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It just makes sense that music would be thriving during this whole pandemic. Regardless of the culture, we’ve always been drawn to music during difficult times. It’s cathartic. We can express things we can’t say in words, and we need that now more than ever.

As the world goes online, we’ve only gotten more creative with ways to make music heard and this week’s edition of What’s Hot is a reflection of that. From playing an empty baseball stadium to hosting a DIY talent show, it’s definitely not going to be a boring weekend if you’re open to new experiences.

Banding Together | May 29 | 8 p.m. ET

It seems like every week there’s a new concert benefiting hard-hit musicians and artists, and we’re definitely not complaining. Beyond providing much-needed financial support, these concerts have also been producing some killer lineups that any year of Coachella would be pumped to feature.

This week’s example is Banding Together: A Concert for the Colorado Music Relief Fund. The lineup is an all-star showing of the best roots-rock has to offer, including The Avett Brothers, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Brandi Carlisle, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, The Lumineers and many more.

Watch Banding Together Here

Streaming Outta Fenway w/ Dropkick Murphys | May 30 | 6 p.m. ET

There’s nothing more “Boston” than Dropkick Murphys, other than Dropkick Murphys playing live in an empty Fenway Park. This weekend they’re hitting the infield for a (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime concert experience supporting the Boston Resiliency Fund, Feeding America and Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston.

Plus, the band will be joined via streaming by their good friend Bruce Springsteen for a few mashup performances. So, get online and show Beantown some love with a show that’s sure to be unique and unforgettable.

Watch Streaming Outta Fenway w/ Dropkick Murphys Here

Open Mic Night NYC | June 1 | 7:30 p.m. ET

For those aspiring performers out there, this is your chance to shine. Every Monday night, Open Mic NYC is hosting a virtual open mic night via Zoom. Literally the only rule is to “keep your clothes on,” but other than that, the internet is your stage.

The weekly event has been getting quite the following since the world went online, and it’s a great opportunity to support up-and-coming musicians. Or, if you have a bit of performance anxiety, it’s also a great chance to dip your toes into the scene within the comforts of your own living room.

Join Open Mic Night NYC Here

Have fun out on the digital frontier!  Follow us on Instagram at @Attendee_Live to stay updated on the latest virtual events.