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Music: Belafonte's birthday, Post Malone, Billie Eilish, D'Angelo, more...

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

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Harry Belafonte turns 94 on March 1, and a "surprise," such as it is, birthday celebration takes place at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, honoring his life as a musician and social activist. Guests and performers include Common, Usher, Jay-Z, Public Enemy's Chuck D, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Danny Glover, Kerry Kennedy, Aloe Blacc, Jackie Cruz and more. RSVP via bit.ly/gfh94. Proceeds raised during the streamcast will benefit The Gathering For Justice.


• "Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry" takes a documentary look at the rise of the Grammy Award-winning 19-year-old starting today on Apple TV+.

• Singer Andra Day stars in "The United States vs. Billie Holiday," a Lee Daniels-directed biopic that starts streaming today on Hulu.

• A new episode of YouTube Originals' "Black Renaissance," features H.E.R., Anderson.Paak, Kelly Rowland and Killer Mike, among others.

• biamp's PDX Jazz Festival continues streaming performances from Brooklyn, Seattle, Portland, London, Havana and Johannesburg through Saturday, Feb. 27. Tickets and other information via pdxjazz.com.

• Genre-hopping Detroit artist Charity begins streaming a "Friday Night Live!" concert with the Detroit Institute of Arts via dia.org/events.

• The Detroit Institute of Arts salutes the music of Florence Rice, the first African-American female composer to have a symphony performed by a major American orchestra, through March 1 via dia.org/events.

• Friday Night Live! performances by singer-songwriter Chantae Cann continue through Feb. 28 via dia.org/events.

• Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker streams live at 3 p.m., followed by a Meet & Greet at 4 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Rufus Wainwright spotlights his musical adaptations of Shakespearean sonnets — with special guest James Corden — at 5 p.m. Tickets via reufuswainwright.veeps.com.

• Paul Thorn, Tommy Emmanuel, Molly Tuttle and Steve Poltz perform for a Cayamo Presents songwriter's night at 7 p.m. from City Winery Nashville. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Shayna Steele is the featured vocalist for the two-part "Nothin' But the Blues" with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, taking place 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 25-26. The repertoire includes favorites by Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ma Rainey and more; $12 via dso.org.

• Troubadour David Wilcox plays an all-request show from his home studio in Asheville, N.C., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• The Metropolitan Opera finishes its tribute to the late Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky with archival performances of three Verdi classics — "La Traviata" (from 2012) on Friday, Feb. 26, "Un Ballo in Maschera" (also 2012) on Saturday, Feb. 27 and "Il Trovatore (2015) on Sunday, Feb. 28. All 7:30 p.m. via metopera.org.

• The Island Time Music Festival — benefitting the children on Isla Mujeres in Mexico — continues its four-night run at 8 p.m. with performances lined up by Vince Gill, Lee Brice, Lisa Loeb, Blackberry Smoke, John Rich, LOCASH, Jake Owen and more through Friday, Feb. 27. Kellie Pickler and Kyle Jacobs host via nugs.tv.

• Nashville singer-songwriter Lydia Luce celebrates her new album, "Dark River," with a performance from the Parthenon in Nashville at 8 p.m., via the Centennial Park Conservancy web site, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

• Electron — featuring members of the Disco Biscuits, Lotus and Ghost Light — streams live at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27, from Ardmore Music Hall in Pennsylvania via nugs.tv. Free, with donations to benefit the artists and venue.

• The Connells from North Carolina play at 8 p.m. Tickets via noonchorus.com.

• Luna Shadows releases the new "Digital Pacific" album with a performance at 8 p.m. Tickets via veeps.com/events.

• Portugal. The Man releases its legendary "Oregon City Sessions" performance from 2009 at 9 p.m. via its YouTube and Twitch channels. The show will be available only to the band's PTM Coin crypto currency holders, available via Rally.io.

• Lyle Lovett will be joined by Vince Gill for "In Conversation and Song" at 9 p.m. Tickets $10 via lylelovett.com.

• Sweden's Little Dragon plays a Bandsintown Plus concert at 9 p.m. Subscriptions via bandsintown.com.

• The Crystal Method streams a "Lockdown Live" set from Las Vegas at 9 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

• Trumpeter Marquis Hill blows from Chicago at 9 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Roger Clyne, leader of the Peacemakers, performs at 9 p.m., joined by P.H. Naffah. Tickets via stageit.com.

• Chris Pandolfi, Andy Hall and Jeremy Garrett are the Infamous Trio, performing at 10 p.m. from the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Colorado. Tickets via fans.live.

• Britain's Diamond Thug is featured on Bandsintown Plus at 10 p.m. Subscriptions via bandsintown.com.

• Walking Phoenixes' first virtual concert takes place at 10 p.m. Tickets via walkingphoenixes.veeps.com.

• Bez Arts Hub finishes Black History Month with performances by Marcus Mosely, Khari McClelland and Dawn Pemberton at 10:30 p.m. Tickets via bezartshub.veeps.com.


• The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's five-hour "Jazz From Detroit: A Virtual Music Marathon" runs from 2 p.m., featuring performances and conversation with artists such as Regina Carter, Charles McPherson, Robert Hurts and Black Current Jam, Balance and more. Tickets via dso.org.

• Ramsey Lewis plays "West Side Story and Other Stories of Love" at 2 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

• British modern rockers Third Lung livestream from across the pond at 3 p.m. Tickets via thirdlung.veeps.com.

• The 59 X Fest, benefitting the mental health awareness nonprofit 320 Changes Direction, features performances by Neon Dreams, the Carolyn and more starting at 4 p.m. Tickets via veeps.com/events.

• ALO rocks for two sets starting at 4 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

• Post Malone celebrates Pokemon Day and the franchise's 25th anniversary with a free concert at 7 p.m. via the Pokemon website and its YouTube and Twitch Channels; 59xrecords.veeps.com.

• Kid 'N Play and Lisa Lisa & Full Force perform as part of the Apollo Theatre's "30 Years of House Party" at 7 p.m. Tickets via apollotheater.org.

• Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer plays live from Bloomington, Ind., at 7 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Jazz drummer Sean Dobbins and his trio (Gerard Biggs and Diego Rivera) is live at 7 p.m. from the Blue Llama Jazz Club in Ann Arbor. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Emma Beckett releases her new album, "Cool With It," in a virtual performance at 7:30 p.m. Tickets via veeps.com/events.

• The Mavericks rev it up for a fourth episode of the wonderful "The Mavericks Show," from the band's Nashville studio, at 8 p.m. Tickets via nugs.tv.

• The Killers' 2009 concert at London's Royal Albert Hall premieres at 8 p.m. via the subscription service mysongbird.com.

• D'Angelo will host the latest Verzuz mash-up, with a "D'Angelo V. Friends" "battle" at 8 p.m. from the Apollo Theatre in Harlem via VerzuzTV's Instagram Live and Apple Music.

• Country veteran Trace Adkins celebrates his silver anniversary in music with "Trace 25: Still Dreamin' Out Loud," a livestream concert with a full band at 8 p.m. Tickets via LiveXLive.com.

• Bluegrass veterans the RFD Boys play live from the stage at The Ark in Ann Arbor at 8 p.m. via Facebook Live. Free, with donations for the band and venue. theark.org/shows-events/.

• North Carolina alt.rockers BIG Something play a free show at 8 p.m. from Winston Salem via nugs.tv.

• R&B singer MAX's "Colour Vision Deluxe Experience" at 8 p.m. goes behind the scenes of his "Blueberry Eyes" remix with BTS' Suga, Lil Mosley and Olivia O'Brien. Tickets via livexlive.com.

• Blank-281 pays tribute to blink-182 at 8:30 p.m. from the High Dive in Gainesville, Fla. Tickets via veeps.com/events.

• Keb' Mo' is back for more with a streaming concert at 8:40 p.m., followed by a VIP Meet & Greet at 10:45 p.m. Tickets for both via watch.mandonline.com.

• Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold plays solo for Bandsintown Plus at 9 p.m. Subscriptions via bandsintown.com.

• Mobley continues its Devil in a Daydream Virtual Tour '21 at 9 p.m., with proceeds going to the band and selected venues on the tour "route." Tickets via noonchorus.com/mobley/.

• Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses plays a "Halfway Home" virtual concert at 9 p.m. Tickets via noonchorus.com.

• "Galaxy grass" favorites the Kitchen Dwellers will be live from the Wilma Theater in their home state of Montana at 10 p.m. Tickets via fans.live.

• Reverend Horton Heat's Jim Heath and Jimbo Wallace team up for some rowdy fun at 11 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.


• David Grisman's mandolin workshop, "Tone Poems with the Dawg," takes place at 2 p.m. Tickets via oldtownschool.org.

• The Jerusalem Quartet is presented by Spivey Hall in Georgia at 3 p.m. Tickets via ourconcerts.live/shows.

• World Music artist Ajeet presents "By Moonlight: A Livestream Concert" at 3 p.m. Tickets via ajeet.veeps.com.

• Jackopierce's principals play two separate shows — Cary Pierce at 6 p.m. and Jack O'Neill at 7 p.m. Tickets for both via stageit.com.

• My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan hosts the second episode of his cooking series "The Kitchen with Patrick Hallahan" at 6 p.m. Tickets via Seated.com.

• Pianist George Winston plays a special show for The Ark in Ann Arbor at 7 p.m. Free via Facebook Live, with donations for the artist and venue.

• Nickel Creek plays the second of its two livestream performances at 7:30 p.m. from Santa Barbra, Calif. A VIP Q&A follows at 9:15 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.


• Americana veteran Darrell Scott plays live from Key West, Fla., at 8 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.


• Mobley continues its nine-date Devil in a Daydream Virtual Tour '21 at 9 p.m., with proceeds going to the band and selected venues on the tour "route." Tickets via noonchorus.com/mobley/.


• Singer-songwriter Seth Bernard plays for The Ark's Family Room series at 8 p.m. via Facebook Live. Free, with tip jar for the artist and venue. theark.org/shows-events/.

• Alt.rock heroine Liz Phair plays her first-ever livestream concert, "Hey Lou Hey Liz," along with a Q&A, at 10 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.


• British soul singer Arlo Parks streams live at 7 p.m. for Bandsintown Plus. Subscriptions via bandsintown.com.

• Virginia singer-songwriter Kat Wright surfaces for a virtual show from The Cottage at Spruce Peak at 7:30 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• John McCutcheon plays "March Forth! Action and Activism" in song at 7:30 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Grammy Award-nominated vocalist Jazzmeia Horn is featured on "Live From Dizzy's Club" at 7:30 p.m. Tickets via jazz.org.

• Ben Folds is presented by the University of Connecticut’s' Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. for a one-hour concert. Tickets via ourconcerts.live/shows.

• The Tedeschi Trucks Band plays the third of six Fireside Sessions from home at 8 p.m. Tickets via nugs.tv.

• Know Hope Records hosts a virtual showcase with The Still Small Voice, Innerlove and others at 8 p.m. Tickets via noonchorus.com.

• Gordon Kennedy, Danny Flowers and Mabel Pleasure team up for this week's "Alive at the Bluebird" from Nashville at 8:30 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

• Norwegian electornic artist Kygo starts two nights of performances live from the Sunnmore Alps at 9 p.m. Tickets via momenthouse.com

• Mobley continues its Devil in a Daydream Virtual Tour '21 at 9 p.m., with proceeds going to the band and selected venues on the tour "route." Tickets via noonchorus.com/mobley/.

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