Couch Concerts: Virtual Concerts and Livestreams to Watch From Your Couch

A few months ago, the world stopped—at least, for many of us, it felt like it did. Restaurants closed, people stayed home, and toilet paper disappeared. Live music, something we all know and love, was obviously enormously affected, as well. However, the music industry is never one to back down in the face of a challenge, and has shown that it is willing to learn and adapt so that music lovers everywhere can still “attend” live shows.  Let’s look at the bright side of things: gone are the days of waiting hours in the pit, or driving for hours just to see your favorite band. Now, you can listen to live music from your couch, or from your bed, or from your kitchen counter, or from your backyard. Whether it is called a virtual concert or a livestream, the following programs are all just waiting for you to sign up and attend! 

September 15: Pandora Live featuring The Killers

Great news first: this event is completely free and open to the public! With that in mind, get ready to see legendary band The Killers like never before on September 15th at 9PM ET. Tune in fifteen minutes early for exclusive performances, an intimate Q&A, interactive experiences and more. 

September 18: The iHeartRadio Music Festival

Whether you like pop, rock, indie, hip-hop, electronic, or R&B, the iHeartRadio Music Festival has an act for you. Its headliners feature Coldplay, Keith Urban, Migos, Miley Cyrus, Usher, and Thomas Rhett. The diversity in the headliners alone show how diverse the livestream will be! With Ryan Seacrest as host, this virtual concert is sure to wow your socks off. 

September 24-28: DC Jazz Fest

The 16th Annual DC JazzFest will stream live from D.C. from Thursday, September 24th through Monday, September 28th. They’re bringing their world-class jazz programming to the global stage for the very first time, with over 20 performances from international superstars and homegrown talent alike. This year’s festival will feature not only performances, but also interviews and other exclusive jazz content.

September 25-27: Monterey Jazz Festival

This incredible lineup features exclusive new and previously unreleased archival performances from the Monterey Jazz Festival! Unique and memorable jazz moments will be across the three days, from 5-7 PM Pacific Time on the Monterey Jazz Festival’s YouTube Channel. What sets this online festival apart from others is that 100% of online contributions from each day of the Virtual Festival will be donated to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and to other jazz artists that will be playing.  Finally, if you don’t want to commit to a whole festival, you can always go to SongKick to discover more livestreams! Whether you love every artist you see or haven’t heard of any of them, these concerts (that happen nightly!) are a great way to forget your stress and have a little fun—in the comfort of your own home!

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