Former-session-bassist-turned-singer-songwriter Patrick Cornell made the big step out front and with fine results.

Former-session-bassist-turned-singer-songwriter Patrick Cornell made the big step out front and with fine results.

The Dayton native returns to Ohio as part of his Midwest tour this summer, including a stop at Victorian's Midnight Cafe Thursday, June 25. Call (614) 299-2295.

The weather's heating up, so it must be time for the annual early-summer fun that is Comfest.

Anyone who is anyone on the local music scene will be on one of the Goodale Park stages sometime between Friday and Sunday. Count on it.

And visit www.comfest.com for all the details.

Saturday, June 27, could end up being the perfect Picnic with the Pops, thanks to composer/songwriter/pianist Marvin Hamlisch (complete with central Ohio ties thanks to his 30-year marriage to former TV personality Terre Blair) and incandescent cabaret singer Linda Eder.

The pair joins the fun with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra on the Chemical Abstracts Service lawn. Tickets are $20/$13 in advance, $22/$15 at the gate. Visit www.PicnicWithThePops.com.

Joyous pop melodies emanate from the keyboard set-up of Adam Jones, who records and performs as Owl City.

The Minnesota-based Jones is touring in support of the forthcoming release, Ocean Eyes, and will play The Basement Saturday, June 27, with Holiday Parade and Swimming With Dolphins. Tickets are $12. Call (614) 431-3600.

Former Nashville-based pop-punkers Teen Idols are now Chicago-based pop-punkers Teen Idols.

The original outfit parted ways about five years ago, some of the band members recorded together as Bullets for Broadway, then they moved north, found a cool new bassist and decided to bring back the band.

Bring it back they did, and will, to Bernie's on Saturday, June 27.

Call (614) 291-3448.

Scotland's Camera Obscura veils its tuneful melodies amid melodrama and arty arrangements.

It works.

Violinist-songwriter Anni Rossi opens for Camera Obscura Monday, June 29, at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Tickets are $14. Call (614) 292-3535.

There's something even more cool about the Counting Crows, now that they're not the biggest thing going and Adam Duritz isn't dating "Friends" castmember. Now they're just rocking out absent the self-conscious need to live up to their own hype.

And dig their current tour - sharp singer-songwriter Michael Franti and his band, Spearhead, and So-Cal rockers Augustana will play warm-up sets, then join the Crows on stage for a good ol' fashioned barn jam.

Tickets for the Monday, June 29, show at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion are $33/$37. Call (614) 431-3600.

Fill up on Disco Biscuits Tuesday, June 30, at the Newport Music Hall.

Of course it's not some glittery breakfast bread, it's a trance-jam fusion outfit from Philadelphia making a return visit to Columbus.

Eoto and Future Rock open.

Tickets are $18/$20. Call (614) 431-3600.

Go ahead and facepalm upon hearing the name of Atlanta quartet Gringo Star if you must. (The Beat just did.)

But prepare also for some southern-fried jangle-rock while you're at it from a talented bunch of youngsters (who also serve as the backing band for Nashville singer/songwriter Aria Cavaliere).

The Gringos play The Basement Wednesday, July 1. Indie rockers Buffalo Killers share the bill.

Tickets are $10/$12. Call (614) 431-3600.

Giving new meaning to the term "dinosaur," Brooklyn wall-of-sound trio Pterodactyl prove anything but tired and old.

The idiosyncratic art-rockers are touring in support of its latest, Worldwild, and will stop at Caf Bourbon Street Thursday, July 2. Call (614) 268-9377.