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Music Roundup: Sponge, Billy Strings, Maroon 5, Phil Lesh, more...

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

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Detroit rockers Sponge recently traveled to Las Vegas to play its 1994 debut album "Rotting Piρata," which will be streamed at 9 p.m. Friday, March 26, via sponge.veeps.com. Tickets start at $9.99, and the show is hosted by syndicated radio personality and SiriusXM host Eddie Trunk. For further viewing, Sponge frontman Vinnie Dombroski performs with Jackson Smith for the Spread the Music 2021 virtual festival and benefit at 10 p.m. Saturday, March 27, via Facebook Live. spreadthemusicfestival.org.

Other events (all subject to change):


• The Roadie Relief benefit auction, featuring items donated by members of Foo Fighters, Kiss, Queen+ Adam Lambert, Korn, Ghost, Faith No More and others, is running through April 14 via 32auctions.com. Proceeds will assist road crew members impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

• Women from the music industry, including Tinashe and Aluna, and academia gather for Tokimonsta's "Every Woman" event Friday and Saturday, March 27, streaming via Lost Resort TV's channel on Twitch.

• The Sound Bites Concert Series launches with performances by Megan Thee Stallion, Noah Cyrus and King Princess, raising money for the World Central Kitchen.

• The BBC Radio 6 Music Festival hosts performances by Michael Kiwanuka, Laura Marling, Bicep and more Friday through Sunday, March 26-28, via @BBCiPlayer and @BBCSounds on Twitter.

• The virtual festival Spread the Music 2021 spotlights Michigan musicians and venues, raising funds for the Michigan Music Alliance's Artist Relief Fund through Sunday, March 28, via Facebook Live. spreadthemsicfestival.org for schedules and updates.

• British rockers the Snuts will preview their new album, "W.L.," with a streaming concert from Stirling Castle. Tickets via shop.thesnuts.co.uk

• Black Veil Brides make the Detroit "stop" on their virtual radio station tour at 5 p.m., with an acoustic performance carried by WRIF-FM (101.9, wrif.com).

• Rufus Wainwright plays a second "Rarities" show at 5 p.m. Tickets via veeps.com.

• John Mayer, Wiz Khalifa, Pitbull and Trace Adkins are among the more than 120 artists playing for "Music Lives," a virtual festival benefiting MusiCares at 6 p.m. tonight through Sunday, March 28, via livexlive.com.

• The Sound Bites Concert Series launches at 7 p.m. with performances by Megan Thee Stallion, Noah Cyrus and King Princess, raising money for the World Central Kitchen. Streaming via Grubhub's YouTube channel and Facebook and Twitter pages.

• Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra hosts "Voices of Freedom," a Women's History Month showcase featuring the songs of Betty Carter, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln at 7:30 p.m. Tickets via jazzatalincolncenter.com.

• The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Pops series spans the decades virtually with "Broadway Then and Now" over two nights — "Part 1 (Then)" on Friday, March 26, and "Part 2 (Now)" on Saturday, March 26, both at 7:30 p.m. Andrea Ross and Ryan Vona are featured vocalists. Tickets are $12 via dso.org; 313-567-5111.

• The Metropolitan Opera's "Myths & Legends" week comes to a close with a pair of Mozart classics — a 1982 production of "Idomeneo" on Friday, March 26, and "Don Giovanni" from 2000, starring Renee Fleming, on Saturday March 27. Wagner's "Der Fliegende Hollander" from March of 2020 is the finale on Sunday, March 28. All 7:30 p.m. via metopera.org.

• The Disco Biscuits stream live from Orlando at 7:30 p.m. Tickets via Couchtour.tv.

• Munich's Arcis Saxophone Quartet plays at 7:30 p.m. from the Jorgensen Center at the University of Connecticut. Tickets via ourconcerts.live.

• The RFD Boys stream live from the Ark for the Family Room Series at 8 p.m. via Facebook Live. Donations accepted for the band and venue. theark.org.

• Detroit-raised jazz bassist Ron Carter and his Trio's July 2020 concert at the Village Vanguard is reprised at 8 p.m., running through Sunday, March 28. Tickets via villagevanguard.com.

• The Damon Fowler Group rocks at 8 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Actress-singer Jessica Sherr ("Blue Bloods," "Cloak & Dagger") embodies one of the greats for "Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies," belting it out at 8 p.m. Tickets via broadwayondemand.com.

• Experimental folk artist Lonnie Holley performs at Big Ears at 8 p.m., with a Q&A an hour earlier. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• "Chicken Girls" co-star Dylan Conrique performs her new single, "After All," and more at 8 p.m. Tickets via sessionslive.com.

• Mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges teams with pianist Lester Green at 8 p.m. for a show of opera and classical material. Tickets via ourconcerts.live.

• Billy Strings continues his post-Grammy Awards livestream "tour" at 9 p.m. from ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas. Tickets via nugs.tv.

• The Warren Brothers, Chris DeStefano and Lance Miller play this week's "Bluebird on 3rd" at 9 p.m. from 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville. Tickets via nugs.tv.

• Serpentwithfeet showcases its new album "Deacon" with a Bandsintown Plus performance and Q&A at 9 p.m. Subscriptions via bandsintown.com.


• Ramsey Lewis returns with a "Most Requested Songs" show at 2 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

• Band of Horses plays at 3 p.m. from Isle of Palms, S.C. Tickets via veeps.com.

• Waterparks splashes into the livestream market with a concert at 4 p.m. Tickets via waterparks.veeps.com.

• Death metal favorites Obituary rocks a selection of favorite tracks at 5 p.m. Tickets via obituarylive.com.

• Pedro Martins streams live at 6 p.m. Tickets via noonchorus.com.

• Waxahatchee celebrates the one-year anniversary of her album "Saint Cloud" with a show filmed during February and streaming at 7 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Jimmy Buffett's "Nothin' But Time" series streams a September 2003 show from Chula Vista, Calif. at 8 p.m. Free via nugs.tv.

• Butcher Babies plays its debut album "Goliath" in its entirety at 8 p.m., along with some new material. Tickets via butcherbabies.com.

• Moon Taxi takes a virtual ride at 8 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Cautious Clay and Cassadee Pope team up to celebrate the third anniversary of New York's Sony Hall at 8 p.m., raising money for #SaveOurStages. Tickets via showclix.com.

• Deeper celebrates the one-year anniversary of its "Auto-Pain" album at 8 p.m. from the Chicago Cultural Center. Tickets via noonchorus.com.

• Long Island's Tauk plays an all-request show at 8 p.m. Tickets via nugs.tv.

• Singer-songwriter Chris Smither returns to the virtual realm at 8:30 p.m., with a Meet & Greet at 10 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Taj Mahal joins forces with recent Grammy Award winner Fantastic Negrito at 9 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Steve Earle, the Oak Ridge Boys and Brandy Clark are featured on "Opry Live" at 9 p.m. from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, via circleallaccess.com. The show repeats at midnight.

• The California Honeydrops play at 10 p.m. from the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Colorado. Tickets via fans.live.

• K-pop star Wonho celebrates the release of "Love Synonym #2: Right For Us" at 11 p.m. Tickets via livexlive.com.


• "Greatest Story Ever Told" features 81 archived performances by the Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh on the occasion of his 81st birthday, starting at 10 a.m. and streaming free via Twitch.tv/TheRelixChannel.

• Bach and Beyond celebrates Johann Sebastian's birthday with a performance at 2 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Electronic producer Calvin Harris and Emil Nava will drop the NFT (nonfungible token) performance "Technofish" at 2 p.m. via niftygateway.com.

• German prog rock troupe the Ocean will perform its album "Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic" in its entirety at 2 p.m. Tickets via club100-bremen.de.

• The Fray's John Smith plays a solo show at 3 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• The late Joey Ramone will be celebrated at 3 p.m. by We Are Scientists, the Futureheads, Creeper and more, preceded by a listening party for the Ramones first two albums. Tickets via eventbrite.co.uk. Proceeds benefit lymphoma and OCD charities.

• Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express play at "Mid-Season Replacement Show" at 3 and 11 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

• Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer performs at 6 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Damn the Torpedoes — A Tom Petty Tribute does us like that at 7 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Brandi Carlile and her band hit the stage at 8 p.m. at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Tickets via veeps.com.

• Americana artists Christian Sedelmyer, Andrew Marlin and Jordan Trice join forces at 9 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Dwight Yoakam is back with another "One Time Live," playing his album "Buenos Noches From a Lonely Room" at 9 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Singer-songwriter Madison Cunningham plays a "Livestream of Consciousness" at 9 p.m. from Three Corners in Los Angeles. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.


• The Metropolitan Opera kicks off its "Love Triangles" week at 7:30 p.m. with a 2017 production of Bellini's "Norma." Works by Strauss, Donizetti, Verdi and more will be featured through Sunday, April 4. All 7:30 p.m. via metopera.org.


• Quiet during much of the pandemic, Maroon 5 performs for "American Express Unstaged" at 9 p.m. Tickets via maroon5.live-now.com.

• Gwen Stefani and Jazmine Sullivan help wrap up Women's History Month with "Pandora LIVE Powered by Women" at 9 p.m. Lauren Alaina and Becky G will also participate in a roundtable discussion during the event. RSVP via pandoraalivepoweredbywomen.splashthat.com.

• Distrokid hosts the first of our "Isolation: Concerts For No One" featuring Andy Frasco, Shawn Eckels, Kitchen Dwellers and Mihali at 9 p.m. via fans.live/isolation.


• New Zealand rockers the Chills cool out at 3 p.m. Tickets via noonchorus.com.

• Doneta Dawson belts it out for Queen City Streams at 7 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Ashley McBryde, Wynonna Judd and more perform as part of All Together for Animals, a virtual benefit concert for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Tickets via aftontickets.com.

• Rapper Lil Tja hosts an "Experience" at 8 p.m. Tickets via livexlive.com.

• Slack-key guitar specialist Jeff Peterson celebrates a new album release at 8 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

• Chris Janson appears on "Country Now Live" at 9 p.m. from Brooklyn Bowl Nashville, streaming via the CTRL_MUSIC_ channel on Twitch.


• The U2: Virtual Road Series continues at 1 p.m. with "Popmart: Live From Mexico City" from 1997, via the band's YouTube channel. Carla Morrison will open the show with a newly recorded performance.

• Country singer Wade Bowen is back at it at 8 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• I'm With Her's Aoife O'Donovan has her own show to play at 8 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• John McCutcheon celebrates the start of baseball season with a "Play Ball" concert at 8 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

• Dylan Altman, Marshall Altman and Gave Dixon are "Alive at the Bluebird in Nashville at 8:30 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.

• The Dutch electronic duo Vicetone will get you dancing at 10 p.m., with a pre-show Meet & Greet at 8:30 and an album release party for its new "Legacy" at 11:30. Tickets for all via watch.mandolin.com.

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