The phrase that comes to mind when seeing modern dance company Pilobolus is "Are you kidding me?"

The phrase that comes to mind when seeing modern dance company Pilobolus is "Are you kidding me?"

No, they're not.

Innovative, expressive and boundless, Pilobolus will perform at the Palace Theatre on Thursday, May 6. Tickets are $34.50/$30/$25. Call (614) 469-0939.



You like power chords? You like sing-along melodies? You like dancing and fist-pumping?

Paramore and Relient K are playing Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Monday, May 3.

Tickets are $27.50/$30. Call 1-800-745-3000.



"Beyond the Score" is a multimedia program developed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra designed to examine a piece of music historically and culturally as well as musically.

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra will present "Beyond the Score: Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27," Saturday, May 1, at the Ohio Theatre. The first segment of the evening is a collection of live and taped discussion and other support materials. Following intermission, the piece will be performed, with Michael Chertock on piano.

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


Booker T. Jones has seen it all - heck, he was in on most of it.

The Hammond organ master led the Stax Records house band - later known as Booker T. and the MGs - with players like Steve Cropper and Donald "Duck" Dunn, makers of the archetypal groove-funk tune Green Onions.

The Booker T. Band will play the Lincoln Theatre Saturday, May 1. Tickets are $30/$25. Call (614) 469-0939.



Latin jazz-man Poncho Sanchez learned from the best, and now he's one of them.

Sanchez spent a number of years in Cal Tjader's band, but absorbed a bunch of stuff growing up in Texas and outside of Los Angeles, including Miles Davis, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. It shows. Sure Sanchez is a crusader of Afro-Cuban Latin jazz, but his original stuff brims with the blues, bebop and soul.

Sanchez plays the Lincoln Theatre Sunday, May 2. Tickets are $35/$30. Call (614) 469-0939.


New Orleans modern rockers My Morning Jacket might not seem a likely act with whom the venerable Preservation Hall Jazz Band might agree to share the stage.

But indeed, that's what has happened, and it's not their first collaboration MMJ singer Jim James joined PHJB on its most recent record. The bands share a Crescent City heritage but James and PHJB leader Ben Jaffe say its music that binds them. Cool.

The tour stops at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Sunday, May 2. Tickets are $35. Call 1-800-745-3000.


He benefits from having been an American Idol finalist, but Jason Castro is out there like the rest of the new crop of handsome-sensitive pop singer-songwriters, plying, in Castro's case, a pleasing mix of Jason Mraz and Taylor Swift.

Castro plays The Basement Sunday, May 2. Tickets are $12. Call 1-800-745-3000.



We're having a hard time putting our finger on just how big Pearl Jam still is.

We guess it's important to differentiate popularity from cultural significance, as they're not quite the same and the former being fleeting. Eddie Vedder might not be on the cover of every rock 'n' roll magazine as he once was, but that the band is a generational touchpoint is inarguable.

Plus, as a Critic Crony pointed out, the band is still making new music and still playing arenas (and selling a boatload of tickets, it turns out).

Pearl Jam's current tour stops at Nationwide Arena Thursday, May 6. Tickets are $69/$49. Call 1-800-745-3000.



It's well-documented in these pages that The Beat is a fan of Canadian folk-pop songstress Lynn Miles.

Couple Miles with Canadian folk-pop songstress Eliza Gilkyson (daughter of songwriter Terry Gilkyson) and you've got a side-by-side night of good friends and great songs. (We encourage you to make sure Miles does Unravel.)

This fine pairing plays the Columbus Maennerchor Saturday, May 1. Tickets are $25. Call (614) 462-2636.



The Biava Quartet returns to central Ohio for a Sunday, May 2, concert at Ohio State University's Weigel Auditorium, sponsored by the Jefferson Academy of Music.

The quartet named for the father of Columbus Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Luis Biava, who has been mentor and patron for the group will perform music by Schubert, Milhaud, Schoenberg and Grieg.

Tickets are $24/$17/$10. Call (614) 292-2693.