The Columbus Symphony Orchestra debuts its CSOvations series with two performances in the coming days.

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra debuts its CSOvations series with two performances in the coming days.

Executive director Tony Beadle told The Beat the purpose of the multi-faceted series is to "provide new portals of entry to the Columbus Symphony. While the programming includes the orchestra in a significant way, we also hope to pique the interest of non-orchestral audiences."

The debut program, Mozart 'til Midnite, features five hours of music presented in a come-and-go-as-you-please atmosphere -- with refreshments available -- at the Palace Theatre Friday, Feb. 27.

On Monday, March 1, the CSO and organist Dennis James will provide live score music for the 1925 silent film The Lost World in the Ohio Theatre.

Tickets are $35-$25. Call (614) 228-8600.

Still just a kid, 23-year-old Edmonton, Alberta, native Adam Gregory has been a professional recording and touring artist for 10 years.

Just goes to show the fickle nature of the country music biz, as this guy's as commercial as it gets -- handsome, too -- and yet somehow remains fresh. Maybe his recent relocation to Nashville will help. Charting tunes like Crazy Days and What It Takes doesn't hurt, either.

Gregory will play Whiskey Dick's Friday, Feb. 27, with openers James Otto, Sarah Buxton and Silverado.

Tickets are $8. Call (614) 890-2700.

Lotsa blues this week, starting with the Columbus Blues Alliance's Traditional Blues Festival.

Headlined by Guy Davis and Ann Rabson of Uppity Blues Women fame, the festival is an all-day affair Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Holiday Inn Worthington. Admission is $25/$10. Visit

The previous night, Lifestyle Communities Pavilion welcomes legendary bluesman Buddy Guy. Tickets are $25.

And shredder Joe Bonamassa plays the Newport Music Hall Monday, March 1. Tickets are $35/$23. Call (614) 431-3600.

A little bit Elliott Smith, part Built to Spill and a sprinkling of Pink Floyd.

Dig minimalist, arty songwriter Matthew Houck in his band conformation, Phosphorescent.

Houck, from Athens, Ga., and friends are touring in support of the brand-new To Willie, including a Tuesday, March 3, stop at The Summit. Mike Bones opens.

Tickets are $10/$8. Call (614) 268-9377.