It’s currently a tough time to be a music lover. Just as the warmer weather was approaching and the summer concert season was picking up steam, the Coronavirus reared its ugly head, forcing many venues to completely close down to protect public health and safety. Although it’s understandable that we all need to do what we can to safeguard ourselves and others, it can definitely leave you feeling sad and deprived of your plans. However, there are plenty of ways to get the entertainment you need from the comfort of your own home right now. Keep reading for a few of the best movies or shows to scratch that music itch you’ve got!
For lovers of classic rock, this Cameron Crowe-helmed film is a must-watch. Based on his own experiences growing up in music journalism, “Almost Famous” follows around a teenage boy as he finds himself caught up in an unfamiliar and exciting world while on tour with fictional band Stillwater. This movie contains memorable new music that fits right in with the sounds of the 70s, while also featuring classic tunes from superstars like Elton John.
If you’re looking for something more traditional that you can watch with the entire family, “The Sound of Music” needs to be queued up for your next movie night. This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic won five Oscars, including Best Picture. Julie Andrews gives an unforgettable performance as a young Austrian nun sent to watch over a family of seven unruly children and one austere widower just before the start of World War II. Clocking in at almost three hours, this flick is a great way to kill some time as well!
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé
If you’re craving a modern concert experience, this documentary about Beyoncé’s groundbreaking Coachella performance is just what you need. Not only will you get a front-and-center ticket to the concert itself, but you’ll also get a unique behind-the-scenes look to see exactly what was involved in bringing Beyoncé’s vision to life. Watch as four months of rehearsals culminate into one spectacular show that had everyone talking afterwards.
Garth Brooks Live from Studio G
Sometimes there’s just nothing like watching an artist perform live, which is the sole reason for buying tickets to their show! Luckily, many artists right now are giving their fans exactly what they want by streaming live performances for everyone to view from their couches. On Monday, March 23rd, country superstar Garth Brooks will play a set from his house in a “Live from Studio G” performance. He’s currently taking requests from his fans, so get your ideas in now. Check out his Facebook page to catch the stream as it happens, and you might also be treated to a song or two from his wife, Trisha Yearwood!
Night at the Opera
Fear not, lovers of the opera, you can still get your fix even if you can’t attend in person. And if you’ve never taken in an opera performance before, perhaps now is the time to start! The Metropolitan Opera is currently hosting “Nightly Met Opera Streams” on its website for all who want to watch. Tune in and see classics like Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” from the comfort of your own home.
If you adore music but can’t play a single instrument, you just might love “Pitch Perfect.” This movie follows around a female collegiate a capella choir as they attempt to recreate themselves after a disastrous year. Featuring unique music mash-ups and laugh-out-loud antics, this one will get you on your feet dancing and singing. If you get bored enough afterwards, gather a few fearless friends via video chat to see who can stay on key and who has the best beatboxing skills.
A Star is Born
Which version of a “Star is Born” should you watch? How about all of them! Start at the beginning with the 1937 film featuring Janet Gaynor as she becomes a glitzy Hollywood star at any price, then queue up the Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand versions next. Finish it off with the 2018 Lady Gaga remake, which filmed concert scenes during the Glastonbury music festival, and you’ll know exactly what it takes to become a star in your own right.
Though so many of us are struggling with social isolation right now, there’s no scarcity of ways to fulfill your music needs. Fire up your phone or laptop and you’ll soon be singing the night away along with your favorite movie or artist.
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