A Critic Crony who also happens to be a bass trombone player gave the Columbus Symphony Orchestra kudos for programming Stefan Schulz, who mans that very instrument for the Berlin Philharmonic and who is among the world's handful of featured soloists on the instrument.

A Critic Crony who also happens to be a bass trombone player gave the Columbus Symphony Orchestra kudos for programming Stefan Schulz, who mans that very instrument for the Berlin Philharmonic and who is among the world's handful of featured soloists on the instrument.

"There isn't much repertoire for the bass trombone," we were told. (We could have figured it out.)

Led by not-yet-30-but-already-top-drawer conductor Alondra de la Parra, the CSO will play Schnyder's subZERO bass trombone concerto, as well as works by Marquez and Beethoven, Friday, Oct. 2, at the Ohio Theatre.

Tickets are $15. Call (614) 228-8600.


Now in its third incarnation, Ten Out of Tenn -- the revolving door of like-minded, but not cookie-cutter artists from the Volunteer State -- currently includes Joy Williams, Trent Dabbs and Sarah Siskind.

The tour visits The Basement Saturday, Oct. 3. Tickets are $10/$12. Call 1-800-745-3000.


One of the things we take a good deal of (unfair, in our estimation) criticism for here at The Beat is that we seem to like everybody. All these warm fuzzy previews apparently numb the mind for some readers.

So thank goodness the horrendous Billy Talent (Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Basement) and annoying Uncle Kracker (Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Newport Music Hall) are headed to town.

Tickets are $14/$16 and $15 respectively. Call 1-800-745-3000.


So you've never heard Baka Beyond, an outstanding collective founded by a British duo inspired by the rhythms and melodies they heard visiting the Baka pygmy tribe of Cameroon.

Not to worry, as CityMusic is bringing Baka to the Fawcett Center Sunday, Oct. 4.

Not only does the band's music and lineup blend the two cultures, the ensemble was formed with the idea of spreading this music to the economic betterment of the people who inspired it.

Tickets are $23/$18/$10 (add $2 for day-of-show). Call (614) 433-9963.


Supergroup Them Crooked Vultures -- Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin -- make Columbus one of only nine stops on its North American tour Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion.

Tickets are $47.50. Call 1-800-745-3000.


Teeming with lush pop orchestrations, Sea Wolf's second full-length CD, White Water, White Bloom, finds songwriter Alex Brown Church exploring new sonic territory.

Joined by hand-picked opener Sara Lov, Sea Wolf will play the Wexner Center for the Arts Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Tickets are $9. Call (614) 292-3535.


While The Beat can do without her TV show and movie, on record and in concert Miley Cyrus delivers.

You might be right if you suggested the Disney machine has her overhyped, but you can also credit the machine for finding songwriters and musicians who are real pros and who provide a platform for her to entertain audiences.

Cyrus' 2009 tour brings her to Nationwide Arena Wednesday, Oct. 7. Tickets are $82.25/$62.25/$42.25. Call 1-800-745-3000.


Sometimes, you can't let an act's dress dictate what you think they might be all about.

Then there's Indiana duo Left Lane Cruiser, a stripped-down rocka-blues outfit that takes the stage in plaid flannel and trucker hats. In the words of Dennis Green, "They were who we thought they were."

And who we thought they were was a low-fi, high-voltage act that sounds like The Black Keys-meets-Mountain.

See 'em at Hal and Al's Wednesday, Oct. 7. Call (614) 375-4812.


Wanna stomp yer feet? Wanna clap yer hands? Wanna dance in the aisles of the Lincoln Theatre?

Dig Carolina Chocolate Drops, a string-band trio that jams out old-timey antebellum tunes from the Carolina foothills calling to mind the South. Did we mention that, in addition to banjo, fiddle and guitar, the CCD instrumentation includes jug, harmonica, kazoo and lotsa found percussion? Fun.

Tickets for the Wednesday, Oct. 7, show at the Lincoln are $25. Call (614) 469-0939.


Good news for music lovers - two legends wielding guitars are coming to town.

Bad news - fans will have to choose, as singer-songwriter Tom Russell and blues master B.B. King both play shows Thursday, Oct. 8.

Russell, touring in support of his latest, Blood and Candle Smoke, plays the Columbus Maennerchor. Tickets are $20. Call (614) 462-2636.

King, not one to slow down even at 84, plays the Palace Theatre. Tickets are $50/$45/$40. Call (614) 469-0939.