The Blackberry Patch is a nickname given to an area on the East Side of Columbus that was a once-thriving neighborhood and center of African-American culture.
The Jazz Arts Group pays tribute to this area, courtesy a commissioned composition by trombone player Wycliffe Gordon titled Beyond the Blackberry Patch. Gordon was assisted in his preparation by students from eight Columbus City Schools and representatives of JAG’s Jazz academy, and created the work for a 10-piece ensemble, including the Bobby Floyd Trio and other local musicians.
Witness the premiere of this work Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, at the Lincoln Theatre. Tickets are 437/$32/$15. Visit www.jazzartsgroup.org.
Award-winning flatpick guitarist Larry Keel is the genuine article — an Appalachian-born bluegrass master.
Need more evidence? How about he fronts one of the crackest of crack band of pickers and harmony singers you’ll ever want to hear in Natural Bridge?
More? How about he also created the “Trouts & Tunes” event, a three-day shindig that features fly-fishing lessons by day and concerts and seminars at night.
Probably won’t be any fishing at Natural Bridge’s Friday, March 2, show at Woodlands Tavern, but Keel hopes you’ll take the bait just the same. (Insert groaning sounds here.)
Tickets are $10. Visit www.woodlandstavern.com.
The Wexner Center for the Arts’ spring of jazz continues with collaborative trio Tirtha Saturday, March 3, in the center’s Performance Space (set up cabaret-style).
Featuring pianist Vijay Iyer, guitarist Prasanna and Nitin Mitta on tablas, Tirtha fuses traditional Carnatic classical forms from India with wicked, angular jazz playing. The result provides a dynamic evening of form and experimentation.
New Orleans’ Mutemath may have gotten a career bump courtesy of landing a tune on a Twilight soundtrack, but the arty and intense rockers have hardly rested on those laurels.
Employing a progressive approach to modern rock, including using electronica and ambient sounds in its sonic palette alongside ambitious arrangements and a Muse-esque sense of grandeur, Mutemath recently released its third record, Odd Soul, featuring the rising song Blood Pressure (a song which also continues the band’s tradition of cool videos).
Mutemath plays the Newport Music Hall Saturday, March 3. Tickets are $25/$27. Visit www.promowestlive.com.
Six String Concerts brings Catie Curtis to the McConnell Arts Center of Worthington Saturday, March 3.
Curtis exudes a poetic rambunctiousness that makes her a gem of the genre. Her recently released 11th CD, Stretch Limousine on Fire, boasts more of the same.
Opener Robbie Hecht is a treat, too — one that was “uncovered” by Six String-ers at last year’s Folk Alliance conference. Which we mention by way of saying that this year’s event was last weekend, and who knows what gems they found this year, and maybe, just maybe, this is a tease to a video …
Tickets are $20/$23. Visit www.sixstring.org.
That same night, another great singer-songwriter show comes to the Red Door Tavern, featuring Eric Brace and Peter Cooper.
Perhaps The Beat is just extra fond of Cooper because by day he writes about music for the Nashville Tennessean newspaper. Or perhaps he's just a really good songwriter. Trust us — it's the latter.
Tickets are $15. Call (614) 937-6555.
The Hausmann String Quartet is not only a classic chamber music ensemble but has made its name in the classic way — by being really, really good at what it does. The quartet is young and vibrant, no doubt, but grounded in the tradition of the foundational instrumentation of chamber music.
Additionally, the group includes violist Angela Choong, a Columbus native who attended school in Upper Arlington and Hilliard before studying at Ohio State.
TheJefferson Signature Series presents the Hausmann String Quartet Sunday, March 4, in the auditorium at the Columbus Museum of Art. The program includes works by Mendelssohn, Bloch and Tchaikovsky.
Tickets are $25/$18/$10. Visit www.Jefferson-Academy.org.
The ’70s rock revival (if there is such a thing) is alive and well, and embodied in Valient Thorr.
Fronted by Valient Himself and boasting no fewer than three Thorr brothers (The Beat doesn't think those are their real names), the band may take its name from Norse mythology, but the quintet clearly bows down to the almighty riff. With twin lead guitars recalling Thin Lizzy and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and with all the crunching power of KISS, VT is out to save the world with rock 'n' roll.
VT will play Kobo Sunday, March 4. Cadaver Dogs and Southside Chiefs open. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit www.starwoodpresentsinfo.webs.com.
Cleveland's Bone Thugs-N-Harmony was among the commercial success stories of the second wave of gangsta rap in the early ’90s, scoring big for patron Eazy-E and Ruthless Records.
Remember Tha Crossroads? Yeah, you do.
BTNH is well into its second incarnation, and returns to central Ohio for a Sunday, March 4, show at the Newport Music Hall. Tickets are $18/$20. Visit www.promowestlive.com.
And as if that Bone Thugs show wasn’t enough to take us back to the early- to mid-’90s, when we were also gainfully employed at a local record store (remember those?), darned if The Lemonheads aren’t rolling into town March 6 at The Basement.
Fronted by the cute and alternately mopey and effervescent Evan Dando, the band helped fuel the alternative rock movement thanks to the hit record It’s a Shame About Ray.
Tickets are $15. Visit www.promowestlive.com.
Just try and keep your preschooler in his or her seat (yourself, too) when Nickelodeon’s The Fresh Beat Band hits the stage.
With three seasons’ worth of great kids’ tunes like Here We Go and A Friend Like You, Kiki, Shout, Marina and Twist have taken their show on the road, with a planned stop at the Palace Theatre Thursday, March 8.
Tickets are $36/$25. Visit www.capa.com.