Top 10 Australia Revelry On this week 07/06/2020 (COVID-19 EDITION)
The night is darkest just before the dawn. A statement that’s as untrue now as it was in 2008.
10) Tiffany Christopher Live from the Fox Den
What: With live performances on hold for the foreseeable future, Tiffany Christopher is streaming her live shows from her studio near Denver. Her performances are not what you’re typically finding on line these days. Exploring new ways to reach her audience and broadening her creativity, she’s moving in new directions that shine a light on her energetic performances. Continuing to push the boundaries of a traditional singer/songwriter, Tiffany Christopher is a stunning display of passion, talent and creativity. A multi-instrumentalist who engages her audience with physicality and musical virtuosity; her work ranges from folk-rock and alternative-americana to hip hop and rhythm and blues.
Why: Tiffany from Denver wants you to tune in to her livestream…and it’s not about her fun take on race relations.
9) Chris Daughtry: Live
What: Christopher Adam Daughtry is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He is known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the rock band Daughtry and according to critics, the 38-year-old hasn’t lost any steam over the years. If anything, with his deep cut V-neck shirt, rosary bead necklace and single black-painted nail, Daughtry has only gotten cooler. Experience his talents in a livestreamed performance.
Why: All the gravitas of your high school sister in her semi-grunge phase in the form of a forty year old American Idol alumnus.
8) Sara Niemietz: Live from My House
What: Raised on old jazz records and live music, Sara uses her guitar to craft songs and tell stories. From starring on Broadway and singing at the Grand Ole Opry to touring in over thirty countries with Postmodern Jukebox, Sara has grown up on stages and in studios. Experience her unique talents in an intimate livestreamed performance.
Why: The voice that really needs to be amplified right now. Broadway Sara without an ‘h’.
7) National Lampoon Live with Harrison Greenbaum
What: National Lampoon Live is a raucous comedy panel show featuring some of the country’s hottest comedians talking about some of the world’s craziest stuff – from Britney Spears burning down her gym to quarantine sex positions – all in front of a live “in virtual studio” audience. The show is hosted and written by Harrison Greenbaum (Conan) and has featured comedians such as Emma Willmann (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Netflix), Eliot Glazer (Broad City), and Maddy Smith (Wild ‘N Out). It is executive produced by Greenbaum, along with National Lampoon President Evan Shapiro and National Lampoon executive Brandon Tamburri.
Why: Shapiro and his band are trying to “mobilise into [the] void”. There’s nothing less uncomfortable than a panel of comedians trying desperately to make you laugh.
6) Virtual TRiPTease
What: To keep your week spicy, check out Virtual TRiPTease! A virtual online variety party every Wednesday hosted by the Original Dame/Producer Lola Boutée alongside TRiP’s one and only sassy pinup bartender, Shira Roman. Grab a cocktail or mocktail and tune in each week on Zoom for a hilarious late-night “happy hour” event every Wednesday featuring different cabaret segments each week and special guests!
Why: Because even though bars are tentatively open, we’re still a few months away from collectively being able to go full Minnelli all over the chairs.
5) Keith Harkin: Live
What: Keith Harkin is an Irish singer songwriter and guitar-playing minstrel who has been singing his way into the hearts of music lovers since the wee age of four. His musical talents have brought him across the world from the UK to Canada to Australia to America and back. The self-described “singer-songwriter-surfer” does not fit into any particular role in Celtic Thunder. As an avid surfer, though, he’s not afraid of taking risks, and is able to enjoy the sense of artistic achievement he’s already attained, over and over again in his past eight years touring. Experience his brilliant talents in a unique livestreamed performance.
Why: The softest, most lyrical oversinging you’ll ever hear.
4) At Home With Blue October
What: The eclectic, creatively restless American alt rock band from Houston, Texas, Blue October, will be hosting a live at-home performance of their album ‘Approaching Normal’.
Why: ‘Fade in. Interior. A charmingly chaotic bedroom. Day. A mid-30s millionaire indie rocker sits strumming the acoustic version of Dirt Room. No one understands his pain. Outside, it’s the USA circa June 2020.’ – Untitled Wes Anderson Project 2021.
3) Nerf Herder: High Five Anxiety
What: Nerf Herder is an American geek-rock band from Santa Barbara, California, famous for their simplistic modern punk-style songs and juvenile but brilliant pop-culture-referencing lyrics. Come experience them raw in this unique livestreamed mini-concert.
Why: From the land before nerds were widely monetised.
2) Spinning in Solidarity
What: Presented by Swerv and Soju Gang, Spinning In Solidarity is an online fundraiser event and concert featuring artists and DJ’s coming together and sharing their passion for music to raise funds in solidarity for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Community. “As we watch from afar the continued killing of the black community in the US, we mourn and seek justice for lives taken at the hands of those sworn to serve and protect. Yet at the same time a dark reality is revealed, this is not an American issue – we do not sit on a higher moral ground as a country. Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait community face the same violence – and for too long we have ignored them. Their deaths go unnoticed and their fight for justice is swept aside. It’s time we stand up for our blak community here at home.” The concert will feature: Soju Gang, Swerve, DJ Pgz, Jade Zoe, Koda, Jay Dean, Stevzar, Kaira, JPS and Isaiah Morris.
Why: Let the soupçon of guilt in your ‘f**k the US’ soup rightly become a deluge.
1) All In WA
What: Pearl Jam, Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, Brandi Carlile and Macklemore are among several artists from the Seattle area who are uniting to perform a virtual COVID-19 relief concert benefitting All In WA. The event will be broadcast via Amazon Music’s Twitch channel. Dave Matthews, Ciara, Russell Wilson, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Allen Stone, Mary Lambert and the Black Tones are also slated to appear, along with actor Joel McHale. Funds raised for All In WA will be distributed to a host of organisations that support workers, families and communities who are in need and have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis throughout the state.
Why: They almost had us. And then…Macklemore.