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    We Banjo 3 is among the featured performers at this year's Dublin Irish Festival, performing all three days (Friday through Sunday, July 31-Aug. 2) on the Dublin Stage. For details, including ticket information, visit

    We Banjo 3 links Irish folk music, bluegrass

    Galway, Ireland, quartet We Banjo 3 offers a blend of traditional Irish music with bluegrass/Americana that has been described as Celt-grass. The virtuoso performers are an act on the rise, putting on a show full of high-caliber musicianship that's loads of fun to boot. The Dublin Irish Festival is just one of a host of festival gigs the band is playing in the U.S. this summer.

    State Champs will play Woodlands Tavern on Friday, July 31.

    Fischer's Fab Five

    You're wondering where the summer has gone. You're wondering how to make the best of the rest of it before you wake up and suddenly, it's football season.

    Bobby Floyd is among the latest class of inductees into the Lincoln Theatre Walk of Fame.

    Random Notes

    Yes, The Beat featured the Shadowbox Live Columbus/College of Art and Design co-production Which One is Pink? at the start of its run back in the spring. And yes, as the show nears the end of its originally scheduled run, Shadowbox has announced that the show has been extended through November.
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State fair's music as diverse as the food fare

The Ohio State Fair, in all its glory, an event so grand that a Critic Crony once dubbed it "the biggest (adjective deleted) fair in the world," opens next week.
Dublin Irish Festival

Dublin Irish Festival (July 31-Aug. 2)

Committee works carefully to blend harmonic mix of music
Blues & Ribfest

Cool music, hot food draw ever larger crowds

For the sixth year, Destination Canal Winchester will once again transform the city's downtown into Ohio's capital of rockin' roots music and smokin' hot barbecue with the Blues & Ribfest.

Planned venue to offer copious amounts of entertainment

A new entertainment destination, complete with a restaurant and live-music venue, is opening in the Brewery District.

Teen hits right notes in state choir

Olivia Bump has perfect pitch, which is practically perfect for being a member of the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir.

Silliness, songs of Dr. Seuss coming to stage

Tickets are on sale for the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department and Otterbein University's fantastical, zany production of Seussical. The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. July 30, 31 and Aug. 1 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 2 at Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave.

The Beat Archive

Years of shows with the Commodores form a satisfying career

William King and his classmates at Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University, formed a band for that noblest of causes.

Hometown vibes inspire rootsy record

It started with a song Amy Black wrote for her father and led to what the singer-songwriter called "an awakening."

Tour finds blues guitarist in happy place

For someone who is a modern blues master, Jonny Lang is pretty darn happy.

No matter the venue, music is big

The weather is heating up and so is the outdoor summer concert season. This coming weekend is a big one, with the options including Gahanna's Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, the opening weekend of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra's Picnic with the Pops and the Buckeye Country Superfest at Ohio Stadium.

Hay still working, taking solo act on the road

Just because Colin Hay does "what I like" and has "no boss" doesn't mean he's not a man at work.

Underdog role suits Mains just fine

If Mike Mains keeps it up, he won't get to keep doing one of his favorite things.

Soprano Zamora finds calling with Opera Columbus

Soprano Camille Zamora will phone in half of her performances with Opera Columbus next week.
Cirque du Soleil's Kooza

Ibarra's risky work with wheel makes the show

When Cirque du Soleil performer Jimmy Ibarra was asked by The Beat how he came to be an acrobat on the apparatus called the Wheel of Death, his first answer was, "it was crazy."
Art Access

Radio's 'Mr. Bill' finds new outlet in art, exhibit opens May 2

When a new exhibit opens at Art Access Gallery, 540 S. Drexel Ave., next month, visitors will encounter a distinctive voice.
Fine-arts finger-painting

Artist's approach is truly hands-on

Forget the brushes: Dennis Velco doesn't use them.