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New Jersey’s annual XPoNential Music Festival was canceled due to COVID-19, but you can still catch performances and festival highlights every Friday at 7 p.m. ET in June and July. This week’s show features the four-piece band Chicano Batman and blues/gospel singer Mavis Staples.
Watch the stream on NPR.
Sing along to “The Wiz”
While you can’t go to see a live Broadway show, you can catch streaming performances of popular musicals on “The Shows Must Go On!” This week’s show is “The Wiz,” starring Amber Riley, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and Uzo Aduba. The performance was originally a live stage show that aired on NBC.
Watch it on YouTube on Friday starting at 2 p.m. ET. The stream will be available for 48 hours.
Watch “Da 5 Bloods” on Netflix
Spike Lee’s new film tells the story of five African-American Vietnam War vets who go back to Vietnam in search of their squad leader’s remains—and some buried treasure. “Da 5 Bloods” is part of Netflix’s new “Black Lives Matter” collection and will be available on Friday.
Watch it on Netflix.
Reminisce about ‘80s music with “Back to the Basement”
If you’re a child of the ‘80s (or just love ‘80s music), join “Back to the Basement,” a streaming show featuring Wang Chung, A Flock of Seagulls, Cutting Crew, Naked Eyes and more. The event is hosted by Abducted by the 80s and will raise money for Direct Relief’s COVID-19 relief efforts.
Watch on Facebook Live at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. ET. All merch sales during the event benefit Direct Relief.
Listen to The Prison Music Project’s album release concert
The Prison Music Project is a collaboration between singer/songwriter Zoe Boekbinder and musicians, writers and artists at California’s New Folsom Prison. The project’s album “Long Time Gone” was produced by Ani DiFranco, who, along with other artists and project participants, is doing a live stream release concert to benefit organizations assisting those impacted by mass incarceration.
The show will be streamed on LiveXLive on Friday at 8 p.m. ET. Tickets start at $20.
Attend a virtual DC Jazz Festival performance
This year’s in-person DC Jazz Festival was postponed, but you can still catch performances from jazz artists every Saturday with the DCJazzFest from Home Series. Watch never-before-seen footage of previous JazzFest performances and live-streamed shows from DCJF artist alums.
The show starts at 7 p.m. on DCJF YouTube Channel and Facebook. The stream is free to join, but you can RSVP and contribute to funds supporting the artists.
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