SHAED. Credit: Jared Zagha

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SHAED performs at Rock ‘N’ Relief

On Saturday, March 6, D.C. alternative-pop trio SHAED will perform virtually for the Rock ’N’ Relief livestream concert benefitting CORE, an organization started by actor Sean Penn that is currently providing free COVID-19 tests and vaccinations nationwide. The two-day virtual event, curated by songwriter-producer Linda Perry, will take place on March 5 and 6, and also feature performances by Foo Fighters, Deadmau5, Carly Simon, and many others. For SHAED’s lead singer Chelsea Lee, who has been hunkered down since the pandemic began in her northern Virginia home with her husband and SHAED multi-instrumentalist Spencer Ernst, the invitation to perform was something the band couldn’t possibly pass up. “We were invited to join just hours before it was announced and immediately accepted, as it was for an important cause we really wanted to be involved in,” says Lee. The band, who will be performing from their living room (“One of our favorite places in the house,” Lee notes) has been keeping as busy as possible, readying their debut album release on April 16 via Photo Finish Records and performing in similar virtual events for organizations whose missions they want to advocate.  “We’ve been trying to do lots of benefit events this past year to promote causes and organizations that we believe in,” says Lee. “CORE Response has been doing some amazing work providing free COVID testing and vaccines across the nation. Organizations like this are so vital to our communities, especially now.” The Rock ‘N’ Relief Live Stream Charity Concert takes place from 3 p.m. to midnight on March 5 and 6. The stream is available on Twitch and on YouTube.