One gala (McCoy Center with Anna Wilson) not enough for you? Luckily, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra’s Spring Soiree is set for Friday, May 11.
A reception in the Westin Columbus begins the fun, with a concert featuring Three Mo’ Tenors in the adjoining Southern Theatre highlighting the evening.
If you think your record collection is eclectic, you should check out the Three Mo’ Tenors’ repertoire, which starts with opera and traverses the musical landscape through blues, jazz, spirituals, old school and new school R&B and then some.
Concert-only tickets are $80-$30. Packages for the evening are also available. Visit www.promusicacolumbus.org.
Tristen Gaspadarek realizes her last name can be a mouthful, so the Nashville-based songwriter performs under her given name only.
She’s a young lady with an old soul, her tunes most often offered up on a classic Gibson with lots of twang and rumble effect. Wicked Heart, Eager for Your Love, Save Raina all hearken to a time when the line between rock ’n’ roll and country music was regularly crossed.
Tristen opens for rock-folkie Justin Townes Earle at The Bluestone Friday, May 11. Tickets are $17. Visit www.columbusrumbacafe.com.
Steve Lippia possesses the voice that fooled Frank Sinatra’s friend Tino Barzie, musical director Vincent Falcone and longtime publicist Lee Solters.
There’s no foolin’, though, in his Simply Sinatra show, a treasure trove of “songbook” gems made popular by the Chairman of the Board as well as other standards and pop tunes. Smooth.
Simply Sinatra plays the Southern Theatre Sunday, May 13. Tickets are $35.50-$30.50. Visit www.capa.com.
To call Chicago prog-pop quartet Maps & Atlases offbeat is to call tofu bland, cliff diving dangerous or Snookie overplayed.
The band’s new CD, Beware & Be Grateful, builds on the idiosyncrasies that marked its debut Perch Patchwork, again chock full of jarring, asymmetrical rhythms, gathered instrumental tones and stark vocals. The Beat can’t decide if a short attention span or ultimate concentration serves the listener better.
But, as if to answer that question, the band has actually created its own coffee blend via Chicago-based roaster Intelligentsia, which you can get, along with the album, if you order from the band’s record label Web site, www.barsuk.com.
Maps & Atlases plays The Basement Monday, May 14. Zechs Marquise and Sister Crayon open. Tickets are $12. Visit www.promowestlive.com.
Mike Doughty, former frontman of Soul Coughing, is a wearer of many hats – writer, recording artist, performer, raconteur.
Doughty’s current tour supports his new memoir, The Book of Drugs, his most recent studio album, Yes and Also Yes and a new double-CD live album titled The Question Jar Show.
Of course, all those hats are really part of one giant hat, which Doughty is (metaphorically) wearing on the tour, which stops at Ace of Cups Wednesday, May 16.
The shows feature Doughty performing his songs, reading from the memoir and answering questions from the audience.
First, the songs. Guy knows a catchy rock ’n’ roll groove, for sure. And his cool, dispassionate delivery is a perfect match. Dig Strike the Motion and Na Na Nothing from Yes and Also Yes.
And the book? Suffice to say the title is apt, a chronicle of Doughty’s journey through making music for a living and all that came/comes with it.
Tickets are $15. Visit www.bencopresents.com.
Just as Soul Coughing was once the darling of more well-known folks who themselves were making music, so is David Mayfield’s David Mayfield Parade.
Mayfield is the guy of whom you’ve never heard, but who all the cool artists are digging.
You wanna be in, you gotta check out DMP at the Woodlands Tavern Sunday, May 13. Visit www.woodlandstavern.com.