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Cool shows & a rockin' happy hour

Updated: Aug 15, 2020

Check out NPR's "Tiny Desk Concerts," some great rock & country shows and grab happy hour drinks & music with the man, the myth: Jon Bon Jovi!

NPR makes big sounds with its “Tiny Desk Concerts” and we need them now more than ever! Catch pandemic gigs filmed remotely with stars likes the soothing John Legend and cooler-than-cool Lenny Kravitz from the Bahamas. Where else would he be? Or check out pre-COVID intimate sets filmed at NPR’s offices in D.C. Treat yourself to amazing new artists or familiar faves like Alicia Keys, bands like The Black Crowes and the inimitable Adele… imagine that voice in your office! The Lumineers finished their fun show (at 22:45) with a packed crowd & the pianist dancing on desks in his bare feet. Ah, to be so germ-free again!

Close-up of recording microphone on a stand.

What’s better than Friday happy hour with Jon Bon Jovi? Enjoy a livestreamed acoustic concert with the Bon Jovi star and have a drink beforehand with Jon and son Jesse to raise money for COVID-19 relief. Their wine company Hampton Water streams the event on Facebook in coordination with chef Jose Andres’ charitable World Central Kitchen.

Catch it: Fri. Aug 14 @ 6:30pm EDT happy hour on Hampton Water's Facebook page; 7pm EDT music on the same page [** a Facebook account is needed] ** UPDATE: if you missed the live event, you can still watch the entire happy hour conversation & highlights of the concert at the links above!

Top-down shot of people clinking wine glasses.

Concerts & music festivals are so 2019 (… or 2021, we hope). But you can catch another big one from home! R.E.M. just released their full concert at the Glastonbury Festival in 1999 thanks to the BBC Archives. Glastonbury is marking an incredible 50th anniversary & their website also shares highlights of memorable festival debuts, from Billie Eilish and Lorde to Metallica. Last year, 175K people packed the famous farmland where the show’s held in the tiny English town of Pilton. Festivalgoers to the first show in 1970 paid 1£ (today = $1.31) and got free farm milk for showing up!

Shot from the crowd of stage lights at nighttime concert.

Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry has no fans in the seats, but the stage is hopping! Grab a beer for their latest “Saturday Night Opry” show (music starts at 18:30) from Circle All Access. Old Crow Medicine Show plays their smash “Wagon Wheel” (at 1:06:47), which few may know was co-written in 1973 by front man Ketch Secor and legendary Bob Dylan (NOT Darius Rucker, whose cover became a sing-a-long staple when we could still frequent bars…). Molly Tuttle (solo at 31:11) was the first woman Guitar Player of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Awards in 2017 & again in ‘18! Last year, the award went to Billy Strings (at 45:31), with the best stage name ever.

Close-up hands playing guitar wearing fringed jacket and country hat in background.

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