Through the years, The Beat has found clever (our word) and creative (also our word) ways to stuff more than five shows into our weekly Fab Five. One way is to simply take license and expand it to a Fab 10. Another is to pair shows based on connections we’ve made. But never before have we attempted both — until now.
Please do not try this at home. We are a professional.
A country singer we’ve never heard of is headlining a big-time arena show. A country singer we have heard of — although not for some time — is playing a benefit event at a small (albeit hip) club.
Yeah, yeah. Eric Church won some awards and scored a string of hits. We probably heard the songs but never knew his name. But he’s already headlining Nationwide Arena (the “Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour,” with special guests Brantley Gilbert and Blackberry Smoke, Thursday, April 26)? Sheesh. Tickets are $42.50/$34.75. Visit www.nationwidearena.com.
Mark Chesnutt, whose hits include Bubba Shot the Jukebox, a favorite of one of our longtime Critic Cronies, plays The Bluestone in a benefit for the USO on Friday, April 20. Tickets are $20. Visit www.liveatthebluestone.com.
BalletMet Columbus’ upcoming DanceTech (April 20-28 at the Capitol Theatre) is so cool and vanguard, we couldn’t possibly do it justice in limited space, so you’re going to have to check out the BeatBlog at www.ThisWeekNews.com for more.
In short, it’s newly choreographed dance, video and other multimedia technologies and original, video game-esque music. Tickets are $55-$20. Visit www.balletmet.org.
Savannah, Ga., progressive metal act Baroness, at once heady and heavy, plays music that could be featured in video games. Touring in advance of a new record (Yellow & Green) due out this summer, baroness plays Ace of Cups Wednesday, April 25. Call (614) 262-6001.
Dynamic Ukrainian-Israeli violinist VadimGluzman, a popular guest with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, returns to play and conduct a program of the works of the son of J.S. Bach (C.P.E.) as well as Russian masters.
The concerts will be held Saturday, April 21, at the Pontifical College Josephinum and Sunday, April 22, at the Southern Theatre. Tickets are $49-$10. Visit www.promusicacolumbus.org.
More sons and initials take the Basement stage Wednesday, April 25, as Fort Worth-based quintet Green River Ordinance (GRO), featuring brothers Geoff and Jamey Ice, tour in support of their new record, Under Fire. The band takes its name from standard municipal laws prohibiting door-to-door solicitation.
The Salvation Army and Brass Band of Columbus present the 27th annual God and Country Concert Saturday, April 21, at Dublin Jerome High School. Special guests include the Chapel Brass, composer James Curnow and trombone soloist Brett Baker of the Black Dyke Band (UK).
More Ohio musicians show their stuff as Youngstown’s Jones for Revival plays the A&R Music Bar Friday, April 20.
Tickets to check out this jam-funk outfit are $10. Visit www.promowestlive.com.
Trio Solisti is celebrating its 10th anniversary this season.
Maria Bachman, violin, Jon Klibonoff, piano, and Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello, will be joined by violist Hsin-Yun Huang for a program of music by Schumann, Brahms and Dvorák Saturday, April 21, at the Southern Theatre. Tickets are $40-$15. Visit www.CMColumbus.org.
The OSU School of Music Jazz Festival is marking its 35th year in 2012.
Professional and student ensembles, headlined by the Miguel Zenón Quartet, are featured in concert April 19-22 in both Weigel Hall and the Wexner Center for the Arts. Visit music.osu.edu.
These United States boasts both the brazen riffing of classic rockers and a minimalist indie spirit — kind of like Tom Petty-meets-Modest Mouse.
Two of those United States have names that include Carolina, just like electronic rock, emo-dance duo Breathe Carolina, which is on a co-headline tour with The Ready Set that stops at the Newport Music Hall Thursday, April 26.
The variety among sensitive modern male pop-rockers is on display on Tuesday, April 24.
At The Basement, Brit Joe Brooks takes the stage with his contemporary anthem-ballad repertoire (think The Script). Tickets are $10/$12; visit www.promowestlive.com.
Meanwhile, Bayside frontman Anthony Raneri blends modern rock and neo-retro pop in his solo material (debut EP New Cathedrals). Tickets for the Rumba Café show are $14. Visit www.columbusrumbacafe.com.
If you think the Disney show ImaginationMovers is a blast, wait till you dig their live rock n' roll show. Dancing, singing, hand-clapping, shouting ... and that's just the audience. See ’em Friday, April 20, at the Palace Theatre. Tickets are $36-$16. Visit www.capa.com.
Costumed music-makers for an entirely different audience, purposefully offensive heavy band GWAR plays the Newport Music Hall Sunday, April 22. Tickets are $19/$22. Visit www.promowestlive.com.
Baltimore, Md.’s Charm City Devils are like a modern-day Tesla.
Sure, they’re not unlike much of the heavier rock of the time, but at its heart, the band is rockier and bluesier — jeans-and-a-T-shirt rock n’ roll. CCD plays The basement Sunday, April 22. Tickets are $5. Visit www.promowestlive.com.
Alternately named God Forbid bring new material (the brand new record Equilibrium) and its tried-and-true heavy progressive metal, to Screamin’ Willie’s Monday, April 23, as opening act for Overkill. Tickets are $15. Visit www.ticketweb.com.