BalletMet's "The Sleeping Beauty," Kane Welch Kaplin, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Julia Nunes are all part of this week's fab-itude.
Zydeco music is dancing music, folks, so expect to move and sweat at the (ironically enough) Athletic Club of Columbus Friday, March 9, at CityMusic welcomes Buckwheat Zydeco. Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural and his friends offer up some of the most joyful music in a genre that makes its name on being joyful – dig their latest, Lay Your Burden Down (a Grammy Award winner).
Tickets are $25/$20/$10. Visit www.citymusiccolumbus.com. Cleveland chamber music ensemble Les Délices specializes in finding masterful-yet-obscure pieces and creating around them a theme or story resulting in a program that both challenges and entertains. The quartet will perform a program titled "Myths & Allegories," depicting tales of Homer's Odyssey on the strength of instrumental music inspired by Greek mythology, Friday, March 9, at Capital University's Mees Hall in a concert sponsored by Early Music in Columbus. Tickets are $27/$22/$12. Visit www.earlymusicincolumbus.org. Julia Nunes is perhaps the foremost modern acoustic ukulele-and-melodica based singer-songwriter going. The fact that she might not have a vast legion of competition for the title doesn't change the fact that she's clever, creative and cute, and uses each of these attributes to full effect. Plus you watch her videos and you get this college-kid-on-webcam-in-a-dorm-room feel. Cool and sweet at the same time. Nunes plays The Basement Friday, March 9. Tickets are $12. Visit www.promowestlive.com. Lush, grand and fantastic, BalletMet Columbus' production of The Sleeping Beauty – "the quintessential classical ballet," according to artistic director Gerard Charles - has it all. First off, it's classic ballet for pete's sake – complete with stunning costumes and beautiful movement. And it's a fairy tale set in a world of castles, magic and the lot. Add in Tchaikovsky's well-known score and the level of win for audiences is off the charts. The Sleeping Beauty will be staged Friday through Sunday, March 9-11, at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets are $75-$20. Visit www.balletmet.org. Lots going on in this weekend's ProMusica Chamber Orchestra concerts, Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11 at the Southern Theatre. Joining ProMusica is American pianist William Wolfram for Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, a work that shows the gentler and more capricious side of the stereotypically-brooding composer. Additionally, the Saturday concert will feature high school musicians from the PMCO Musicians in the Schools program sharing the stage for Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 "Scottish," which is not so much Scottish in style but inspired by a story of Mary, Queen of Scots. Lastly, the concert also features Kodály's Dances of Galánta. Tickets are $49-$10. Visit www.promusicacolumbus.org. Seattle minimalist indie-folk collective The Head and the Heart know how to create a mood. Sensitive and stark, tuneful and tearful, the band is a poster child of sorts for the power of the exposed. With opener Drew Grow and the Pastors' Wives, The Head and the Heart play the Newport Music Hall Saturday, march 10. Tickets are $17/$20. Visit www.promowestlive.com In a now-annual tradition, Zeppelin Productions welcomes the quartet of singer-songwriters Kieran Kane and Kevin Welch with multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Fats Kaplin and Kane's son Lucas on drums/percussion to central Ohio for a show that, given past experience, will be tremendous and moving both from a lyrical and musical perspective. The tradition started 11 years ago with Kane and Kaplin, with additional friends added to the mix over time – The Beat likens it to one of those "now how much would you pay" infomercials. Kane Welch Kaplin come to the Grand Valley Dale Ballroom Sunday, March 11. Tickets are $25. Visit www.zeppelinproductions.com.
Florida soft rockers Boyce Avenue made themselves a YouTube sensation with acoustic covers of a host of cover songs - both modern pop and classic rock. Every cover band with a handsome frontman is kicking itself for not thinking of it. The quartet writes its own material too – pleasing modern rock in the vein of The Fray or One Republic. With opener Secondhand Serenade, Boyce Avenue will play Lifestyle Communities Pavilion (originally scheduled for the Newport Music Hall – previously-purchased tickets honored) Sunday, March 11. Tickets are $20/$22. Visit www.promowestlive.com. Like much of youth, teenage Cleveland rockers Never Forget Tomorrow are chock full of earnestness if not yet fully polished. But there's a youthful exuberance to the quintet's melodic pop-rock and a tunefulness that suggests greater potential. NFT plays Skully's Music Diner Tuesday, March 13, with openers The Major and Team Danger. Tickets are $5. Visit www.skullys.org. Anthemic guitar work, groovy synth work and songs that show promise but just need some more "grab" to the melodies are the trademarks of Ithaca, N.Y.'s Jimkata. Providing alternate reminders of the fact that 80s pop acts like Duran Duran had significant guitar parts and that modern rockers like The Killers have firm roots in 80s music, Jimkata don't sound necessarily of their time. Their latest EP, Ghosts & Killers, is enough to provide ample evidence of the above. Jimkata plays Woodlands Tavern Thursday, March 15. Tickets are $4. Visit www.woodlandstavern.com.