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Music Roundup: Grammy Awards, St. Patrick's Day, Wynonna, The Roots ...

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

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The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will, like all of its ilk, look at little different than year.

The ceremony — hosted by Trevor Noah at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 14, on CBS (WWJ-Channel 62 in Detroit) after being postponed from Jan. 31 — will go sans red carpet and audience, with the show paying tribute to music venues impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Box office managers, bartenders and others will present the trophies, while nearly two dozen performers — including Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, John Mayer, Post Malone, Harry Styles, Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak) and more — will be "coming together, while still safely apart" according to show producers.

It also marks the first telecast for new showrunner Ben Winston, taking over from retired Ken Ehrlich and his 40-year run.

Beyoncι tops all nominees with nine, followed by Swift with six. A full list of nominations can be found at Grammy.com.

There will be similar changes to the Premiere Ceremony, at which most of the awards are handed out, streaming live at 3 p.m. Sunday via Grammy.com.

Also for your Grammy enjoyment is MusiCares "Music On a Mission" at 8 p.m. Friday, March 12. The virtual fundraising show features BTS, H.E.R., John Legend, HAIM and Jehne Aiko and archival performances by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Shakira, Carole King, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty, Usher and more. Tickets are $25 via musicares.org.

For more on Detroit rapper Royce 5'9" and other local nominees, visit theoaklandpress.com/entertainment.

Other events (all subject to change)...


• The documentary "Long Live Rock ... Celebrate the Chaos" opens via virtual cinema. LongLiveRockMovie.com for details.

• Dua Lipa is relaunching her record-breaking "Studio 2054" livestream performance from November, accompanied by a documentary, "The Story Behind the Show." Tickets via dualipa.com/studio2054.

• 311 repeats its special 3-11 concert, playing its "Transistor" album in its entirety, at 3 and 9 p.m. today and the same times Saturday, March 13. Tickets via 311StreamSystem.com.

• Rufus Wainwright plays the second part of his album "Unfollow the Rules" with guest Paul Rudd 5 p.m. Tickets via rufuswainwright.veeps.com.

• Singer-songwriter Bill Harley is live from Columbus at 7 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Barton Pine takes on Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra along with a performance of Tania Leon's "Indigena" at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the virtual concert are $12 via dso.org. The DSO also hosts a virtual yoga class, with live music, at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 13.

• The Metropolitan Opera's Verismo Passions week comes to a close with Giordano's "Fedora," from 1997, tonight; "Andrea Chenier" (1996) on Saturday, March 13; and Puccini's "Tosca" (2018) on Sunday, March 14. All 7:30 p.m. via metopera.org.

• "The Voice" finalist Laith Al-Saadi plays live from the Ark in Ann Arbor at 8 p.m., via Facebook. Free, with donations taken for Al-Saadi and the venue.

• The Toronto trio Danko Jones celebrates its 20th anniversary with a livestream at 8 p.m. Tickets via eventbrite.ca.

• The Eric Reed Quartet's June 2020 show at the Village Vanguard in New York re-streams at 8 tonight through Sunday, March 14. Tickets via villagevanguard.com.

• Reba McEntire dips into her vaults again for "All the Women I Am," a concert filmed during 2011 in Lafayette, La., at 8:30 p.m. via YouTube.

• St. Paul & the Broken Bones plays its "Sea of Noise" album in its entirety at 9 p.m. from the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham. Tickets via stream.fans.live.

• Sevendust guitarist Clint Lowery celebrates the one-year anniversary of his solo album "God Bless the Renegades" at 9 p.m. from St. Louis. Tickets via nocapshows.com.

• Japanese Breakfast plays a full-band evening show at 9 p.m. for BandsinTown Plus. Subscriptions via bandsintown.com.


• Country/Americana performer and scholar Tennessee Walt performs "A Year in a Distant Country," commemorating the one-year anniversary of the pandemic shutdown, at 2 p.m. via Facebook.

• Dead Poet Society celebrates the release of its debut album, "-!-," at 3 p.m. Tickets via veeps.com.

• Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk performs another livestream show at 3 p.m. Tickets via sessionslive.com.

• California alt.rockers Bad Suns play from Los Angeles at 3 p.m. Tickets via badsuns.veeps.com.

• Los Angeles rockers Dead Poet Society celebrate their debut album "-!-" with a concert at 3 p.m. Tickets via deadpoetsociety.veeps.com.

• Ireland's We Banjo 3 preview St. Patrick's Day with a concert at 5 p.m. from the Pearse Lyons Distillery in Dublin. Tickets via shop.webanjo3.com.

• Singer/actress Morgan James performs with "Reckless Abandon" at 5 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

• Pete Yorn plays his entire "Back and Fourth" album, along with some "classic covers," at 6 p.m., with Q&A sessions on either side of the performance. Tickets via peteyorn.veeps.com.

• Wynonna Judd plays unplugged at 7 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Get a jump on St. Patrick's Day with "Ireland With Michael," a virtual concert with tenor and "Riverdance" alumnus Michael Londra from the National Opera House in Ireland. The show debuts at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 13 and will be available for 48 hours afterwards. Tickets start at $25 via 313Persents.com. For an interview with Londra, visit theoaklandpress.com/entertainment.

• Guitar hero Gary Hoey rocks at 7:30 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Celtic Thunder begins a five-night St. Patrick's Day run at 7:30 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com. Shows run through Wednesday, March 17.

• Blues-rocker Ana Popovic and special guest Paul Nelson will be "Live From the Music Room" at 8 p.m. Tickets via launchglobal.tv/musicroomcapecod.

• Singer-songwriter Chris Smither plays his "Leave the Light On" album in its entirety at 8:30 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• An Dro hosts a "Celtic Celebration" at 8:30 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• The California Honeydrops Trio plays four shows, at 8:45 and 11:45 tonight and 6:20 and 9:45 p.m. Sunday, March 14. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Jimmy Buffett's new "Nothin' But Time" series features an October 1993 show from Vancouver at 8 p.m. Free via nugs.tv.

• The Grand Ole Opry is loaded tonight, starting with a 9 p.m. show featuring previous performances by Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, Trace and Dustin Lynch, followed by a 10 p.m. live show featuring Jimmie Allen, Sam Bush and Sara Evans via circleallaccess.com (repeating at 11 p.m. and midnight, respectively).

• The Roots is taking its pre-Grammys "Roots Jam Session" virtual at 9 p.m., joined by Jon Batiste, Ant Clemons, Ari Lennon, Kathy Sledge and others via TIDAL and the Oculus Quest Venues app.

• The soulful Aloe Blacc plays live from Los Angeles with his band at 9 p.m. for BandsinTown Plus. Subscriptions via bandsintown.com.

• Taj Mahal and his Phantom Blues Band are joined by Jon Cleary for a virtual concert at 9 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Widespread Panic's Jojo Hermann is joined by Jerry Joseph at 10 p.m. from the Vilar Performing Arts Academy in Colorado. Tickets via fans.live.


• Bach and Beyond gets Bach (get it?) at 2 p.m. Sunday, march 14, from Gaithersburg, Md. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Jon Langford and Sally Timms of Mekons team up for a conversation at 2 p.m. via oldtownschool.org.

• Ashley McBryde is featured on "Circle Sessions" at 5:30 p.m. via circleallaccess.com.

• The Ally Venable Band plays live from Gainesville, Fla., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets via highdivegville.veeps.com.

• Dwight Yoakam is back with another "One Time Live" performance at 9 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.


• Poison frontman Bret Michaels celebrates his 58th birthday with a virtual bash, including a performance and Q&A, at 9 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.


• The South By Southwest festivals are online this year, with music and comedy showcases, seminars, talks, panel discussions and movie screenings through Saturday, March 20. Registration available via sxsw.com.

• The Ariel Quartet plays classics at 7:30 p.m. from the University of Buffalo-SUNY. Tickets via ourconcerts.live/shows.


• The Georgia Tech Glee Club presents a Young People's St. Patrick's Day concert at 11 a.m. Tickets via ourconcerts.live.

• Niall McNamee gets his green on early with a 2 p.m. livestream for St. Patrick's Day. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Singer-songwriter Munday is on tap at 3 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• The Remedy Club plays at 4 p.m., before the hangover cures are needed. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Keith Harkin joins the festivities with a show at 4 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

• Veteran Irish singer Brian Kennedy and the quartet the High Kings give their respective hoorays for the holiday, at 5 p.m. Tickets for both via watch.mandolin.com.

• Boston's Dropkick Murphys offer a "St. Patrick's Day Stream 2021 ... Still Locked Down" at 7 p.m., free via DKMstream.com.

• Celtic rockers Murphy’s Law play for St. Patrick's Day at 7 p.m. from New York’s Bowery Electric. Tickets via rollinglivestudios.com.

• The Cliff Monear Trio featuring the Bari Brothers (cantors Dan Gross and Neil Michaels) performs a free show for the Steinway Jazz Cafe at 7 p.m. via YouTube.

• Jim Sharkey troubadours at 7 p.m. for Queen City Streams. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet put a Cajun spin on St. Patrick's Day at 8 p.m. Tickets via ourconcertslive.com/shows.

• The Sweet Lillies guest on "Austin City Streams" at 8 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

• Spend a trippy St. Patrick's Day with Bob Weir and the Wolf Bros (Don Ways and Jay Line), with guests Greg Leisz and Jeff Chimenti at 9 p.m. Tickets via fans.live.

• An all-star cast -- John Fogerty, Common, Patti LaBelle, Leon Bridges, Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Gloria Estefan, Gladys Knight and more -- will be part of "A Grammy Salute to the Sounds of Change," at 9 p.m. on CBS. Check local listings.

• "Country Now Live" launches from Brooklyn Bowl Nashville at 9 p.m. featuring a performance, live Q&A and other content with Brett Young. Lady A, Elle King, Chris Janson and Lindsay Ell are among those who will be featured on the 24-week series, streaming via the CTRL_MUSIC_ channel on Twitch.


• Country singer Wade Bowen plays at 8 p.m. from Helotes, Texas. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Lord Huron delivers the third episode of its "Alive From Whispering Pines" show at 8 p.m. Tickets via noonchorus.com.

• The Tedeschi Trucks Band continues its "Fireside Sessions" at 8 p.m. from Florida, Ga. Tickets via nugs.tv.

• A.J. Croce celebrates the release of his new covers album, "By Request," with the first of two streaming concerts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com. The second show takes place March 25.

• Bass all-star Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band) and his trio kick off a three-night run from Colorado at 9 p.m., with shows at the same time Friday and Saturday, March 19-20. Tickets via fans.live.

• Singer/rapper Bryson Tiller for Moment House's "This is the Moment" series at 9 p.m. Subscriptions via momenthouse.com.

• The Old 97's Rhett Miller celebrates his 200th show and one-year streaming anniversary at 9 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

• Pearl Jam is supplying a vintage performance for Band Together Washington, a virtual benefit for its home state's music community, at 10:30 p.m. Register for free via KeepMusicLiveWA.com/btwa.

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