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Music Weekend: Still Loading fest, Boogie T, Pink!, "1971," more...
 

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

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Detroit's Beacon Park springs to life this weekend with the Still Loading Art & Music Festival, running 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 22-23. The event features 40 music acts (mostly DJs) and 17 live artists working throughout the two days, along with a variety of interactive elements. Admission is free, but registration is required via stillloadingmusicfestival.com. The park is at 1901 Grand River Ave., at Cass.



More events (all subject to change):



Live and In Person




Dubstep specialist Boogie T will keep 'em dancing at the Crofoot Festival Grounds on Friday, May 22, joined by Dirt Monkey, SubDocta and Wayso. Doors at 6 p.m. 1 S. Saginaw St, Pontiac; 248-858-9333 or thecrofoot.com.



The Lake Orion Flower & Art Fair hosts a pair of free Beer Garden performances Athens Creek at 1 p.m., Whiskey For Ransom at 5 p.m. during opening day on Friday, May 21, at Front and Anderson Streets in the village's downtown; 360eventproductions.com or the event's Facebook page.



The Parliament Room at Otus Supply in Ferndale kicks off its 2021 Tent Series with a "Sunshine Daydream" festival at 1 p.m. featuring the reggae band Half Way There, the Phish tribute group Kids Under the Carpet and the Grateful Dead salute Raising the Dead. Tickets $20 advance, $25 day of show at 345 E. Nine Mile Road, 248-291-6160 or otussupply.com.







Flotsam & Jetsam hit town to do some headbanging on Friday, May 21, at the Diesel Concert Lounge, 33152 23 Mile Road, Chesterfield Twp. Doors at 7 p.m. 586-933-3503 or dieselconcerts.com.



The Cadieux Cafe's Mussel Beach will be in high gear this weekend, with all-star rock cover group Eastside Still Alive and the party band Huckleberry Groove at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 21-22, respectively, and Americana stalwart the Orbitsuns on tape at 3 p.m. Sunday, 4300 Cadieux Road, Detroit; 313-882-8560 or cadieuxcafe.com.



The Token Lounge in Westland hosts a pair of tribute bands this weekend Thunderstruck: America's AC/DC on Friday, May 21, and the Faces salute Itchycoo Park on Saturday, May 22. Doors at 7 p.m. for both; 734-513-5030 or tokenlounge.com.



Rocknsoul will be doing just that during a free show at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at the Hotel Royal Oak, 811 E. 11 Mile Road, 248-547-9770 or hotelroyaloak.com.



Livestream/TV Highlights



"P!nk: All I Know So Far," documenting the daredevil pop star and her Beautiful Trauma World Tour, begins streaming on Prime Video, with a companion live album released the same day, with a virtual iHeart Radio release party at 6:30 p.m. via livexlive.com.







The eight-episode "1971: The Year Music Changed Everything" debuts Friday, May 21, on Apple TV+, examining major works by Marvin Gaye, David Bowie, Sly & the Family Stone, the Rolling Stones and many more in the context of politics and social upheaval.



Jin Hi Kim & Ensemble assembles for an "Asian Sound Revolution Pulse" streaming concert at 7 p.m. via the Detroit Institute of Arts' YouTube channel as part of its Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration; dia.org.



Detroit Symphony Orchestra Music Director Jader Bignamini is back on the conductor's podium, leading guest Orli Shaham through Beethoven's Piano Concert No. 2, virtually from Orchestra Hall, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 21. Bignamini and the DSO's performance of Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 from the previous night is also streaming. Tickets for each are $12 via dso.org.



Jazz at Lincoln Center hosts a virtual concert, "Freedom, Justice, and Hope," at 7:30 p.m. featuring new music by trumpeter Josh Evans and bassist Endea Owens from Jon Batiste's Stay Human. Tickets via jazz.org.







Twenty One Pilots celebrates its new album, "Scaled and Icy," with a "Livestream Experience" at 8 p.m. Tickets via live.twentyonepilots.com.



The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and Indian percussionist Zakir Hussain present "Sound Consciousness: Drones for Sonic Bathing" at 8 p.m., free via fans.live.



Sting, Jhene Aiko, Saweetie and others perform as part of "See Us Unite For Change," airing at 8 p.m. Friday, May 21, on MTV and its affiliated networks. Hosted by Ken Jeong, the special benefits the Asian American Foundation as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.



Recording artists ZiZi mix traditional Chinese songs and Motown favorites at noon, via the Detroit Institute of Arts' YouTube channel as part of its Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration; dia.org.



The Metropolitan Opera's "Met Stars Live" series spotlights sopranos Ailyn Perez and Nadine Sierra and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard starting at 1 p.m. and streaming for 14 days. Tickets via metstarslive-brightcove-services.com.



Bon Jovi launches the Encore Drive-In Nights 2021 series with a concert film showing in movie theaters and drive-ins around the world. Showtimes and tickets via encorenights.com.



Steel Panther declares that "Fans Come First" in its latest livestream, at 5 p.m. from Los Angeles. Tickets via steelpantherocks.com.



England's famed Glastonbury Festival hosts another virtual event, "#LiveAtWorthyFarm," with performances by Coldplay, HAIM, Damon Albarn, Jarvis Cocker and at 7 p.m., with encores on Sunday, May 23. Tickets via glastonburyfestivals.co.uk.



Sessions Live has lined up Broadway veterans for a Stage Door series, with hourly shows beginning at 7 p.m. with Ruby Lewis. Also performing are John Krause, Sydnee Winters, Michael James Scott and Adam Pascal. Tickets for the whole night and individual shows via sessionslive.com.



Country singer Lee Brice is joined by Tyler Farr and Chuck Wickes at 7 p.m. from Columbia, Tenn. The concert benefits the Special Forces Charitable Trust. Tickets via nugs.net.



Country veteran Clint Black launches a new talk and performance series, "Talking in Circles with Clint Black," with guest Darius Rucker at 10 p.m. via circleallaccess.com.



The Billboard Music Awards tries to reverse the trend of award show malaise at 8 p.m. on NBC. Hosted by Nick Jonas from Los Angeles, the show features performances by The Weeknd, BTS, Twenty One Pilots, Duran Duran with Graham Coxon and more, while P!nk receives the Icon Award, Drake will be named Artist of the Decade and Trae Tha Truth will take home the Change Maker Award.



The "American Idol" season finale features guest performances by Lindsey Buckingham, Luke Combs, Chaka Khan, Sheryl Crow, Mickey Guyton, Leona Lewis, Alessia Cara, Macklemore and Fall Out Boy, as well as the show's judges, at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 23, on ABC.



Blues hero Bobby Rush plays an intimate solo show at 8 p.m. from City Winery Nashville. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

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