5 Ways to Beat the Coronavirus Blues: Quarantine Ideas for Music Lovers

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Ever wished you could watch a brand-new live show featuring your favorite artist… without leaving the comfort of your own living room? In April 2020, this goal is more attainable than ever. The part you didn’t expect? More often than not, your favorite artists are also in their own living rooms as they serenade you.

Even as the COVID-19 coronavirus means much of the world’s population is compelled to stay home, artists are flocking to the internet to keep the music going. Livestreams are happening daily on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitch, and artists’ own websites and Patreon pages. While it will rightly be a very, very long time before the world at large is thankful for any part of its coronavirus experience, this explosion of live and utterly free online performances will probably end up as one of the bright spots.

Quarantining music lovers rejoice: The music is very much out there. Without further ado, five of the best places to catch an online musical performance during your coronavirus quarantine.

Live Nation’s “Live From Home”: A Melting Pot of Music

Not sure what you want to hear? Concert promoter Live Nation is featuring a truly massive roster of daily live-streamed performances on its Live From Home page. Whatever your desired musical flavor, you’re likely to find something to suit your tastes. The day’s schedule for the first Friday in April featured nearly 80 shows and included an astonishing range of superstars from every genre. Miley Cyrus, Diplo, Brad Paisley, the String Cheese Incident, Barenaked Ladies, Melissa Etheridge, Hozier, Jim Brickman, Of Mice and Men, and the Zac Brown Band? That is one heckuva living room party.

Rolling Stone’s “In My Room”: Intimate, Short & Sweet

Don’t have a ton of time? Rolling Stone’s “In My Room” livestreams, averaging three songs apiece, make for satisfying bite-sized servings of music. They’re releasing new episodes of the new “In My Room” IGTV series on Instagram every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1pm Mountain. The first run of episodes featured an impressive lineup of artists, including Brian Wilson, Angelique Kidjo, John Fogerty, Graham Nash, Yola, Hinds, Steve Earle, and Colorado’s own Nathaniel Rateliff. (If you didn’t know, Covered is proud to be based in Colorado — where all our excellent employees are working remotely from the comfort of their own living rooms and home offices.)

JamBase Livestreams Calendar: Keeping the Jam Alive

Already mourning all the summer concerts and festivals that may not be? JamBase’s continually updated livestreams calendar is a good bet for scratching that particular itch. It’s no surprise that JamBase, which in the pre-coronavirus world offered the world’s largest database of live concert and ticket information, is doing its part to keep live music… alive. Couch Tour Alerts give daily summaries of livestreams and archived shows from artists like Dead & Company, moe., Ben Folds, Widespread Panic, Bela Fleck, Jim James, Phish, G. Love, Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell, and Willie Nelson. JamBase’s unreleased archival footage powers daily installments of “Gimme Shelter in Place,” which features past shows from artists like Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams, and Anders Osborne.

The Metropolitan Opera: Nightly Opera Streams

Never been to an opera? Oddly enough, your coronavirus quarantine may be the perfect time to fix that. New York City’s Metropolitan Opera, more commonly known as “the Met,” is offering up nightly opera performances on its website. While these are past performances, they replicate a front-row, high-definition experience of attending a live opera. View the schedule of upcoming opera streams.

Bose “Music Gives Back”: Live Virtual Music Lessons

Curious what it’d be like to take a music lesson from one of the music industry’s best? Audio manufacturer Bose has announced the imminent launch of a series of live music lessons on Instagram. Bose expects that participants will be able to take part in group lessons and live Q&A.

Covered is here to help you through these challenging times. While we’ve got ideas to help you lower your bills and lessen budget impact, we know that surviving COVID-19 will require focusing on far more than finances and insurance. Look for more installments of our “5 Ways to Beat the Coronavirus Blues” series, coming soon to our blog.