What to Stream This Weekend 7/31-8/2: Elton John, Grateful Dead/Jerry Garcia, Lollapalooza Virtual Festival, ‘Mavis 80’, Stone Temple Pilots ‘Core,’ The Go-Go’s Showtime Documentary

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It’s the weekend, again, which means one thing: There’s plenty of streaming events from the music world to keep you entertained at home — which is so important these days, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues its hold over our concept of “normalcy.” If you’re wondering what to stream this weekend, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are some of Rock Cellar’s picks for can’t-miss streams this weekend.

Elton John Madison Square Garden 2000 — Friday 7/31, on YouTube

For the past few weeks, Sir Elton has dipped into his robust archives for the Classic Concert Series, revisiting epic performances from over the years. It’s a fundraising endeavor for the EJAF — the Elton John Aids Foundation — and this week’s entry is a flashback to 2000, when Elton played Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Here’s a trailer:


The shows featured special appearances by Billy Joel, Mary J. Blige, Bryan Adams, Ronan Keating, Anastacia and Kiki Dee, and looks pretty entertaining:

The performance video will go up on the official Elton John YouTube channel Friday, July 31 at 3 p.m. EDT/12 p.m. PDT:


Grateful Dead Shakedown Stream — Egypt 1978 + the Vacation Tapes, Friday 7/31 on YouTube

The weekly Shakedown Stream archival series from the Grateful Dead rolls along Friday, July 31, with a flashback to 1978 and a gig in Egypt — plus, a special additional video.

This week on the SHAKEDOWN STREAM, we’re rocking the crypt with Egypt 1978 + THE VACATION TAPES, a 15-minute 8mm silent film of the Dead, their crew, and their family traveling around the ancient pyramids.⁣ We’re raising funds in support of HeadCount this week, a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy. Look for the blue donate button during the streams and give it a click to contribute if you can.⁣

There’s also a pre-show featuring Mickey Hart, which kicks off at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT on YouTube:

With the show itself going up an hour later, at 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT:


Mavis 80 – A Star-Studded Birthday Concert for Mavis Staples, Friday 7/31 at FANS.com

Tonight, July 31 at 8:30 p.m. EDT/5:30 p.m. PDT, FANS will air Mavis 80, a Newport Folk Revival, a special concert streaming event featuring the performances from that birthday tribute last year.

Participating acts include Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, Phoebe Bridgers, Ben Harper, Trombone Shorty and many more.

Daze Between: Celebrating the Life and Music of Jerry Garcia – Sat. 8/1, Sun. 8/2 and Beyond

Jerry Garcia, leader of the Grateful Dead and music legend, passed away in 1995 — but with his birthday coming up on Aug. 1, a special *nine-day* online celebration of his legacy is on tap. Featuring archival performances from the Dead and various other acts, “storytelling,” a live auction benefiting the Rex Foundation and more, the bash kicks off on Saturday and Sunday before carrying into next week.


Lollapalooza Lolla2020 Virtual Festival — All Weekend, YouTube

This was to be the weekend of the 2020 Lollapalooza Music and Arts Festival, but in place of an in-person event, the festival is throwing a four-day ‘virtual event’ on YouTube, featuring 150+ performances and artist appearances.

It began on Thursday and continues through the weekend, featuring past performances from the likes of Paul McCartney, the Cure, Metallica and many, many more.

Watch Friday:




And Sunday:


Stone Temple Pilots Full-Album Performance of Core — Friday 7/31

1992’s Core was a landmark album in the career of Stone Temple Pilots, and tonight, July 31, the alt/grunge band will play the record in its entirety.

That album was a major moment in the band‘s career, becoming the group’s best-selling record and boasting some of STP’s most well-known songs, including singles “Plush,” “Creep” and “Sex Type Thing.”

Tickets for the live stream concert event are available now. More details, per a news release:

Tickets for the livestream event are $9.99, and can be purchased HERE. Also available at nugs.tvnugs.net app, iOS, Android or nugs.net app on Apple TV. Watch it live on Friday July 31 @ 5pm PST / 8pm EST. The concert will also be available within 48 hours from pressing play, for user to replay.

The Go-Go’s new Showtime documentary — premieres 7/31

On Friday, the Go-Go’s premiered “Club Zero,” the rock/new wave band’s first new single in 20 years. That’s a big enough deal already — but the single premiere was tied to the launch of the band’s revealing new Showtime documentary.

The film premieres on Friday, 7/31 for Showtime subscribers.

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