When smooth jazz ruled, Gerald Albright was like the Anita Baker of the saxophone - there was no one and nothing smoother.

When smooth jazz ruled, Gerald Albright was like the Anita Baker of the saxophone - there was no one and nothing smoother.

Albright started as a busy sideman for acts that included The Temptations, Teena Marie, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins and others. When he started making his own records, he often earned the unusual distinction of gaining both critical acclaim and popular success.

Albright's still in the game, and he's as smooth as ever. He'll play two shows at Vonn Jazz & Blues Supper Club Friday, July 1. Tickets are $25/$35. Call (614) 431-5299.

If you missed The Beat's most recent video with Columbus Symphony Orchestra associate conductor Peter Stafford Wilson, first of all -- what's your deal? Go to ThisWeek News.com and watch, keep your finger in this page of the paper and finish reading after you're done.

Now you realize that Albert-George Schram isn't the only Picnic with the Pops conductor who fancies himself a comic (we kid, we kid).

Wilson conducts the Saturday, July 2, Patriotic Pops concert, this year featuring a great slate of pieces by American composers and a guest appearance by local jazzman Bobby Floyd.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-14. For tickets or other information, call (614) 228-8600.

Fresh and fun, charming and comfortable, buoyant and beautiful. Washington state duo He Is We (expanded to a quintet for the road) spins tuneful yarns of love and life.

Rachel Taylor and Trevor Kelly met while working at a Tacoma-area record store and struck up a friendship based on a symbiotic creative approach to music. The pair projects an air of pleasant playfulness, the kind of folks you'd like to invite over to play songs on your back porch on a summer evening.

Or maybe in your basement. Or maybe The Basement, Sunday, July 3. The bill includes Ocean Grove, Andrew Allen and South Jordan.

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

Some will find Vancouver melodic rock quintet Versus the Nothing a little too earnest. This has never been a problem for The Beat.

The band's forthcoming record, Black Gloves, is chock full of heartfelt stuff set to intense power chords and frenetic drumming - think Something Corporate meets 30 Seconds to Mars.

VtN will play Bernie's Wednesday, July 6. Fade to Oblivion opens.

Call (614) 291-3448.