The Beat casts an eye to upcoming concerts and coverage... and other stuff

Summer's coming.
The Columbus Arts Festival is this weekend (June 1-3), and the event moves back to Columbus' downtown riverfront for its 51st year. The event was held in the Discovery District while the riverfront was rebuilt/renovated/redesigned.
"We are very excited about our return to the riverfront," Scott Hurley, festival director, said. "The beautifully renovated area will be a phenomenal venue for the festival for years to come."
Visual arts and crafts, performing arts, food, hands-on activities – the festival has plenty to do.
Visit for more information.

The summer outdoor concert season is nearly upon as well.
The Jazz Arts Group presents another season of Jazzoo concerts at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, starting with a rock 'n' roll/blues show featuring Jonathan Elliott of The Floorwalkers July 13. Before that, JAG hits downtown's Topiary Park for a fourth season of PBJ & Jazz family concerts, kicking off June 9 with Brasileira. Details at
ProMusica Chamber Orchestra is venturing outside this summer as well, playing three concerts at the Franklin Park Conservatory, starting July 12. Visit
And of course the Columbus Symphony Orchestra's Picnic with the Pops returns, albeit to its new home on the Columbus Commons. The series kicks off with two big shows June 15 (Three Dog Night) and 16 (The Temptations). Check out
And, especially for those who have been making the trek to PwP's former home at Chemical Abstract Service for years, make sure to check logistical info in the BeatBlog at

And it's not as if you need logistical info to attend summer concerts.
Communities – including Upper Arlington, Dublin, Grandview and more – are announcing their own, often free, summer outdoor concerts. We'll be sharing these in the BeatBlog as well.

And if you've missed either our story on New Albany native Chris Duggan, who's rocking out in New York City and recently graduated from the Clive Davis Recorded Music program of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, or Westerville South High School freshman Micah Thomas, winner of the Jazz Arts Group's 2012 Hank Marr High School Jazz award, you can find those at, too.