Oakhurst, Zakir Hussain, Columbus Jazz Orchestra and more join this edition of Fischer's Fab Five
Denver-based band Oakhurst is progressive, hip and boasts a bit of a street busker mentality to boot. A bluegrass band that's not strictly a bluegrass band, Oakhurst has always maintained a multifarious music-making mindset while acknowledging that being first-class pickers and bluegrass fiends is not a bad thing. Oakhurst's forthcoming CD, Barrel, stretches boundaries for the band yet again, finding the band a little more earthy, a little more bluesy. The Hookahville vets play the Scarlet & Gray Café Friday, April 6. Under the Sun opens. Tickets are $10. Visit scarletgreylive.blogspot.com. Zakir Hussain is the world's foremost tabla virtuoso. In and of itself, many North American music fans might not take that much interest in a crack performer on an Indian percussion instrument, but Hussain is also a prime mover in the modern world music scene as a member of genre-blending (and -bending) ensembles like Shakti with John McLaughlin and Planet Drum with Mickey Hart, as well as playing sideman and special guest of everyone from Van Morrison to YoYo Ma. Currently, he is touring with a collective of Indian musicians he has assembled called Master of Percussion, a tour which stops at the Southern Theatre Tuesday, April 10. Tickets are $43-$28. Visit www.capa.com.
The Columbus Jazz Orchestra has got soul. CJO fans already knew that, but in this case, that soulfulness will be applied to soul music, in "R.E.S.P.E.C.T." This tribute to the legends of soul - James Brown, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Aretha Franklin and more - will play the Southern Theatre April 11-15. Paying their respects (get it?) will be guest vocalists Chris Pierce and Bobbi Townes (who also happens to be the daughter of CJO pianist Bobby Floyd and singer with local band Fresh Wreckage). Tickets are $49-$41. Visit www.jazzartsgroup.org. BONUS: This is really just a sneaky way of adding a sixth show to this week's Fab Five, but linking the always-cool Van Hunt to soul music is no stretch at all. A youthful performer with a vintage heart, Hunt digs on way old school rhythm and blues, all groovy and funky, with a little bit of psychedelic thrown in. Hunt plays The Basement Monday, April 9. Tickets are $12/$14. Visit www.promowestlive.com. Most bands from Texas that sport a violin player are likely to frequent honky-tonk bars, but Blue October is a decidedly different sort of animal. A rarity among modern alt-pop acts in that it's also a rock band, Blue October isn't afraid to show a little passion amid its intellectual constructs, both lyrical and musical. Touring in support of the brand-new Any Man in America, Blue October plays the Newport Music Hall Thursday, April 12. Tickets are $25. Visit www.promowestlive.com.