Some Weekend Music – Live Performances On Video

by John Holbo on April 8, 2017

Live performances often don’t translate well to the medium of tiny YouTube videos … but:


What good live performance videos have you got for me?



John Burke 04.08.17 at 4:46 am


Hickory Bow 04.08.17 at 12:09 pm


Hickory Bow 04.08.17 at 3:56 pm


charles gonzales 04.09.17 at 2:14 am

Wow awesome .


Bill Murray 04.09.17 at 2:46 am

Amazing Grace by the Blind Boys of Alabama


kidneystones 04.09.17 at 7:13 am

And no, I am not kidding you.


JPL 04.09.17 at 11:38 am

Loved all the videos above. A thread with such a raison d’etre could extend for hundreds. But I just wanted to promote one of my favourite vocalists, Yukimi Nagano, who has sung with various groups. (“Little Dragon” is her nom de guerre.)


William Berry 04.09.17 at 5:57 pm

Stills only, but from a live performance. Maybe a bit treacly, but I like it anyway.


TheSophist 04.09.17 at 6:38 pm

Saw the Blind Boys back in December. Still going strong, Still gloriously good. My girlfriend had never seen them and had no idea what to expect. To say she was blown away is to understate.


Hickory Bow 04.09.17 at 8:30 pm

She went on to win the whole shebang…


M Caswell 04.09.17 at 10:36 pm


M Caswell 04.09.17 at 10:37 pm


Frank Quist 04.10.17 at 12:29 am

Oh, I love that Lianna La Havas video.

Here’s some of my favourites. I like to put these on when I’m working:

Nils Frahm
Composer/pianist Nils Frahm has some awesome performances up on youtube.

An awesome and serene performance of More and ‘Said and Done’

For more just click through @ the related videos.

Since I love ‘More’ so much, here’s another rendition that has me marveling at his technique.

And an electronic performance of his.

Finally, cover of Hammers on strings.

Bootsy / Parliament
There’s some old recordings of live Bootsy Collins and live Parliament concerts on youtube. Lovely funk.
1976 (my fav, it’s so tight, altho the middle is a bit meh): Bootsy & His Rubber Band, 1976 (my fav; it’s so tight, even though the middle is kind of ‘meh)
Bootsy & His Rubber Band in Madrid, 1978
A three hour long Parliament concert from 1978
BONUS: A totally crazy & wacky Bootsy bass solo (…really, it’s kind of weird. But an awesome kind of weird.)

Some other lovely funk/jazz/soul performances
This is an awesomely energtic performance by the late Sharon Jones (RIP), playing together with Daryl Hall & Co

Marcus Miller with a nice cover of the Beatles’ Come Together, with an organ solo that I can’t stop listening to (it just goes on and on, and keeps getting better).

Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed together with Daryl Hall & co (the band’s enjoying it so much, it’s nice to watch.) (Alternative take with Reed & a gospel choir)

They’re not *that* amazing, but I somehow just really like this performance by Drangar, an oddball Icelandic rock band.

A full concert by the Talking Heads (1980)

A serene and melodious live session, in a chapel, by dutch singer-songwriter Eefje de Visser

This epic performance by The Heavy on David Letterman


Music Movies 04.10.17 at 1:29 am

thanks for sharing some weekend music live performances on video


Jim Shapiro 04.10.17 at 4:57 am

It’s no longer on YouTube, and the actual site currently hosting it is so dodgy that FB won’t even let me link to it, but here, via the safe (?) intermediary of Yahoo video search, is probably my favorite performance footage ever: ELO in 1973, on a small stage in a low-ceilinged room at Brunel University—no horseplay, no gorilla masks, no spaceships, just a seven-piece band absolutely nailing one of Jeff Lynne’s loveliest compositions. RIYL: dynamics, great singing, guitar-volume-knob adjustments on the fly.

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