbert Humperdinck plays a "Christmas Special" at 3 p.m. Tickets via events.loopedlive.com/engelbert.

Virtuoso violinist Lindsey Stirling plays "Home For the Holidays" concerts at 3 and 8 p.m. Tickets via onlocationlive.com.

The Norwegian progressive rock group Gazpacho streams from its rehearsal space near Oslo at 3 p.m. Tickets via m-view.live/gazpacho

Sophie B. Hawkins surfaces for "Hearth & Soul: A Sophie B. Hawkins Virtual Holiday Concert" at 3 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

Singer-songwriter JD McPherson presents "Socks: A Christmas Performance" at 4 p.m. Tickets via veeps.com/events/.

Bad Religion celebrates its 40-year career with four streaming concerts from the Roxy in Hollywood, each focusing on a different decade, starting with the 1980s at 5 p.m. Tickets via nocapshows.com.

Gorillaz settles into Kong Studios for a trio of "Gorillaz Song Machine Live from Kong" shows at 6 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The shows will feature frontman Damon Albarn and company including animator Jamie Hewlett joined by special guests, including the Cure's Robert Smith and slowthai. Tickets via gorillazlivenow.com.

Rap duo Onyx plays a "Live Session" at 6 p.m. Tickets via sessionslive.com.

Interlochen Arts Academy streams a performance of "The Nutcracker" at 7:30 p.m. via live.interlochen.org.

The Brothers Gibb's journey from England to Australia to world domination is celebrated in "The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart," an authorized documentary filled with rare footage and insightful interviews, premieres at 8 p.m. on HBO and streams via HBO Max. (For an interview with director Frank Marshall, visit theoaklandpress.com/entertainment).

Ashanti and Keyshia Cole face off on the latest Verzuz battle, taking place at 8 p.m. via Apple Music and the @VERZUZTV Instagram page.

Vocal great Andrea Bocelli livestreams a "Believe in Christmas" virtual concert at 8 p.m. from Teatro Regio di Parma in Italy. Tickets via shops.ticketmasterpartners/com.

The 13th annual Ebird & Friends Holiday Show, featuring the Ragbirds and Native Howl, moves from The Ark to online at 8 p.m. via Facebook. Comedian Shelly Smith will emcee. More information via theragbirds.com/holiday show.

Widespread Panic streams its 2007 New Year's Eve show in Atlanta at 8 p.m. Tickets via nugs.tv.

The bluegrass group Nefesh Mountain makes sure Hanukkah gets its due with a special streaming concert at 8 p.m. from Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, N.Y. Tickets via nugs.tv.

Dave Koz & Friends Jonathan Butler, Rick Braun, David Benoit, Rebecca Jade and more play "The Greatest Hits of Christmas 2020" at 8 p.m. Tickets via davekoz.com. Proceeds go to the Starlight Children's Foundation.

The Bowery Electric presents "Shaking Through: A Tribute to R.E.M., 1981-87" at 8 p.m. Tickets via veeps.com.

Heavy rockers August Burns Red gets its red and green on with a special "Christmas Burns Red" concert at 8 p.m. Tickets via augustburnredtourmerch.com

Doja Cat, Lewis Capaldi and Tones And I will perform for the 2020 YouTube Streamy Awards, taking place at 9 p.m. via youtube.com/streamys.

Singer and stage actress Shosana Bean takes the third year of her "Sing YOur Hallelujah concert online at 9 p.m.. Filmed at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, it features guest appearances by Connie Talbot, Shayna Steele, Gavin Grimes and others. Tickets via stellartickets.com.

Guitarist Pat Travers puts out the lights for a Rockin' House Party at 9 p.m. Tickets via veeps.com.


Los Angeles rockers Badflower play a "#ChristmasCancelled" show at 3 p.m. Tickets via veeps.com.

G. Love and his band the Juice play a live session at 3 p.m. Tickets via sessionslive.com.

Pianist Nduduzo Makhathini performs live from Johannesburg at 3 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

Traverse City's Accidentals host a Time Out ... For Michigan Music Alliance benefit show at 7 p.m., joined by Jetti Rey and Ani & Kora. Register via crowdcast.io.

Mexican singer-actress Paulina Rubio plays a "Live Session" at 7 p.m. Tickets via sessionslive.com.

Broadway Inspirational Voices joined by Patti LuPone, Leslie Odom Jr., Billy Porter and others presents "A Season of Hope & Inspiration" free concert at 7 p.m. via broadwayondemand.com.

Steve Earle has a load of guests for his sixth Annual John Henry's Friends Benefit Concert, in support of the Keswell School for autistic youths, at 7:30 p.m. via luck.stream/johnhenrysfriends. Among the performers are Jackson Brown, Graham Nash, Emmylou Harris, Warren Haynes, Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires and more.

Cast members from the cast of the hit Broadway adaptation of Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill" create "Jagged Live in NYC: A Broadway Reunion Concert at 8 p.m. Tickets via stellartickets.com, with proceeds going to support the #SaveOurStages movement and independent venues around the country. The show will be available on demand through Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Grammy Award winner Brandi Carlile is "Still Home for the Holidays" at 8 p.m. Tickets via brandicarlile.veeps.com.

The Infamous Stringdusters play a rootsy holiday show at 8 p.m. Tickets via fans.live.

Guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel celebrates his new "Live! Christmas Time" album by joining forces with dobro legend Jerry Douglas for a "Christmas Live!" concert at 9 p.m. from 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville. Tickets via nugs.tv.


The iHeartRadio chain keeps its annual Jingle Ball alive with a broadcast at 8 p.m. via the CW Network. The event featuring performances by the Weeknd, Billie Eilish, Shawn Mendes, Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, Harry Styles, Lewis Capaldi Sam Smith and more is also streaming the company's app, the CW App and cwtv.com.

Puerto Rico's Daddy Yankee streams one of his landmark December 2019 homecoming concerts at 8 p.m. and again on Dec. 12 via his YouTube page.

Grace McLean performs songs from her musical "In the Green" and music from her upcoming solo album at 8 p.m. from the Rockwood Music Hall in New York. Tickets via viddd.co/v/kNbG5y.


Singer-songwriter Howie Day plays a "Live Session" show at 7 p.m. Tickets via sessionslive.com.

Interlochen Arts Academy streams a "Sounds of the Season" concert at 7:30 p.m. via live.interlochen.com.

Cast members from the Broadway musical "Girl From the North Country" present an "Road to the North Country: Interpreting Dylan," featuring songs and discussion at 7:30 p.m. on Facebook.

The Foo Fighters are back online at 7:55 p.m. from Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, as part of Amazon Music's Holiday Plays series via Amazon.com, Amazon Music and Amazon Prime Video platforms.

Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, John Legend, Ringo Starr, LL Cool J, Sara Bareilles, Machine Gun Kelly, Maren Morris, Sheryl Crow and others will perform as part of "Play On: Celebrating the Power of Music to Make Change," at 8 p.m. on CBS (WWJ-TV, Channel 62), benefitting the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and WhyHunger. Kevin Bacon and Eve host. The special also starts streaming after the broadcast via on YouTube.

O.A.R. frontman Marc Roberge plays a live set at 8 p.m. Tickets via topeka.live.

Singer-songwriter Michelle Held plays at 8 p.m. for the Ark's Family Room Series via the ark.org/ark-family-room-series. Free, with donations going to the venue and artist.


"American Idol" champ Kris Allen plays a pair of "Somethin' About Christmas" shows, at 6:15 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets via topeka.live

Ann Arbor roots rocker George Bedard and his band, the Kingpins, stream a ticketed holiday concert from the Blue Llama Jazz Club at 7:30 p.m. via bluellamaclub.com.

Country duo LoCash's Christmas Bash takes place at 8 p.m. Tickets via locash.topeka.live.

Richard Thompson plays a special holiday show at 8 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

Willie Nile and his band celebrate the 40th anniversary of his debut album at 8 p.m. Tickets via willienile.veeps.com.

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda host a ticketed fundraising and awareness concert aimed at Georgia's Latinx voters in advance of next month's U.S. Senate runoff election at 8:30 p.m. via loopedlive.com.

X's John Doe plays live from Arlyn Studios in Austin, Texas, at 9 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.


The Sam Roberts Band, Matthew Good, Sarah Harmer, Ruth B. and more play the Canada in Unison Holiday Special at 8 p.m. Tickets via sessionslive.com.

JD Simo and his trio play "From the Funky Basement!" at 8 p.m. Tickets via topeka.live.

Lucinda Williams tells fans to "Have Yourself a Rockin' Little Christmas" in the latest edition of Lu's Jukebox, at 8 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com

DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia streams a performance and DJ set at 8 p.m. Tickets via sessionslive.com.

Shawn Colvin sings "Holiday Songs and Lullabies" at 8 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

Matisyahu lights the last Hanukkah candle at 9 p.m. from the Capitol Theatre in New Jersey. Tickets via fans.live.

Grammy Award-nominee Lewis Capaldi performs at 9 p.m. from Glasgow, Scotland for (take a deep breath) Ashley HomeStore Presents Celebrate the Magic of Home powered by Pandora, benefitting Hope to Dream. Free, with RSVPs at ashletyhomestorelewiscapaldi.splashthat.com.

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