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Music Roundup: Georgia Comes Alive, Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith, New Year's Eve shows, more...

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

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No matter what side you're on, Georgia Comes Alive offers a fine way to spend a musical Boxing Day on Saturday, Dec. 26. Starting at 3 p.m., the virtual festival — staged to promote voting in the state's senatorial runoff election — features more than 50 artists, including Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews, Diplo, Portugal. The Man, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ben Folds, Los Lobos, Billy Strings, the all-star Lame Ducks and many more. Find it at GeorgiaComesAlive.com.


• Piano Virtuoso Reuel performs a special Christmas show at noon from Studios at Fischer in Texas, via Facebook and YouTube.

• Robyn Hitchcock will spend part of his holiday online, playing "Live From Sweet Home Quarantine" with Emma Swift at 3 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

• Bugge Wesseltoft and the Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity start a week of Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival at 7 p.m. Shows continue through Dec. 31. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• New York's Village Vanguard gifts jazz fans with a re-stream of pianist Bill Charlap and trumpet hero Wynton Marsalis starting at 8 p.m. and running through Sunday, Dec. 27. Tickets via villagevanguard.com.

• The Bad Plus offers a break from the holiday revelry with a weekend of two-set streaming shows at 8 p.m. Through Sunday, Dec. 27. Tickets, including virtual VIP Meet & Greets, via watch.mandolin.com. The group plays again at 8 p.m.

• Drivin N Cryin's Kevin Kinney presents a Christmas show from his attic at 8 p.m. via the band's Facebook page.


• Ramsey Lewis is back in the Saturday Salon at 2 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

• The Garage Xmas 2020 festival runs for 17 hours starting at 4 p.m. with performances by Guitar Wolf, the Saners, Autoramas and many others via YouTube.com/autoramasoficial.

• Bad Religion continues its "Decades" series from the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood with a show dedicated to its '00s releases at 5 p.m. Tickets via badreligion.nocapshows.com.

• Guitarist Damon Johnson (Brother Cane, Alice Cooper, Black Star Riders etc.) hosts a "Holiday HangOut" for music and conversation at 5 p.m. Tickets via damonjohnson.veeps.com.

• Singer-actress Alicia Witt plays a "Post-Christmas/Pre New Year's Party) at 7 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

• The Mexican band RDB reunites for its first concert in 12 years, "Ser o Perecer," a livestreamed show at 8 p.m. Register via stage8.g-liveconcert.com. A "marathon tribute, meanwhile, begins at 11 a.m. with fan-submitted videos from around the world.

• Jerry Garcia cohort Melvin Seals & JBG takes its Very Jerry Christmas Show online at 8 p.m. from San Francisco, with a free webcast via nugs.tv.

• Widespread Panic's "Run to New Years" series revisits a Dec. 30, 1999, concert at Phillips Arena in Atlanta at 8 p.m. Tickets via nugs.tv.

• Soul Asylum will be back on the boards at 9 p.m. from its home town of Minneapolis. Tickets via sessionslive.com/soulasylum.

• Gregory Porter Jr. holds a Birthday Bash with his "Runnin' Pardners and Friends" at 10 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.


• The Zac Brown Band pays tribute to military personnel and veterans with its Polaris Proud American Thank You Concert, a benefit for Camp Southern Ground in Georgia, at 8 p.m. Admission is free via nugs.tv.


• Ivan Neville plays a "Who Dat Holiday Edition" of his "Piano Songs" series at 8 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

• Country singer Clay Walker performs for AARP at 9 p.m. via aarpconcerts.org/claywalker. The event will also discuss the connection between music and brain health.


• Dee Dee Bridgewater, Marion Hayden, GayeLynn McKinney and Hannah Marks take part in a Women Leaders in Jazz live Zoom chat at 7 p.m. sponsored by the Detroit Jazz Festival. Details and registration via detroitjazzfest.org.

• Heavy rocking Pennsylvania trio CKY offers a "F***You 2020 Holiday Spectacular at 7 p.m., which will remain On Demand until Jan. 25. Tickets via livefrom.events/cky/.

• NOLA Resistance plays from Tipitina's in New Orleans at 9 p.m. Free via nugs.tv.


• The Dandy Warhols' "13x20" celebrates the 20th anniversary of its "Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia" album at 3 p.m. Tickets via dandywarholslive.com.

• Saxophonist Chris Potter and his quartet starts a four-night run at the Village Vanguard at 8 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 3. Tickets via villagevanguard.com.

• Big Something plays at 8 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31 from the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, N.C. Both shows are free via nugs.tv and benefit the theater stuff and the #SaveOurStages Venue Relief Fund.

• Country star Brantley Gilbert will be playing with his band, both plugged in and acoustic, at 9 p.m. from his home in Maysville, Ga. Tickets via nugs.tv.

• Punk rock (and so much more) icon Patti Smith takes her annual birthday concert (her 73rd) online at 9 p.m. Tickets via pattismith.veeps.com.

• Lyle Lovett will assemble his Large Band via Zoom for an "In Conversation and Individual Performances" session at 9 p.m. Tickets via lylelevotte.com.

• Bif Naked, clothes and all, performs at 9 p.m. Tickets via sessionslive.com.

• Dallas rocker Danny Goo celebrates his debut EP, "Feel For You," with a virtual concert at 9 p.m. Tickets via dannygoo.myshopify.com.

• Arizona's Spafford jams at 10 p.m., and again on Thursday, Dec. 31. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.


• You can "KISS 2020 Goodbye" with Kiss, onstage in Dubai with a state-of-the-art shoot and plenty of pyro, streaming for 72 hours starting New Year's Eve day. Tickets and other info via kiss2020goodbye.com.

• Heritage grunge rockers The Melvins begins the “Melvins TV — Volume 1" livestream series at 3 p.m. Tickets via melvins.veeps.com.

• The Metropolitan opera rings in 2021 with a New Year's Eve Gala concert featuring performances by Javier Camarena, Pretty Yende, Matthew Polenzani, Angel Blue — live from Augsburg, Germany. Tickets via metopera.org.

• Steel Panther falls out for not one but two New Year's Eve livestreams, making good on its postponed "Gobblefest" and adding a "Formal as F***" concert starting at 5 p.m. Tickets via steelpantherrocks.com.

• French keyboardist and composer Jean-Michel Jarre performs "Welcome to the Other Side," a virtual concert from inside a virtual Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, at 5:35 p.m. via Facebook, YouTube and other social media. More details via jeanmicheljarre.com.

• The Emmet Cohen Trio plays at 7:30 p.m. for Live From Dizzy's Club at Lincoln Center in New York. Tickets via jazz.org.

• They don't do anything small in Texas — including New Year's Eve. This year the annual Jungle Show — the brainchild of ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons, Jimmie Vaughn, Sue Foley, Chris Layton and Mike Flanigin, goes virtual from Antone's in Austin starting at 8 p.m. via JungleShow.tv. Bring our own barbecue and beer.

• Lucinda Williams ushers 2020 to a close with a Lu's Jukebox Tribute to the Rolling Stones at 8 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• The Avett Brothers celebrate the new year virtually at 8 p.m. from Charlotte, N.C., with a full band and, they promise, special guests. Tickets via nugs.tv.

• Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Jeff Daniels plays a pair of New Year's Eve Shows, at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets via jeffdaniels.com.

• Piano virtuoso Reuel finishes the year with a concert at 8 p.m. from Studios at Fischer in Texas, via Facebook and YouTube. The show repeats at 3 p.m. New Year’s Day.

• Nine Detroit music venues will be the beneficiaries of the Virtual Video Atomic Fez Fundraiser For Detroit!," starting at 8:15 p.m. on Youtube and other social media platforms. Performers include The Electric Six, Audra Kubat, Cinecyde, Carolyn Striho and Scott Daily, Ricky Rat, the Romantics' Mike Skill, Don "Doop" Duprie, Tino G's Dumpster Machine and more. A GoFundMe page for the fundraiser has also been established.

• Widespread Panic closes out its "Run to New Years" series with its Dec. 31, 1999 performance at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, starting at 9 p.m. Tickets via nugs.tv.

• Galactic, the Rebirth Brass Band, Samantha Fish, Dumpstaphunk and Anders Osborne perform from different New Orleans venues for "NYE in Nola," hosted by John Goodman and kicking off at 10 p.m. Tickets via nugs.tv or tipitinas.tv.

• Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit comes out of quarantine to play live from the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville at 9 p.m. Tickets via fans.live.

• Justin Bieber will help greet 2021 by partnering with T-Mobile for a livestreamed show — his first concert since 2017 — at 11 p.m. Tickets via JustinBieberNYE.com.

• Old Crow Medicine Show celebrates at 11 p.m. from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Tickets via sessionslive.com.

• Bob Weir and the Wolf Bros — featuring Don Was and Jay Lane with guests Jeff Chimenti and Greg Leiz — will be live from TRI Studios in the San Francisco Bay Area at 10 p.m. Tickets via fans.live.

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