As many cities across the country open up, the state of entertainment remains divided. Socially distant indoor shows have returned to live music venues like the City Winery in New York and the Nutty Brown Amphitheater in Austin, while NY PopsUp has a range of indoor and outdoor performances in locations across New York state that lead to the reopening of Broadway. (As part of the deal, Nathan Lane and Savion Glover were the first artists to grace a Broadway stage since last March, while Amy Schumer, Chris Rock and Hugh Jackman are slated for future events.)
But until vaccination numbers rise, livestream shows will continue. And as the traditional concert season approaches, the scope increases. For example, the Glastonbury Festival (which won't happen in person until 2022) is hosting a concert with usual high profile performers. But while there might be signs of recovery in the air in some places, Covid stays very on your mind. Selena Gomez will host a Global Citizen concert to promote vaccination while famous indie artists come together to honor songwriter Adam Schlesinger, who died of Covid-19 in 2020, across continental shows.
"Adam Schlesinger: A Musical Celebration"
The music, film and TV community mourned Adam Schlesinger, founding member of Fountains of Wayne and Emmy and Grammy winner, who wrote songs for films like "Shallow Hal" and "That Thing You Do!". Artists like Courtney Love, Sean Ono Lennon, Michelle Branch and Micky Dolenz will perform his songs at a memorial concert that will benefit MusiCares, the non-profit organization for musicians in need, and the venue Bowery Electric. May 5, 8 p.m. E.S.T., tickets are $ 20; RollingLivestudios.com/pages/box-office
The day after the release of his latest album "Latest Record Project: Number 1", the Northern Irish artist will perform songs from it as well as some of the most famous hits in his first virtual concert. Morrison has made waves in the past few months with his anti-lockdown stance that included a threat to sue the Northern Irish Department of Health and recently released three songs dealing with the shutdown, including "No More Lockdown." None of the three will appear on the new album. May 8, 3 p.m. E.S.T., tickets start at $ 14.99; nugs.net