As venues continue to remain shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic, live music as we know it has changed.
And Josh Groban has been at the head of that change, finding creative ways to still perform and interact with his fans from home.
Starting Thursday, April 16, he will screen a filmed concert every other Thursday night through mid-June on his official YouTube channel, the singer recently announced. And he’s going to watch — and comment — as it’s happening.
“I’ll be watching (and self criticizing) right along with you,” Groban posted on Facebook Wednesday. “We’ll be able to chat and I can answer questions and give commentary through each screening.”
Each screening will support a different charity working on the frontlines to help people during the pandemic.
Here’s the full schedule for the screenings:
- “Bridges Live: Madison Square Garden” — April 16 at 7 p.m. MT
- “Stages Live” — April 30 at 6 p.m. MT
- “Awake Live” — May 14 at 6 p.m. MT
- “Live at the Greek” — May 28 at 6 p.m. MT
- “Josh Groban in Concert” — June 11 at my 6 p.m. MT
Groban will sing “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from “Toy Story.”
Groban’s first concert during the novel coronavirus outbreak was on March 20, when he performed a 30-minute set for Billboard’s “Live-at Home” concert series. That concert raised more than $15,000 for Meals and Wheels. It also ended with Groban singing “You Raise Me Up” from his shower.
Since then, Groban has sung several songs from his shower, and has dedicated those songs to groups of people affected by the virus. Most recently he performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and dedicated the song to medical workers in New York City.
#ShowerSongs - Hallelujah (w/ Lucia Micarelli)
Hope everyone had a nice weekend. This song is dedicated to the brave frontline workers around the country but especially those in the epicenter at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Irving Medical Center and around NYC. I’m so happy to sing this MUCH requested song with one of my favorite people and musicians on earth, Lucia Micarelli. See her in concert any time you get the chance and go to the link below to continue donating to our brave medical heroes and hospitals. In times like these I’m inspired by everyone doing their part, no matter how seemingly large or small, to make a difference. We can get through this. Let’s not lose our kindness and humanity while we do. #showersongs #thankyoufrontline #hallelujah - JG Donate here: nyp.org/thankyoufrontlinePosted by Josh Groban on Tuesday, April 14, 2020