The Beat knows you're disappointed the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Picnic with the Pops season is coming to a close. It was nice to have it back. Does it have to go away so soon?

The Beat knows you're disappointed the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Picnic with the Pops season is coming to a close. It was nice to have it back. Does it have to go away so soon?

Well, the CSO knows it, too, and that's why it's always happy to prepare audiences for the onset of another season -- Ohio State football season, of course. How? By inviting the OSU Marching Band to again share the stage for the season finale, this year on Friday and Saturday, July 31 and Aug. 1. Join conductors Albert-George Schram and Dr. Jon Woods on the lawn at Chemical Abstract Services.

Call (614) 228-8600 for ticket information.


Pittsburgh-based singer-songwriter Brooke Annibale is a little bit Patty Larkin, a little bit KT Tunstall and a little bit Dar Williams.

Those little bits add up to a lot.

Annibale will play Victorian's Midnight Cafe Friday, July 31.

The Receiver and Joy Ike open. Tickets are $5. Call (614) 299-2295.


Blues belter Candye Kane's latest CD, Superhero, could be autobiographical.

Her circuitous route to music biz success started out in a dysfunctional household and also includes being an unwed single mother and a pin-up girl. Now you can add cancer survivor to the list, Kane having had successful surgery for pancreatic cancer last year.

She's bringing the power back to Columbus for a Saturday, Aug. 1, show at the Thirsty Ear Tavern. Blues A Go Go opens.

Tickets are $15. Call (614) 341-7039.


Hope you've been practicing your brogue: the 2009 Dublin Irish Festival is this weekend throughout Coffman Park.

The three-day culture, food, craft and, of course, music and dance festival is clearly not all about music, but with six stages, it's pretty inescapable - and almost as prominent as those frosty beverages for which Ireland is also famous.

And why would you want to escape, as locals such as Lone Raven, Sue Mogan & Kevin Sutton and Aisling are joined by international acts such as The Prodigals (always embraced upon their return to Dublin), Gaelic Storm and Scythian? That's right, you wouldn't.

Space precludes a full listing, so check out www.dublinirishfestival.org.

Slainte!


And don't forget that the Ohio State Fair trudges on this week as well, with shows from, among others, Keith Sweat, Justin Roberts, Alice Cooper, Relient K, Kenny Rogers and Glen Campbell and Demi Lovato.

Visit www.ohiostatefair.com for details.