By now you’ve probably heard there’s going to be football on television for Thanksgiving weekend. You’re probably going to be spending times with friends and family, and having something good on a television screen is a good distraction for those rare moments when you’re not completely enamored with having an intense conversation with all of these people. If you love football, you’re already set. But what about everyone else? Fortunately, it’s been proven that all people enjoy music and there’s a good deal of that on television this weekend, too. Some of it will even be happening during football games.
Here is our handy guide to music on television Thanksgiving weekend.
For many of us, the Thanksgiving festivities begin tomorrow (Nov. 26) with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It airs at 9 a.m. (ET) from New York City and features man, many musical artists to go along with the balloons, Broadway promos, and Santa Claus. Keep your eyes peeled for (deep breath) Mariah Carey, Trey Songz, Questlove, Prince Royce, Shawn Mendes, Jennifer Nettles, Panic! at the Disco, Mercyme, Rachel Platten, Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, Train, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Jake Owen, Plain White T’s, Andy Grammer, Andra Day, and Mipso who will all be performing during the parade.
Now for those NFL games. The early matchup — 12:30 p.m. (ET) game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions — will feature a Big Sean performance at halftime. The 4:30 game — the Carolina Panthers visiting the Dallas Cowboys — has Luke Bryan performing at halftime.
Here’s some classic NFL Thanksgiving musical footage — Destiny’s Child performing in Chicago in 2004:
On Dec. 4, Bruce Springsteen is re-releasing his 1980 double LP The River as a 4CD, 3DVD box set. On Friday night, HBO will premiere a documentary called The Ties That Bind, which takes a deep dive into that album. The Thom Zimny film features interviews with Bruce and acoustic versions of tracks like “The River” and “Two Hearts.”
And on Nov. 28, Saturday Night Live is a re-run, but you’ll get a second chance to catch this season’s Tracy Morgan-hosted episode, with Demi Lovato serving as musical guest. That will have to hold you over until the next new episode, Dec. 5, when Leon Bridges guests alongside host Ryan Gosling.