Highlights from the first day of last year’s sold-out BottleRock Napa Valley music festival on May 24. Photo: BottleRock Napa Valley, 2019
Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing — in your living room. You may not be able to crowd-surf over the heads of 79,999 of your closest friends at a big outdoor music festival this summer, but Bay Area promoters are doing their best to give fans who are stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic a little taste of the concert season. All that’s missing is the long queue for the portable toilets.
Here are some concerts you can stream through the summer.
BottleRock Napa Valley, the three-day outdoor festival that has become the unofficial kickoff for the Bay Area’s summer music season, is keeping the festival spark alive with a weekly series on its YouTube channel called (re)LIVE BottleRock.
Offering a mix of past festival highlights from the music and culinary stages — featuring acts like Imagine Dragons, Muse, and the Head and the Heart — the broadcasts are hosted by Allison Hagendorf, the global head of rock at Spotify, and BottleRock’s culinary stage host Liam Mayclem.
The performances will only be viewable during (re)LIVE BottleRock sessions. While free to watch, viewers must subscribe to BottleRock’s YouTube channel and are encouraged to donate to the charities that are highlighted each week.
There are no streams scheduled for July Fourth or Labor Day (Sept. 4) in observance of the holidays.
5 p.m. Fridays. Through Oct. 2. Free, donations encouraged. www.youtube.com/user/Bottlerocknapa
Herbie Hancock performs with the SFJazz Collective at the May 2014 SFJazz Gala in San Francisco. Photo: Alex Washburn, Special to The Chronicle 2014
SFJazz Fridays at Five
SFJazz is offering a series of weekly prerecorded concerts that put fans at home in the heart of the SFJazz Center. For just $5 a month, you can sign up for a digital membership and tune in each Friday at 5 p.m. for a classic set from the Hayes Valley venue, which is still shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The concert series has so far featured eclectic performances by Zakir Hussain, Snarky Puppy, Joe Lovano and Chucho Valdés, among others. Some performers like Herbie Hancock, along with SFJazz staff and board members, have even participated in online live chats with fans during sessions.
5 p.m. Fridays. $5. www.sfjazz.org/watch
Tune-Yards — Merrill Garbus and her bandmate, Nate Brenner — played at Lagunitas Brewing Co. in Petaluma. Photo: Eliot Lee Hazel
Lagunitas Couch Trippin’
The Petaluma brewery brings its annual free summer Live at Lagunitas concert series straight to your screen. This Couch Trippin’ live streams feature bands who’ve played the brewery’s amphitheater in the past and are now playing from their homes. The series has so far featured acts like Tune-Yards, Sylvan Esso and Caroline Rose.
While it’s free to tune in, donations are being accepted for the Newport Folk Fest’s Musician Relief Fund.
4:20 p.m. various dates. Free, donations encouraged. lagunitas.com
Michael Tilson Thomas, the S.F. Symphony music director, conducts in July 2012 at the Stern Grove Festival. Photo: Sonja Och, The Chronicle 2012
Stern Grove Best of the Fest
A San Francisco family summer tradition since 1938, the Stern Grove Festival has been forced to take the year off. But you can catch highlights from past performances with Best of the Fest, a series of video playlists featuring performances and footage from the festival archives.
Mayclem hosts each virtual concert, and an extended version of each show is posted to the festival website, Facebook page and YouTube channel at 5 p.m. each Sunday.
4:30 p.m. Sundays. Through Aug. 16. Free. sterngrove.org
Aidin Vaziri is The San Francisco Chronicle’s pop music critic. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @MusicSF