In its nearly 20 years in existence, Italy's Europa Galante has developed a reputation as one of Europe's finest baroque music ensembles.

In its nearly 20 years in existence, Italy's Europa Galante has developed a reputation as one of Europe's finest baroque music ensembles.

The ensemble's U.S. tour includes a stop in Columbus for a Saturday, Jan. 30, concert at the Southern Theatre, sponsored by Chamber Music Columbus.

The program will include works by Telemann and several Italian composers.

Tickets are $35/$30/$15. Call (614) 469-0939.


Guest conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos will lead the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in a cool presentation of the film The Wizard of Oz, with live orchestral score.

(The Beat is guessing that, while it would be the coolest thing ever, there will not be, immediately following, a re-screening of the film with a live performance of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. What a world!)

Tickets are $45-$25. Call (614) 228-8600.


Guitarist Hamilton Loomis got his big break when, as a 16-year-old, he conned his way into a backstage meeting with Bo Diddley, leading the blues legend to invite the kid onstage, where he tore it up.

The Texas-based Loomis plays a decidedly modern funk-soul-blues concoction, a sort of Lenny Kravitz-meets-The Black Keys-meets-Albert King.

Loomis plays the Vonn Jazz Lounge Saturday, Jan. 30. Tickets are $12. Call (614) 431-JAZZ.


Soulful, heart-on-sleeve rock' n' roll is the calling card of Alberta Cross, a New York-based quintet fronted by a pair of British expatriates.

Neil Young influences are plentiful, but AC shimmers a bit more than the venerable rocker.

Alberta Cross plays The Basement Saturday, Jan. 30. Tickets are $10. Call 1-800-745-3000.


"New school" theatrical composer Jason Robert Brown holds several Tony Award nominations, including a 1999 Best Score win for Parade.

Voice students from Ohio State University's School of Music will present a two-day revue of the composer's works, "Coming Together: The Music of Jason Robert Brown," Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30-31, in Hughes Hall Auditorium.

Suggested donation is $5. The concert is a benefit for the International Health Interest group at the OSU College of Medicine. Call (614) 247-7036.

In many ways, Willie Pooch is local blues.

Willie's health has not been good recently, so the Columbus blues community is sponsoring a tribute-benefit Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Roadhouse 66 Bar & Grille in Worthington.

Scheduled to appear are T-Bone and the Usual Suspects, Ray Fuller & the Bluesrockers, Four on the Floor, Teeny Tucker, Gene Walker and many more.

Cover is $10. Call (614) 278-1113.


Remember when you were watching season 7 of American Idol and every time that cute, sensitive dude with the dreadlocks goofed up or poorly adapted a song and you were all like, "Huh?"

(Maybe that was us)

Anyway, Jason Castro has done OK for himself since finishing fourth that year, and will open for singer-songwriter Matt Hires Monday, Feb. 1, at The Basement.

Tickets are $8/$10. Call 1-800-745-3000.


Riff rock, psychedelic rock, stoner rock - call it what you want, but The Entrance Band puts on a show.

TEB may be Guy Blakleslee's band, but bassist Paz Lenchantin has serious bona fides, having been in A Perfect Circle with Maynard James Keenan and The Chelsea with Melissa Auf der Maur.

The trio plays Wednesday, Feb. 3, at The Summit. Tickets are $6/$8. Call (614) 291-3448.


Michigan new-grass quintet Greensky Bluegrass is marking the release of its latest CD, Five Interstates, with a CD release party at the A&R Music Bar Thursday, Feb. 4.

Check it out -- but only if you dig fresh, creative acoustic music played with serious chops.

Tickets are $10/$12. Call 1-800-745-3000.


The Friday Night Boys are a night early, hitting The Basement Thursday, Feb. 4, with openers Anarbor, The Ready Set and The Bigger Lights.

You like All Time Low, Motion City Soundtrack and Cute Is What We Aim For? Then FNB is for you -- lyrics speaking of love unrequited delivered via youthful tenor and accompanied by unashamed power chords.

Tickets are $10/$12. Call 1-800-745-3000.