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Rob Thomas, Garth Brooks, more perform live from home

A number of big-name musicians are streaming live performances for housebound fans during the coronavirus pandemic.

The concerts on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram are attracting big crowds as stir-crazy Americans look for a diversion from the barrage of grim COVID-19 headlines. A Monday night show by husband-wife duo Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, for instance, had a Facebook Live audience of 3.4 million.

“We’re all in this together,” Brooks told viewers at one point during the hourlong performance.

Other musicians who are streaming shows include John Legend, Keith Urban, Rob Thomas and James Blake.

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On Instagram, Thomas kicked off what he’s calling “social distance sessions,” periodic performances featuring some of his best-known songs.

“During these uncertain times, the entire world is shutting itself down,” he wrote. “Part of that means that people aren’t going out and enjoying live music or any entertainment. I’m kicking this off and I invite all my brothers and sisters in the music world to go on Instagram and share a little something with people to help them while they hunker down in their homes.”

In his post, Thomas tagged fellow performers he hopes will follow his lead, including John Mayer, Jason Mraz and Chris Daughtry.

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Diplo is livestreaming DJ sets from his home five times a week on YouTube. The shows run Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with a different theme each day.



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