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Based on the number of online streaming events this week, it seems like we might be starting to get into a rhythm across the country. Sure, we all want to gather in person. But, while #stayathome is a real thing, different artists and organizations are certainly making the most of it. That’s why we’re back with three online events you definitely don’t want to miss this week. 

It’s easy for things to get monotonous when you’re spending more time sitting around the house. But, each of these events represents our new version of getting out of the bubble. Just because things are happening online doesn’t mean you can’t go on a new adventure. So, for this week, try something new because you never know what you might find—even online.

The New Gig | May 14, 8 p.m. ET

You free tonight? Definitely make time for the Jazz Foundation of America’s #TheNewGig, a concert aimed to generate revenue for musicians and venues who’ve been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. This event is a star-studded online festival, featuring musical appearances from Jon Batiste, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello and many more. It’s hosted by Keegan-Michael Key and features appearances from Bootsy Collins, Danny Glover, Bruce Willis and a host of other celebrities. Be sure to check it out.

Watch The New Gig Here

Celebrate the Class of 2020 | May 15, 2 p.m. ET | Facebook Live

It’s a weird time for everyone, but maybe most of all for this year’s class of 2020. In any normal year, they’d be having parties and walking across the stage to get their diploma, but instead, they’re stuck at home with the rest of us. So, show your digital support to this year’s senior class and attend the digital ceremony on Facebook. There will be commencement addresses from Oprah Winfrey, Simone Biles, Lil Nas X, Jennifer Garner and Awkwafina. Plus, Miley Cyrus will be doing an exclusive performance. For better or worse, it’s going to be an unforgettable graduating year—show your support to make it lean toward ‘better.’

Watch The Class Of 2020 Graduation Here

KC Bands Together | May 16, 9:30 p.m. ET | Facebook Live

There is one big advantage of having a completely online music scene—you get to experience regional events you probably never would have! Case in point, KC Bands Together, an online festival to support the Midwest Music Foundation. For those not in the know, Kansas City is quite the music town. They have a rich history, and today’s artists are certainly carrying the torch. The lineup includes Kevin Morby, Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee, The Elders, Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids and a whole lot more. Go ahead and show KC some love.

Watch KC Bands Together Here

The internet can be a beautiful place, right? We’re definitely seeing the brighter side of modern connectivity, so spend your weekend with your favorite cold beverage, sit back and relax and experience something new. Cheers!