Thanksgiving Guide to Music on TV: Garth Brooks, Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum & Much More

Garth Brooks (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Garth Brooks (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

As you ready your table (and stomach) for a feast this Thanksgiving, some of music’s most notable stars will be gearing up for some big performances. Put the turkey in the oven and take a spot on the couch for these musical performances and specials.

Television Specials

The Making of The Sound of Music Live!
Wednesday, November 27 at 8 p.m. on NBC

Carrie Underwood will play Julie Andrews’ coveted role as Maria von Trapp in the upcoming live television production of The Sound of Music. Tonight, watch interviews from the cast including Underwood and Stephen Moyer as they prepare to perform the play live.

Lady Antebellum
Thursday, November 28 from 9 a.m. to noon EST on CBS

Lady Antebellum will be joining forces with a slew of Broadway casts during CBS’s broadcast of the Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 28. The country trio will perform as part of the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Additional performances include the Broadway casts of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, First Date and A Night with Janis Joplin.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thursday, November 28 from 9 a.m. to noon EST on NBC

Carrie Underwood, Joan Jett, Fall Out Boy, Gavin DeGraw, Florida Georgia Line, Kellie Pickler, Brett Eldredge, Austin Mahone, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony and more will all perform during the 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Artists from every genre will join forces during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Jimmy Fallon and The Roots will perform with the cast of Sesame Street while Carrie Underwood will be joined by her cast mates from the upcoming live, televised production of The Sound of Music, in which she is set to star (it airs Dec. 5 at 8pm ET).

Garth Brooks, Live From Las Vegas
Friday, November 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS

Garth Brooks has been leaving mysterious messages on his website lately. One of these messages included the announcement of his television special broadcast from his final performance of his long-running residency at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The show will feature the country star in a “very intimate setting, playing his guitar as he takes the audience through the musical journey that led him to become the number one selling solo artist in U.S. history,” a press release states.

Throughout his set, Brooks will share his experiences with the musicians that shaped him as an artist, including Merle Haggard, George Jones, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, Geoge Strait, Otis Redding, Bob Seger and more.

Lady Gaga and the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular
Friday, November 29 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC

Lady Gaga performs songs from her new album. Guests include Kermit (obviously), Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, RuPaul and Kristen Bell.

Late Night

Surprisingly, late night TV is keeping busy with several musician visits and performances. Here’s a look at the week ahead:

Late Show with David Letterman
Wednesday, November 27 – Iggy Azalea with T.I.

The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson
Wednesday, November 27 – Laura Bell Bundy

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Wednesday, November 27 – Steven Van Zandt and musical guest Florida Georgia Line
Thursday, November 28 – Carrie Underwood and musical guest Ariana Grande with The Roots.

Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Thursday, November 28 – Daughtry
Friday, November 29 – Pusha T

Daughtry is currently promoting their new album, Baptized. Watch as the band performs one of the new tracks off the LP, which frontman Chris Daughtry says is “a bold statement” and “felt like a new chapter” for the band.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Wednesday, November 27 – Garth Brooks
Thursday, November 28 – Christina Aguilera

This is just one of two television appearances Garth Brooks will be making this week. Tune in to see if he drops any additional surprises.

Thursday, November 28 – Louis C.K., Thompson Square

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