What to Watch This Weekend 2/12-2/14: Michael McDonald, ‘Food for Love’ ft. David Byrne, Bob Weir & Wolf Bros., Jimmy Eat World, ‘Bleeding Audio’ at Slamdance 2021


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This weekend, Feb. 12-14, brings with it a handful of especially notable streaming concert events — some of them live, some pre-recorded, and one an intriguing new documentary about one band’s experience in “the machine” of the music business. If you’re trying to figure out what to watch this weekend, here are some picks.

Here’s a rundown:

Michael McDonald: Home Alone 2 — Birthday Bash: A Party of One (Friday, Feb. 12, $20+)

This Friday, the golden-voiced crooner celebrates his 69th birthday and will do so with a one-man live stream event. The amusingly titled Home Alone 2 — Birthday Bash: A Party of One is his second such live stream during the pandemic, and promises special songs, Valentine’s Day contributions and more.

Tickets for the live stream show cost $20 and are available now at this link. Per a news release:

VIP packages including autographed merchandise and an online afterparty are also available. McDonald will perform songs from his time with The Doobie Brothers, as well as his solo career and select cover songs.

Bob Weir & Wolf Bros.: Chinese New Year Live Celebration (Friday, Feb. 12, $24.99)

Tonight, Friday Feb. 12, Bob Weir & Wolf Bros. — the Grateful Dead legend and pals Don Was and Jay Lane, as well as special guests Jeff Chimenti, Greg Leisz and The Wolf Pack — will stream a special live performance from Weir’s TRI Studios in Northern California, geared around celebrating the Chinese New Year.

The streaming concert event is meant to harken back to the Grateful Dead‘s many similar Chinese New Year concert events, and will be streamed via FANS.live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT for $24.99.

Jimmy Eat World: The Phoenix Sessions, Clarity (Friday, Feb. 12, $17.50+)

Arizona-based alt/rock/indie band Jimmy Eat World is on the third of three pre-recorded full-album performances, and the last (for now, at least) comes this weekend. Clarity is the group’s heralded 1999 album, the record that put the group on the minds of many and precipitated their mainstream breakthrough a few years later.

This next performance follows a performance of Futures, the band’s 2004 album, which was delivered with a riveting performance that’s sure to be the case once again with Clarity.

Saturday, Feb. 13: Food for Love Virtual Benefit ft. David Byrne, Jackson Browne, More (YouTube, free)

This Saturday a number of musical acts will participate in Food for Love, a virtual benefit concert with the stated goal of raising money to help the hungry in New Mexico. Among the acts taking part include David Byrne, Jackson Browne, the Chicks, Kurt Vile, Nathaniel Rateliff, Steve Earle, Charlie Sexton, and many more.

The stream will go live on YouTube at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 13, and will remain viewable for 48 hours. Throughout, donations will be accepted to help the cause — and are also being accepted right now on the Food for Love website. Click here for more details.

Starting 2/12: Bleeding Audio (Slamdance.com, $10+)

In the works for a few years, Bleeding Audio tells the tale of the Matches, a pop-punk/alt-rock band from the Bay Area of Northern California that amassed international attention in the mid-200s, a major label deal and more … only to find the changing digital music landscape (and other issues) force the group’s premature dissolution in 2009, until feverish fan interest sparked some reunion gigs five years later.

Part cautionary tale, part intriguing look at the unique challenges of being a musical act in the early 2000s, Bleeding Audio is effective at telling the story whether you’re already familiar with the band and the “music scene” of the era or otherwise.

As part of the film’s continuing rollout, Bleeding Audio is a selection of Slamdance 2021, and will be available as part of the festival’s programming beginning Friday, Feb. 12, with a number of live stream events scheduled for opening weekend as well. Slamdance 2021 runs from Feb. 12 to Feb. 25, and festival passes cost $10. Click here for more details.

 

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